Once upon a time, as readers of a certain age may recall, large rear-wheel drive family sedans ruled the road. That changed eventually, as sedans downsized and became front-drive; minivans, SUVs, and crossovers began to appear on the roads. Even large sedans started switching to front-wheel or all-wheel drive, and the few rear-drive large sedans left seemed to be aimed at the early dinner crowd.
Enter the 2010 Dodge Charger and its sibling, the Chrysler 300. Perhaps the last of a breed, these two sedans offer rear-drive, lots of space, and a mission that appeals to Mom and Dad, not their parents.
Both the Charger and 300 are available with high-performance SRT8 packages, and so it was that I recently found myself spending a few days behind the wheel of a Charger SRT8, which is billed as the"official passenger car of NASCAR." Given this car's size and shape, that seems appropriate.
The SRT8 based at $38,180, including such standard features as a 6.1-liter Hemi V-8 that makes 425...