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2009 Dodge Charger

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2009 Dodge Charger Review

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Imagine what it must have been like back in the '60s and '70s to walk into a dealership, point out the muscle car of your dreams and drive it off the showroom floor. Until recently, the only people who could recount the joy of driving a brand-new Camaro, Challenger or Boss Mustang were those who came of driving age during the 1960s. But, thanks to Dodge, the experience has been brought back to life, only this time the muscle car of your dreams isn't a cramped, poor-handling coupe, but a sophisticated and comfortable sedan. With one of the most powerful HEMI V8 engines on the planet, the 2009 Dodge Charger SRT8 is more than just a rehashed nameplate from the past; it is the genuine article remade with twenty-first century technology.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you've reached a position in life that requires you to own a traditional premium sedan, but the kid-racer in you screams, "Hey, don't forget about having fun!" check out the 2009 Dodge Charger SRT8.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The 2009 Dodge Charger is a pretty flashy ride, especially in SRT8 trim. If you're looking for a powerful sedan with more subtle styling, the Chrysler 300C might be a better choice.

What's New for 2009

The Charger SRT8 receives a host of new standard equipment, including dual-zone automatic temperature control, automatic headlamps, remote start, one touch-up/down windows and heated front seats. Improvements to the ABS system and suspension, as well as a new Super Bee "buzz model", round out 2009's updates.

Driving the Charger
Driving Impressions

Say what you will about the Charger SRT8's Mercedes-Benz inspired suspension and steering components, when it comes to power, the car's HEMI engine is 100-percent red-blooded American muscle at its...

... best. With a reported zero to 60 mile-per-hour time in the five-second range, it's nearly impossible not to get excited climbing behind the wheel each morning. Beyond its blisteringly quick performance, the Charger SRT8's capable suspension allows it to run circles around average family sedans. The steering feel is direct and precise, with little play in the heavily weighted system. Braking is also first-rate, aided by huge four-piston Brembo disc brakes. Although the Charger SRT8 makes a livable daily driver, interior sound levels are noticeably higher than in the base car.

Sport Seats
The nicely bolstered sport seats are still wide enough to fit full-sized bodies and feature lumbar support for both the driver and passenger.

Super Bee Package
With more horsepower-per-liter than the original 426 street HEMI of the 1960s, the Charger SRT8 presents the perfect canvas on which to resurrect the Super Bee package.

2009 Dodge Charger Details
2009 Dodge Charger photo Interior

In keeping with the SRT8's muscle car image, Dodge outfits the roomy interior with a set of aggressively bolstered front bucket seats complete with the SRT8 logo embossed on the head restraints, grippy suede inserts and bright red stitching. Befitting the SRT8's additional power, the revised white-faced instrument cluster gauges include a 180 miles-per-hour speedometer, although we don't recommend you attempt to reach this figure unless you're a qualified driver on a proper track. The dash and door panels are nearly identical to the standard Charger, which is to say they are awash in dull gray plastics that lack the high-end look and feel one might expect in a $41,000 vehicle.

Exterior

The 2009 Dodge Charger SRT8 builds on the already sporty Charger design by adding an aggressive front end and a prominent wide hood scoop. Integrated into the lower front bumper are functional air intakes that deliver cool air to the Brembo front disc brakes. The SRT8 sits lower to the ground than the base Charger and wears 20-inch wheels surrounded by Z-rated performance rubber. Around back, the SRT8 gains a rear-wing spoiler and dual 3.5-inch exhaust outlets.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2008 Dodge Charger SRT8's long list of standard amenities includes a 6.1-liter HEMI V8 engine, five-speed AutoStick transmission, four-wheel anti-lock Brembo disc brakes (ABS), traction control, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and 20-inch aluminum wheels with Z-rated performance tires. Also featured is a rear spoiler, power windows, power door locks, power-adjustable pedals, keyless entry, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, heated leather and suede sport seats, remote start, fog lamps and an eight-way power driver's seat. The standard audio includes an AM/FM stereo with single CD and six Boston Acoustics speakers driven by a 276-watt amplifier.

Optional Equipment

Notable options include a power sunroof, rear-seat video system, 11-speaker Kicker Mobile Surround Sound and 200-watt subwoofer, heated front seats, front and rear side-curtain airbags, six-disc CD changer with MP3 capability, DVD navigation, uconnect hands-free communication system, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, SIRIUS Backseat TV and the Super Bee Special Edition Package.

