2016 Dodge Challenger

MSRP $26,995

Ranked #4 in Coupe

7.8

Overall Rating

2016 Dodge Challenger Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 10, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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From the dragstrips to the streets, the Dodge Challenger has always been one of the best pony cars in the market ever since its launch back in the 1970s. After being discontinued back in the early 80s, the Challenger was relaunched back in 2008 with a brand new platform and several engine options. Although there have been several updates over the years, the base platform and chassis remained the same, which limits its handling capabilities compared to more modern rivals. After launching the fire-breathing Hellcat model last year, the Dodge Challenger enters 2016 with no major updates other than a few limited edition models being sold by some dealers.

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Pros

Classic retro styling

Plenty of engine options

Comfortable and practical interiors

Lots of customizable options and visual upgrades

Cons

Unimpressive base V-6 engine

Lacks the handling prowess of its rivals

Interior quality could be improved

Hard to access rear seats

What's New?

Dodge Challenger is carried over for 2016 with minimal updates


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$26995

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

5

top speed

182 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

220 cu.in.

horsepower

305 hp @ 6350 rpm

torque

268 lb.-ft. @ 4800 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front short and long arm suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/heavy-duty anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

116.2 in.

length

197.9 in.

width

75.7 in.

height

57.5 in.

curb weight

3885 lbs.

ground clearance

5.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

93.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

16.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/23/30 mpg

highway range

555.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

SXT$26,995 onwards

SRT$49,195 onwards

Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.7

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

8.2

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.8

Overall Rating


As usual, there are a total of four engine options to choose from, starting with the tame V6 in the base model to the newly introduced supercharged V8 in the range-topping Hellcat model. Unfortunately, Dodge hasn’t updated the chassis even after all these years, and while the Challenger can keep up and even beat its competitors in a straight line, it’s left behind in the twisties. As usual, the Challenger continues to wage war with other pony cars like the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, both of which received a complete generational update recently. The similarly priced Nissan 370Z is also a worthy rival for the Challenger.


8.0/10
Features

8.7/10
Engine and Performance

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

8.2/10
Safety


2016 Dodge Challenger Features

8.0/10

Dodge has provided a sea of trims and configurations with the 2016 Challenger to choose from. However, the R/T and SRT badged trims will be reviewed separately. For today, we will be looking at the base two trims of the coupe, namely SXT and SXT Plus. It falls in a price range that extends from $26,995 for its base variant and goes up to $29,995 for its top-rack variant. Dodge has offered various comfort, entertainment, and safety features in both the trims for a decent experience. 

Trim

SXT

SXT Plus

MSRP (RWD)

$26,995

$29,995

Key Features

18-inch alloy wheels

Rearview camera

 

LED “halo” running lights

Leather upholstery

 

Keyless entry

Ventilated front seats

 

Dual-zone climate control

Power-adjustable steering wheel

 

Power-adjustable driver’s seat

8.4-inch touchscreen

 

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

20-inch wheels

 

5-inch touchscreen infotainment system

 

We Recommend

Since we are only looking at the base two trims, which do not include all R/T and SRT badged options available in the lineup, we will advise you to pick the top-end SXT Plus trim as it offers more of everything when compared with the base trim. Although there is a difference of $3,000 between the two, the added number of features make the high-end trim a worthy option.

2016 Dodge Challenger Engine and Performance

8.7/10

The 2016 Dodge Challenger is available with a total of 4 engine options, including three V8s paired to two transmission options. The base models get a 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine producing 305 hp and 268 lb-ft of torque and are only available with 8-speed automatic transmission. For more performance, the V8 range starts with the 5.7L V8 producing 375 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. Next in line is the 6.4L V8 engine belting out 485 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque. However, the recently launched range-topping Hellcat model gets a fire-breathing supercharged 6.2L V8 engine producing an impressive 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. 

