2016 Dodge Charger

MSRP $27,995 - $31,995

Ranked #9 in Sedan

8.0

Overall Rating

2016 Dodge Charger Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 7, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The midsize sedan segment has seen a meteoric rise in success over the last few decades and the Dodge Charger has been at the forefront of this change. It packs brute American power into an everyday vehicle. It is more utilitarian as compared to its sibling, the Dodge Challenger while upholding performance and practicality.

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Pros

Efficient transmission system

Blistering V8 engine

Intuitive infotainment system

Enticing design

Cons

Substandard fuel economy V8 engine

Constrained cargo space

What's New?

New Black Appearance Package

Super Track Pack for V6 models


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$27995

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

124 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

220 cu.in.

horsepower

292 hp @ 6350 rpm

torque

260 lb.-ft. @ 4800 rpm

transmission

8 speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

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

suspension rear

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

dimensions

wheelbase

120.2 in.

length

198.4 in.

width

75 in.

height

58.2 in.

curb weight

3934 lbs.

ground clearance

4.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

104.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

16.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.8 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/23/31 mpg

highway range

639.6 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

SE$27,995 onwards

SXT$29,995 onwards

Colors and Styles

2016 Dodge Charger in Go Mango color
Go Mango

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

8.7

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.0

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.0

Overall Rating


For the MY 2016, Dodge has sought to introduce minimal changes to the Charger. Apart from it, the 2016 Charger is still an agile and versatile sedan that continues to compete against the Toyota Avalon, Ford Taurus, and Chrysler 300. Does the latest iteration hold enough competitive merit, let’s find out.


9.0/10
Features

8.7/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2016 Dodge Charger Features

9.0/10

The 2016 Dodge Charger is offered in six different trim levels, each of which shares a distinct feature set. In addition, there are two engine and drivetrain options to choose from. It falls in a defined price range that extends from $27,995 for the base variant to $50,995 for the top-tier trim. Some of the exclusive trim-wise features include:

Trim

SE

SXT

R/T

Road and Track

R/T Scat Pack

SRT 392

MSRP (RWD)

$27,995

$29,995

$33,895

$36,895

$39,995

$50,995

MSRP (AWD)

$30,495

$31,995

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Key Features

All-season front and rear tires

Adds to or retains features of SE

Adds to or retains features of SXT

Adds to or retains features of R/T

Adds to or retains features of Road and Track

Adds to or retains features of R/T Scat Pack

 

Tire Pressure Monitor

Front and rear performance tires

V8 engine option

Heated Front Seats

Passenger Lumbar

Heated Steering Wheel

 

Cruise Control

Fog Lamps

Fog Lamps

Fog Lamps

Rearview Camera

Heated Mirrors

 

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener

Powered Passenger Seat

Leather Upholstery

 

Keyless entry

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors

Cruise Control

Mirror Memory

We Recommend

Amongst the trim levels, we recommend opting for the 2016 Dodge Charger SXT that makes use of a Pentastar V6 engine to deliver its performance. At a diminutive price difference, it adds functional specifications over and above the base variant and most importantly provides an option to be channeled as an RWD or AWD variant. 

2016 Dodge Charger Engine and Performance

8.7/10

The 2016 Dodge Charger comes equipped with a 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine option that belts out 292hp and 260lb.-ft of torque. It comes mated to an 8-speed shiftable automatic transmission unit that is butter smooth in its shifts and never seems to be in the wrong gear. While the transmission unit is standard on all trims, the midsize sedan also offers a V8 engine with the R/T and the SRT 392 trims. While the V6 engines offer both FWD and AWD options, the V8 units do not offer AWD options.

In terms of drivability, the 2016 Dodge Charger is both precise in its handling and maneuverability. It is immensely responsive to throttle and the riding excitement only increases with the V8 trims. A V6 engine-equipped Charger can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds and can breach the quarter-mile mark in 14.8 seconds.

Model

Dodge Charger

Ford Taurus

Toyota Avalon

Chrysler 300 S

MSRP

$31,995

$31,390

$35,850

$38,095

Engine

3.6L V6

3.5L V6

3.5L V6

3.6L V6

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

FWD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power

292hp

288hp

268hp

300hp

Torque

260lb.-ft

254lb.-ft

248lb.-ft

264lb.-ft

0-60 MPH (seconds)

6.4 seconds

6.3 seconds

6.4 seconds

6.6 seconds

Quarter mile (mph)

14.8 seconds

15.1 seconds

14.8 seconds

15.1 seconds

Top speed (mph)

N/A

151 MPH

N/A

157 MPH

While all competitors make use of a V6 engine, the 2016 Toyota Avalon bears distinction by being an FWD variant. Despite its lower outputs of 268hp and 248lb.-ft, it manages similar timings as the Dodge in both tests. The 2016 Ford Taurus is the quickest to the 60-mph mark taking 6.3 seconds, however, it falls to the last place in the quarter-mile run taking 15.1 seconds. The most expensive 2016 Chrysler 300 S produces 300hp of power but lurks at the bottom of the table when performance is concerned.

2016 Dodge Charger Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The 2016 Dodge Charger maintains impressive fuel efficiency keeping in mind the performance it delivers. It averages 19 MPG in the city, 31 MPG on the highway, and 23 MPG combined. Its fuel tank is considerably sized and can hold 18.5-gallons, which directly helps in improving the range it covers. In the city, the 2016 Charger manages to cover 352 miles in a single fuel stop, which increases to 573 miles on the highway. However, efficiency falls with the V8 option.

