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 ChargerBrowse Used Listings||2010 Hyundai GenesisBrowse Used Listings||2009 Pontiac G8Browse Used Listings||2008 Ford TaurusBrowse Used Listings||2008 Nissan MaximaBrowse Used Listings|
|13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|Large||Large car||Large Sedan||Large||Mid-Size|
|4-Door Sedan SE RWD||4-Door Sedan 3.8L V6||4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan SEL FWD||4-Door Sedan CVT 3.5 SE|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4dr Sdn||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Continously Variable|