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2009 Dodge Charger vs. 2008 Dodge Dakota

To start off, 2009 Dodge Charger is newer by 1 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2008 Dodge Dakota. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2008 Dodge Dakota would be higher. At 3,701 cc (6 cylinders), 2008 Dodge Dakota is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2009 Dodge Charger (250 HP @ 6400 RPM) has 40 more horse power than 2008 Dodge Dakota. (210 HP @ 5200 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2009 Dodge Charger should accelerate faster than 2008 Dodge Dakota. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2009 Dodge Charger weights approximately 307 kg more than 2008 Dodge Dakota. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Both vehicles are rear wheel drive (RWD) - it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, both vehicles do the job better than front wheel drive vehicles. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control. Let's talk about torque, 2009 Dodge Charger (339 Nm @ 3800 RPM) has 20 more torque (in Nm) than 2008 Dodge Dakota. (319 Nm @ 4000 RPM). This means 2009 Dodge Charger will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2008 Dodge Dakota. 2009 Dodge Charger has automatic transmission and 2008 Dodge Dakota has manual transmission. 2008 Dodge Dakota will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2009 Dodge Charger will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

2009 Dodge Charger 2008 Dodge Dakota
Make Dodge Dodge
Model Charger Dakota
Year Released 2009 2008
Body Type Sedan Pickup
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3518 cc 3701 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type V V
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 250 HP 210 HP
Engine RPM 6400 RPM 5200 RPM
Torque 339 Nm 319 Nm
Torque RPM 3800 RPM 4000 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 9.7:1 9.7:1
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Rear
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1692 kg 1385 kg
Vehicle Length 5090 mm 5560 mm
Vehicle Width 1900 mm 1830 mm
Vehicle Height 1480 mm 1750 mm
Wheelbase Size 3050 mm 3340 mm
Fuel Consumption 9.4 L/100km 11.9 L/100km
Fuel Consumption Overall 11.8 L/100km 13.2 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 68 L 83 L


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