2009 Dodge Challenger RT

I know it's a shameless and enlarged copy of the original 1970 Challenger, but I really dig this car's exterior styling. The interior is disappointing in its banality. I'm fond of the "pistol-grip" shifter, which is less pistol-grippy than those of yore but still fun to mash. I was pleasantly surprised by how comfortable a cruiser the Challenger is, with comfortable seats, Bluetooth, navigation, iPod inputs, and Sirius.

Most noteworthy, though, is the attention that this car attracts. My waitress at Waffle House wanted a ride; the cook wanted to know how it compares with the Camaro. A dude in the Lowe's parking lot asked all the pertinent questions and then reminisced about grabbing gears in his buddy's '70 Cuda with a 383 and a four-speed.

It's certainly not the swiftest at the back-road boogie, but the big Dodge is a huge hunk of fun ("huge" being the operative word).

Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor

New Car Research

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