You might like the AWD. The State Highway Patrol is going to all Charger AWD models. The Troopers I have talked with love them and indicate they handle very well, even in snow. Perhaps an AWD Charger if you want to stay in a sedan. The ride quality in a the Charger is a little better than the Challenger...rather a slightly softer ride!Almost every single review I've read of the Challenger AWD V6 (aka "GT") have been very positive. Let's face it, I'm also coming from a 2012 Impala LT - which, while I do like it, is also a "cheply" built car - probably even more so.
One thing I was surprised at was just how heavy the Challengers are - they weigh even more that the 8th gen Impalas.
I think I've convinced myself to go test drive the 2018 GT at some point. For me, the ride comfort is going to the be the biggest thing. While I know the ride won't be as good as a Buick, or even my 2012 Impala, I'm hoping that it's not too "harsh".
From what I've read, the AWD system works really well in snow - although it's also another "something" that can and will break eventually.
I just really like the way the Challenger looks. I think the V6 would be plenty of power for me and my uses. I'm still very happy with the V6 in my 2012, and the V6 in the Challenger GT is basically exactly the same in terms of power (although, the car is a little heavier) - but I still VERY rarely need or use the full amount of power available in my 2012, so it's really a non-issue for me.
Driving a Dodge will be a big change - I'm *always* been a GM guy, so that will be interesting.