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Key Specs

of the 2006 Dodge Charger. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    17-23 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    250-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Performance with Hemi V-8
  • Multi-Displacement System in 5.7-liter V-8
  • Ride comfort
  • Stability with Road/Track Performance Group
  • Assertive appearance
  • Powertrain and suspension choices

The Bad

  • Lighter steering than expected
  • Seatback support
  • No grab handles
  • Rear headroom
  • Outside visibility for rear passengers

Notable Features of the 2006 Dodge Charger

  • Famous model name revived for 2006
  • Available Hemi V-8
  • RWD
  • Higher-performance Daytona R/T in retro colors
  • 425-hp Charger SRT8

2006 Charger Video

Watch MotorWeek on PBS. Check your local listings for time and channel.

Latest 2006 Charger Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Great for enthusiasts. Not very economical.

by DanTheMan from Lawrenceburg, Tn on August 1, 2018

The car was great while I had owned it for the purposes I needed it for. I had bought it for great power and reliability, which it delivered perfectly. However, as I began to look into colleges, the ... Read full review

(4.0)

Great first car purchase not for kids for adults.

by HellF8 from Canton on July 27, 2018

I enjoy the vehicle very much. I have owned my 2006 dodge charger for 5 years and put about 65,000 miles on the car and I have made upgrades bolt ons are a must for the charger R/T . Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2006 Dodge Charger currently has 5 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2006 Dodge Charger Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
acceptable
Overall Rear
acceptable
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Head Restraint
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
poor
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
poor
Driver Torso
poor
Overall Side
poor
Rear Passenger Head Protection
acceptable
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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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 Charger received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

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.

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