From the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, Cars.com's Mike Hanley takes a look at the 2011 Dodge Charger.
(rock music) <v Narrator>Cars.com Auto Review. Hi, I'm Mike Hanley with Cars.com. We're here at the Los Angeles Auto Show, checking out the redesigned Dodge Charger full size sedan. There's not many full-size sedans like it in the US.
It has rear drive layout, available V8 power, and it gets a number of changes for the 2011 model year. Like all new exterior styling, new powertrains and a new interior. It goes on sale this December, The Charger's restyled exterior really accentuates its aggressiveness. It has this bulging crosshair grill. This really furrowed look to the headlights and also new scallops on the hood and the doors. What's also really interesting is they've given the rear of the car whole new look. It has a new full length LED lighting package that lights up when the headlights are on. Really changes the appearance back there. The Charger's had one of Dodges better interior of recent memory, but it's been fully updated for the 2011 model year. It gets this all new dash. It's actually pretty tall. The whole dashboard here that features new design. Pretty nice materials, overall. One of the things they've changed on the Charger though, is they moved the leading edge of the roof line back. It's on of the problems with the prior car is that if you were first in line at a stoplight, it'd be tough to see that stoplight without ducking your head under and trying to see it. This model has leather seats and they're really soft and really squishy. So that may or may not appeal to you. One of the benefits of the chargers full-sized layout is that backseat space is pretty generous. I have a lot of room here to get comfortable and headroom is also pretty good. Though you do have to deal with a sloping roof line, which kind of restricts side visibility, even though, Dodge has added rear quarter windows in the side doors. One of the things Dodge says it wants to do with this car is bring performance to the common man, but it's still a comfort oriented experience. I had a chance to drive the car earlier this month, and it's not nearly as dynamic as the Pontiac G8. Which would have been this car's closest competitor, If it was still around. Still it's an aggressive looking sedan. I think Dodge has done a nice job overall with the update. <v Narrator>For more car related news, go to cars.com or our blog kickingtires.net