2016 Dodge Charger Overview
Pros & Cons
- Athletic handling
- Muscular V8 engine options
- User-friendly touch screen
- Low starting price
- Front seats are uncomfortable on long drives
- Rear seats have limited headroom
- Limited outward visibility
- Some cheap materials in lower trims
- Below-average crash test scores
Notable for 2016
- No major changes
Dodge Charger Rankings and Research
The 2016 Dodge Charger ranking is based on its score within the Large Cars category. Currently the Dodge Charger has a score of 8.3 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 47 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.
- #9 in Large Cars
2016 Dodge Charger Pictures
2016 Dodge Charger Review
The 2016 Dodge Charger offers superior performance and style over many of its full-size sedan competitors. However, based on our analysis of reviews from automotive experts, if your top priorities are crash test scores, interior quality, or seat comfort, there are more practical choices in the class.
The 2016 Dodge Charger has moderately athletic handling for a large sedan. It feels more nimble than many of its competitors, such as the Toyota Avalon and Hyundai Azera. On a day-to-day basis, the Charger has a smooth ride. Its base 292-horsepower V6 gets respectable fuel economy and has plenty of power for everyday highway passing and merging.
But that's just the beginning of the story. If horsepower is your main concern, the Charger is king of the full-size sedan hill. Step up to either of the midlevel V8s (a relatively rare option in modern full-size sedans) and you get an immense power boost – up to 193 horsepower's worth. Choose a top-of-the-line SRT Hellcat, with a supercharged V8, and you'll more than double the base model’s price, and its horsepower. Your investment will deliver 707 horsepower and a top speed of 204 mph. Those numbers beat those of most performance cars on the market.
The 2016 Dodge Charger's predicted reliability is average for a new vehicle according to J.D. Power's analysis, but it’s relatively low compared with most full-size rivals.
Trunk space in the Charger is average for the class, though the split-folding rear seats open up more space. The Charger’s rear seat also offers plenty of legroom, but has limited headroom for taller passengers, unlike its competitors. Passengers in the center rear seat may be uncomfortable with no place to put their feet because of an extra-wide hump in the floor where the driveshaft connects to the rear wheels. The front-wheel drive Toyota Avalon doesn't have this issue, and it also offers more rear-seat headroom. The Charger has roomy front seats, but its seat cushions are too soft, which means they might not provide you with enough support on longer trips.
The Dodge Charger's low $27,995 starting price is one of its better features. The Charger is one of the lowest-priced full-size, V6-powered sedans on the market. However, you sacrifice a bit of quality for that low starting price. Lower-level models have cheap cloth upholstery and some hard plastic trim pieces. Higher-grade models fix the issue with soft leather and upgraded trim, but the price quickly shoots past $30,000.
One highlight of the Charger's interior design is its standard Uconnect touch-screen infotainment system. The standard 5-inch screen has sleek graphics and an easy-to-understand menu structure, so setting up a smartphone or changing the radio station is a piece of cake. The upgraded 8.4-inch screen comes with additional features like voice recognition and navigation.
The 2016 Dodge Charger has some of the lowest crash test scores in the class due to a marginal rating in a key frontal impact test. The Charger also has large roof pillars in front, to the side, and in the rear, which limit the driver’s road visibility. A number of advanced safety aids are available in the Charger, such as blind spot monitoring and automatic pre-collision braking, which can help prevent accidents before they happen. Still, there are rivals in this class that offer the same level of advanced safety equipment along with better crash test scores, including the Toyota Avalon and Nissan Maxima.
- "Stick with the V6-powered SE or SXT and you'll enjoy traditional American sedan qualities like an absorbent ride, a quiet cabin and many amenities for the money." -- Edmunds
- "With over a half-dozen trim choices, four engines ranging in output from 292 horsepower with an efficient V6 to a truly incredible 707-horsepower supercharged V8, handling and technology to match, road-warrior styling and a lengthy assortment of options, the 2016 Charger offers a bold motoring statement in a wide variety of flavors." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Upgraded for the new model year with more refinement, mostly improved styling and a wide selection of powertrains, the Charger is one of the most versatile sedans on the market place, capable of catering to growing families or performance junkies (or both)." -- Left Lane News (2015)
Other Cars to Consider
The Chevrolet Impala is more spacious overall than the Dodge Charger, with more rear-seat headroom and a larger trunk. Though the Impala isn't as performance-focused as the Charger, it feels composed in corners, and its optional V6 engine delivers strong acceleration. It also has the smooth ride that you look for in full-size American sedans.
The Nissan Maxima is one of the most fun-to-drive $30,000 large sedans on the market. Its nimble handling and powerful V6 make it an engaging dance partner on curving, hilly roads. It also has one of the most luxurious interiors in its price range, with supportive seats, plush materials, and a sleek touch-screen infotainment system that operates like a smartphone. The Maxima has just as many advanced safety tech features as the Charger and better crash test ratings.
Details: 2016 Dodge Charger
The 2016 Dodge Charger seats five and comes in seven trims. The base SE trim and the SXT trim come with a 292-horsepower V6 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional. The R/T and R/T Road & Track have a 370-horsepower V8, the R/T Scat Pack and SRT 392 have a 485-horsepower V8, and the SRT Hellcat has a 707-horsepower supercharged V8.
Standard interior features in the 2016 Charger include a power-adjustable driver's seat and Dodge's Uconnect infotainment system, which features three USB ports, Bluetooth, and a 5-inch touch screen.
Available features include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a Harman Kardon audio system, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, automatic pre-collision braking, lane keep assist, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, and an upgraded Uconnect system with voice recognition, satellite radio, navigation, an 8.4-inch touch screen, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.
The Charger was refreshed in 2015, but its last full redesign was for the 2011 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2011 through 2016 model years.
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