Unlike the Avenger/200, the Charger's new design is not only significantly more striking than before, but the interior has a lot of racecar-inspired touches. There's still enough room in the backseat to comfortably fit adults. Like the updated 2011 Dodge Journey, the Charger gets a new navigation system that can only be an improvement from the previous one.
The Charger is a better version of what was already a better car than the Avenger. I'm not sold on the sculpted sides and hood – as if the car needed to look more aggressive? At least the rear styling now matches the rest of the car. The show car's interior had some good-quality materials, including some nicely executed textured aluminum. The Charger has been underappreciated; perhaps the changes will help.
Forget the Avenger; keep walking past the Challenger. This, the 2011 Charger, is Dodge styling at its best. From every angle it looks ready to tear up some asphalt. Save some garish silver trim in the show car, the interior competes with the Taurus from crosstown rival Ford. Well done. Let's hope this one can improve on its predecessor's marginal crash-test ratings.
The Charger's rear-wheel-drive layout – a rarity in its class – facilitates the full-size sedan's proper proportions, and the new styling is both more aggressive and more functional, as visibility has improved. The Charger wasn't in a prominent location on the show floor during the media preview, but that didn't do anything to diminish the car's chained-pit-bull attitude.