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You'll Like The 2009 Dodge Charger If...

If you’ve reached a position in life that requires you to own a traditional premium sedan, but the kid-racer in you screams, "Hey, don’t forget about having fun!" check out the 2009 Dodge Charger SRT8.

You May Not Like The 2009 Dodge Charger If...

The 2009 Dodge Charger is a pretty flashy ride, especially in SRT8 trim. If you’re looking for a powerful sedan with more subtle styling, the Chrysler 300C might be a better choice.

What's New

The Charger SRT8 receives a host of new standard equipment, including dual-zone automatic temperature control, automatic headlamps, remote start, one touch-up/down windows and heated front seats. Improvements to the ABS system and suspension, as well as a new Super Bee "buzz model", round out 2009’s updates.

Interior Features

In keeping with the SRT8’s muscle car image, Dodge outfits the roomy interior with a set of aggressively bolstered front bucket seats complete with the SRT8 logo embossed on the head restraints, grippy suede inserts and bright red stitching. Befitting the SRT8’s additional power, the revised white-faced instrument cluster gauges include a 180 miles-per-hour speedometer, although we don’t recommend you attempt to reach this figure unless you’re a qualified driver on a proper track. The dash and door panels are nearly identical to the standard Charger, which is to say they are awash in dull gray plastics that lack the high-end look and feel one might expect in a $41,000 vehicle.

Exterior Features

The 2009 Dodge Charger SRT8 builds on the already sporty Charger design by adding an aggressive front end and a prominent wide hood scoop. Integrated into the lower front bumper are functional air intakes that deliver cool air to the Brembo front disc brakes. The SRT8 sits lower to the ground than the base Charger and wears 20-inch wheels surrounded by Z-rated performance rubber. Around back, the SRT8 gains a rear-wing spoiler and dual 3.5-inch exhaust outlets.

Driving Impressions

Say what you will about the Charger SRT8’s Mercedes-Benz inspired suspension and steering components, when it comes to power, the car’s HEMI engine is 100-percent red-blooded American muscle at its best. With a reported zero to 60 mile-per-hour time in the five-second range, it’s nearly impossible not to get excited climbing behind the wheel each morning. Beyond its blisteringly quick performance, the Charger SRT8’s capable suspension allows it to run circles around average family sedans. The steering feel is direct and precise, with little play in the heavily weighted system. Braking is also first-rate, aided by huge four-piston Brembo disc brakes. Although the Charger SRT8 makes a livable daily driver, interior sound levels are noticeably higher than in the base car.

Pricing Notes

The 2009 Dodge Charger SRT8’s Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts around $41,000. The Super Bee Package adds another $2,000 and, when loaded with popular options such as navigation, power sunroof, rear-seat entertainment system and upgraded audio, the SRT8’s price tag can go as high as $46,000. To be sure you make your best deal on the 2009 Dodge Charger SRT8, check the Fair Purchase Price, which shows the typical transaction prices others in your area are paying for theirs. Of all the trim levels in the Charger family, the SRT8 holds the highest five-year resale value, on par with more expensive V8-performance sedans such as the BMW 550i and Audi A6 4.2.

Notable Equipment

The 2008 Dodge Charger SRT8’s long list of standard amenities includes a 6.1-liter HEMI V8 engine, five-speed AutoStick transmission, four-wheel anti-lock Brembo disc brakes (ABS), traction control, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and 20-inch aluminum wheels with Z-rated performance tires. Also featured is a rear spoiler, power windows, power door locks, power-adjustable pedals, keyless entry, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, heated leather and suede sport seats, remote start, fog lamps and an eight-way power driver’s seat. The standard audio includes an AM/FM stereo with single CD and six Boston Acoustics speakers driven by a 276-watt amplifier.

Notable Options

Notable options include a power sunroof, rear-seat video system, 11-speaker Kicker Mobile Surround Sound and 200-watt subwoofer, heated front seats, front and rear side-curtain airbags, six-disc CD changer with MP3 capability, DVD navigation, uconnect hands-free communication system, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, SIRIUS Backseat TV and the Super Bee Special Edition Package.

