2008 Dodge Charger vs. Its Competition

2008 Dodge Charger
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

About 30 years ago, just about every major manufacturer on the planet (except Mercedes-Benz and BMW) converted nearly every passenger car they had to a front-wheel-drive platform.

More recently, Chrysler was among the first builders to rediscover the marketing (and performance) benefits of going rear-wheel drive with its 300, Dodge Magnum wagon, and Dodge Charger.

We're glad it did, but that leaves the Charger facing off against several cars that aren't exact competitors.

The following cars haven't an ounce of "performance" in their composition.

Take the Ford Taurus--it's front-wheel drive and available only with a V-6.

Same for the Toyota Avalon and the all-new Chevrolet Malibu.

A V-8 can be had in the Buick Lucerne, but Buick's idea of performance is far less brash than Dodge's.

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2009 Buick Lucerne Super2009 Buick Lucerne
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2009 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid2009 Chevrolet Malibu
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2008 Ford Taurus 4-door Sedan SEL FWD Open Doors2008 Ford Taurus
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2008 Toyota Avalon Limited2008 Toyota Avalon
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Quick Specs
The 2008 Dodge Charger sedan has plenty of practicality and character--and thirst, with the big HEMI engines.
A soft ride and roomy interior still form the solid base for the 2009 Buick Lucerne’s appeal.
The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is a top contender in its class in almost every way.
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.
The 2008 Toyota Avalon is designed for a cushy, comfortable ride and impressive interior space above all else.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6 FlexFuelGas 4-CylGas V6Gas V6
EPA Class    
LargeLarge CarMidsizeLargeLarge
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan CX4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door Sedan SEL FWD4-Door Sedan XL (GS)
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4dr Sdn4 Dr Sedan CX4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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