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New engine, more refinement - 2009 Dodge Charger sedan

Coupe styling meets four-door functionality in the Dodge Charger sedan. Introduced in 2006, the rear-drive Charger is bold, with provocative exterior styling and substance. Styling cues for the Dodge Charger sedan include a bold front end, long hood/short deck and fastback that pay homage to Charger models of the muscle car era. The Dodge Charger shares its underpinnings with the Chrysler 300 sedan.

Exterior changes and enhancements include: new exterior color Deep Water Blue Pearl Coat (replaces Steel Blue Pearl Coat); antenna moves to rear window; and standard aluminum wheels (SE).

Offered in SE, SXT and R/T models and available in rear-wheel or all-wheel drive configurations, the Charger sedan receives power from the a 2.7 V6 or 3.5L V6 while new next-generation 5.7L HEMI V8 prime mover equipped with the fuel-saving Multi-displacement system (MDS) and variable valve timing (VVT) accomplishes the task for the upscale R/T model. Torque for is communicated to the pavement through either the base four-speed automatic transmission or a five-speed automatic transmission with AutoStick. R/T models also are equipped with a new 2.65:1 axle ratio. All-wheel drive models are now equipped with a new axle ratio of 3.06:1 axle ratio as well as the innovative Active Transfer Case and front-axle disconnect to maximize performance and fuel economy.

The Charger rides on a robust steel chassis that serves as the foundation for the performance-tuned, four-wheel independent suspension system. Control hardware up front features a Short-and Long-Arm (SLA) suspension with high upper 'A' arm, lateral and diagonal lower links with dual ball joint front knuckle, coil spring over gas-charged shock absorbers and revised stabilizer bar lower 'A' arm. At the rear, a five-link suspension works with coil springs, gas-charged shock absorbers, isolated suspension cradle and a revised stabilizer bar.

The R/T model adds 18-inch touring tires and wheels (17-inch tires are standard), and specially tuned dampers for spirited ride and handling with a performance exhaust. Motorists desiring more kick from their Charger can opt for the Road/Track Performance Group which is tuned specifically for firm steering and handling, resulting in a glued-to-the-road feeling best suited for the passionate driving enthusiast.

Inside the cabin, the Dodge Charger sports a driver-oriented cockpit designed with a performance mindset. Changes and refinements to the interior feature: upgraded interior accents including satin silver door trim spears, satin silver center console cup holder rings and satin silver center stack and shifter bezels; trunk cargo net and scuff plate; and premium 18-ounce floor mats. SXT adds LED-illuminated door map pockets and front cup holders; and tire pressure monitoring system warning message now appears as "LO TIRE".

The cockpit features a sleek instrument panel with Viper-inspired gauges highlighted with white faces. The instrument cluster's electroluminescent display is easy-to-read in all lighting conditions.

The spacious interior and a raised command-of-the-road seating position offer passengers an extremely comfortable and versatile seating arrangement. The Dodge Charger has ample seating for five adults with plenty of storage throughout the passenger cabin.

The cavernous rear seating area features a 60/40 split fold-down rear seat to further increase the sedan's cargo hauling capabilities. A center armrest with dual cupholders adds to the pleasant accommodations. Additionally, the rear windows go all the way down.

Dimensions & specifications

Wheelbase: 120.0; overall length: 200.1; width: 74.5; height: 58.2

All vehicle measurements are in inches.

Engine: 2.7L V6 – 178 hp at 5,500 rpm and 190 lbs-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm; 3.5L V6 - 250 hp at 6,400 rpm and 250 lbs-ft of torque at 3,800 rpm; 5.7L HEMI V8 - 368 hp at 5,200 rpm and 391 lbs-ft of torque at 4,150 rpm.

Transmission: four-speed automatic, five-speed fully automatic with AutoStick.

EPA Fuel Economy: 2.7L V6 – 18 city/26 hwy. (RWD), 17 city/23 hwy. (AWD); 3.5L V6 – 17 city/25 hwy. (RWD), 17 city/23 hwy. (AWD); 5.7L V8 – 16 city/25 hwy. (RWD), 16 city/23 hwy. (AWD)

Cargo capacity: 16.2 cubic feet

Safety features

Dual front airbags, battery saver, automatic power door locks, engine immobilizer, and four wheel disc brakes. SXT adds four-wheel anti-lock brakes, fog lamps, power adjustable pedals, electronic stability program, brake assist and traction control. R/T adds automatic headlamps, HomeLink universal transceiver, security alarm, and tire pressure monitoring display.

Optional safety features include: supplemental side airbags, remote engine start, self-sealing tires, side curtain airbags, front seat-mounted airbags, U-Connect hands free communication, security alarm, garage door opener, and high-intensity discharge headlamps (R/T).


Basic: 3-year/36,000 mile Bumper-to-bumper

Powertrain: unlimited/unlimited

Corrosion: 5-year/unlimited


The base Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2009 Dodge Charger sedan starts from $24,835 for the SE upto $34,260 for the R/T AWD model. Destination charges add $750.

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Ken Chester, Jr.

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