2016 Dodge Viper Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Dodge Viper was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.0

Reviewers note that the 2016 Dodge Viper has a simple, driver-focused design, and it feels more upscale than previous-generation Vipers. However, build quality is still disappointing compared with that of similarly priced rivals. The Viper is also uncomfortable. It's loud, its seats are too firm, it's hard to get into, visibility is terrible, and storage space is limited. On the plus side, the Viper's seats have enough space for people who are 6 feet tall, and the Viper's touch-screen infotainment system is among the easier ones on the market to use.

  • "This third-generation Viper represents a huge leap forward in regard to interior design and quality, but it still trails behind other similarly priced sports cars in many aspects. Materials quality is good compared to the average consumer car, but not for one that costs more than $100,000 when new." -- Edmunds
  • "Getting with the changing times, the latest Viper boasts a significantly more comfortable, stylized and attractive interior. But don't think Dodge went too soft on the interior: they also made a point of creating a very driver-focused cockpit-style layout to help drivers extract the most out of their car with minimal distraction." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "[The] 2014 Viper is indeed more comfortable and amenity-laden than its predecessors, but it's still basically a street-legal racecar. And what makes it work as a track car hinders it as an ordinary one. The interior is tight, visibility is limited, the ride is rough, and there's the constant roar of the engine and tires." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "The Viper's all-new interior is a substantial improvement with its clean, modern and uncluttered instrument panel. The fit, finish and materials are impeccable, and the lower center console adds much-needed elbow room." -- MSN Autos (2013)

Seating

The 2016 Dodge Viper seats two and comes standard with cloth upholstery and power-adjustable pedals. Leather upholstery and power-adjustable seats are available.

The Viper can be hard to get into because of its door sills, which are high and wide. The Viper's side-mounted exhaust pipes can get hot, so you have to be careful if you are wearing shorts or a skirt. Once you're inside, you'll find that the seats are too firm for long-distance driving and lack support for the upper body. Visibility is also poor in the Viper because of its low roof. On a positive note, the seats have enough space for 6-footers.

  • "Just getting in and out of the Viper exposes one of its most significant drawbacks. The wide and tall side sill requires an inelegant shimmy to clear, followed by a clumsy drop into the seats. It's especially challenging to larger occupants or those wearing dresses, as the hot side exhaust pipes have a tendency to singe unprotected legs. … Visibility is also limited, with a very low roof line that makes you feel as though you're peeking through a mail slot." -- Edmunds
  • "Despite its more luxurious trappings and high-tech features, the Viper's cabin still has one major flaw - seats that many drivers regard as seriously uncomfortable. Built by Italian company Sabalt, they look sleek and purposeful, but are quite firm and lacking in necessary upper-body support. The misshapen thrones - along with an extremely stiff suspension - mean the Viper is best left in the garage when the time comes for a long road trip." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "Heavily bolstered seats provide plenty of lateral support to hold you in place during enthusiastic driving, but we found them to be fairly uncomfortable for long trips." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "My six-foot, two-inch frame found the new seats snug and comfortable, without the slightest feeling of being cramped (there was even room for my helmeted head... but just barely)." -- Autoblog (2013)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Dodge Viper include a rearview camera, automatic climate control, push-button start, and Dodge's Uconnect infotainment system, which features an 8.4-inch touch screen, voice command recognition, Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD Radio, a USB port, navigation, and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. The Viper also comes standard with a 7-inch display in the gauge cluster that can show performance data like zero-to-60-mph times. An 18-speaker Harman Kardon audio system is available.

Dodge's Uconnect system is one of the more user-friendly infotainment systems on the market. Highlights include its large and responsive touch screen, its straightforward buttons and knobs, and its excellent voice recognition software.

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  • "On the plus side, the Uconnect infotainment interface is one of the better systems for ease of use and responsiveness." -- Edmunds
  • "Generally regarded as one of the more user-friendly infotainment setups on the market, Uconnect Access integrates most of the snake's audio, navigation and climate control functions into one unit. An 8.4-inch touchscreen mounted on the dashboard is the central component of the system, but redundant buttons and knobs for climate and audio volume and tuning are also included." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "The SRT Viper is meant for driving, not fidgeting with electronics. Fortunately, the Viper's Uconnect system is perhaps the most user-friendly infotainment platform available. From its massive 8.4-inch touch screen to its conversational voice-recognition software, Uconnect is the new standard in vehicle connectivity." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)

Cargo

The 2016 Dodge Viper has roughly 14.7 cubic feet of trunk space, which is more than many sports cars offer. However, the cargo area is narrow because of a large hump behind the seats. There isn't much storage space in the cabin either, apart from a couple of small compartments and pockets.

  • "On paper, the 14.7-cubic-foot trunk capacity is generous, but that's only if you pile your cargo to the roof. The usable space is really limited to a narrow well behind a massive hump. In the passenger compartment, storage is also light, with a few small pockets and bins. Our best advice is to pack light." -- Edmunds
  • "Cargo space, too, is stingy, so you'll have to plan your shopping trip accordingly." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)

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