The base 3.6L V6 engine feels lethargic compared to more modern turbocharged units, taking over 6 seconds to reach 60 MPH and 14.5 seconds to cross the quarter-mile. The models equipped with the V8 engine offer a lot more performance and let out the signature growl associated with muscle cars. However, the base trims put up a strong competition when compared with the base trims of the rivals in the segment.

Models

2016 Dodge Challenger

2016 Chevrolet Camaro

2016 Ford Mustang

2016 Nissan 370Z

MSRP

$26,995

$25,700

$25,645

$29,990

Engine

3.6-liter Naturally Aspirated V-6

2.0-liter Turbocharged Inline-4

2.3-liter Turbocharged Inline-4

3.7-liter Naturally Aspirated V-6

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

Power

305 hp

275 hp

310 hp

332 hp

Torque

268 lb-ft

295 lb-ft

320 lb-ft

270 lb-ft

0-60 MPH (seconds)

6.1

5.5

5.6

5.2

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

14.5

14.1

14.0

13.7

Top-Speed (MPH)

130

147

145

160

With its standard 3.6L V6 engine, the Challenger falls behind all of its rivals in terms of outright acceleration, taking more than 6 seconds to reach 60 MPH. The Nissan 370Z leads the pack, followed by the newly launched Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. When comparing the power output, Dodge manages to offer a better figure than the Camaro in the competition.

2016 Dodge Challenger Fuel Economy

5.0/10

With a naturally aspirated V6 engine, the economy figures for the Challenger are average for its class, returning just 19 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highways. Combined with the 18.5-gallon fuel tank, the highway range is impressive at 555 miles. As expected with the more powerful V8 engines, economy figures are limited. The 5.7L unit in the R/T models returns 18 miles combined, while the more powerful SRT392 and Hellcat models are limited to just 17 and 16 MPG combined, respectively.

Models

2016 Dodge Challenger

2016 Chevrolet Camaro

2016 Ford Mustang

2016 Nissan 370Z

MPG (City)

19

21

22

18

MPG (Highway)

30

30

31

26

MPG (Combined)

23

24

25

21

Fuel Capacity

18.5 gallons

19 gallons

15.5 gallons

19 gallons

Range (City/Highway)

351/555 miles

399/570 miles

341/480 miles

342/494 miles

Compared to modern turbocharged engines found in both the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, the Challenger is limited in terms of city range. However, the Nissan 370Z is the least efficient of the bunch with a combined rating of just 21 MPG. When comparing the overall range of the coupes in comparison, the Chevrolet Camaro offers the most at 570 highway miles.

2016 Dodge Challenger Interior

8.0/10

Like most muscle cars, the 2016 Dodge Challenger gets a retro-themed interior with plenty of design elements inspired by the 1970s era muscle cars. The center console is focused towards the driver with a centrally placed infotainment and a T-shaped gear lever that gels well with the overall design theme. Depending on the trim levels, Dodge offers plenty of design elements inside the cabin The Challenger also has an advantage in terms of interior space, thanks to the large footprint which makes it easily fit three adults in the second row. However, the Challenger lacks overall quality, and the cabin feels cheap in most areas with hard plastics used extensively.

When it comes to the comfort and convenience features inside, even the base model is well equipped with features like dual-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry, power-adjustable driver’s seat, and more. Being a performance car, even the higher trim levels don’t get much in the way of luxury. Trunk space is also impressive at 16.5 cubic feet, which is considerably larger than its immediate rivals. The 60/40 split rear seats can be folded to increase space even further.

Models

2016 Dodge Challenger

2016 Chevrolet Camaro

2016 Ford Mustang

2016 Nissan 370Z

Seating Capacity

5

4

4

2

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.3/58.5/42

38.5/N/A/43.9

37.6/56.3/44.5

38.2/54.4/42.9

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.1/53.9/33.1

N/A

34.8/52.2/30.6

N/A

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

16.2

9.1

13.5

6.9

Thanks to its large footprint and long wheelbase, the Challenger can easily seat 5 adults in comfort and offer plenty of cargo space. In comparison, both the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro can seat only 4 passengers with limited interior space, while the Nissan 370Z is limited to just 2 passengers. When comparing the cargo space, Dodge offers the most, followed by Ford, Chevy, and Nissan. Some standout interior features include:

  • Power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Keyless entry
  • Dual-zone climate control with rear vents
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Leather upholstery

How intuitive is the 2016 Dodge Challenger’s infotainment unit?

