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2016 Dodge Challenger Review

The 2016 Dodge Challenger ranks in the back half of the sports car class. It has a roomy interior, a comfy ride, muscular engines, and great infotainment features. However, it’s not quite as athletic as its pony car competitors.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful V8 engines
  • Smooth ride
  • Generous rear-seat and trunk space
  • User-friendly infotainment
  • Limited side and rear visibility




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.8
Safety: 8.4
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2016 Dodge Challenger Overview

Is the 2016 Dodge Challenger a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Challenger is a fine option for drivers who want a used sports car but don’t want to skimp on day-to-day practicality. The two-door Challenger offers seating for five, a large trunk, decent V6 fuel economy, a pleasant ride, and above-average reliability. It’s a very livable sports coupe, and it’s also a formidable muscle car when equipped with one of its thunderous V8 engines. Visibility out the sides and rear is limited, however.

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How Much Is the 2016 Dodge Challenger?

You can expect to pay between $18,000 and $54,000 for a used 2016 Challenger. These figures are based on 1,100 listings for the 2016 Dodge Challenger on our site. The average list price is $29,200. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Dodge Challenger Cost to Own?

The Challenger’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $30,900 – or about $6,200 per year. That’s higher than average for the sports car class. By comparison, the 2016 Mazda Miata and 2016 Subaru BRZ have lower five-year costs of around $22,500 and $26,300, respectively.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Challenger?

A new 2018 Challenger starts at $27,295. You can save thousands of dollars by shopping for a used Challenger, especially if you want a base model with few options. However, there are a few perks to buying new. Only the 2017-and-newer models are available with the popular Apple CarPlay and Android Auto infotainment systems, as well as all-wheel drive (in the Challenger GT). If these are must-have items, opt for one of these newer models.

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For a less-expensive new sports car, consider the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider, which starts at $24,995. The two-seat Fiat 124 doesn’t offer the interior space or engine power that the Challenger does, but it’s much more agile to drive and it yields superior fuel economy.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Dodge Challenger?

The 2016 Challenger has an above-average reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2016 Dodge Challenger Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are no safety recalls for the 2016 Challenger.

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Which Model Year of the Dodge Challenger Is Best?

The 2016 Dodge Challenger marks the ninth model year of the sports coupe’s third generation, which launched for 2008. There were no major updates for 2016, which means you may find similarly equipped 2015 Challengers at a lower price. Updates for 2017 included an all-wheel-drive GT model and the availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (standard for 2018).

The 2008 through 2014 Challengers tend to be much less expensive, but they aren’t as desirable. These model years have lower quality cabin materials and fewer advanced safety features. For example, you won’t find forward collision warning or blind spot monitoring. The 2015 Challenger offers the best combination of features and price.

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Which Used Challenger Model Is Right for Me?

Dodge offers the 2016 Challenger in five core trim levels: SXT, R/T, R/T Scat Pack, SRT 392, and SRT Hellcat. The base model Dodge Challenger SXT has a 305-horsepower V6 engine, Bluetooth, a 5-inch touch screen, USB and aux ports, keyless entry, cruise control, power windows, dual-zone climate control, and alloy wheels.

The Challenger R/T trim adds a 375-horsepower V8. The Challenger R/T Scat Pack adds a 485-horsepower V8, high-performance suspension and brakes, and rear parking sensors. The Dodge Challenger SRT 392 adds an 18-speaker stereo, adaptive suspension, forward collision warning, and blind spot monitoring. The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat adds a 707-horsepower V8.

For the best value in the lineup, look for Challenger SXT Plus and R/T Plus models. These V6- and V8-equipped cars also feature heated and ventilated front seats, an 8.4-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, and satellite radio. Desirable options include a navigation system, forward collision warning, and blind spot monitoring.

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What Does Dodge's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Dodge offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Dodge extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. CPO vehicles also get a three-month/3,000-mile Maximum Coverage Care warranty. Additional benefits are available, including a 90-day SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription, a CarFax vehicle history report, 24-hour towing and roadside assistance, and a car rental allowance. There are mileage and model restrictions, so read the Dodge warranty page carefully.

Dodge has one of the worst CPO warranties among affordable carmakers, according to our analysis. Kia, Hyundai, Chevy, Ford, Honda, and Mazda are all better.

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How Safe Is the Challenger?

The 2016 Dodge Challenger received mixed crash safety ratings. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Challenger a perfect five-star rating in overall and side impact testing, but four stars in front and rollover testing. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Challenger a Good rating (the highest offered) for side and moderate overlap front crash safety. It earned an Acceptable (the second-highest rating) for roof strength and seat safety. It received a Marginal rating (the second-lowest) in small overlap front crash testing.

