Compare 2009 Dodge Charger vs 2008 Ford Taurus

2009 Dodge Charger
2008 Ford Taurus
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4-Door Sedan R/T AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Charger 4-Door Sedan R/T AWD 16 23 $31,812 $34,260
Charger 4-Door Sedan R/T RWD 16 25 $29,901 $32,160
Charger 4-Door Sedan SE RWD 18 26 $23,235 $24,835
Charger 4-Door Sedan SRT8 RWD 13 19 $36,098 $38,970
Charger 4-Door Sedan SXT AWD 17 23 $27,744 $29,790
Charger 4-Door Sedan SXT RWD 17 25 $24,705 $26,450
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4-Door Sedan Limited AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Taurus 4-Door Sedan Limited AWD 17 24 $27,053 $29,470
Taurus 4-Door Sedan Limited FWD 18 28 $25,388 $27,620
Taurus 4-Door Sedan SEL AWD 17 24 $23,467 $25,485
Taurus 4-Door Sedan SEL FWD 18 28 $21,801 $23,635
Pricing
Invoice Price
$31,812
$27,053
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$34,260
$29,470
Monthly Payment Estimate
$571 / month
$491 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. 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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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Large
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
56.2 53.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
104.0 108.0
Second Leg Room (in)
40.2 41.2
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 39.6
Second Hip Room (in)
55.5 53.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.3 57.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
36.2 38.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.6 57.6
Front Leg Room (in)
41.8 41.3
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.1 64.4
Wheelbase (in)
120.0 112.9
Liftover Height (in)
30.1 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.5 74.5
Track Width, Front (in)
63.0 64.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.1 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
200.1 201.8
Height, Overall (in)
58.2 61.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.2 21.2
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.6 x 1.1 - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x 0.87 - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.0 20.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.90 3.15
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.1 17.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.8 40.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
TBC NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/60R18 P225/55R18
Rear Tire Order Code
TW9 NA
Front Tire Size
P225/60R18 P225/55R18
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
TW9 NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4161 3930
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 18 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 18 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
13.75 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
730 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
160 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
395 @ 4250 249 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
EZH 99W
Displacement
5.7L/345 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
368 @ 5200 263 @ 6250
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas V6
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
18 -
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.84
Trans Type
5 6
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.83 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.17 2.88
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.19 2.87
Trans Order Code
DGJ 44J
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.07 2.77
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.41
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.58 4.48
Summary
Vehicle Name
Dodge Charger Ford Taurus
Body Style
4dr Sdn 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.55
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA MacPherson strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.02
Suspension Type - Rear
5-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Coil over shock
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 -

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