Favorite Features

Sport SeatsThe nicely bolstered sport seats are still wide enough to fit full-sized bodies and feature lumbar support for both the driver and passenger. Super Bee PackageWith more horsepower-per-liter than the original 426 street HEMI of the 1960s, the Charger SRT8 presents the perfect canvas on which to resurrect the Super Bee package.

Under the Hood

The SRT8’s HEMI (so named for its hemispherical combustion chambers) is related to the 5.7-liter engine used in the Dodge Charger R/T. The SRT division begins with a stronger engine block, then enlarges the cylinder bore, thus increasing displacement to 6.1 liters. Engineers then add numerous performance parts, including revised intake and exhaust manifolds, high-flow cylinder heads, a high-performance camshaft, a forged-steel crankshaft and reinforced connecting rods. While output is undeniable, without the 5.7-liter Multi-Displacement System technology, fuel consumption is less than stellar.6.1-liter V8425 horsepower @ 6200 rpm420 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/19

Editors' Notes

Imagine what it must have been like back in the ’60s and ’70s to walk into a dealership, point out the muscle car of your dreams and drive it off the showroom floor. Until recently, the only people who could recount the joy of driving a brand-new Camaro, Challenger or Boss Mustang were those who came of driving age during the 1960s. But, thanks to Dodge, the experience has been brought back to life, only this time the muscle car of your dreams isn’t a cramped, poor-handling coupe, but a sophisticated and comfortable sedan. With one of the most powerful HEMI V8 engines on the planet, the 2009 Dodge Charger SRT8 is more than just a rehashed nameplate from the past; it is the genuine article remade with twenty-first century technology.

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2009 Dodge Charger SXT

It's a 3.51 but when you put the pedal down you'd think it was a V8. I've owned it for 6 years and have never had a mechanical problem with it. As far as comfort it rides the same as a Chrysler 300 because they have the same suspension so I am led to believe although I've driven many 300's and in my opinion my Charger has a smoother ride. I drive for a Chrysler/Dodge dealer so this is an area in which I am familiar. It has the beautiful lines of a Dodge product. I've been complimented on it's looks many times. I will be driving this Charger for many years to come. The only thing I've ever done to this car is oil changes and tune ups. I have to say there is one item that this car possess that I really love. You know how most cars and trucks have the fuse box under the dash where you can't get to it or even see it. Well the 2009 Dodge Charger has the fuse box in the trunk right where you can see it and get to it. I've had to change one fuse and it was a breeze.

- Marvin S

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2009 Dodge Charger

I love the body style of the car. It drives so good. It drives like an Cadillac., smooth riding. I love the way it handles on the road. It takes curves very well. It has a lot of horsepower. So if you want a car with speed this is the one. The radio and CD player is just standard nothing special. I does not have GPS. I believe you can get it as an option, not sure. It has so much leg room in front and as well as in the back. This car is so roomy. The trunk is so big as well. It also has where you can lay the back seats down as well. That will give you another more space to haul large items as well. I love this car so much. The only issue I have had with the car is the water pump. Had to have it replaced. I also was told to replace the timing belt as well. They said it would make the engine last longer if I did. So I did it. Haven't had no other issues with this car at all. Just standard oil change and other little thing nothing major at all.

- Cherry B

2009 still getting it done in 2019

2009 Dodge Charger R/T

I just love my 2009 Dodge Charger R/T! I like the older body style and been very happy with the quality of car and the quality of my local Dodge dealer/service department. The electronics and dash panel display are easy to read/use and the seats adjust easily and is the most comfortable car I've Ever owned. The sporty style with four doors and ample trunk can take me to do all my errands looking and sounding good! Nothing like the sound of a Mopar V8! They do have front end issues anywhere between 70-90k miles. It is a pricey fix but no other issues in those 90k miles. The tune up is quite pricey too being the V8 has 16 spark plugs. But well worth it! This car is very responsive and handles like a dream. It might be an older car but it still turns heads and runs like new! Will make you loyal to the Dodge brand.

- Katie C

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