By Cars.com EditorsMay 13, 2009
About the video
Cars.com's Mike Hanley takes a look at the 2009 Dodge Charger SRT8. It competes with the Pontiac G8 and the Ford Taurus.
Hi, I'm Mike Kelly with cars.com. The Dodge chargers is like the alpha male of family sedans. It's brash, aggressive styling is designed to intimidate.
And it backs up those looks when you get the SRT eight trim level, you see here, It offers nearly as much horsepower as a Chevy Corvette. You can think of this car as your all American muscle sedan. Car bus will remember that the original charger was a two door coupe, but when Dodge brought the model back for 2006, they transformed it into the full size sedan you see here. It features familiar Dodge styling cues like this crosshatched grill and the headlights give it a bit of an angry appearance. When you choose the top of the line SRT eight model, you get this hood scoop here, a different lower front bumper, and also 20 inch aluminum wheels. Chrysler street and racing technology team is responsible for the V8 engine under the charger, SRT eight's hood. It's a 6.1 liter V8, and it makes 425 horsepower, 420 pounds feet of torque. But first of all, the engine looks great in the engine bay, and it also makes a deep rumbly exhaust note when you step on the gas. Dodge claims the car can go from zero to 60 in a little over five seconds. And this engine pairs with a five speed automatic transmission. Now they make for a thirsty couple as the EPA claims that estimated gas mileage for this car is 13 miles per gallon in the city and 19 on the highway. And that's enough to impose a gas guzzler tax of $1,700. Dodge interiors are often criticized for their low quality feel. And while that's true with some of its models, the charter has a relatively nice cabin. It has decent dashboard materials and a decent arrangement for this center controls. And also in the SRT eight model, you get these sport front bucket seats that have swayed inserts. And in the back, there's also more contouring in the bench seats to give passengers a more form fitting experience. Like Dodge's grand caravan minivan, but unlike a number of other passenger cars, the chargers available with a backseat video entertainment system. It flips up from the front center armrest, and it can play DVD movies. The charger also available with streaming satellite television for the system. So that kids can watch Disney Channel, Cartoon Network or Nickelodeon. The charger SRT eight is definitely a niche model, but it's less powerful sibling might be appropriate for someone looking for an aggressively styled full-sized sedan. And the availability of all wheel drive on that model is definitely a plus. For additional information on this car or any other go to cars.com and our blog kicking tires.