2016 Dodge Challenger

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Dodge Challenger. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Classic exterior styling
  • Roomy interior
  • Former SRT-only engine now an option on lower trims
  • Uconnect multimedia system
  • Performance Pages feature

The Bad

  • Still a heavy car
  • Sun-visor brackets are intrusive
  • V-8 fuel economy
  • Optional moonroof eats up headroom

Notable Features of the 2016 Dodge Challenger

  • Two-door, retro-styled muscle car
  • V-6 or V-8, including 707-hp supercharged V-8 (SRT Hellcat)
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission

2016 Dodge Challenger Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The 2016 Dodge Challenger sticks to its retro theme that has been relatively successful for the big sports coupe. The rear-wheel-drive Challenger comes with standard V-6 power and offers a choice of V-8 engines including a supercharged V-8 in the SRT Hellcat model that makes 707 horsepower. Competitors include the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro.

(Skip to details on the: Challenger SRT)
New for 2016
Plum Crazy is a new color. There's also a new Blacktop Appearance Package for SXT and R/T trims.
Significant Standard Features

  • Keyless access
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Automatic dual-zone climate control
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Required in every car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Power sunroof
  • Uconnect multimedia system with 8.4-inch touch-screen
  • Navigation system
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Backup camera
  • Forward collision warning
  • Blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert

Challenger SRT
Dodge made headlines in 2015 with the introduction of a new supercharged V-8 engine dubbed Hellcat. The optional engine makes 707 hp and 650 pounds-feet of torque. The SRT's standard V-8 makes a still-formidable 485 hp and 475 pounds-feet of torque.
What's Special

  • Upgraded Brembo-brand brakes
  • Six-speed manual transmission or eight-speed automatic
  • Pirelli P Zero Nero tires
  • 20-inch forged aluminum wheels
  • Functional heat extractors and air inl...
Vehicle Overview

The 2016 Dodge Challenger sticks to its retro theme that has been relatively successful for the big sports coupe. The rear-wheel-drive Challenger comes with standard V-6 power and offers a choice of V-8 engines including a supercharged V-8 in the SRT Hellcat model that makes 707 horsepower. Competitors include the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro.

(Skip to details on the: Challenger SRT)
New for 2016
Plum Crazy is a new color. There's also a new Blacktop Appearance Package for SXT and R/T trims.
Significant Standard Features

  • Keyless access
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Automatic dual-zone climate control
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Required in every car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Power sunroof
  • Uconnect multimedia system with 8.4-inch touch-screen
  • Navigation system
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Backup camera
  • Forward collision warning
  • Blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert

Challenger SRT
Dodge made headlines in 2015 with the introduction of a new supercharged V-8 engine dubbed Hellcat. The optional engine makes 707 hp and 650 pounds-feet of torque. The SRT's standard V-8 makes a still-formidable 485 hp and 475 pounds-feet of torque.
What's Special

  • Upgraded Brembo-brand brakes
  • Six-speed manual transmission or eight-speed automatic
  • Pirelli P Zero Nero tires
  • 20-inch forged aluminum wheels
  • Functional heat extractors and air inlet port on Hellcat-powered cars

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2016 Challenger Video

For our V-8 Muscle Car Challenge, we brought the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS, 2016 Ford Mustang GT and 2016 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack to Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona for a week of intensive testing.

Latest 2016 Challenger Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Most fun I've had in a car EVER

by CrazyMama from Texas on July 20, 2018

Incredibly fast and fun to drive, the 2016 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack with the 6 speed manual transmission and the Super Track Pak is just a grin every time you get behind the wheel. It's also got a ... Read full review

(5.0)

Very nice car

by Anto from Springfield on July 8, 2018

The challenger sxt plus is a very nice car. Nice the style real muscle bodystyle very conftble inside..only car in this category that is real spacius inside and there is space on the real seats and ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Dodge Challenger currently has 0 recalls

NHTSA Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Dodge Challenger SXT

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall
5 Star
Overall Front
4 Star
Overall Side
5 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
4 Star
Driver's
4 Star
Passenger's
5 Star
Side Barrier
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
5 Star
Side Pole
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Dodge

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, Carfax vehicle history report, rental car and 24-hour towing, and first day rental

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7 years/100,000 mile warranty on all certified vehicles
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 125 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Challenger received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

F

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Booster

(second row)

B

Latch or Latch system

B

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

C
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker