2009 Dodge Challenger

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37 reviews
Available Price Range $10,476-$32,732 Trims3 Combined MPG 16-21 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2009 Dodge Challenger

Our Take

After last year's limited run of high-performance SRT8 models, Chrysler has filled out the Challenger's lineup, including two more trim levels for 2009: SE and R/T. This big, American two... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Sluggish V-6
  • ABS not standard
  • Blind-spot visibility
  • Some cheap interior bits
  • Large turning circle
  • Weak standard stereo

Notable Features

  • Available V-6 and two V-8 drivetrains
  • Manual or automatic transmissions
  • Limited-slip differential on R/T, SRT8
  • Styled after 1970-74 Challenger
  • SRT8 hits 60 mph in 4.9 seconds
  • Seats five


Our Expert Reviews

People were intrigued with the Dodge Challenger R/T Classic everywhere I drove it. I got waves while driving and questioned when stopped. Almost every time I left it parked in a lot I came back to find fresh nose marks and fingerprints on the side glass from people looking inside.This special trim version of the Challenger looks great. The R/T stripes down the side and the polished five-spoke w... Read Full Review

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Consumer Reviews

4.8 out of 5

Based on 37 reviews

You have to have the SRT!

by KartMan from San Jose, CA on October 28, 2010

I've had my SRT for 8 months now, and it's always fun to drive. It makes my weekends so much more enjoyable. Don't buy this car if you don't want people drooling over the car and asking questions each... Read Full Review

3 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


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NHTSA Ratings

Based on Dodge Challenger R/T

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NHTSA Ratings

Based on Dodge Challenger R/T

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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.


There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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Warranty Coverage



Roadside Assistance Coverage


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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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