2011 Dodge Charger Rallye Plus

Matt Tierney

I hope that America can recognize how much has changed with the new Dodge Charger. While the exterior facelift was extensive, the Charger's in-you-face look is still evolutionary. Those who look inside and under the hood will find a very new, very impressive car. The materials inside are top-notch and the ergonomics, while not perfect, are wonderful compared to the distraction devices coming out of Ford and GM these days. The car's ride is shockingly smooth for a vehicle with 20-inch wheels, and the steering is superb for the class. The new 3.6-liter V-6 offers refined but punchy power that's perfectly fitting for this sporty sedan. The Charger's Achilles heel is the five-speed automatic. It's slow to respond to the throttle and uncertain of itself when shifting. That eight-speed automatic can't come soon enough.

Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor

I'll agree with everyone that the new Pentastar V-6 is perfectly sufficient, and I'm also aware that it's very likely faster than many of the V-8 Chargers produced in the late '60s. And yet, I still walk away with the feeling that a Charger needs a Hemi. This V-6, though competent and efficient, leaves the Charger about on par with many other six-cylinder sedans. Really refined, nice interior, great navigation system, blah, blah, blah. It's the terrific wallop of acceleration and angry chorus of a pushrod V-8 that makes this car truly exceptional and American.

David Zenlea, Assistant Editor

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