Great AWD Hemi!
October 8, 2018
I had the opportunity to lease a 2014 Charger RT with the available AWD in the fall of 2014 for 2 years, on a "one-pay/prepay lease" of $4500 total. I figured that spending less than $200 for a "muscle car" that had the benefit of year-around use (I live in Michigan) was too much to turn down. My Torred RT was delivered to my house on a crisp early winter day in January and I excitedly took it out for my first drive (I routinely make deals online with a dealership without ever entering their facility--or even driving the vehicle beforehand. I've never been disappointed yet). The Charger exceeded my expectations: Great driver positioning and seating, excellent visibility, good, solid performance from the 375hp Hemi V8, lots of room for car seats and passengers in the back, and the utility space was awesome for a passenger car. I shared time with a Dodge Nitro AWD in my garage, so the AWD--albeit a nice addition--wasn't a requirement. I was also impressed with the 20+mpg that I enjoyed most of the time, which was a result of mostly city driving, pushing that up towards 26mpg on freeway trips. I did get out on a few occasions in some of Michigan's winter road conditions and wasn't impressed with either the handling or the traction on anything greater than 2" or so of the white stuff. I think, due to the width of the tires, the Charger tended to push the snow instead of cutting through it, causing an occasional loss of straight forward movement. On wet streets or even ice-coated, it seemed to do OK however. All in all, I wished FCA would have continued a Hemi-powered AWD in their offerings.
The Charger body style is at a point of needing a total makeover. Maybe FCA can come up with a sleek 4 dr design--a little larger than their failed Chrysler 200 design in 2015-2017, but with a Hemi and AWD. I'd be one of the first in line for something like that.