Used Car: 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.
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 below-average safety and reliability scores.
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. For true muscle car performance, check out the 2009 Charger SRT8, which is reviewed separately.
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, however the Charger has a small edge with a slightly better reliability score. 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, safety scores and reliability, 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.