2016 Dodge Viper Review

Despite an exciting driving experience, the 2016 Dodge Viper ranks at the back of the class because of its low reliability rating, harsh ride quality, and uncomfortable interior.

Pros & Cons

  • Ferocious power and acceleration
  • Thrilling handling
  • User-friendly touch screen
  • Uncomfortable ride
  • Cramped interior
  • Awful fuel economy




Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 7.0
Total Cost of Ownership:
This model has never been fully tested for total cost of ownership. Its overall score is being calculated without total cost of ownership.
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2016 Dodge Viper Overview

Is the 2016 Dodge Viper a Good Used Car?

The Dodge Viper isn’t a good used luxury sports car. The Viper has a bombastic V10 engine, eye-catching good looks, and engaging driving dynamics. However, it has a rock-hard ride quality, a cramped interior, minimal seat padding, and an engine that’s as loud as a fighter jet. It also rates poorly for reliability. If you want a sports car that’s just as thrilling to drive but nowhere near as punishing on everyday roads, give the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette a look.

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How Much Is the 2016 Dodge Viper?

You can expect to pay a heavy premium for a used Dodge Viper. The average price for a used 2016 Viper on our site is $126,400. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Dodge Viper Cost to Own?

We are unable to provide projected ownership costs for the 2016 Viper at this time.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Viper?

The Dodge Viper was discontinued after the 2017 model year, so you won’t find any new models for sale. However, there are a few options if you are interested in a new sports car with a track-focused vibe. The 2018 Ford Mustang GT350 starts at $57,240, and it packs a racy 526-horsepower V8 plus exceptional driving dynamics. Starting at $61,500, the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 excites with precise handling as well, and it boasts an even stronger 650-horsepower engine. Both cars undercut the average price of a used Viper by thousands of dollars.

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Which Model Year of the Dodge Viper Is Best?

The Viper has had a few starts and stops since its initial launch in 1992. Its most recent generation ran from the 2013 to 2017 model years. The Viper didn’t see any major mechanical changes over these years, so you can find similar performance at a lower price with an older 2013 or 2014 model. There are some notable trim changes to be aware of, though.

The Viper was reintroduced for 2013 under the SRT nameplate, and it originally came in base and GTS trims. A Time Attack package, called TA, debuted for 2014 with a track-tuned suspension and aerodynamic enhancements. For 2015, a rearview camera and a Harman Kardon stereo became standard. The 2015 model also saw the introduction of the mid-level GT and customizable GTC trims, a boost of 5 horsepower for the V10 engine, and a name change from SRT Viper back to Dodge Viper. The track-focused Viper ACR debuted for 2016 with significant suspension and aerodynamic modifications. The Viper ended its production run in 2017 with a number of special edition models.           

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Dodge Viper?

The 2016 Viper has a below-average reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2016 Dodge Viper Recalls

The 2016 Viper is affected by two recalls. Dodge is recalling certain models because of faults with the driver-side and passenger-side air bags. Make sure these recalls have been addressed before buying a used Viper.

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Which Used Dodge Viper Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Viper is available in five trim levels: SRT, GT, GTC, GTS, and ACR. They are all equipped with a V10 engine and manual transmission. The base Dodge Viper SRT is the best option for most shoppers. It comes well-equipped with an 8.4-inch touch screen, navigation, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, a 12-speaker sound system, keyless entry with push-button start, a limited-slip differential, Brembo brakes, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The Viper GT trim adds additional traction and stability control modes, upgraded brakes, a two-mode adjustable suspension, and leather seats. The Viper GTC trim shares these features, and it has an extensive array of options. These GTC trims are highly customizable with unique trim, upholstery, equipment, and color variations. The Viper GTS trim adds an 18-speaker stereo.

Leading the pack is the track-ready Dodge Viper ACR. It adds carbon ceramic brakes, a carbon fiber chassis brace called X-brace, a manually adjustable racing suspension, plus aerodynamic enhancements like a carbon fiber rear wing and a large front splitter. It also loses a few amenities to save weight. The carpet is thinner, and the sound system is reduced to three speakers.

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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 Viper?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have not published crash test results for the 2016 Viper. The Viper comes standard with a rearview camera, but no other advanced safety features are available.

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2016 Dodge Viper Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Dodge Viper or 2016 Chevrolet Corvette?

The 2016 Chevrolet Corvette delivers the surgical handling and the high-horsepower thrills of the Viper, but it’s a much more refined car to drive on a daily basis, with a more cushioned ride, even over rough pavement. The Corvette also boasts a roomier trunk and better fuel economy, and it’s available in coupe and convertible body styles, while the Viper is only available as a coupe. The Corvette also rates higher for reliability, and used models are often far less expensive. Go with the Corvette.

Which Is Better: 2016 Dodge Viper or 2016 Porsche 911?

The 2016 Porsche 911 is a better option as well. The 911’s punchy six-cylinder engines and graceful handling make it a hoot to drive, yet it still manages rough roads with poise. The Porsche also sports nicer cabin materials, a longer list of advanced safety features, and better fuel economy. It’s the more practical sports car, though used models are often just as pricy as the Viper.

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2016 Viper Performance

How Does the 2016 Dodge Viper Drive?

The Viper has an 8.4-liter V10 engine that produces 645 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard. The big V10 engine rockets the Viper up to speed with gut-wrenching ferocity. The Viper takes less than four seconds to sprint from zero to 60 mph, and power remains steady all the way to the redline. Skilled drivers are rewarded with razor-sharp handling, especially in the track-oriented ACR model. It’s an absolute blast to drive around a racetrack, but the Viper’s on-track driving experience doesn’t translate well to the real world.

The manual transmission feels a little reluctant to slide into gear. The exhaust drones loudly on the highway, and the Viper’s ride quality is harsh, even with the available DampTronic adjustable suspension (standard in GT, GTC, and GTS models) set to its softest mode. The car clomps over bumps and dips in the road. This untamed nature fits the Viper’s character perfectly, but it makes it an exhausting sports car to drive for prolonged periods.

Does the 2016 Dodge Viper Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Viper gets awful fuel economy, even by sports car standards. The V10 engine returns just 12 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.

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2016 Viper Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Viper Seat?

The Dodge Viper is a two-seat coupe. Its bolstered seats hold passengers in place nicely around turns. There isn’t much padding, though, which can make these seats uncomfortable on longer trips. Headroom is slim as well, even for drivers and passengers of average height.

The Viper’s low-slung ride and squat proportions give it an aggressive look, but it makes it very awkward to get in and out. Passengers must step over a bulky side sill before sliding into the seats. These sills also conceal exhaust pipes, which get very hot while driving and can quickly singe an uncovered ankle.

2016 Dodge Viper Features

The Viper comes standard with the Uconnect infotainment system, which features an 8.4-inch touch screen, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port, satellite radio, and a rearview camera. The large Uconnect touch screen is one of the car’s few indulgences. It’s easy to use and has crisp graphics. There are a few audio and climate controls located beneath the screen, which are simple to access while driving. Available features include an 18-speaker stereo.

All Vipers come with the SRT Performance Pages, which are apps for viewing track telemetry, recording lap times, and tailoring the car’s electronic assists.

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2016 Dodge Viper Dimensions

Dodge Viper Cargo Space

The Viper has 14.6 cubic feet of trunk space, but that number is a little misleading because the trunk’s awkward shape limits usable cargo space.

2016 Viper Length and Weight

The Viper is 14.6 feet long, and it weighs between 3,366 and 3,415 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Dodge Viper Built?

Dodge built the 2016 Viper in Michigan.

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