2011 Dodge Challenger Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality
The Challenger has a very comfortable and well-appointed interior, for the most part, and it's a step quieter and more civil—as well as roomier—compared to many other sports cars or pony cars.

The supportive front seats in the 2011 Challenger are great for road trips and somehow supportive and well bolstered yet soft; they're among the best seats in any Dodge vehicle, and the Alcantara-and-leather performance seats that are offered on the top-of-the-line SRT8 breath well and keep the driver in place. The cabin is a step wider than that of the Mustang, so there's an airy, spacious feel.

But it's a different story for rear passengers; there are three seatbelt positions in back, and Chrysler claims best-in-class headroom, though if there are tall people up front, there's little or no space for knees or feet in back, and the very thick pillar lends to claustrophobia as well as a lack of visibility. Entry and exit are contortionist-level awkward as well and feel like concessions to styling.

The 2011 Dodge Challenger is surprisingly more comfortable and practical than you might think, given its muscle-car pedigree.

On the bright side, the Challenger has a huge trunk. There's more than enough space back there—more than 16 cubic feet—for just about any long weekend.

The other big plus for comfort: The 2011 Dodge Challenger rides really well—better than most larger coupes—and the suspension damps out severe jolts without drama (or trauma). In either of the V-8 Challenger variants—the R/T or the SRT8—we found that the exhaust rumble that's music to our ears in short-distance cruising can turn into a droning irritant on longer cruises. The Challenger is fundamentally a pretty quiet, well-sealed vehicle, so with very little road or wind noise you tend to notice the exhaust boom all the more.

Interior materials have also been improved a bit for 2011; Dodge has added LED cupholders, a new hand-stitched leather-trimmed shift knob, and standard climate control, plus upgraded Nappa hide on Challengers with the available leather interior. 

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