- Cicero, IL
- 5 days
2009 dodge charger review this car review is specific to this model, not the actual vehicle for sale. A wide range of models is available, but all are comfortable cruisers, offering drivers a friendly haven from traffic and bumpy freeways. the model line ranges from the basic but entertaining 2. 7-liter charger se to the high-performance 425-hp srt8. Between them are 3. 5-liter v6 and 5. 7-liter v8 models. The 3. 5-liter v6 delivers entirely adequate performance for the mid-grade sxt model, while the v8s generate thrilling acceleration performance and make all the right noises. The charger has all the pavement-ripping, gut-thumping power of the old muscle cars, but it's packaged with modern creature comforts and tempered by handling competency. With either v8 engine, the charger is fast in a straight line, and it corners better than those muscle cars of the past. However, it is large and heavy, measuring more than 16 feet in length and tipping the scales near two tons, so it's not as nimble as a sports car, or even a pony car. on the inside, the charger has plenty of room for a family of five, but the interior is largely plastic and the sightlines are partially obstructed in several directions. Se models add alloy wheels, additional interior chrome trim and more equipment, while the srt8 model adds more standard equipment, a retuned suspension, and new calibrations for the anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control systems. The srt8 also adds a super bee package. Led lighting becomes standard for the front cup holders on all models, and the mygig hard-drive radio is now called uconnect tunes and uconnect gps when ordered with navigation system. The sxt uses a 250-hp 3. 5-liter v6. R/t models have a 368-hp 5. 7-liter v8 and the five-speed autostick automatic. Srt8 models have a 425-hp 6. 1-liter v8 and the autostick. the se 23,895) comes standard with cloth upholstery; air conditioning; interior air filter; cruise control; tilt/telescoping steering wheel; driver and passenger lumbar adjustment; am/fm/cd stereo with auxiliary input jack; power windows, locks and mirrors; remote keyless entry; and p215/65r17 tires on aluminum wheels. the sxt 25,510) adds an eight-way power adjustable driver's seat, a 60/40 split folding rear seat with fold-down center armrest, a 276-watt boston acoustics stereo, power-adjustable pedals, heated mirrors and fog lamps. The awd sxt 28,850) also adds performance disc brakes and p225/60r18 tires. the r/t 31,860) upgrades to leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, heated front seats, eight-way power front passenger seat, folding heated mirrors, automatic headlights and 18-inch tires. The r/t awd 33,960) adds all-wheel drive. The r/t road/track performance package 3940) has sportier steering, front side airbags, curtain side airbags, sport seats with suede inserts, performance suspension, front and rear spoilers and p245/45r20 tires on aluminum wheels with black accents. The daytona package 4475) has the same equipment, plus remote engine starting, a black grille, body color engine cover, special paint, a performance exhaust system and a special axle ratio. the srt8 38,670) adds dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic headlights, remote engine starting, interior air filter, heated front seats, a reconfigurable display with performance pages, performance-tuned suspension, sport bucket seats, functional hood scoop, rear spoiler, a reprogrammed esc system, brembo brakes, goodyear supercar f1 tires on 20-inch forged aluminum wheels and a 180-mph speedometer. A popular equipment package for r/t 1020) includes the boston acoustics sound system, 6cd changer, remote engine starting, and alarm. A protection group for sxt 1060) adds front side airbags, curtain side airbags, uconnect phone wireless cell phone link, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, bodyside moldings and p215/60r17 self-sealing tires. Electronic stability control with traction control and anti-lock brakes are an option for the se model 1025). The uconnect multimedia suite for sxt and r/t models 1550) comes with an auto-dimming rearview mirror, uconnect wireless cell phone link and gps system that includes a 30-gigabyte hard drive and a navigation system with real-time traffic. The uconnect tunes hard-drive radio is available separately 650). Option group ii for the srt8 1195) adds a 6cd changer, an alarm and a kicker sound system with a 200 watt subwoofer and a 322-watt amplifier. Option group iii for srt8 1635) adds uconnect gps, uconnect phone and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Also available are a sunroof 950), a rear dvd entertainment system with sirius backseat tv for r/t and srt8 1460), xenon headlights 695), and a rear spoiler for sxt 225). The super track pack 400) for the r/t includes summer performance tires, stiffer springs, load-leveling shocks, a higher numerical axle ratio, sportier electronic stability control calibrations and higher performance steering and brakes. safety features that come standard on all charger models include two-stage front airbags, tire-pressure monitor, and rear-seat latch child safety seat anchors. Antilock brakes with brake assist, traction control and electronic stability control, are standard on all but se. Front side airbags and curtain side airbags for both seating rows are optional for all models. All-wheel drive is available for sxt and r/t models. walkaroundthe dodge charger recalls the 1966 dodge coronet. Despite its fastback, two-door hardtop styling, the old charger was somewhat blocky, with a squared-off front end, superficially sculpted slab sides and an equally vertical backside. There was the barest hint of a so-called coke bottle look, with the body sides slightly pinched in about where there would have been a b-pillar. Not until the 1968 model year was any attention paid to moving the car rapidly through the air with minimal disturbance. The 2008 charger starts at much the same place on the automotive styling evolutionary curve. the same design team that parented the chrysler 300 and dodge magnum designed the charger. The charger is built on the same platform as those two, but is three inches longer overall. with this legacy, the upright silhouette comes as no surprise. The front end tilts forward as if it's leaning into the wind, specifically to recall the brutish, pre-aero-age styling of its muscle car era namesake. dominating the front of the car are the trademark dodge crosshairs, chromed on the sxt and r/t, body-color in the se and srt8, and flat black on the daytona. Compound halogen headlights peer out under hooded, almost scowling brows. A thin, trifurcated air intake slices across the lower portion of the front bumper. The daytona and srt8 wear a flat-black chin spoiler. Fog lamps on the sxt and higher models fill small, sculpted insets at the lower corners. from the side, the demi-fastback roofline and glasshouse look more grafted onto the somewhat fulsome body than a natural extension of the overall styling theme, as if the designer were trying to make a sedan look like a coupe. The beltline arcs softly back from the headlights, where it droops slightly, to about the midpoint of the rear side window, then kicks up over the rear quarter panel, visually bulking up the car's already hefty haunches. the rear perspective shows a tall, almost vertical backside, with large taillights draped over the upper corners. A modest, kamm-like lip stretches across the trailing edge of an expansive trunk lid, atop which sits a lift-suppressing spoiler on the daytona and srt8. A recess in the bumper holds the license plate. On the se and sxt a single exhaust tip exits beneath the right-hand side, while the v8-powered models sport chrome-tipped, muscle car-idiom, dual exhausts. interiorthe fabric-covered seats in the standard dodge charger are comfortable, with adequate thigh suppo.
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