Model

Dodge Charger

Ford Taurus

Toyota Avalon

Chrysler 300 S

MPG (city)

19

17

21

18

MPG (Highway)

31

24

31

27

MPG (Combined)

23

19

24

21

Fuel Capacity

18.5-gallons

19 gallons

17 gallons

19.1 gallons

Range (City/highway)

352/573 miles

323/456 miles

357/527 miles

343.8/515.7 miles

The 2016 Avalon is the most efficient option averaging a combined efficiency of 24 MPG. However, Toyota equips the sedan with a small fuel tank that can hold only 17-gallons. On the other hand, the Ford and Chrysler are rather less efficient averaging 19 and 21 MPG, respectively but sport the largest fuel tanks. The 2016 Taurus, however, manages the lowest range averaging 323 and 456 miles in the city and on the highway.

2016 Dodge Charger Interior

8.0/10

The 2016 Dodge Charger’s interiors have more room than the Challenger. The addition of actual rear seats where people can sit is very convenient. However, the rear seats are nowhere near a luxury sedan in terms of room and comfort. While the front seats bestow maximum pleasure, the cargo capacity of 16.5 cubic feet feels underwhelming.

In terms of design and setup, the 2016 Dodge Charger sports an ergonomic cabin. Each usable element is placed in the vicinity of the driver and is curated to cater to the driver’s dynamics. The tranquility of the cabin is noteworthy. There is ample storage space on the inside including the glove compartment and box between the driver and passenger seats.

Model

Dodge Charger

Ford Taurus

Toyota Avalon

Chrysler 300 S

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.6/59.5/41.8

39/57.9/41.9

37.6/58.2/42.1

38.6/59.5/41.8

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

36.6/57.9/40.1

37.8/56.9/38.1

37.9/57/39.2

37.9/57.7/40.1

Cargo Capacity (cu. Ft)

16.5

20.1

16

16.3

When compared to the competitors, the 2016 Toyota Avalon has maximum space upfront. However, it is the Chrysler 300 that provides best-in-class comfort for rear-seat occupants, while the Ford Taurus has comparable space but exceeds in cargo capacity having a total trunk volume of 20.1 cubic feet.

Some of the salient interior features include:

  • Dual-zone Climate Control
  • Interior Air Filtration
  • Electrochromic Rearview Mirror
  • Front and Rear Cupholders
  • Tilt and Telescopic Steering Wheel

How intuitive is the infotainment system of the 2016 Dodge Charger?

The 2016 Dodge Charger features a central touchscreen which is either a 5-inch or 8.4-inch unit depending on the trim you opt for. Irrespective, it is intuitive and easy to use and gets surrounded by large knobs and buttons for better control. Some of the salient infotainment features include:

  • USB Ports
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Uconnect Smartphone Integration
  • 6-speaker sound system
  • Navigation System
  • Memory Card Slot

2016 Dodge Charger Exterior

8.0/10

The 2016 Dodge Charger, unlike the Challenger, does not resemble its ancestors from the 60s. The Charger is completely changed and looks tasteful. The traditional Dodge grille that sits upfront adds familiarity to the overall design, while the headlights and fog lamps are rather imposing in their appearance. At the rear-end, the adjoined taillamps with the spoiler give it a true sports car-like appearance.

In its dimensions and proportions, the 2016 Dodge Charger fits perfectly in the segment. It is one of the heavier sedans in the segment and weighs 4,188 lbs. It is impressively long and sports the longest wheelbase of 120.3 inches. However, its low-slung does mean a lower height and ground clearance than competitors measuring 58.2 and 4.9 inches, respectively.

Model

Dodge Charger

Ford Taurus

Toyota Avalon

Chrysler 300 S

Curb weight (lbs.)

4,188

4,196

3,461

4,235

Length(in)

198.4

202.9

195.3

198.6

Width(in)

75

76.2

72.2

75

Height(in)

58.2

60.7

57.5

59.2

Ground clearance (in)

4.9

N/A

5.5

4.8

Wheelbase (in)

120.2

112

111

120.2

The 2016 Chrysler 300 is rather similar in dimensions to the Dodge. It shares a similar length, wheelbase, and width. However, is an inch taller and is also the heaviest vehicle weighing 4,235 lbs. The Toyota Avalon on the other hand is the lightest sedan weighing 3,461 lbs. While its wheelbase is shorter, the 2016 Ford Taurus is the longest, widest, and tallest vehicle in the segment measuring 202.9, 76.2, and 60.7 inches, respectively.

Some of the salient exterior features of the 2016 Dodge Charger include:

  • LED head and taillamps
  • Dodge Crosshair grille
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Exhaust Pipes
  • 18-inch Wheels
  • Black Appearance Package

2016 Dodge Charger Safety

8.0/10

The 2016 Dodge Charger sports a sturdy and muscular body structure that ensures top-notch safety and reliability. It gets awarded with the highest possible scores by the NHTSA and IIHS, which backs its capabilities. It comes equipped with standard features like electronic roll mitigation, a vehicle security system, and a tire-pressure monitoring system.

Some of the other safety features on the 2016 Dodge Charger include:

  • Hill Start Assist
  • Intelligent Forward Collision Warning
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Front seat belts-tensioners and load limiters
  • Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones
  • Energy-absorbing steering column

2016 Dodge Charger Final Verdict

The 2016 Dodge Charger is a perfect mix of utility and fun. It combines the best of both worlds with its cogent engine lineup and a practical driving experience that makes it one of the better cars in the segment. Overall, the Charger is more potent than some of the competitors and easy to live with. It is offered in a number of trims that help it cater to a large section of society making it an apt fit in the segment.

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