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2016 Dodge Charger OVERVIEW
Buying a Dodge Charger is one of the least-expensive ways to get rear-wheel drive performance with four doors, five seats, and a large trunk. Whether it’s the mainstream V6 version or one of the thunderous V8 models, all have ample space for people (or car seats); but the looks shout “muscle car.”
If you’re tempted by one of the more powerful variants, from rational R/T to over-the-top Hellcat, performance when pushing the pedal will live up to the Charger’s heritage, dating back to the Sixties.
What's New for 2016
Both the SRT 392 and the 707-horsepower Hellcat now are upholstered in Laguna leather, also adding Uconnect navigation and HD radio. Dodge also is expected to make more Hellcats available, due to surprising first-year popularity. Plum Crazy, a color choice first used for 1970 Charger, is a new option for 2016 models. A Super Track Pak with chassis upgrades goes into SXT models. The 8.4-inch touchscreen adds a drag-and-drop menu bar.
Choosing Your Dodge Charger
Like the comparable two-door Challenger coupe, Dodge offers the Charger sedan in a variety of engine and trim configurations.
Most buyers opt for an SE or SXT with a 3.6-liter V6 that makes 292 horsepower.
R/T models get a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 that produces 370 horsepower.
A 485-horsepower 6.4-liter V8 goes into the R/T Scat Pack and SRT 392 models.
Going all the way, we have the fire-snorting Hellcat and its 707-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V8.
All Chargers have a standard eight-speed automatic transmission.
Logic and common sense suggests picking the fine V6 and its reasonably good efficiency. (All-wheel drive would be a bonus in snowbelt states.) But if you’re logically minded, a Charger probably isn't the car you're craving. Opting for an R/T gives you plenty of performance for a tolerable amount of cash. Or, maybe you’re ready to go all-in with one of the bigger V8s for acceleration (but not refinement) comparable to a BMW M5. For the purely irrational, we have the Hellcat.