Under the Hood

The SRT8's HEMI (so named for its hemispherical combustion chambers) is related to the 5.7-liter engine used in the Dodge Charger R/T. The SRT division begins with a stronger engine block, then enlarges the cylinder bore, thus increasing displacement to 6.1 liters. Engineers then add numerous performance parts, including revised intake and exhaust manifolds, high-flow cylinder heads, a high-performance camshaft, a forged-steel crankshaft and reinforced connecting rods. While output is undeniable, without the 5.7-liter Multi-Displacement System technology, fuel consumption is less than stellar.

6.1-liter V8
425 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
420 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/19

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2009 Dodge Charger Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 806 Ratings for the 2006 - 2010 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

Great car

By on Monday, May 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 160,500

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great sedan, family car, yet fun."

Cons: "MPG has improved"

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

"I own a charger for the past 10 years, its has over 160k miles and has never given me any problems. The only time I had it repair was when it was loosing power, and buying 700.00$ key fix the problem."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Great sound barrier - Smooth ride - Leg room

By on Thursday, April 14, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,673

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great sound barrier - Smooth ride - Leg room"

Cons: "engine & brakes replaced at 40,000 miles"

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

My 6' son sprawled out & relaxing in the car during a camping trip. He's very happy!

"At 40, 000 miles a new engine was installed At 40,000 miles 4 new tires At 40, 000 miles brakes had to be replaced At 80,000 miles brakes had to be replaced again I'm concerned if the engine will need replaced any moment. I was not attracted to this car at the time of purchase. I had my eyes on a smaller vehicle. I have grown to LOVE it. I was fortunate to be able to have it worked on without an immense amount of financial stress. If it wasn't for that, I would be an extremely angry owner. This car rides smooth, very smooth. The sound barrier is incredible! It has a comfortable amount of space for tall folk's legs, It is now my SEXY car. And, it has my son's gum stuck in it's seat, forever. As long as I can afford to fix it's engine and brake problem, I will buy another!!!!"

6 people out of 13 found this review helpful

My 6' son sprawled out & relaxing in the car during a camping trip. He's very happy!

Amazing car but warranty has run out.

By on Saturday, April 9, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 96,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Amazing driving performance, acceleration/braking"

Cons: "Nothing except dealing with dealerships in my city"

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

"I love this car and have had it for 8 years. It looks brand new and has new parts, thanks to Dodge warranty work;it is a beautiful red and has only about 3 small dings on driver's door. Have no kids and don't eat in car or haul stuff so immaculate inside."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

CHARGE THIS BABY!!!

By on Thursday, April 7, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "sporty with a rim/tire upgrade"

Cons: "heavy car/ v6 HO doesn't really have enough power"

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

"Owned this one for about a year and a half. Police model (extra stuff) Heavy car, ok gas mileage. 250hp V6 is really not enough for this icon of the American youth. I put deep dish 22's and a 30 series tire which makes it look great. Limo tint all around. Black metal flake paint makes it look dirty even when clean. Would not recommend this color. 3 bodies will fit in the trunk. Good value for this car and a lot of LOOKS!!!!!"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Great Car!!

By on Thursday, January 7, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 135,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Cons: "Funky intermittent engine problem"

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

"Bought my 2006 Dodge Charger SXT 3.5L V6 2 years ago and love it. Its awful (-ly fun) in the snow but that is to be expected with a RWD car in CO. Bought it used with 90k on it, 135k now and have had a few repairs done but nothing outrageous. Gets decent gas mileage, its fun to drive, looks more expensive than it is, (well mine does at least) and is an awesome car all around."

14 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Great until the engine was ruined

By on Tuesday, October 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Looks great with lots of interior room and HP."

Cons: "Sloppy steering, premature engine failure."

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

"This car was great until the engine died just short of 125,000 miles. Engine replacement will cost me over $6000 and that's more than the car is worth. Looking on various message boards, it looks like premature engine failure is not uncommon with the 5.7 liter Hemi engine. Posters say that the engine block is steel and the head is aluminum (why???). These metals expand at different rates. I never drove it hard and my engine wasn't even overheating but somehow the valves were damaged, pieces fell into cylinders 6, 7, and 8 and the engine was trashed."

17 people out of 29 found this review helpful

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