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2008 Dodge Charger

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2008 Dodge Charger Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By KBB.com Editors


Dodge created the Charger for consumers who need the convenience of four doors but loathe the idea of driving a generic family sedan. Even in base and mid-level forms the Charger's edgy lines and sporty wheels make a bold statement and, for those who can afford the HEMI V8 engine, the vehicle has bold moves to match. Sharing its engine and chassis with the Dodge Magnum wagon and Chrysler 300C, the 2008 Dodge Charger merges American styling and muscle with Mercedes-Benz suspension and transmission technology. The result yields a car that can outrun just about everything in its price class and several others costing tens of thousands more.

You'll Like This Car If...

Whether you're looking for a sedan with a louder bark, a bigger bite or both, the 2008 Dodge Charger might quicken your pulse before you ever turn the key. The fact that underneath the Charger is a practical family sedan shouldn't spoil your fun.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If HEMI horsepower and the resurrection of the Charger name have you hoping for overall performance on par with modern muscle coupes like the Ford Mustang GT or Pontiac GTO, you'll be disappointed.

What's Significant About This Car?

The 2008 Dodge Charger receives a slight interior freshening, with more standard equipment added to the R/T model. Dodge has repositioned the cruise control stalk to the 4 o'clock position and SIRIUS Backseat TV becomes a new option.

Driving It Driving Impressions

Not surprisingly, Dodge's 5.7-liter HEMI V8 is just as smooth and powerful under the Charger's hood as it is in all the other vehicles it graces. But even the 3.5-liter V6 delivers enough power to have a little fun. The Charger also delivers ride and handling equal to that of the surprisingly eager and composed Chrysler 300. However, given the promise of its Charger badge and aggressive styling, some might hope for a more aggressive setup. As it stands, the Charger is sportier than the Chrysler 300 in image only, which will be enough for most.

Favorite Features

Comprehensive DVD Entertainment System
The optional rear-seat DVD system features auxiliary inputs, wireless headphones, CD/MP3 compatibility and a seven-inch LCD screen that hides neatly in the front-seat armrest when not in use.

Road/Track Performance Group
Highlights include big-bolstered sport seats, performance suspension and a uniquely-tuned HEMI engine that makes 350 horsepower.


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