"I put about 500 miles on the DODGE CHALLENGER
this weekend, driving out to Joshua Tree," notes associate Web editor Kirill Ougarov, who adds, "It proved a great long-distance cruiser, thanks to its smooth torque-laden engine and couchlike seats." Complaints?
"I wish it had slightly less hood or some high-tech camera gizmo (like Infiniti's Around View) to help navigate tighter spots (someone failed one such negotiation, as the damage on the right side can attest) since visibility is pretty poor. A backup camera would be doubly useful, due to the immense C-pillars." Other than those niggles, Ougarov found much to like with the Challenger's practical storage capacity. "The giant trunk and large back Seat
were useful for packing in two days worth of supplies, camping equipment, and climbing gear."
2009 Dodge Challenger
R/T Months/miles in service 11/20,957 miles Avg econ/CO2 17.8 mpg/1.09 lb/mi Unresolved problems None Maintenance cost $116.52 (2 - oil change/inspection/rotate tires) Normal-wear cost $0