Charger lets more folks get in on the fun

The final muscle car in our summer roundup is the new Dodge Charger.

The final muscle car in our summer roundup is the new Dodge Charger.

This one is a bit different from the Mustang and the GTO - it has four doors, making it more of a muscle sedan. It also has the classic Hemi engine, which gives it great pickup.

Design-wise, it doesn't look much like the old Charger (see Dukes of Hazzard reruns to refresh your memory).

My girlfriend, who once owned a Charger, says the interior echoes the old car, though, especially with its bucket seats.

The new exterior looks like a scaled-down Dodge 300 or Magnum, which shows that Chrysler is developing a consistency in its designs that should help it define the brand.

Driving-wise, the car was fun, but the steering seemed a little loose to me. I would have enjoyed a more pinpoint system for turns and lane changes.

That said, this still qualifies as a cool car. If you need a muscle car that can handle passengers in the back, give this one a look.

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  • John N. Frank writes Toy Box. He is the Chicago-based Midwest bureau chief for PRWeek.

    Price $29,320 base price; as tested, $32,170

    Available at Dodge dealers

    Specs 5.7 liter Hemi V8, five-speed automatic transmission; 17 mpg city, 25 mpg highway

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