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2009 Challenger named “Most Appealing Mid-Size Sport Car”

by Bill Cawthon on

2009 Dodge Challenger SE

Owners of the 2009 Dodge Challenger have named it “Most Appealing Mid-Size Sporty Car” in the latest J.D. Power and Associates APEAL study. The study examines how gratifying a new vehicle is to own and drive and is based on surveys from the owners themselves. This year, more than 80,900 people who bought or leased a 2009 model-year car or truck responded to the APEAL Study between February and May. They evaluated more than 90 vehicle attributes after they had had their new vehicles for 90 days.

Racking up the awards, the Challenger was named AutoPacific’s Best in Class Ideal Vehicle Award for the Sporty Car category.

Photo courtesy of Chrysler Group

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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