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in 2009 Affordable Large Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $10,973 - $16,808
Original MSRP: $24,835 - $34,260
MPG: 18 City / 26 Hwy
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2009 Dodge Charger Interior

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Auto writers are impressed with the Charger's roomy, comfortable cabin and large cargo hold. Still, some ergonomic quirks and subpar materials don't sit well with critics.

  • "Interior materials are a slight grade below those of Chrysler 300, but are appropriate for these prices, with solid feel and a nice array of padded surfaces." -- Consumer Guide
  • "There may be more hard plastic trim on the dash and door panels than we'd prefer, but fit and finish is very good overall." -- Edmunds
  • "Compared to your typical Detroit sedan of just a few years ago, the Charger's cabin is tastefully designed and looks clean without appearing austere." -- Road and Track
  • "Some interior plastics look a little, uh, plastic, but satin finished metal trims spiff up the console and ring the gauges." -- AutoMedia.com
  • "There is too much uninterrupted plastic on the interior surfaces." -- Forbes

Seating

Critics say that the Charger's five-passenger cabin is plenty comfortable and spacious. Though some complain that the front seats allow for body-sliding during hard turns, sportier trims feature bolstered seats that overcome the problem.

  • "Generously sized seats, but flat cushions allow occupants to slide during aggressive cornering. SRT8 and Charger R/T with Road/Track Performance Group address this problem with sport buckets. SRT8 seats have good lateral support and outstanding comfort." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The driving position is just right for a tough-guy slouch, elbow out the window, wrist resting on the top of the steering wheel." -- About.com
  • "Front occupants get plenty of elbowroom and legroom, and rear legroom is ample. Headroom in models equipped with a sunroof is good but not vast." -- Cars.com
  • "Headroom is plentiful, as is space around the hips and shoulders, and you'd need to be pretty tall to fill the foot wells. The same goes for front seat room." -- Automobile.com
  • "Inside, the Charger's long wheelbase opens up plenty of room for passengers, particularly in the backseat where the Dodge car leads its peers in legroom." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Critics report that the Charger's features are easy to use, but complain about their placement.

  • "Instruments are large and easy to read, but the steering-wheel rim cuts into view of turn-signal arrows and gauges for fuel and temperature. Most controls are within easy reach, though some are too low to easily adjust while driving. The navigation system is fairly easy to operate, though some functions could require fewer button presses." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Charger's control layout is excellent, with easy-to-read black on big round white analog gauges -- it feels like you're driving a drag racer." -- About.com
  • "Back seat passengers don't have to take a back seat to anyone when it comes to entertainment - provided that the owner springs for the optional video system. The unit integrates nicely with the center console and boasts a 7-inch LCD screen, battery powered remote control and two wireless multi-channel headsets." -- AutoMedia.com

Cargo

Overall, reviewers are impressed with the Charger's 16.2 cubic-feet of cargo space.

  • "Charger's trunk is usefully sized and shaped, but a relatively small opening complicates loading bulky objects. The standard split-folding 60/40 rear seatbacks enhance versatility, though they don't lay completely flat." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Should you go nuts at Costco and the 16.2-cubic-foot trunk isn't enough, you can always employ the 60/40-split folding rear seat." -- Edmunds
  • "Trunk space is also suitable for long hauls. At 16.2 cubic feet, it's even larger than the trunk in the 300." -- Motor Week

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