Dodge Charger Car Review

For the past two weeks I’ve been driving a new Dodge Charger. After driving the Ford Mustang several weeks ago, this further worked me through my high school car wish list. Not that I could afford either of these cars back then.

I was quite surprised at how different the Dodge Charger is to drive, compared to the Ford Mustang. While the Mustang made me feel like an old guy in a young guy’s sports car, the Charger made me feel like an old guy in an old guy’s sports car. I hope that description makes sense to you. From the outside, the Charger looks like the muscle car of my high school memories. From the inside, the Charger felt more like a roomy family sedan. Not that this is bad, but it just wasn’t what I expected. Read on to learn more about my two weeks with the Dodge Charger.

Dodge Charger Model Highlights

The Dodge Charger comes in basically 6 different models, from the entry level SE to the higher performance R/T and SRT8 models. They all have the same basic body style, with each model providing its own unique set of performance features. The Charge SE is based on a 2.7-Liter V6 engine. Also in the V6 range are the 3.5L, RALLYE, and the 3.5L AWD. These three models come with the 3.5-Liter V6. The RALLYE version has some additional performance features such as fog lights, rear spoiler, touring suspension and rear stabilizer bar. The AWD is the All-Wheel-Drive version of the Charger 3.5L. The Charger R/T has the 5.7-Leter V8 Hemi engine, while the SRT8 comes with the 6.1-Liter V8 Hemi engine. Both come with a long list of performance features. The R/T also comes in a Road/Track model with mean looking front grill and front spoiler, along with performance oriented steering and suspension.  These performance features are also included on the SRT8. For additional feature details see the Dodge Charger web site: http://www.dodge.com/hostc/vsmc/vehicleSpecModels.do?modelYearCode=CUD201004#

Specifications and Performance

The first thing I must admit, it getting a lot of comments from my friends and family about driving a muscle car. The Charger definitely looks mean, sounds mean, and has performance to match. Even the 2.7-L V6 produces 178 horsepower at 5,500 rpm, and 190 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. The 3.5-L V6 produces 250 horsepower at 6,400 RPM, with 250 lb-ft of torque at 3,800 rpm. Moving up to the big guns, the 5.7-L V8 produces a whopping 368 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 395 lb-ft of torque at 4,200 rpm. And, if that isn’t enough power for you, the 6.1-L V8 produces 425 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 420 lb-ft of torque at 4,800 rpm.

The only major issue I had is that the steering doesn’t feel very precise. The Charger seems to roam a little in your lane, so you are constantly adjusting the steering to hold a line. One other point worth mentioning. The Charger is a big, heavy, beast of a car, and its engine performance doesn’t come cheap. The Charger is a gas guzzler.

Interior Highlights

The Charger interior probably surprised me the most. Not because of any specific feature. Just of the overall design. From the inside, the Charger could be any large family sedan. It has plenty room for taking your family along for the ride. This is ideal for those of you that want a muscle car, but find something like the Ford Mustang too limited in passenger carrying ability. Blind your grandmother and stick her in the back seat. She would never know that she was in a muscle car from the interior design only. If your wife thinks you are too old for a muscle car, put her in the Charger. You could easily convince her that the Charger is really a family sedan disguised as a muscle car. Just don’t floor it. The engine performance and roar will blow your story.

Is the Dodge Charger Right for You?

I think that the Dodge Charger sits in an interesting position among muscle cars. If you really want a muscle car, but feel that your family situation doesn’t currently match the traditional sports car or muscle car, this car may be just right for you. To the people on the street, you are driving a mean-looking, mean-sounding, and mean-performing driving machine. But, to the people on the inside, it can easily double as a large family sedan. You can comfortably take the wife and kids out shopping, and haul home all of those grocery bags in its spacious trunk. You may be a family guy, but you don’t have to look the part.

If you are interested in learning more about the Dodge Charger, see the Dodge Charger Web Site at http://www.dodge.com/en/2010/charger/

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