What You Should Know About the Dodge Challenger

2016 Dodge Challenger
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Driving the Challenger

To climb behind the wheel of the Challenger, you have to swing open its immense doors first. In narrow parking spaces, that can leave you with a tiny gap to slither through. Clamber inside, though, and it's easy to get comfortable, aided by a steering wheel that tilts and telescopes.

Start up the Hemi, and it rewards you with a delightful engine note reminiscent of American 1970s-era V8s. The six-speed stick helps hold higher gears for a rhythmic rhumble, or downshift to make the engine wail.

The Challenger is quick off the line, but its body is too wide for precise maneuvers. The ride varies depending on the trim level and tires. Base SXTs on their 55-series tires feel pillow soft. Most models are tighter yet still composed. With the six-speed stick, you have to shove the clutch pedal hard to the floor. The automatic is both more efficient and more relaxed.

If it weren't for its considerable size and weight, the Challenger could serve not only as a sports car but a practical daily driver. However, that's probably a little too much to ask from this powerful muscle-bound cruiser with the fun retro styling. 

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