The 2016 Challenger is available with several advanced safety features. The Driver Convenience package – available in all but the Hellcat trim – adds blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rear parking sensors. An optional Technology package adds forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and rain-sensing wipers. A rearview camera is available in all trims.

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2016 Dodge Challenger Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Dodge Challenger or 2016 Dodge Charger?

The 2016 Dodge Charger sedan and Challenger coupe have a lot in common. Both share the same potent engines and many of the same convenience features. Both also provide comfortable handling and refined cabins. The four-door Charger is the more practical vehicle, as it offers roomier rear seats and available all-wheel drive. It also offers a few advanced safety features that the Challenger does not, including lane departure warning and automatic emergency braking. At the end of the day, the choice comes down to whether you’d like two doors or four.

Which Is Better: 2016 Dodge Challenger or 2016 Chevrolet Camaro?

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro can’t match the Challenger in terms of muscle (especially the Challenger Hellcat). It’s also shorter on trunk and rear-seat space. However, the fully redesigned 2016 Camaro is the far superior sports car. Available as a coupe or convertible, the Camaro boasts much sharper handling, a nicer interior, and convenience features like Apple CarPlay. It also earns higher safety and reliability ratings.

Which Is Better: 2016 Dodge Challenger or 2016 Ford Mustang?

The 2016 Ford Mustang is the better sports car. Available as a coupe or convertible, the Mustang handily outmaneuvers the Challenger and even poses a threat to SRT Hellcat models with its 526-horsepower Mustang GT350. Ford’s pony car rates higher in crash safety as well. However, it trails the Dodge with a lower reliability rating and much less rear-seat space.

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2016 Challenger Performance

How Does the 2016 Dodge Challenger Drive?

The Challenger comes standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive, and a 3.6-liter V6 with 305 horsepower. The V6 has ample muscle for scooting the Challenger up to speed quickly. However, drivers who want true muscle car performance can upgrade to one of three powerful V8 engines: a 5.7-liter V8 with 375 horsepower (R/T), a 6.4-liter V8 with 485 horsepower (Scat Pack and 392 models), or a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 with 707 horsepower (Hellcat). The V8s accelerate ferociously and reward with a deep exhaust soundtrack, but at the cost of low fuel economy. Each is available with an eight-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission. The automatic delivers prompt, slick shifts. The six-speed manual is less refined.

The base Challenger SXT model and the more muscular R/T have a smooth and comfortable ride, making the Challenger an excellent highway cruiser. Higher trim levels – and models with the available Super Track Pak – provide sharper handling with a slightly firmer ride. The SRT 392 and Hellcat models feature an adaptive suspension with three settings: Soft, Firm, and Track. Even so, the Challenger’s hefty weight ensures it’s not as agile as its pony car rivals, the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro.

Does the 2016 Dodge Challenger Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Challenger’s V6 engine returns 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. That’s good for a V6 sports car, but it trails the four-cylinder engines in this class. The Challenger’s V8 engines offer much lower fuel economy, ranging from 13-16 mpg in the city and 21-25 mpg on the highway.

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2016 Challenger Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Challenger Seat?

The 2016 Dodge Challenger is a two-door coupe with five seats. The front seats are plush and provide fine support. The rear seats can accommodate two adults comfortably, which can’t be said of the cramped Mustang or Camaro. However, the muscle car’s sleek roofline hinders side and rear visibility. Cloth seats are standard; heated, ventilated, and leather seats are available.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Dodge Challenger?

The Challenger has three full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the vehicle’s LATCH system a mixed rating for ease of use because some of the anchors are hard to access and difficult to maneuver around.

2016 Dodge Challenger Features

The 2016 Challenger has a quiet, well-styled interior with quality materials and a user-friendly infotainment system. Lower trim levels have a 5-inch touch screen with Bluetooth, USB, and SD card compatibility. An available 8.4-inch touch screen adds satellite radio and Siri Eyes Free support. Both systems react quickly to inputs, have simple menus with large on-screen buttons, and feature redundant climate and audio control knobs. A navigation system is available, as is Dodge’s Performance Pages menu, which allows drivers to configure a number of engine, transmission, steering, and traction control settings using the touch screen.

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2016 Dodge Challenger Dimensions

Dodge Challenger Cargo Space

The 2016 Challenger has 16.2 cubic feet of trunk space, which is large by class standards. The rear seats fold in a 60/40 split, allowing longer items to fit in the trunk.

2016 Challenger Length and Weight

The 2016 Challenger is 16.5 feet long. Depending on the engine and trim level, the Challenger’s curb weight ranges from 3,885 to 4,476 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Dodge Challenger Built?

Dodge built the 2016 Challenger in Brampton, Ontario.

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