LMFAO reading your posts from a few months ago about your 2019 Hemi Pursuit AWD. I stumbled upon this thread searching for info on replacement tires; another thread topic, obviously, but...My quest has FINALLY come to an end! I’ll tell you about it.
Now, if you want my impressions of the car, I’ll start another thread. Needless to say, a Pursuit is really an acquired taste. Make sure you test drive one over bumpy roads to see if this is REALLY what you want. Anyway, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Wanted to chime here regarding the AWD suspension on the Pursuits. First, my story in brief: I just purchased a 2018 Hemi Pursuit AWD sight unseen from a dealer (probably foolish, I know). 3 months ago, my 2012 was totaled in a rear end collision. I was sitting at a stoplight at night with my 11-year old daughter next to me (I letter her ride up front, thank God), when a 25-year old twit slammed into the back of my car at an estimated 65 mph. My daughter and I walked away from the wreck, but my beloved Blackberry Pearl Charger was not so fortunate. And while I'm still butt hurt over losing that car, surviving that wreck was a testimony to how solid these cars are.
Anyhow, I did not escape unscathed. After 3 months of physical therapy I am at least able to drive again. I spent 6 weeks trying to find another Pursuit. I wanted a Hemi with RWD. Originally, I planned to purchase a 2014 because I was so used to the last gen body style. However, everyone I found either had very high mileage (i.e. no powertrain warranty), or low miles but a seller who clearly didn't really want to sell, or a sketchy offer that was too good to be true (i.e. B.S. alert - avoid). About the time I was preparing to give up and just hire an Uber whenever I needed a ride, I finally found one out of state. I bought the car from a dealer with <10k miles and while I had seen pics, it was effectively sight unseen.
Now, before the haters chime in telling me how stupid that was, allow to mention that 1) I've owned 3 Charger Pursuit vehicles before (all Hemis) and a Police Tahoe, so I have some idea of how these cars are built, what to watch out for, and how to pick out a good one from a distance. The vehicle I purchased was a single owner Texas car, civi owned (LEO) with no official department use. Plus, I verified warranty expiration dates. Long story short, 10k miles and 26k miles left on the warranty (and up to 2 years). Good enough for me.
Now, back to the ride quality. The one thing I was not expecting was how harsh the rear suspension. I picked up the vehicle in north Texas and drove it home ~200 highway miles. OMG that rear end is harsh going over bumps, as you mentioned. My 2012 was never that tight. OTOH, that car will corner at high speed like you just robbed the local Wells Fargo and need to GTFO. So, I would say preliminarily that I agree it's a trade-off.
Bottom line is I'm adding my input to yours in the sense prospective buyers should take this into consideration. I've had the car a few days now, and I can already sell the wife is NOT going to like riding in this thing (perhaps not a bad thing... LoL). I'm sure if I tossed a few hundred pounds of sand in the trunk it would ride better. My old Ford F-250 was like that. Those tough springs sometimes just need some weight to get them where they want to be. Downside is that would of course likely reduce MPG.
When I owned a 2010, I swapped out the exhaust (installed a discarded Challenger exhaust system) and the shocks and springs after I got it past the factory warranty. I may very well do the same thing to this 2018's suspension when that time comes. We'll see. Either way, I have no regrets for now.