*THE CAR: 2016 Dodge Charger SXT Blacktop
I recently drove this badass car with the B5 blue pearl exterior and black interior.
While driving down Venice Boulevard in Los Angeles, a young 20-something pulls up beside me and asks how I like it and how the car drives.
“We’re thinking about getting one,” he says, speaking for his wife.
“I love it,” I shoot back, feeling kinda cool. “I’d recommend you get one.”
Then I roared off like only a badass can.
In actuality, this car is a bit young for me. I’m a few years older than the 20-something that asked me about the car. Ok, I’m a lot older than the 20-something, but we don’t have to go there. The point is – this is a sharp car. It handles well and has a lot of personality.
That being said, although it’s been called a family sedan, my feeling is that this car is perfect for the male millenials. It looks young. It feels young.
This is a good-looking, sporty, luxury car. That’s a mouthful, but all of those adjectives actually fit. The Charger, with its rear-wheel drive, performs well on many levels. The panel is user friendly. There is lots of headroom and legroom in the front. However, the rear seat could be a bit of a challenge for someone over 5’5”.
The Beats Premium Speakers with subwoofer, keeps the sound clear and bumping.
There is a lot of V-8 power under the hood of this sedan. Unfortunately, due to those pesky speed laws, it makes it impossibly to see fully what this car is capable of in the city.
VEHICLE AT A GLANCE: Leather sport seat with metallic accents; 3.6-Liter V6 24-Valve VVT Engine, TorqueFlite 8-Speed automatic transmission, advanced multistage front airbags, supplemental front seat mounted side airbags, supplemental side-curtain front and rear airbags, anti-lock 4-wheel disc brakes, rain brake support, ready alert braking, electronic stability control, all speed traction control, electric power steering, hill start assist, tire pressure monitoring display.
FUEL ECONOMY: 19/31
THE DRIVE: Sport-alicious!
Darlene Donloe is a seasoned entertainment and travel journalist whose work has appeared in People, Ebony, Essence, LA Stage Times, LA Watts Times, Black Meetings and Tourism, Los Angeles Sentinel, EMMY, The Hollywood Reporter, Rhythm & Business, Billboard, Grammy, CYH, BlackVoices.com and more. Contact her via: [email protected]