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New for 2009-Dodge Cars

New for 2009-Dodge Cars

By Jeff Youngs, December 31, 2008

Critical Knowledge:
  • Challenger adds SE model with 3.7-liter V-6 engine and R/T model with 5.7-liter V-8 engine
  • Charger gets more power for Hemi V-8 engine and adds Active Transfer Case for AWD models
  • Charger SRT8 adds Super Bee package
  • Avenger loses all-wheel drive (AWD), but expands availability of safety technologies
  • Caliber no longer offers all-wheel drive, but anti-lock brakes now standard on SXT
  • Viper gets four new colors and a new optional wheel design
  • Magnum wagon discontinued

Dodge car models:
  • 2009 Dodge Avenger
  • 2009 Dodge Caliber
  • 2009 Dodge Challenger
  • 2009 Dodge Charger
  • 2009 Dodge Viper


  • 2009 Dodge Avenger
    Introduced as a new model to replace the Dodge Stratus for 2008, the 2009 Dodge Avenger carries over mostly unchanged. The all-wheel-drive (AWD) model offered last year is no longer available, but Dodge has increased the fitment of safety features, making traction control and electronic stability control standard on SXT and R/T models. Dodge's MyGIG hard-drive radio changes its name to UConnect Tunes or UConnect GPS when paired with a navigation system. Hard drive storage space also grows from 20 to 30 gigabytes. Base models add floor mats and an interior air filter as standard. Newly standard on the SXT model are fog lights and a rear spoiler. Finally, Dodge says it has improved the acoustic package to reduce cabin noise.

    Get more information on the 2009 Dodge Avenger

    2009 Dodge Caliber
    The Caliber was introduced as a new hatchback to replace the Neon sedan for the 2007 model year. The lineup added the high-performance SRT4 for the 2008 model year. Given these recent developments, the Caliber gets only minor changes for 2009. All-wheel drive is no longer offered, but anti-lock brakes become standard on the SXT model. Dodge's UConnect Tunes hard-drive radio and UConnect GPS hard-drive radio with navigation system are now offered for the standard line models, while the high-performance SRT4 model adds UConnect Tunes, Sirius satellite radio, an electronic vehicle information center, and Dodge's reconfigurable display with Performance Pages as standard equipment. All but the SRT4 also get additional insulation and a retuned exhaust system to reduce noise. Among the usual equipment shuffling in the various option packages is the addition of Dodge's MusicGate sound system in the SXT's Sport package.

    Get more information on the 2009 Dodge Caliber

    2009 Dodge Challenger
    Dodge unveiled the reborn Challenger in 2008 as only a high-performance SRT8 model with one powertrain: a 425-hp, 6.1-liter, Hemi V-8 engine coupled to a 5-speed automatic transmission. Only 6400 of the 2008 model were produced. In addition to the SRT8 model, the 2009 Challenger lineup gets a V-6-powered SE model and an R/T model with an updated version of Dodge's 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. Both Hemi engines are also available with a new 6-speed manual transmission, the first manual to be paired with either of Dodge's new-generation Hemi engines.

    The 2009 Dodge Challenger SE comes with a 3.5-liter, single-overhead cam V-6 engine that makes 250 hp at 6400 rpm and 250 lb.-ft. of torque at 3800 rpm. It is mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission. The R/T model has an updated version of Dodge's 5.7-liter overhead-valve Hemi V-8 engine. When teamed with the standard 5-speed automatic transmission with Auto Stick manual shift gate, the 5.7-liter V-8 engine produces 372 hp at 5200 rpm and 401 lb.-ft. of torque at 4400 rpm. When paired with a new optional 6-speed manual transmission, horsepower increases to 376 at 5150 rpm and torque rises to 410 lb.-ft. at 4300 rpm. Dodge says the Challenger R/T can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under 6 seconds.

    As for equipment, SE models come with cloth upholstery, a softer Touring suspension, and 17-inch wheels. The Challenger R/T gets a "Performance" suspension with firmer settings, dual exhaust, and 18-inch alloy wheels. R/Ts are available with Dodge's Track Pak with Hill Start Assist, limited-slip differential, bright pedals, performance steering, and an "off" setting for the electronic stability control. SRT8 models carry over with their High-Performance suspension, Bilstein shocks, Brembo brakes, and 20-inch wheels, but they have less standard equipment than the limited-edition '08s yet get a higher starting price of $39,995. Pricing for the SE starts at $21,995 and the R/T comes in at $29,995. While the 2008 Challenger SRT8 was offered in only three colors, nine colors are available for 2009. A convertible body style is also rumored to be in the works for release midyear.

    Get more information on the 2009 Dodge Challenger

    2009 Dodge Charger
    The biggest news for the 2009 Dodge Charger is the next generation of the reborn 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine. Horsepower increases from 340 to 368, though torque is up only slightly from 390 to 391 lb.-ft. Horsepower is also up from 350 to 372 in Chargers with the Daytona package. Despite the additional power, Dodge also says fuel economy increases five percent. The Charger's available all-wheel-drive system gets an Active Transfer Case with Front-Axle Disconnect. This system disconnects the front wheels from the driveline when they are not needed, reducing drag and therefore increasing fuel economy, Dodge says.

    All Dodge Charger models get a new taillight design for 2009, and the high-performance SRT8 adds more standard equipment, including dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic headlights, remote engine starting, interior air filter, and heated front seats. The SRT8's suspension is retuned, and a Super Bee "buzz model" package is newly available. This package comes with Hemi Orange paint; a serialized dash plaque; a unique wheel design; silver Brembo brake calipers; UConnect Tunes hard-drive radio; orange seat accents; and hood and rear quarter panel decals. The SRT8's anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control are also recalibrated with brake knockback mitigation.

    Other 2009 changes for the Charger involve mostly standard and optional equipment. Front side and curtain side air bags are now optional instead of standard on most models. Dodge's MyGIG hard-drive radio grows from 20 to 30 gigabytes and changes its name to UConnect Tunes or UConnect GPS when paired with a navigation system. LED lighting becomes standard for the front cupholders and available for the door pockets. Also, the SE model adds more standard equipment, including alloy wheels and additional interior chrome trim.

    Get more information on the 2009 Dodge Charger

    2009 Dodge Viper
    Dodge's Viper 2-seat coupe and roadster are little changed for 2009. Four new colors are offered: Anaconda Green Pearl Coat, Graphite Metallic Clear Coat, Diamond Black Pearl Coat, and Viper Bright White Clear Coat. A new 6-spoke forged-aluminum wheel design is optional. Inside, the center console is revised with a different power window switch design. Underneath, the frame, fuel tank, and fuel filler tube are slightly modified to meet federal impact standards.

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