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2009 Dodge Charger vs. Its Competition

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There aren’t any other rear-wheel-drive domestic-brand sedans that directly face off against the 2009 Dodge Charger.

Its closest rival is likely the Pontiac G8; the G8’s performance is excellent, with handling that surpasses that of the Charger, but appearance can mean everything to sport sedan buyers, and the G8’s sheetmetal just doesn’t have that magic.

For those interested in a little more luxury and a more conservative appearance, the Hyundai Genesis is a new and very formidable rival; especially in V-8 form, the Genesis provides respectable overall performance with a feel like luxury-brand cars costing $10,000 more.

The Nissan Maxima is another rival; its styling and interior are eye-catching and sporty, but its more laid-back performance character doesn’t quite match its looks.

The Ford Taurus is another alternative in the V-6 realm, but it’s a different type of vehicle altogether—comfort-oriented and tops for safety.

However, things might get more exciting next year when a new Taurus SHO performance model debuts.

2009 Dodge Charger2009 Dodge Charger2009 Hyundai Genesis2010 Hyundai Genesis2009 Pontiac G8 2009 Pontiac G82008 Ford Taurus 4-door Sedan SEL FWD Open Doors2008 Ford Taurus2008 Nissan Maxima SL2008 Nissan Maxima
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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.
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The 2010 Hyundai Genesis is a power play for luxury credibility-and it's just about the equal of mid-size luxury rivals from Lexus and Infiniti.
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The G8 gives Pontiac real sport-sedan credentials and hits the mark with only minor faults.
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A great choice for older drivers, the 2008 Ford Taurus excels on its size, safety gear, and large instrumentation, but falls behind the Honda Accord in driving excitement.
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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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Gas Mileage    
13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class    
LargeLarge carLarge SedanLargeMid-Size
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan SE RWD4-Door Sedan 3.8L V64-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan SEL FWD4-Door Sedan CVT 3.5 SE
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4dr Sdn4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODContinously Variable
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