2016 Dodge Challenger Review

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Fans of all-American muscle get that and more with the 2016 Dodge Challenger. Built here at home in the Brampton Assembly Plant in Ontario, the iconic muscle car carries over with all the strengths from the out-going model like the eye-catching good looks to the myriad number of engines. Thus it's not surprising updates for 2016 are few. Colours Plum Crazy and Go Mango are the latest to join the Challenger's already extensive exterior pallet. A new Blacktop Appearance package can be had on the SXT and R/T trim levels. This sweet bundle comes with new-for-2016 20-inch five-spoke Gloss Black aluminum wheels.

The 2016 Dodge Challenger continues to be available in three main trim levels: SXT, R/T and SRT. The SXT further divides into the base SXT and SXT Plus while the R/T can be had in Shaker, Scat Pack and Scat Pack Shaker sub-trims. The performance-oriented SRT is offered in the 392 and SRT Hellcat.

Power is delivered by one of four engines. All Challengers SXTs come with a 305 horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 mated to a segment-first eight-speed automatic transmission. R/T models are motivated by one of two available V-8s, both of which are from the automaker's famed HEMI line of powerful powerplants. The 5.7-liter churns out 372 horsepower while the larger 6.4-liter drops jaws with its 485 horsepower. The final, 6.2-liter V-8 powers the SRTs. It's super-charged and is also a HEMI. With an output of over 700 horsepower, it makes the Hellcat one of the most powerful street-legal vehicles available to consumers.

Transmissions range from a six-speed manual to an already-mentioned segment-first eight-speed automatic. Fuel economy varies with Challengers equipped with the V-6 rated at 7.8 L/100 km on the highway per 2015 EnerGuide guidelines.

The Challenger is just more than its engines, though. Dodge designers drew inspiration from the iconic 1971 coupe. You can especially see this in the split front grille and taillights. The interior is a blend of the original muscle car and today's modern sensibilities. A 10-way driver's seat is standard on all models. Same with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

Safety features are also numerous on the Challenger. Six airbags, anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, and traction and stability control systems are all standard. There's even a compact spare tire, an increasingly rare feature in today's modern car. More advance safety tech like a rearview camera system, blind spot monitoring and rear parking assist either come standard at higher trim levels or are optional on the lower ones.  

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