|Reviewed By||Chad Tyson|
|Price as Tested||$36,800: 5.7-L Hemi MDS VVT V8, 8-sp TorqueFlite automatic, Blacktop package|
Dodge has the best audio/information/entertainment set-up going right now. Between the steering-wheel controls and touchscreen interface, it’s all so easy and intuitive to use and manage. With 370 horsepower, there’s plenty of power on tap when one’s interest in the tech fades. Steering is direct enough. The cabin is perfect for long-distance travel, with plenty of room for each occupant, sufficient cushioning and easy-going road manners. Loved the Plum Crazy Pearl — not enough cars are available in purple. That taillight panel pops with the satin black touches from the Blacktop package.
Hips are a bit wide — perhaps no wider than any standard SUV, but without the advantageous, higher viewpoint. It’s slightly disappointing knowing there’s a 707-horsepower Hellcat model out there that I wasn’t driving, but they can’t all be that powerful I guess, nor do many sell at that price point. Visibility is mediocre for side and rear, but better than the Challenger. Front end still looks like somebody held a flame too close, as it seems a bit droopy and melted. Why no AWD option?
Easily the most versatile car in its segment in terms of drivetrain choices. The 8-speed automatic has a knack for picking the right gear for instant acceleration — perfect for the occasional streetlight drag strip or passing a former German cousin on the hills outside of town. With choices such as Chevrolet’s SS, Nissan’s Maxima and the Toyota Avalon as full-size-sedan alternatives, Dodge’s Charger is plenty up to the task. Make sure this is one of your options if fitting four adults in one car is as necessary as roasting the occasional set of $200-a-piece rear tires.
|Fun to Drive|
|Fun to Look at|
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