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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
Challenger SE with the Popular Equipment Package forms a respectable but not class-leading package
Keyless engine start is available, as is Chrysler's uconnect multimedia suite
There's also a power sunroof ($950 option), push button start and power seats
By now everyone knows the 2009 Dodge Challenger offers competitive performance at a very reasonable price. What might not be so obvious is that the Dodge Challenger comes equipped with a lengthy list of desirable standard features, even in base SE trim, and moving up to the SRT8 only adds to the interior goodies.
There are certain creature comforts that today's consumer has come to expect in any new vehicle, and the 2009 Dodge Challenger doesn't disappoint. ConsumerGuide is impressed that the base Challenger Dodge SE offers a "tilt/telescopic steering wheel, cruise control," an "eight-way power driver seat," full power accessories, and an "AM/FM/CD/MP3 player," all as standard features. Most of the price bump that comes with upgrading to the R/T trim of the Dodge Challenger is due to the extra two cylinders under the hood, but ConsumerGuide does note that a "leather-wrapped steering wheel" and "illuminated visor mirrors" are added to the standard features list. Opting for the Dodge Challenger SRT8 brings even more creature comforts, which ConsumerGuide lists as "heated front seats, keyless access and starting, remote engine start," and a "Boston Acoustics sound system" with "satellite radio," for those who crave an improved audio experience.
The standard features across the 2009 Dodge Challenger lineup are respectable, but to keep base costs down, Dodge piled most of the uber-desirable features into available options packages. For those looking for the middle-of-the pack power of the Dodge Challenger R/T but the features loadout of the SRT8, you'll be pleased to hear that Motor Trend says a "popular equipment package gets you such SRT standards as leather interior, Boston Acoustics six-speaker, 276-watt amp, satellite radio, heated front seats and Keyless Go." The Challenger Dodge in R/T trim also offers another appealing package: the "$995 'Track Pack' manual package" that Jalopnik states brings "a Hill-start Assist...a limited-slip differential," and "a tuned exhaust system," which the Dodge Challenger SRT8 gets as standard. ConsumerGuide reviewers mention that those buyers opting for the V-6-powered Dodge Challenger SE have the option of adding a Quick Order Package that brings mostly safety features, but also adds a "leather-wrapped steering wheel, satellite radio," and "illuminated visor mirrors." The options list doesn't stop there, however, as Motor Trend mentions that "even rear distance parking sensors" are available on the Dodge Challenger, and Cars.com says a "power sunroof" is available for an additional $950. The aforementioned options are all nice to see on the Dodge Challenger's options list, but reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show the real gem is the available MyGIG Multimedia system. That system, according to ConsumerGuide, includes a "navigation system" with "traffic information," as well as "in-dash 6-disc CD/MP3 changer" and a "hard drive" that can store thousands of songs, an incredibly convenient feature for anyone who doesn't want to haul around and sift through hundreds of CDs.
It would always be nice to see a longer standard features list, but the 2009 Dodge Challenger leaves lots of room for personalization with its available options.