Moving up from a Subaru BRZ, the car is ultra comfortable for me. Easy in and out. The family finds it a great car to travel in. I find its a fun car to drive. It certainly is capable of scratching the acceleration itch that comes along now and again. Stay off the pedal and I am getting a respectable 28 - 30 mpg at a cruise of 70. Mixed driving is 23 - 24. Technology it is the bomb. The connect system is quick and responsive and very well laid out. Apple Car play functions very well and my daughter is happy she has USB ports in the back seat as well as an A/C vent. Overall I find the car an excellent blend of family functionality and a car that provides some fun behind the wheel.
My wife and I reserved a "premium car" (meaning full-size) with Alamo for our trip in Northern California. When we got on the lot our choices were an Impala, a Lacrosse, and the Charger. I was leaning towards the Lacrosse as it appeared to be trimmed nicer with a leather package. My wife, however was drawn to the Charger's looks. She was right -- even just being the STX, it did have a commanding presence, and from what I had heard, I figured the V6 power and the Charger's handling might be better on the curvy and mountainous roads we would be traveling on -- so we went with the Charger. First off, getting situated was fine -- the trunk was very spacious, I easily paired my phone to the Bluetooth for music and gps, and we both got comfortably situated in our seats. My first complaint, however, was that there was no back-up camera -- how does a full size car with not the greatest rear-view vision not have this as standard equipment in this modern era? In driving from the Oakland airport to Napa Valley, and around Napa Valley, the car functioned as expected, and I was pleased (except for the lack of the rear-view camera). The next stage of our trip led us further north, to the Redwoods, including some travelling through very curvy roads and in the mountains. Here the Charger fell short of my expectations. I should state, my regular car is an Optima SX Turbo -- and while it is no true performance car, it does well, and is fun to drive in such situations. The Charger, on the other hand, did not quite have the acceleration I am accustomed to, nor the tighter handling around the curves (granted, it is bigger than my Optima). It drove more like the traditional full size cars I'd driven, and less like the sporty Charger I expected (perhaps that handling is there on the pricier V8 trims). Still, all in all, it was not bad -- I've driven much worse in similar situations. We drove the car for over a week and more that 1000 miles, and up until near the end we were for the most part happy with the car. But the day before we returned the car, the Bluetooth stopped working -- we spent a good amount of time and several ideas trying to resolve the problem, but nothing would work -- very frustrating.
I bought a brand new 2017 Dodge Charger Daytona and the navigation does not pronounce the street name correctly. Example in video for NE 21st says Nebraska (I live in Oregon) because the street direction NE is the state abreviation for Nebraska. Been working with Dodge and the dealership for the past 3 months with no resolution. This happens with any street that is NE or SE followed by a number address. Dodge tells me there is NO fix. I drove other chargers including 2018 and they all do the same thing. The entire panasonic nav is faulty and I paid for navigation that does not work! I am a Realtor and use nav daily and am very unhappy Dodge cant find a fix and has told me I am out of luck. Also they are selling all cars with faulty navigation without disclosing to potential buyers of this uncorrectable fix. Wondered if anyone else is having this issue with Nav and if your dealership is doing anything about it?