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STYLING | 8 out of 10
The look has grown on people over the years and remains fairly unique
Handsome exterior styling
Car and Driver
Instruments are large and easy to read
Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that this retro-styled four-door sedan is still a styling hit after four years on the market. The Dodge Charger was one of the first of Detroit's modern reincarnations of the late 1960s muscle cars that scorched drag strips so many decades ago. The nostalgic appeal of the Charger runs deep and is only boosted by the tasteful modern styling updates.
The 2009 Dodge Charger is bulky, as Edmunds notes that it is "based on the same Mercedes-derived platform used for the Chrysler 300 and [now discontinued] Dodge Magnum. As such the Charger has four doors and is a bit larger than the average midsize sedan." The Dodge Charger is available in several varieties, according to Edmunds, which lists the available trims as "base SE, well-equipped SXT, the performance-themed R/T and the powerhouse SRT8." The exteriors of the first three trims are largely the same, but Cars.com says the Dodge Charger SRT8 is distinguished by "a hood scoop and a more aggressively styled lower bumper with air inlets," styling cues that "makes it look angry." Car and Driver reviewers contend that the Dodge Charger features "polarizing styling," but Autoblog says "the look has grown on people over the years and remains fairly unique." While the Dodge Charger draws comparisons to some of the other vehicles in the Chrysler lineup, Edmunds reviewers point out that "its front-end styling is much more aggressive than that of its siblings, and the rear roof line slopes downward in a coupe-like fashion."
Those famous (or infamous) muscle cars of the late '60s and early '70s were incredibly powerful machines, but they never offered much in the way of interior styling. However, this is the 21st century, and Chrysler knows that in order to move the 2009 Dodge Charger off dealer lots, they have to feature a well-planned, attractive interior. By all accounts, they've succeeded, with Autoblog reviewers raving about the "design and control layout, which was straightforward and functional." ConsumerGuide also favors the interior, noting that the "instruments are large and easy to read, but the steering-wheel rim cuts into view of turn-signal arrows and gauges for fuel and temperature." Car and Driver reviewers praise the "easy-to-use controls" and point out that "cup-holder lighting" is one of very few interior changes for the 2009 Dodge Charger. Motor Trend reviewers go so far as to suggest that the 2009 Dodge Charger's "interior provides the feeling of a sophisticated fighter plane cockpit," right down to the instrument cluster and shifter knob that "resembles a fighter pilot's joystick."
The 2009 Dodge Charger boasts fearsome looks that are simply unmatched in the midsize sedan market.