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2009 Dodge Charger

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2009 Dodge Charger Review

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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 Chrysler 300C, the 2009 Dodge Charger merges American styling and muscle with suspension and transmission technology borrowed during the short-lived merger between Daimler and Chrysler. 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 2009 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 you've grown accustomed to the high-end fit and finish inside the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, the Charger's somewhat lack luster interior may leave you wanting. The lack of a hybrid model doesn't' keep pace with arch-rival Chevrolet and its revamped Malibu Sedan.

What's New for 2009

All-wheel drive models receive Active Transfer Case and Front Axle Disconnect, which effectively disconnect the front axles and transfer case when not in use helping to conserve fuel. Other changes include a more powerful 5.7-liter HEMI V8, standard LED backlit cup holders and a new tail lamp design.

Driving the Charger

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.

Comprehensive DVD Entertainment System
The optional uconnect studio 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 20-inch chrome wheels.

2009 Dodge Charger Details
2009 Dodge Charger photo Interior

The inside of the 2009 Dodge Charger is marked by attractive, minimalist styling that, by offering nothing terribly interesting to look at, helps reinforce the notion that this car should be driven with a focus on the road ahead. When the road finally does get twisty, however, you might wish for more lateral support from the front seats. Otherwise, front and rear passengers are treated to a roomy cabin with adequately comfortable seating. Likewise, there's plenty of room for cargo in a spacious trunk that offers enhanced flexibility with an optional 60/40-split folding rear seat.

Exterior

Unlike so many of today's derivative designs, the 2009 Dodge Charger shows almost no resemblance to any other car on the road. Up front, a gaping crosshair grill flanked by scowling headlamps decisively distances the Charger from the more staid large-sedan entries from Toyota, Ford and Hyundai. From the side, a sloping roof line helps evoke the Charger's coupe heritage, while pronounced rear fenders help to further define the car's performance persona. New rear tail lamps feature deep circular cut outs, a tribute to the Chargers of the late 60s.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A base 2009 Dodge Charger SE includes a 2.7-liter V6 engine, four-speed automatic transmission, air conditioning, AM/FM/CD/MP3 sound system with auxiliary input jack, tilt and telescopic steering column, driver and passenger adjustable lumber support, power windows/locks/mirrors, outside temperature display, cruise control and 17-inch aluminum wheels. Standard safety features include front airbags, stability and traction control systems, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and brake assist.

Optional Equipment

Some of the more significant options include a 3.5-liter V6 engine, the 5.7-liter HEMI V8, all-wheel drive, leather seats, seven-inch rear-seat DVD entertainment system, SIRIUS Backseat TV, HID headlamps, DVD navigation system, uconnect tunes audio system with 30-gigabyte hard drive, Boston Acoustics eight-speaker 368-watt 5.1 Matrix surround sound system, power sunroof, heated and power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable pedals, seat-mounted side-impact airbags and front and rear side-curtain airbags. Also on the list is an Enhanced Road/Track Performance Group, which includes 20-inch chrome-clad wheels, rear deck-lid spoiler, heated suede performance seats and a performance suspension.

Under the Hood

Either of the two 2009 Dodge Charger's V6 engines might surprise you with how well they move the nearly two-ton sedan, but once you get a taste of life with the 5.7-liter HEMI under your right foot you'll have a tough time settling for anything less. And while we think a proper five-speed manual would be a natural for this car, the only way to move through the gears on your own is via the available five-speed automatic with AutoStick shifting.

2.7-liter V6
178 horsepower @ 5500 rpm
190 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/26

3.5-liter V6
250 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
250 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 (RWD), 17/23 (AWD)

5.7-liter V8
368 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
395 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4150 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/25 (RWD), 16/23 (AWD)

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2009 Dodge Charger Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 784 Ratings for the 2006 - 2011 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

Performance meets luxury

By on Saturday, March 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 89,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "A pleasure to drive"

Cons: "Front end will need frequent repairs"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I love my Charger, regardless of some mechanical issues. Front end is notoriously weak in this car; be prepared to put some $$ into it. Beautiful car, comfortable ride and a pleasure to drive. Gas mileage with the hemi less than desirable 22mpg on the highway....about 15mpg around town :( but love the power and purr of engine. I will never forget the first time I got pulled over for speeding. The state trooper leaned into the car to check it out and said, "hey, does this have a hemi?" Luckily I got off with just warning. Other issues? Lug nuts for this car are garbage; I've replaced them 4 times. Drives fine in the snow but this heavy car does not stop on a dime on a slick road."

not what i expected

By on Sunday, March 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "good looking with plenty of attention"

Cons: "oil eater"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"I brought this car about 4years ago. At first I was in love with the car until I notice how much oil it consumes. Engine ticks when first started the dealers says that normal. So overall it's good looking and that's about it."

Great 4 door sport sedan

By on Friday, March 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Cons: "Mid grade gas recommended for 3.5L V6."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My car has the sport handling package and the 3.5L V6. It's a great combination. The sport handling package allows you to charge corners without over-driving them. 10 MPH over the recommended corner speed does NOT induce panic by passengers. The V6 is peppy and eager to run hard while sipping gas. The only downside: mid-grade gas is recommended by Dodge and makes a dramatic difference in mileage if you use regular. It has a roomy interior, almost too big for a 5' 8" 200 lb driver."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Best family size sedan i have ever driven

By on Saturday, January 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Very smooth riding Extremely good on fuel"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Very powerful for V-6 yet extremely good on fuel . 30 highway with 4 adults at 70 mph. Corners very well . Dodge has built a very good product !!"

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Very nice car.

By on Saturday, December 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 112,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to drive"

Cons: "Winter weather, get the right tires"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

2006 Dodge Charger rt

"Very nice car! Cheàp to upgrade performance. Nice sound from the engine when you hammer the accelerator. Car can be very tricky driving in snow, not talking inches or feet I'm talking a half inch or less. It can get tricky."

8 people out of 10 found this review helpful

2006 Dodge Charger rt

new custom paint job

By on Monday, December 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 111,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "a eye catcher for only $7500 everything workl"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"only 30000 miles on new factory engine,have supporting paper work, plus four new tires and rims, have 20" chrome rim with new tires, chrome trim all the way around, two tone custom paint job, clean inside and out"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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