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2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10: Florist & Farmer's Market

May 10, 2010

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If you're used to exotic cars with minimal cargo space the 15 cubic feet offered up by our long-term 2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10 can make it seem like a super-speedy SUV.

On Saturday I had a number of errands to complete, not the least of which was a florist run for Mother's Day flowers. I also had one 12-year-old boy to bring along, as logistics didn't allow for leaving him at home. That meant I had to pick up a dozen roses andhalf-a-dozenfood itemsat the local farmer's market. It also meant I couldn't cheat by carryingsaid itemsin the front passenger seating area.

No problemo in the Dodge Viper. After wandering through the farmer's market and scoring a pecan pie, some dried fruit, a loaf of bread and two containers of flavored humus (mmm, the tomato and basil one makes bread taste like pizza) I then snagged those dozen long-stem roses.

These are all easily crushed items, but I could carefully load them into the rear, deep portion of the Viper's cargo hold and close the hatch without any getting getting "crunched." I even got my man-purse in there with plenty of room to spare. Heck, I could have picked up three pizzas on the way home,and put them in the shallower section of the cargo area, and still had room left over.

After constantly wrestling with the joke of a cargo area on a Ford GT (1 cubic foot, BTW), the Viper's storage potential feels like a small sports arena.

Karl Brauer, Editor at Large @ 6,820 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2009 Dodge Viper in WA is:

$197 per month*
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