2009 Dodge Challenger R/T: Well Suited To a Desert Road Trip
May 17, 2010
Plenty of cars to choose from in the ol' Inside Line garage last week and I picked the Challenger to make a run from L.A. to Tucson late last week. Why?
Pretty easy actually. For starters, it's a big, comfortable coupe that lets you stretch out behind the wheel. No need to jam anything in, just spread everything out and relax in the nicely bolstered seat. Unlike the Camaro where you feel low in the car, the Challenger's seating position puts you up high which makes the view that much better.
Once on the road, the Challenger is a big cupcake. No stiff ride or twitchy handling and it's dead quiet in sixth gear at 80mph. I did notice a little too much gear whine at some speeds, but it faded in and out so I'm not sure if it's a problem or not.
Solid electronics is another reason the Challenger is such a great road trip car. There was a navigation system to tell me where to go and how long it would take me to get there along with an iPod connector and a strong stereo. Bluetooth is part of the package as well so I never had to reach for my phone.
I've now done a road trip in both the Camaro and the Challenger. Both were enjoyable, but if I had to do another one next week I would pick the Challenger again without hesitation.
Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor, Inside Line @ 24,678 miles