2009 Dodge Viper Interior
Auto writers take issue with the '09 Viper's cabin, which doesn't compare well to its competitors' level of comfort, convenience and refinement.
- "Dodge says the simplicity of the interior is by design, calling it 'racing inspired.' My quibble: When a car costs $85,000, its interior should reflect $85,000." -- Detroit News.
- "Rich upholstery, but the cabin's only relief from hard matte plastic and textured vinyl are some metal trim pieces." -- Consumer Guide
- "[B]e forewarned that the compromises are many. In addition to its lack of save-your-butt safety aids, the Viper also has a small cockpit with plenty of hard plastic and little in the way of luxury features." -- Edmunds
Reviewers find the Viper's low-slung cabin difficult to enter or exit and cramped. However, once inside most concede that its seats are supportive, if not comfortable. The Viper provides seating for two.
- "The cabin is cramped for tall occupants. Firm, form-hugging seats are supportive in turns, but climbing in or out is a chore. Seats lack height adjustment, and close-set pedals are skewed far to the left. Their power adjustment is a plus. Engine heat turns the footwells into ovens, and the doorsills are hot to the touch from exhaust pipes within." -- Consumer Guide
- "Getting in and out is a gymnastic exercise of hurdling the door sill and ducking under the low roof. ... The deep buckets, however, make the most of the cramped interior, and the pedals are adjustable. Once you're in the Viper and moving, it's actually pretty comfortable." -- Car and Driver
- "You'll feel your body conform to the racing seat as soon as you slide into the low-lying car. Its bolsters hold you snugly in a friendly embrace. The cockpit engulfs you, welcomes you to the Viper experience." -- Detroit News
- "Seats are designed like those in a race car, to hold occupants snugly during aggressive maneuvers, but will be a tight fit for many." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Inside the Viper, things are cramped and there's still no proper dead pedal, but it's fairly easy to find comfort in its heavily bolstered seats, which have suede center sections to keep occupants stuck in place." -- Edmunds
Critics complain that the '09 Viper lacks convenience features that drivers have come to expect in even the most basic of sports cars.
- "Controls are self-evident. Audio and climate systems are generic Dodge items. The instruments have black markings and white faces. The speedometer and fuel gauge can suffer sunlight reflections, rendering them hard to read." -- Consumer Guide
- "Power adjustable pedals: Finding the perfect driving position is critical in cars this capable. The Viper's adjustable pedals are a tremendous asset." -- Edmunds
- "I'm a little disappointed by the lack of cruise control. It makes all kinds of sense, really, because it would be easy to go into a turn and lose control before there was time to shut it off and take over. Still, I find cruise helps me keep from inadvertently creeping above the speed limit. With the electronic throttles, cruise would add little cost and practically no weight." -- Cars.com
- "One of the few complaints is the instrument panel. It has a giant, centrally located tachometer and a tiny speedometer placed to the side. Because the speedometer is so small and hard to read, I could not safely check my speed at the end of VIR's front straight, and still have time to correctly determine where to step on the brakes..." -- AutoMedia.com
- "The standard ACR is 40 pounds lighter than the regular Viper coupe. An optional "Hard Core" pack saves an extra 40 pounds through the removal of the audio system, underhood silencer pad, trunk carpet, and tire inflator. The radio is replaced by a lightweight cover that can be configured to mount the lap timer that comes with the package. Hard-core, indeed." -- Motor Trend
Though Dodge doesn't list the Viper's cargo dimensions, auto writers find that it's sufficient enough to carry light, soft luggage. However, there's not much room for cabin storage.
- "On the practical side, the coupe has about 14.7 cubic feet of cargo room (the roadster has 8.4 cubic feet). Impracticalities include a lack of cupholders, no truck release in the cabin and no cruise control." -- Cars.com
- "A few soft bags fit in the convertible's trunk. The trunklid is very heavy, and must be opened for clearance to raise or lower convertible top. Cabin storage is limited to a small center console and dashboard glovebox." -- Consumer Guide