The red striping on the seatback and contrasting stitching on the seats are really the only contrasting color in the cockpit. There is authority in the exhaust note but it doesn't sound like authority grabbed the bullhorn until you get into the gas and are rewarded with a satisfying rumble that becomes more howl as it winds up; manual gearbox cars use different mufflers and have a deeper tone. Maneuverability at low speeds is par for a big car. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. The anticipation of the 425 horsepower, with 420 ft-lbs of torque, being available at your right foot is palpable. It is a shame that no one makes a 200hp rwd 6spd for 25k or less at the weight of say a Civic or Corolla. What a difference a manual makes! Eventually, we decided that we'd reached the limits of our abilities as a driver long before we'd reached the limits of the Challenger's performance.
The climate controls, touch screen navigation system, gauges, and all the other minor elements are known bits from other cars. Source: Manufacturer data; excludes convertibles. When cruising, the Challenger is civilized. Source: Manufacturer data for coupes only. Climate controls are the standard new Dodge style, with three large buttons circled by bright chrome rings; the left button is for air recirculation while the knob controls the fan , the middle one is for air conditioning the knob controls air temperature , and the right one is for the rear defroster the knob controls the vent. In practice, this makes for consistently fade-resistant stops, even after hours of mountain road abuse. It is mostly an assembly of parts from the parts bin.
A moonroof and navigation system are optional across the line. The front seat belt blocks the way into the back seats unless you unhook it from the retainer loop. And the results are spectacular. Finally, with aerodynamics ever-more-frequently dictating shape and wind patterns, it was refreshing to find the new Challenger can comfortably be driven windows down without buffeting the occupants or thundering their ears. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air bag, these passenger air bag inflator may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling. The underlip front spoiler works with the black tail spoiler to aid with downforce.
The Mustang also edges the Challenger out with a slightly better safety score. From about five feet away, anyone can tell these stripes are made from a faux carbon fiber sticker. It appears functional and well put together, yet has the least emotional impact of any aspect of the car. The suspension is tight but not punishing, soaking up pavement problems and keeping a firm grip on the road but not jiggling passengers. Unless some miracle of technology emerges to help reduce fuel consumption without reducing muscle Hey, Chrysler: Direct injection and six-speed automatics might help , high fuel costs might render these cars a thing of the past—again. If you forgo all options, you get a very well outfitted vehicle: the 6. The car just works, and works in an unabashedly straightforward way.
The door handles look retro and stylish, but they're hard to grab. Though it's rated at 40 fewer horses, Ford's 4. It's everything from the little styling touches the fully lit rear light bar, the separate side lights to the maintenance features clearly marked fuses, easy access to fluids. It is not, however, a lot of muscle car for the money. The system is able to import up to 1,000 contacts from a supported phone, but for some reason it was unable to pull them from our test phone, a. Underneath the neat trunk surface, we found a liftable panel which concealed not a spare tire which is reserved for the more plebian Challeys but a pump with a can of tire sealant, usable only in emergences.
But even on a track as wide and fast as Willow Springs in California, where we , the Challenger feels positively huge. Admit it, at least part of the reason you buy one will be to be seen. A newer feature is the exact oil and antifreeze temperature, in degrees, reading out on the trip computer — which also tells you what radio or satellite station you're on and whether you have a door or trunk open. This car truly lets you feel its power. On the other hand, though, with smaller, more powerful batteries available, why weren't one of them chosen in place of the full-sized model that resides in the trunk? Expect a far more subdued experience with automatic-equipped Hemi Challengers. And no car had cup holders back in the day, either! However, once contacts are imported, one should be able to dial out by voice navigating the phonebook or searching by touch-screen.
It's big, strong, surprisingly fast, and not something to be trifled with. The low rumble sounds like a freight train passing in the distance and can be felt almost as well as it's heard. Everywhere we went, people--almost exclusively male--were giving us the thumbs up, approving nods, fist pumps, and, on one occasion, a full-on round of applause. Some will opine about the timing of the Dodge musclecar's return, while others will note Chicken Little was last seen impaled in a Viper grille somewhere. Reviewers liked the retro styling inside the 2009 Challenger. You can't help but smile when you see it. A few more attempts at a better time resulted in equal thrills and a few smoky burnouts, but no improvement on the clock.
Body roll is considerable, but grip from the optional Goodyear F1 Supercar tires is substantial and the car is surprisingly well balanced in turns. As former 426 Hemi owners no doubt recall, suspensions aren't just there for going around corners; they also have a strong influence on launches and sudden acceleration. The Challenger uses the same full-size platform as the and. The center lights may look as though they're high beams, but in reality they're standard amber parking lights, and they look quite handsome when they're lit, day or night though of course they're easier to see at night. The doors have cutouts for arms and control panels, with the door handles mounted fairly far forward and in their own little cavity; the result is a smoother, classier, more tasteful result than the blocky effects we've seen on some recent Dodges. Summary The 2009 Dodge Challenger boasts a distinctive look that attracts a lot of attention and positive comments. The fixed side rear windows do not allow the full open hardtop of the original with its frameless doors but in a nod to that look Dodge kept the pillars behind the glass so they aren't so obvious.