The third generation of Dodge Challenger originally made its debut at the 2006 Detroit Auto Show and went into production as a 2008 model year vehicle in 2007. However, since then the Dodge Challenger hasn’t seen any major upgrades when it comes to design, quality, or performance. Well, all that changed in 2015 when the Dodge Challenger received major upgrades on the overall interior and powertrain section and some minor upgrades to the exterior design.
While the 2015 Dodge Challenger lineup saw major upgrades the most significant was the addition of the 707 horsepower SRT Hellcat. But before we continue, this is not a review of that beastly Hellcat.
This is a review of the everyday man’s V6-powered 2016 Dodge Challenger SXT Plus, which is still a pleasure to drive and packed with everything you would expect from a muscle car in this segment. Let’s take a look.
2016 Dodge Challenger Exterior
The outside of the Dodge Challenger didn’t receive major upgrades for 2015 and the same can be said for our test model, the 2016 Dodge Challenger. Dodge went with the “if it isn’t broken, why fix it” mentality here, because the design of the third-generation Challenger is one of the most iconic and sleek looking designs we’ve seen in the muscle car segment. Inspired by the 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T, the third generation Dodge Challenger looks aggressive and muscular.
While many aspects have been carried over from the 2015 model year redesign, the 2016 Dodge Challenger features a new grille that gives it a more prominent front-end, new projector headlamps with halo LEDs making this muscle car look even meaner at night, and new LED tail lamps that are now split, instead of the long bar the third-generation Challenger originally debuted with in 2006.
Completely new for the 2016 Dodge Challenger are the addition of the Plum Crazy color scheme and the new wheel designs bringing the options to a total of twelve designs. Our 2016 Dodge Challenger test car was painted in black with an all-black interior.
In our opinion, the 2016 Dodge Challenger is one of the toughest looking muscle cars in the segment and definitely stands out on its own when lined up against the competition.
2016 Dodge Challenger Interior
The interior is probably the biggest change between the 2015 and 2016 Dodge Challenger. Unlike the outside, the cabin of the 2016 Dodge Challenger has been completely redone with sport and comfort at the top of the list.
Gone are the hard plastic embellishments which originally debuted on the third-generation model, replaced by new, soft-touch materials with strict attention to driver-oriented design. Each section of the inside on the 2016 Dodge Challenger is wonderful to touch and we really appreciated the use of quality materials throughout the cabin.
Right in front of the driver there is a new 7-inch TFT customizable instrument cluster wrapped in an analog speedometer and tachometer. The display is easily customizable to your liking and provides quick access to information including driving range, speed, fuel economy, navigation information, compass, and audio information. Moving to the center is a new, standard 5-inch screen for audio and other information with an optional upgrade to Dodge’s 8.4-inch touchscreen housing the Uconnect infotainment system.
The Uconnect system in the 2016 Dodge Challenger is one of the quickest and easiest to use infotainment systems on the market. It houses 3D navigation maps (optional), audio controls, climate control, heated and ventilated seats controls (optional), access to the optional WiFi hot spot, and apps including Pandora, iHeartRadio, Slacker, and Aha radio. The Uconnect system also provides other vehicle information, such as launch control setting, engine performance, G-force indicators, and RPM settings.
Our 2016 Dodge Challenger SXT Plus model came standard with keyless go ignition system, a 7-inch driver customizable display, Uconnect with 8.4-inch display, and was optionally loaded with navigation as well.
Comfort is one of the major improvements over the outgoing model. The 2016 Dodge Challenger has extremely comfortable seats available with the heated and ventilated option. If you’re in the mood to splurge a little more, the Dodge Challenger offers Nappa leather and Alcantara suede as an option. Also, let’s not forget you can also get a heated steering wheel, which is a big plus if you live in cold-weather states.
2016 Dodge Challenger Performance
Our 2016 Dodge Challenger SXT Plus was powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine making 305 horsepower and 268-lb.ft. of torque mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The 2016 Dodge Challenger runs from zero to 60 mph in just 6.2 seconds and has a top speed of 120 mph.
Our test model 2016 Dodge Challenger SXT Plus offered quick, smooth acceleration and is the perfect daily driver for the person looking to commute in style with a little bit of a performance kick. Ride comfort is outstanding during long runs or quick city routes. We had no complaints about the driving style, acceleration, or handling department.
Fuel economy for the 2016 Dodge Challenger SXT Plus is an EPA-rated 19 mpg city and 30 mpg highway**.
2016 Dodge Challenger Safety
There are more than 70 safety and security features on the 2016 Dodge Challenger with standard items such as six airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, all-speed traction control with brake-force distribution, and more. Optional and extremely useful systems include blind spot monitoring system, rear cross detection, forward collision warning, and the easy to use adaptive cruise control.
2016 Dodge Challenger Overall
So, is the 2016 Dodge Challenger worth a test drive? Of course! If you’re in the market for an affordable V6 muscle car that returns strong fuel economy numbers, is fun to drive, and comes loaded with all the tech you need, then we highly recommend visiting your local AutoNation Dodge dealership to give the 2016 Dodge Challenger a test drive. Prices for the 2016 Dodge Challenger SXT Plus start at just $29,995*.
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.