2009 Dodge Charger

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13 reviews
Available Price Range $3,430-$17,722 Trims6 Combined MPG 16-22 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2009 Dodge Charger

Our Take

While the Charger name is a throwback to the 1970s coupe, the underpinnings and design are modern. The Charger comes in SE, SXT and R/T trims. There's also a high-performance SRT8 model. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but SXT and R/T models are available with all-wheel drive. Its main competi... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Forward visibility on winding roads
  • ABS not standard
  • Side airbags not standard
  • SRT8 gas mileage, gas-guzzler tax
  • IIHS side-impact crash-test rating without side airbags

Notable Features

  • V-6 or V-8
  • Cylinder deactivation (R/T)
  • High-performance SRT8 model
  • Optional Backseat TV system
  • RWD or AWD

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

Dodge calls the Charger a four-door coupe, and it is aptly named. The sporty profile and responsive handling put it a notch above the typical family sedan.In general, rear-wheel-drive cars have better dry-road handling because of superior balance. In snow, ice or heavy rain, however, traction sometimes suffers.The answer? Dodge offers the Charger with optional all-wheel drive.The test car was a... Read full review for the 2009 Dodge Charger

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Consumer Reviews

4.2

Average based on 13 reviews

definatly a fun and comfortable car to drive

by cat from Rockford, IL on April 17, 2010

Being a Mopar person i love my Dodges. However this is by far the most convenient one for someone with a wife and two kids who is looking for fun, sporty,and comfortable. The stability control was ver... Read Full Review

6 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.

Safety

Crash-Test Reports

Recalls

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.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

36mo/36,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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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