The 2009 Dodge Charger is a good-looking sedan that delivers outstanding performance. It comes in four trim levels, including the sporty R/T, mid-level SXT, base SE, and big-performance SRT8. All the trims are great fun to drive. The Charger appeals to a large range of audiences.
The four-door, rear-drive Dodge Charger debuted in February 2005 from Chrysler. The first Charger, introduced as a show car in 1964, was manufactured on the lines of Dodge Polara. Now, the Dodge Charger has entered its fourth year. The new model of the Charger is more powerful than the earlier ones. It proves more comfortable and fuel-efficient.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.7-liter V-6, 3.5-liter V-6, 6.1-liter V-8, 5.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Charger SE, Dodge Charger SXT, Dodge Charger R/T, Dodge Charger SRT8
For 2009 the Charger has been given a more powerful V-8 engine that gets better gas mileage. Updates have also been made to the Charger’s all-wheel-drive system in order to further increase fuel economy. The fuel efficiency in the latest Charger SRT8 marks an improved feature. It comes with a Super Bee Package with orange paint. Now the Charger also comes equipped with multimedia suite, which includes a 30 GB hard drive for picture files and storing digital music, a navigation system with real-time traffic information, and a wireless cell-phone link.
The Charger is mainly known for its attractive look. It looks like a sports car, but in some people’s minds, the Charger does not look good from the back. The long wheelbase and large size mark other features of the Charger.
The Dodge Charger SE comes equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels.
The new R/T has four doors, whereas the earlier one had only two. The R/T Charger features xenon headlights and 18-inch, chrome-clad wheels. It further improves the Charger’s suspension, brakes, and steering as well.
The SXT comes with more luxury. Its features exterior accents, xenon headlights, fog lamps, heated mirrors, automatic headlamps, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Twenty-inch chrome-clad wheels add to the SXT DUB Edition.
On the other hand, the interior of the sedan is very appreciable. The seats feel very comfortable and offer adjustment. The Charger also provides sufficient storage space. If you want to carry large equipment, you can use its standard 60/40 split-folding back seat. The trunk in 2009 Dodge Charger has a huge carrying capacity of 16 cubic feet.
Furthermore, all the trims of the Charger come equipped with a telescopic steering wheel, an interior air filter, full power accessories, an AM/FM/CD/MP3 player, and air-conditioning.
Standard features for the SE include full power accessories, air-conditioning, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, a CD player with a four-speaker stereo, keyless entry, and an auxiliary audio jack. The R/T features a trip computer, a compass, and Bluetooth.
SXT versions add a power driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, chrome interior, a 276-watt Boston Acoustics sound system, power-adjustable pedals, satellite radio, a split-folding seat, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and dual-zone climate controls. Embroidered leather seats, a 13-speaker Kicker sound system, and DUB exterior badges provide other features for the SXT DUB Edition.
Other new features include a hard drive for the storage of music and Sirius Backseat TV.
Performance & Handling
When it comes to raw power, it’s hard to beat the 2009 Dodge Charger and its powerful V-8 engine. However, if you plan on doing any high-performance driving that’s not in a straight line, you may be disappointed. The Charger’s steering feels light and uncommunicative and the vehicle’s hefty curb weight seems all-too-apparent when you sit behind the wheel.
The base SE contains a 250-hp, 3.5-liter V-6, which gets poor fuel economy. Upgrade to one of the V-8 engines for more power.
As far as the safety of the 2009 Dodge Charger is concerned, it comes equipped with anti-lock disc brakes, side airbags, and self-sealing tires. Moreover, stability control and traction control come standard on all the trim levels except for the base.
The 2009 Dodge Charger earns five stars for rear-side crash protection and frontal crash protection in government crash tests.
EPA Fuel Economy
Dodge Charger: 18/26 mpg city/highway
- Option for powerful V-8 engine
- Spacious cabin
- Comfortable ride quality
- Affordable price
- Available with all-wheel drive
You Won't Like
- Poor fuel economy from V-6
- Difficult to enter and exit rear seat
- Hefty curb weight impacts handling
Its powerful V-8 power plant makes it worth considering for a big, domestic-built sedan.
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