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2016 SE 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $27,995
2016 SXT 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $29,995
2016 SE 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $30,245
2016 SXT 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $31,995
2016 R/T 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $33,895
2016 R/T Scat Pack 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $39,995
2016 SRT 392 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $50,995
2016 SRT Hellcat 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $65,945

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.

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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.

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SE

The base SE has the V6 engine and automatic transmission, along with 17-inch alloy wheels, power doors/windows/mirrors, power driver’s seat, 5-inch Uconnect touchscreen, six-speaker audio with CD player, Bluetooth, USB/aux inputs, steering-wheel audio/cruise controls, pushbutton start, dual-zone manual air conditioning, and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. Popular Equipment and Sport Appearance Groups are optional. All-wheel drive SE sedans roll on 19-inch wheels.

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SXT

SXT steps up the feature content with an 8.4-inch touchscreen, Uconnect access for 911 emergency calls, Alpine 276-watt audio, a satellite radio, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped thick-rim steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, foglamps, and 18-inch alloy wheels. All-wheel drive is optional, adding 19-inch wheels.

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R/T

The R/T adds the 5.7-liter V8 engine and standard manual transmission, along with paddle shifters, larger brakes, 20-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, sport seats, and a specially-tuned performance suspension and exhaust note.

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R/T Road & Track

Actually an option package, the tighter-tuned Road & Track version brings three selectable modes for the stability control, a 3.07 rear axle, heavy-duty brakes, and a track suspension, as well as HID headlights, heated/ventilated front seats, power-adjustable pedals, larger seat bolsters, rear park assist, Nappa leather/suede upholstery, and a heated steering wheel.

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R/T Scat Pack

The Scat Pack brings a beefier 6.4-liter V8, along with more aggressive styling details, an aluminum hood with NADA duct, bigger active exhaust, 20 x 9-inch alloy wheels, Dodge Performance Pages, three-mode stability control, and a backup camera.

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SRT 392

The full SRT version gets 15.4-inch front brakes, wider wheels, launch control, SRT-tuned adaptive damping, heated/ventilated front seats, and 20 x 9.5-inch wheels. Also standard are 19-speaker, 900-watt Harman Kardon audio and, for 2016, Laguna leather upholstery.

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Hellcat

The SRT Hellcat unleashes a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 with 707 horsepower and a 1/4-mile acceleration time of 11 seconds. Hellcats get a performance hood with dual air extractors, special interior trim, two key fobs for full or restricted performance, blind-spot assist, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, SRT Performance Pages, and Slingshot forged aluminum wheels.

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CarsDirect Tip

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.

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Dodge’s largest sedan, the Charger, continues to operate in a unique sphere, offering standard rear-wheel drive, where front-wheel drive is nearly universal. All-wheel drive and an assortment of souped up models, including the bellwether Hellcat, keeps the Dodge Charger on top.

Pricing and Equipment

The 2016 Charger starts at $27,995 (plus a $995 destination charge) for the base rear-wheel drive SE edition powered by a 3.6-liter V6 making 292 horsepower and paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Six other editions are available, including the SRT Hellcat with a starting price of $67,645. The SRT Hellcat is powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 making 707 horsepower and is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Standard equipment for the model tested included:

  • Wraparound headlamps and racetrack design tail lamps
  • Seventeen-inch painted cast aluminum wheels
  • Power side mirrors
  • Keyless entry and pushbutton start
  • A tilt-and-telescopic steering column
  • A six-way power driver's seat
  • An eight-speed automatic transmission
  • A six-speaker audio system with a 5-inch color display

Performance Pros

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  • I found the standard V-6 engine surprisingly competent, offering ample off-the-start power and sufficient passing performance. Its 31 mpg highway rating is exceptional.
  • Dodge's ZF-supplied eight-speed transmission shifts seamlessly between the gears with shifts matching revs up and down the power band.
  • V8-powered Chargers come drive-mode equipped with the UConnect color display panel controlling same.

Performance Cons

  • The Dodge Charger is a heavy car and is larger than most vehicles in its class. Opting for a larger engine provides outstanding performance, but with a corresponding loss in fuel efficiency.
  • All-wheel drive is available only with V6 models. The improved handling this option affords cannot be experienced by V8 owners.

Interior Pros

  • With 120.2 inches between the wheels, the Dodge Charger offers room for five. The drivetrain hump compromises legroom for the center-seated rear passenger. The sloping roofline means tall people’s heads may touch the rear glass.
  • The base seats are very comfortable and bolstered.
  • The 60-40 split-folding rear seat expands storage capacity of the 16.5 cubic-foot trunk.

Interior Cons

  • The sedan’s high beltline impedes outward visibility. Maneuvering such a large vehicle may prove challenging for some drivers.
  • The standard 5-inch color display is small and not easy to read. However, models equipped with the 8.4-inch color display are easy to decipher.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

The possibility of purchasing a vehicle as stylish and as large as this sedan for under $30,000 should be a dealmaker for some. At the same time, there are multiple V8 choices to consider too.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Popular safety features such as a blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert are not available on the base model. We’ve already noted the visibility challenges of this sedan. To overcome it, you’ll have to opt for a higher end model and pay for the technology package upgrade, adding thousands of dollars to your price.

The Bottom Line

Dodge Charger

Among large sedans, there is nothing quite like the Dodge Charger except for the Chrysler 300. Where its competitors rely on four- and six-cylinder engines, the Charger is equipped with a standard V6 and an assortment of V8 choices. If you prefer a large, traditional rear-wheel drive sedan, the Charger offers a tempting throwback with modern touches and available blistering performance.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.6L V-6 / 292 HP / 260 ft.lbs.
Transmission
8-spd AUTOSTICK w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
19 / 31 / 24 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.6L V-6 / 292 HP / 260 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
19 / 31 / 24 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Short And Long Arm
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel / Compact
Fuel Tank
18.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$71
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
16.1 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
105 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
198.4 "
Exterior Width
75.0 "
Exterior Height
58.2 "
Front Headroom
38.6 " / 36.9 "
Rear Headroom
36.6 "
Front Legroom
41.8 "
Rear Legroom
40.1 "
Front Shoulder Room
59.5 "
Rear Shoulder Room
57.9 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,934 Lbs.
Wheel Base
120 "
Turning Radius
18.8 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Silver Aluminum / 18.0 " Silver Aluminum / 20.0 " Black Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Tri-coat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote / Power Remote Driver / Dual Power Remote Heated / Dual Power Remote W/tilt Down
Bumpers
Body-colored / Front Body-colored
Grille Moldings
With Chrome Bar / Black
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Dual Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth / Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket / Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
8-way (6-way Power) / (8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way / (8-way Power)
Front Armrests
8-way (6-way Power) / (8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan / Am/fm, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Parksense Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Sentry Key
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 100,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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