My review of the 2011 Dodge Charger: Damn GM, you crazy!

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    My review of the 2011 Dodge Charger: Damn GM, you crazy!

    Let me start off by saying this, compared to the 2010 Charger, the 2011 is a 15million times improvement in ever way imaginable, and I am not exaggerating.

    The dealer only had 2 Chargers, a fully loaded R/T AWD in the showroom, and a mildly loaded Rallye V6 to drive. The test drive of the V8 will come later.


    First, the looks
    I had a feeling going into the drive that any wheels other than the 20 in. chrome wheels would look tiny on the Charger. After seeing the 18in on the Rallye and 19in on the AWD (which to me look the best) I can say that isn't true. The Charger looks great in pictures and even better in person. All the panel gaps are tiny and linear and everything opens and shuts with a quality feel and sound.

    An interior you have to love
    This really is where the Charger improved. Every surface is better than the old. The Aluminum(which is real) looks and feels great. Every last fit and finish is perfect, the dash plastics are great, the leather is great, controls are well damped and intuitive, just a great car. Visibility is really improved, although with an all black interior, having a sunroof makes the interior feel bigger. Plenty of space everywhere, but, when I adjust my seat accordingly (i'm 6 feet) I don't really have too much knee room or foot room if I sit behind myself. Not much of a problem since all my friends and family are short, but still weird. Also, a more basic interior still feels great, the cloth is great and the aluminum is still present. The 8.4in touchscreen works very intuitively and helps reduce dash clutter.

    The drive
    Now, I only got to test drive a RWD Rallye with the 18in wheels. Overall, the handling is much improved, there is a lot more grip and poise. Driving over long bits of snow you can't tell it's RWD because it's so planted. Steering feel was pretty good for Electric, but was on the light side, on a scale of 1-10(10 being a Miata, 1 being a F10 550i) I would give it a 6, not bad seeing the G8 GT for me is an 8.5. I would bet the steering on the R/T would be less light so I'll hold full judgment on that till then. Power is great, it feels like a RWD Malibu V6, which is really good seeing the Malibu V6 is great on power. I just know though when the 8-Speed comes this powertrain will really be using it's full potential. Also, the car was as smooth as butter in operation and had a whisper quiet interior reminiscent of the quietness in my '10 Equinox, maybe even quieter(on the V6, don't know about V8).



    Overall, I loved it. I'll be waiting till the R/T comes on whether or not I'm 100% on buying one, but from what I have seen so far, it is a great car.

    Chrysler will have no problem selling these whatsoever, I give it an A++, and if you are in the market for anything between $25-35K and you don't buy this car, your an idiot.




    Last thing, I would not be test driving the Charger right now and in such heavy consideration of buying one now if GM had just made a damn Zeta Impala like they said they would so many years back. Congrats GM, you just lost another one!

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    Re: My review of the 2011 Dodge Charger: Damn GM, you crazy!

    Honestly, interior quality is on par, if not better than the E60 5-Series.

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    Re: My review of the 2011 Dodge Charger: Damn GM, you crazy!

    Quote Originally Posted by mrDenali View Post
    Honestly, interior quality is on par, if not better than the E60 5-Series.
    That is excellent news, and let me be the first to grin in response to those who claim you can't build a roomy sedan on the "right" platform with the right engines and a great interior, wrapped up in a stylish package and great dynamics ... for 25-40K. What a concept, right?

    Ford, GM, and Toyota can take notes.

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    Re: My review of the 2011 Dodge Charger: Damn GM, you crazy!

    Quote Originally Posted by Amphibian View Post
    That is excellent news, and let me be the first to grin in response to those who claim you can't build a roomy sedan on the "right" platform with the right engines and a great interior, wrapped up in a stylish package and great dynamics ... for 25-40K. What a concept, right?

    Ford, GM, and Toyota can take notes.
    If the new LX cars do not win any awards I think it's safe to say that all auto-journalists are stupid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrDenali View Post
    If the new LX cars do not win any awards I think it's safe to say that all auto-journalists are stupid.
    Indeed, especially considering Chrysler claims the 2005 300 was the most awarded new car in history.

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    Re: My review of the 2011 Dodge Charger: Damn GM, you crazy!

    A very succinct yet informative review, I'm glad you liked the new Charger. However, you might want to consider investing in a thesaurus.
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    Re: My review of the 2011 Dodge Charger: Damn GM, you crazy!

    We could have encouraged GM to build the Impala a little more if we had bought a few more G8's....

    Just sayin.

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    Re: My review of the 2011 Dodge Charger: Damn GM, you crazy!

    Enjoyed the reviews but where the hell are the pictures?

    Personally an AWD R/T would be on the top of my list if I had the cash. V8 power with AWD traction, what's not to love?
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    Re: My review of the 2011 Dodge Charger: Damn GM, you crazy!

    I agree its an awesome car! Very well done. What was the MSRP of the car you tested?

    sounds like a great vehicle although I too would wait for the 8 speed automatic. I think as gas prices go up the 8 speed would aid in fuel efficiency enough to make it worthwhile but if I needed a four door v8 hemi powered monster right now...I'm sure the 5 speed is equal in performance to the 8 speed automatic in acceleration..

    Thanks for your insights.
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    Re: My review of the 2011 Dodge Charger: Damn GM, you crazy!

    The pictures I took were crap And the R/T with AWD, no spoiler, in black, with those great 19in wheels looks fantastic!

    As for the 8-Speed, who wouldn't love to cruise at 70MPH in 8th gear with only 4-cylinders running? Can you say 30MPG right there

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    Re: My review of the 2011 Dodge Charger: Damn GM, you crazy!

    Quote Originally Posted by mrDenali View Post
    And the R/T with AWD, no spoiler, in black, with those great 19in wheels looks fantastic!
    These wheels?


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    Re: My review of the 2011 Dodge Charger: Damn GM, you crazy!

    Yes, I love them.

    RWD or AWD, I want them.

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    Re: My review of the 2011 Dodge Charger: Damn GM, you crazy!

    Wow, those look a lot like the V6 G8 wheels.

    BTW, the Drivers Confidence Group option is a pretty sweet option IMHO. Lots of cool stuff with it.
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    Re: My review of the 2011 Dodge Charger: Damn GM, you crazy!

    19 inches is honestly the perfect size these days for a large car.

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    Re: My review of the 2011 Dodge Charger: Damn GM, you crazy!

    Quote Originally Posted by mrDenali View Post
    19 inches is honestly the perfect size these days for a large car.
    Sure if you don't mind $2,000 tires when the factory 19's wear out at 20K miles! 16 and 17's are more than enough for most of todays downsized big cars. 18 and 19's are really only needed on high po V8 setups and full sized trucks unless you drive on a race track and don't mind a harsher ride.
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