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7.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 8.2
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2009 Dodge Charger Review

The 2009 Dodge Charger is a competent performer, but when it was new, most reviewers weren’t thrilled by the base model’s performance. Otherwise, reviewers found that it's merely a spacious, bold-looking sedan.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful V8 HEMI engine
  • Roomy cabin
  • Below-average safety ratings
  • Some ergonomic quirks and subpar cabin materials
  • Limited visibility from the driver’s seat
  • Base model lacks stability and traction control

2009 Dodge Charger Overview

With the 2009 Charger, Dodge attempted to combine a muscle car with a practical large family sedan, but reviewers said the results were mixed. The 2009 Dodge Charger has a number of trims that offer V8 power, and styling that’s reminiscent of “The Dukes of Hazzard,” but reviewers suggested avoiding the base model because of its listless performance. As with many other Dodge vehicles, reviewers had an issue with the Charger’s interior quality, but they found the cabin to be spacious. The Charger offers all-wheel drive on two trims. The Charger lags behind other 2009 large cars with a below-average safety score.

Test drivers found that the Charger could easily fit five in its spacious cabin, but some felt the base model’s seats needed more bolstering to hold passengers in place. However, most were impressed with the vast amount of rear-seat legroom. Reviewers thought that the instruments were large and easy to read, and that the controls were easy to reach. Other large cars have more cargo capacity, but the Charger’s trunk space should be able to accommodate plenty of cargo. If not, the 60/40-split rear seats fold flat for more space.

The base Charger includes a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, cruise control and a four-speaker stereo with an auxiliary audio jack. Notable trims include the Charger RT, which has a 5.7-liter V8 HEMI engine that produces 368 horsepower.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you like the Charger’s roomy interior, but want a car that offers a more comfortable ride, consider its corporate cousin, the 2009 Chrysler 300. Both cars offer similar powertrains and fuel economy. Still, it makes sense to include the 300 in your used car search since both cars share so much in common.

If you are looking for a more practical large car, the highly-ranked 2009 Ford Taurus should be on your list. The Taurus offers better interior quality and safety scores, though it lacks the Charger’s available V8 engine. Base Taurus and Charger models get comparable fuel economy, but the Taurus achieves those estimates with a more powerful engine. In terms of cargo space, the Taurus bests the Charger with a significantly larger trunk.

Compare the Charger to the 300 and Taurus »

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