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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 795 Ratings for the 2006 - 2011 models.

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  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

Love the "get-up and go" in this car.

By on Sunday, July 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,300

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great pedal power when needed"

Cons: "Wish Dodge would make a 2 door"

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

"Previously owned a does edgfe, mice vehicle but didn't quite love it. The first time I heard the charger start with remote keyless entry, I had goose bumps all over. Before this, though, test drove a mustang and was not happy. Fell in love with my charger!"

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

My favorite vehicle I've owned!

By on Thursday, July 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Awesome and fun to drive"

Cons: "None can't wait till one day get a newer model one"

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

"Very happy with car owned it 4 and half years. Pretty to look at and gets lots of compliments. No problems. Fun to drive with the Hemi!"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

best vehicle ever

By on Wednesday, July 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Bought this car brand new and have never any car just quite like it. You want to go fast you can, you want comfort you've got it, you want people to turn their heads you got that to. You want a numbered car well you have got that as well #820 out 1,400 ever made. Trust me it will be a collector some day"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Slow Money Pit

By on Saturday, June 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 133,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Reliable engine, big backseat for "sports sedan""

Cons: "Bad front end painted plastic bumpers high maintnc"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"If you drive this car like a normal human being on good roads, I'm sure it would be just fine, maybe even 9 or 10 out of 10 material. I'm a 19 year old kid that drives my car harder than I should and I drive on country roads often. I have a lead foot and this car is fun, but not thrilling. The power leaves more to be desired, although it will sound good with an aftermarket exhaust (I have a magnaflow cat back dual exhaust setup with chrome tips). I'm not sure if it's the mediocre roads I drive on regularly or the way I drive or just dodge / the car itself, but the front end on my car is absolute garbage. Replaced ball joints when purchased it for a pretty $1100 (dual ball joints both sides isn't cheap), and in the 25,000 miles I've had it, I've replaced three tie rods, a steering shaft, sway bar linkages, and brakes. The car drives oddly loose when everything is new and working well, and drives as if the suspension is pretty stiff because you rattle through every little bump in the road. Maybe the people that had it before me drove it roughly, but between three different mechanics I've worked with for different things, they all say everything checks out fine. The engine, I will say, is bulletproof. I don't hold anything back, and the charger just takes it and goes. Again, power is a little lackluster, but you can count on this car to get you there."

7 people out of 12 found this review helpful

I love my car!!

By on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun fun fun and so comfortable"

Cons: "parts and labor, but wouldn't do anything less!"

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

"This car is solidly built and a dream to drive. Telescoping steering wheel and totally adjustable power leather heated seats are wonderful and awe inspiring to my passengers, along with the great body style and sound of the motor:)) I get LOTS of compliments as it has a hood scoop and rear spoiler, and is pearl black in color, great rims!.. The downside? Jealousy and the occasional snarky comment..."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

very comfortable and reliable sporty yet roomy car

By on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 84,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun economical car to drive"

Cons: "not great on slick roads"

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

"I've had this car since 2011 and have never had any problems with it. I've maintained it with brakes and tires however have had no issues so I added a 2014 Charger to the fleet! Nice sporty ride!"

2 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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