2016 Dodge Charger V-6 8-speed Automatic Review – An Affordable Cosmetic Package



The 2016 Dodge Charger V-6 is a sedan with the macho feel of a muscle car, whenever you look at a Dodge Charger you can immediately pick up the design cues that this is not your ordinary four door sedan as the dead giveaway is that gaping grille, headlight design, and front spoiler that just screams “performance” or “muscle” the Charger SXT trim lies at the entry end of the Charger lineup but adds the “blacktop cosmetic package” making it look like its more aggressive V8 siblings, perhaps even going toe to toe with the Hellcat in terms of looks.

2016 Dodge Charger V-6 8-speed Automatic Review - An Affordable Cosmetic Package

The 2016 Dodge Charger V-6 Can Easily be Mistaken for a Hellcat

The look of the 2016 Dodge Charger V-6 implies muscle, but what you see is not exactly what you get. With black 20-inch wheels wearing low-profile Goodyear Eagle tires, a lip spoiler, and black accents and badges inside and out. It looks deliciously menacing: low, muscular, and mean. But underneath all that aggressiveness lies a pretty modest power plant akin to other full-sized sedans in its class: a standard 3.6-liter V-6 and eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine puts out 300hp which is great but the size of the Charger and the lack of weight-reducing materials, make the Charger a heavyweight sedan at 2 plus tons.

On the inside of the 2016 Charger V-6, this is a big sedan, with a roomy, adult-friendly back seat. The trunk is generous, but average for the segment. Features include heated and ventilated power front seats, leather, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, heated side mirrors, and HID projector-beam headlights. Being the family sedan first with muscle car looks, the Charger’s ride quality is reasonably compliant considering the level of roll stiffness in the sport suspension despite having low profile tires wrapped around 20 inch wheels.

At 300 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque, the 2016 Dodge Charger V-6 offers a little more than the standard SXT version’s 292 hp. The net result is 6.2 seconds to 60. While those numbers may be decent, if you think about 300hp and its 4096 pound curb weight, the Charger is behind its siblings in performance. Yet with optional Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar summer tires and sport suspension tuning, this big car has surprising agility, accurate electrically assisted power steering, and respectable grip. Braking performance is about what you’d expect of a two-ton sedan, understeer ramps up rapidly, and there’s a sense of large masses moving up and down at the corners of the car.


ADVERTISEMENTS



Share This on Facebook

Up Next:
2015 Volkswagen Golf TSI 1.8 Manual Review - Even the Base Model Performs Excellently

2015 Volkswagen Golf TSI 1.8 Manual Review - Even the Base Model Performs Excellently

The gasoline-fired 2015 Volkswagen Golf TSI 1.8 Manual has a manual but is only on the basic of the most basic of trims; will it justify buying a base model Golf just because you want to a manual transmission? Manual transmissions sadly are now left behind by automatics when it comes to performance but there’s something about manuals that can’t...Read More


 
2016 Dodge Charger V-6 8-speed Automatic Review – An Affordable Cosmetic Package
3.83 (76.67%) ratings from 24 users

 

Visitors Interest: