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STYLING | 8 out of 10
front end tilts forward as if it's leaning into the wind
kangaroo hips'... and a grille that doesn't so earnestly mimic Jay Leno's chin
Car and Driver
Styling cues are borrowed particularly from the '68 Charger
Baby boomers with fond memories of the quintessential "muscle cars" of the late 1960s and early 1970s may find some real nostalgic appeal in the 2008 Dodge Charger.
Cars.com notes that with the Charger, Dodge tries to blend “modern coupe styling with four-door functionality.” The Charger, they add, “has a bold crossbar front end and a short deck. There are minimal wheel flares, and a long bodyside crease meets another crease at the rear doors.”
Like its ancestor of 40 years ago, the 2008 Dodge Charger has a raised rear (the "kangaroo hips" mentioned by Car and Driver) and a spoiler (available with the Daytona Package, according to ForbesAutos). It really does bear a family resemblance, recalling what Automotive refers to as the "pre-aero-age styling of its muscle car era namesake." Edmunds says it has “attitude.”
Most sources examined by TheCarConnection.com acknowledge the styling influence of the vintage 1970 Charger. According to Car and Driver--which pretty much pans the 2008 Dodge Charger—2008’s version bears almost no resemblance at all. Kelley Blue Book nonetheless considers the 2008 Dodge Charger unique--"unlike so many of today's derivative designs...[it] shows almost no resemblance to any other car on the road."
Inside, Edmunds thinks the 2008 Charger’s “interior is more attractive.” Motor Trend suggests that the 2008 Dodge Charger’s "interior provides the feeling of a sophisticated fighter plane cockpit," right down to the instrument cluster and shifter knob that "resembles a fighter pilot's joystick."
TheCarConnection.com has experienced many different flavors of the Charger. The 2008 Dodge Charger keeps its effortlessly cool shape, a reincarnation of muscle-car hotness that plays well in four-door form. In the Charger, Dodge’s dash materials have been upgraded, and the center console has been redesigned. This addresses an area the experts at TheCarConnection.com have contended needed work since the car's introduction. The cup holders have LED lighting, and the seats wear new cloth. Also, the poorly located cruise control stalk has been repositioned to the four o'clock place behind the steering wheel.
The 2008 Dodge Charger isn’t a direct descendant of the original muscle car by the same name—but it’s a sharp-looking sedan nonetheless.