- Muscle car with retro styling
- No notable changes for 2016
- High-performance SRT model
The 2016 Dodge Challenger is the most unabashedly retro of the muscle car trio (along with the Mustang and Camaro), hearkening back to a time when displacement was big, power bigger, and the burnouts biggest.
The Challenger’s old-school aesthetic gives it a unique stance and shape among vehicles today. The long hood and short rear deck lid give it classic proportions; up front are LED daytime running lights and projector bead headlamps, with a hood that offers air inlets. A Shaker hood is optional, along with 20-inch wheels and added air inlet ports on Hellcat equipped models to feed its thirsty, supercharged V-8.
Engine options are divided up by model. SXT models get a 305-hp, 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 mated to an eight-speed automatic. The R/T adds power with its 375-hp, 5.7-liter V-8, which comes with a standard six-speed manual. Then we get to the big boys. The SRT features a 485-hp, 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 and your choice of the two previously mentioned transmissions. Optional on the SRT is the same engine found in the Charger Hellcat, a 707-hp, supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8.
Last year the Challenger got a significant update which changed the interior for the better, adding new screens, updated cabin materials, and a new driver-centered design. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, power driver’s seat, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and USB port. The standard screen is 5-inches, but can be upgraded to 8.4 inches. Also available are leather upholstery, heated front seats, navigation, and high-performance seats.
Standard safety equipment includes six airbags, antilock brakes, and electronic stability control. The Challenge also offers an impressive array of safety technology, with a rearview camera, parking sensors, blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alerts, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warnings all optional.