For 2016, all models of the Challenger continue to get the capable Uconnect infotainment system. With an intuitive and slick interface, the system is easy to use. Although the small 5-inch display on the base models does limit the experience. Fortunately, the “Plus” and higher trims get a bigger 8.4-inch infotainment system which gets all the modern features like smartphone integration, voice commands, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and emergency communications. Dodge also offers navigation with the 8.4-inch system as an optional extra. An 18-speaker Harman Kardon system is also available as an option on the higher trims. Some standout features include:

  • 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment
  • Satellite radio
  • Bluetooth
  • Smartphone app integration
  • Voice control
  • Navigation
  • 18-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system

2016 Dodge Challenger Exterior

9.0/10

Although the Challenger received several facelifts over the years after its re-introduction in 2008, it still manages to look menacing and retains the signature muscle-car silhouette. With the unique halo LED running lights at the front and rectangular LED taillights at the rear, the Challenger retains the usual light profile. The blocky design is complemented by flared wheel arches and a straight shoulder line that rises to accommodate the rear wheels. There are 11 color options to choose from, including the new Plum Crazy paint. As always, Dodge offers plenty of exterior options for the Challenger, including several side and hood stripe options and a total of 10 unique wheel designs. Suffice to say, not two Challengers will look the same after going through the options list.

Models

2016 Dodge Challenger

2016 Chevrolet Camaro

2016 Ford Mustang

2016 Nissan 370Z

Curb Weight (lb)

3834

3400

3532

3274

Length (inches)

197.9

188.3

188.3

167.5

Width (inches)

75.7

74.7

75.4

72.6

Height (inches)

57.5

53.1

54.4

51.8

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.2

N/A

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase (inches)

116.2

110.7

107.1

100.4

The 2016 Dodge Challenger still holds the crown as the biggest pony car on the market, measuring almost 200 inches in length and a wheelbase of 116.2 inches. Both the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang are a lot more compact in comparison, while the Nissan 370Z is the smallest with just 100 inches of wheelbase. When comparing the curb weight, Dodge is the heaviest option in the segment. Some notable exterior features include:

  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • LED “halo” running lights with bi-xenon automatic headlights
  • Decklid spoiler
  • Side and hood stripe packages
  • Dual exit exhaust outlets
  • Optional Hood intake scoop

2016 Dodge Challenger Safety

8.2/10

Almost a decade since its launch, the Challenger continues to use the same LX platform with some minor updates to accommodate the 8-speed automatic transmission. Safety is impressive as the Challenger received a full 5-star safety rating in the NHTSA safety tests and a “Good” rating in most of the IIHS tests except the small overlap front test, where it managed only a “Marginal” rating. Apart from the standard safety features, optional features like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and forward-collision warning are available as optional extras. Some notable standard safety features include:

  • Active head restraints
  • Enhanced accident response system
  • Hill-start assist
  • Rain brake support
  • Ready alert braking
  • Sentry key system

2016 Dodge Challenger Final Verdict

With the recently launched Hellcat model, the Challenger has become the most powerful pony car in the market. Unfortunately, because of the dated chassis and suspension setup, the Challenger falls behind in terms of handling compared to more modern rivals like the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. The spacious interior is also let down by low-grade plastics in most areas. However, the Challenger still manages to redeem itself with plenty of customizable options, a capable infotainment system, and a practical interior that can comfortably seat 5 adults. Overall, if you’re in the market for a practical and comfortable pony car that can put some supercars to shame on the drag strip, the 2016 Dodge Challenger is still an excellent contender in the segment.

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