About 30 years ago, just about every major manufacturer on the planet (except Mercedes-Benz and BMW) converted nearly every passenger car they had to a front-wheel-drive platform.
More recently, Chrysler was among the first builders to rediscover the marketing (and performance) benefits of going rear-wheel drive with its 300, Dodge Magnum wagon, and Dodge Charger.
We're glad it did, but that leaves the Charger facing off against several cars that aren't exact competitors.
The following cars haven't an ounce of "performance" in their composition.
Take the Ford Taurus--it's front-wheel drive and available only with a V-6.
A V-8 can be had in the Buick Lucerne, but Buick's idea of performance is far less brash than Dodge's.
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|2008 Dodge ChargerBrowse Used Listings||2009 Buick LucerneBrowse Used Listings||2009 Chevrolet MalibuBrowse Used Listings||2008 Ford TaurusBrowse Used Listings||2008 Toyota AvalonBrowse Used Listings|
|13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6 FlexFuel||Gas 4-Cyl||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|4-Door Sedan RWD||4-Door Sedan CX||4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS||4-Door Sedan SEL FWD||4-Door Sedan XL (GS)|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4dr Sdn||4 Dr Sedan CX||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Automatic||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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|2008 Dodge Charger vs. 2009 Buick Lucerne||2008 Dodge Charger vs. 2009 Chevrolet Malibu||2008 Dodge Charger vs. 2008 Ford Taurus||2008 Dodge Charger vs. 2008 Toyota Avalon|