Dodge Charger

This 2012 Dodge Charger is big. It filled our garage and was wide enough to prompt me to check twice before backing out. I'd hate to clip one of the outside mirrors on the side of the garage door opening.

Befitting a big car, the steering wheel had a nice thick rim for a comfortable grip. Driving this car was easy. I felt really secure in it and I liked the visual and audible warnings from the blind spot warning system.

Our car's interior was all-black and featured cup holders that can keep beverages either hot or cold with the push of a button. The cabin was also handsomely finished and the front seats were very comfortable. The combination of a power driver's seat and power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel means a wide range of drivers should be comfortable.

In the back seat, room is great for two, but not quite as good for three. The Charger is a rear-wheel drive car, with all-wheel drive an option, so there is a hump in center of the floor. As kids, we always vied to make sure we didn’t get stuck in the middle of the back seat, where we would have to cope with the hump. It looks like those days are back.

The trunk is more than big enough to swallow a month's worth of groceries for the average family. The trunk lid hinges narrow the space between the wheel wells, but the hinges are shielded, which is good. I once crushed a picnic cooler with an exposed hinge in another car when I closed the trunk.

Fuel economy in Chargers with all-wheel drive isn’t as good as in the rear-wheel drive models. We averaged 23.4 miles per gallon. Mid-grade gasoline is recommended, but Dodge says regular will do.

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