2016 Dodge Charger Specs
Dodge Charger, muscle car of the century. Some would call it a souped-up sedan since it has four doors, but four doors doesn’t mean it’s not a muscle car. Plus, it even beats the Challenger’s race time by microseconds. This beauty has been around since the 1960s, but struggled to become the success it is today. Now, the Dodge Charger has become a pinnacle of performance, and with seven trims to choose from, there’s plenty of choices for everyone.
Supercharged HEMI V8 SRT Hellcat Engine
The 2016 Dodge Charger has a total of four engine options. The standard engine for the SE and SXT is a 3.6-liter V6 24-valve VVT engine that generates 292-horsepower. The next one up is a 5.7-liter V8 HEMI MDS VVT engine, available for R/T and R/T Road & Track, revving up to 370 horsepower. The R/T Scat Pack and SRT 392 trims have the good ol’ 6.2-liter V8 SRT HEMI MDS engine under the hood, packing 485-hp of heat. However, if we’re talking hot hot hot then it’s the 6.2-liter V8 HEMI Supercharged engine on the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.
VVT? MDS? What does it mean? Easy, dear fellow. VVT stands for “variable valve timing”, a design implemented into modern engines that alters the frequency of valve lifts. In laymen’s terms, it is a process utilized for improving an engine’s performance, optimizing fuel efficiency, and reducing emissions. MDS stands for “multi-displacement system”, a bit of engine technology that’s about a decade old, but increasing fuel economy as much as 10-20 percent.
Driving and Handling
On all Dodge Charger trims, an AutoStick automatic transmission comes standard. What is “AutoStick” transmission? It sounds odd, but it’s basically a type of transmission that allows drivers to manually switch gears automatically. Basically it’s a two-in-one for those that like the feel of switching gears manually.
Fuel economy varies on the 2016 Dodge Charger, because it all depends on the engine. Here’s the EPA specs for each: 3.6-liter V6 -19/31 mpg city/highway; 5.7-liter V8 – 16/25 mpg city/highway; 6.2-liter V8 SRT – 15/25 mpg city/highway; and the 6.2 V8 HEMI – 13/22 mpg city/highway.
The 2016 Dodge Charger is built with style, and there are plenty of choices for customization, including 10 paint colors. Depending on the trim, a Charger can ride on 17-inch cast aluminum wheels, 18-inch painted/polished aluminum wheels, 20-inch hyper black II forged aluminum wheels, and the list goes on. To add more of a sinister style, buyers can choose to get the roof painted black on select trims. Automatic headlamps come standard in all trims, and there are a variety of badges that are available on different Charger trims.
Other features across the model trims is an acoustic windshield and acoustic front door windows, black headlamp bezels, dual rear exhaust tips, solar control glass, and remote keyless entry. Depending on the trim selected, buyers may find features that are exclusive or available as upgrades. Such features consist of blind spot and power heated mirrors, exterior mirrors with courtesy lamps, GPS antenna input, and exterior mirrors that adjust automatically when the vehicle is in reverse.
Chargers have always had a seating capacity of five passengers, although it didn’t always have four doors like it does today. The seating material varies throughout the lineup, and the options include three different types of cloth in addition to Alcantara Suede and Nappa Leather. Available on all trims except for the base, SE, are heated and ventilated seats. For seat adjustment and cargo space, all trims come with a rear 60/40 split folding seat.
For convenience, there is available automatic a/c dual zone temp control in their vehicle and an auto-dimming mirror with a microphone for making use of the integrated voice command with Bluetooth system. Other luxurious features range from a leather steering wheel and gearshift knob to a power sunroof. Now that’s some serious style.
Uconnect and Multimedia
Dodge is an FCA brand, so it goes without saying that Uconnect systems have been installed. The difference is whether you have Uconnect 5.0, 8.4, or 8.4 NAV, or Uconnect Access. Depending on the number at the end, the integrated touch screen display will be the same size i.e. Uconnect 8.4 has an 8.4-inch touchscreen. The sound system ranges from a 6-speaker system to 19 premium speakers with a subwoofer. It all connects to a media hub with SD, USB, and auxiliary connectivity, controlled through the touchscreen or steering wheel mounted audio controls.
Safety Features and Warranty
Dodge vehicles always have all of the basic safety features a driver would want in their vehicle, plus a few extras available. Some of which are ParkSense assistance systems with a rear back-up camera display. Sentry Key theft deterrent systems are also installed for added security, and features like Keyless Go have been integrated for convenience.
All trims are covered by Dodge’s warranties – a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for 5 years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for 5 years/100,000 miles.