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The 2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD has been out for some time now, but this week I finally wrangled one into Jalopnikā€™s California garage and am heading to the mountains to find out what this giant two-door 4x4 is really made of.

Okay, maybe we wonā€™t really take Moparā€™s gargantuan bachelormobile rock crawling, but weā€™ll at least run it through some potholes and some sandy beach parking lots to see if this traction system is half decent.

Our V6 automatic test car rings up at about $41,000 with a few grand worth of tech toys and a sunroof, which is generously sized. It also has 235/55R19-sized tires, which look as skinny as shopping cart wheels below the Challengerā€™s expansive ass, and, to my surprise, launch control.

I guess the foul-weather version still has to be a Challenger.

After a few laps through my regular ā€œcommuteā€ I can report that the car feels about as long as the Mercedes GLS SUV I also drove recently and its all-season tires are pretty easy to chirp. I can already see why these cars are so popular. It just, kind of, feels cool to be in.


The window sticker says the carā€™s capable of 27 mpg on the highway and 18 in the city. At standard Los Angeles speed, Iā€™m averaging 10.7 so far.

So what else do you want to know about this four-season muscle car?