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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan SE RWD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD SE 18 26 $23,235 $24,835
4-Door Sedan RWD SXT 17 25 $24,705 $26,450
4-Door Sedan AWD SXT 17 23 $27,744 $29,790
4-Door Sedan RWD R/T 16 25 $29,901 $32,160
4-Door Sedan AWD R/T 16 23 $31,812 $34,260
4-Door Sedan RWD SRT8 13 19 $36,098 $38,970
4-Door Sedan CVT 3.5 SE
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan CVT 3.5 SE 19 25 $26,229 $28,630
4-Door Sedan CVT 3.5 SL 19 25 $28,286 $30,880
Pricing
Invoice Price
$23,235
$26,229
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$24,835
$28,630
Monthly Payment Estimate
$414 / month
$477 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line Though it’s no longer fresh meat, the 2009 Dodge Charger sedan retains its stylish appeal for muscle-car enthusiasts—and the performance to match. The 2008 Nissan Maxima is a bit more aesthetically appealing than a top-of-the-line Altima or Accord, but it doesn’t perform any better.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 18 mpg 19 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 26 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Large Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) 56.2 53.5
Passenger Volume (ft³) 104.0 103.6
Second Leg Room (in) 40.2 36.5
Front Head Room (in) 38.7 40.1
Second Hip Room (in) 55.5 54.8
Front Shoulder Room (in) 59.3 57.9
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Head Room (in) 36.2 37.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 57.6 56.5
Front Leg Room (in) 41.8 43.9
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) 30.1 29.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 74.5 71.7
Track Width, Front (in) 63.0 61.0
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.1 5.5
Length, Overall (in) 200.1 194.4
Height, Overall (in) 58.2 58.3
Track Width, Rear (in) 63.1 61.2
Wheelbase (in) 120.0 111.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 16.2 15.5
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.6 x 1.1 12.60 x 1.10
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System NA 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.6 x 0.4 11.50 x 0.35
Brake Type Pwr Power
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.0 20.0
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.75 2.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.1 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 38.9 40.0
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size P215/65R17 P245/45VR18
Rear Tire Order Code TW1 - TBD -
Front Tire Size P215/65R17 P245/45VR18
Spare Tire Size Compact T145/80R17
Front Tire Order Code TW1 - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code TBC - TBD -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3612 3591
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.0 18 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact 17 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.0 18 x 7.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 9.5 8.8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 730 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 140 110
Engine
Displacement 2.7L/167 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 178 @ 5500 255 @ 6000
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 190 @ 4000 252 @ 4400
Engine Order Code EER NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 26 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 21 -
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 NA
Trans Type 4 1
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.21 1.77
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.57 NA
Trans Order Code DGV NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.90 5.17
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.69 NA
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Continously Variable
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.84 2.37 - 0.44
Summary
Vehicle Name Dodge Charger Nissan Maxima
Body Style 4dr Sdn 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent Independent strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - 1.04
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 0.87
Suspension Type - Rear 5-Link Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 -
 
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