2016 Dodge Challenger
The Dodge Challenger SXT, the base Challenger model, is equipped with a 305-horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine managed by a Torqueflight 8-speed automatic transmission. Like its ancestors, the Challenger is only available in rear-wheel drive. This model also has independent rear suspension. Driver’s can expect an EPA fuel economy rating of 13 MPG city and 21 MPG highway.The MSRP of the Challenger SXT, is $26,995. However packages, accessories and trims are available.
When comparing the profile of the 2016 Challenger with a 1970s version, any casual observer will see a strong resemblance. To stay somewhat current with the times, the newest generation is has a slightly sleeker body that has more rounded and aerodynamic contours.
The 2016 SXT features automatic projector headlamps, daytime running lamps and LED split tail lamps. The Challenger hood sports a “bulge” that suggests a massive engine beneath the surface while the narrow split grille almost duplicates the earlier Challenger versions. The standard wheels for the SXT are 18-inch satin carbon aluminum.
The SXT is available with a choice of seven beautifully selected colors ranging from Bright White to an intentionally sinister-looking Pitch Black.
As the largest of the so-called “retro muscle cars”, the 2016 Dodge Challenger SXT provides a roomy and comfortable ride. The 5-passenger Challenger is equipped with automatic dual-zone temperature control system (ATC) that allows the driver and front-seat passenger to individually set and adjust the temperature.
The SXT comes with premium cloth seating that is comfortable, yet efficient as it is designed to resist stain-producing spillage. The 10-way power driver’s seat adjusts to fit the driver’s posture comfortably, which can be a great feature whether going at high-speeds or during a long journey.
A leather-wrapped steering wheel is an elegant and comfortable feature. At 16.2 cubic-feet, the trunk has ample cargo space for luggage and other items.
The Dodge Challenger SXT comes with the UConnect 5.0 System that allows hands-free communication and entertainment that can be operated with voice recognition alone. The system is managed through the dash-mounted touchscreen. Bluetooth connectivity that allows drivers to place and receive calls via your smartphone is also available.
Safety + Technology
Even though the SXT is the Challenger’s base trim, a range of safety and state-of-the-art technology is included. Dodge designers have made safety a priority in all of their cars and these features help to assist the driver with accident avoidance and minimize injury in-case of a collision.
Solidly built, the Dodge Challenger’s frame incorporates various crumple zones and has ample airbags throughout the cabin. While on the road, the Challenger provides the driver with additional safeguards such as all-speed traction control, electronic stability control, blind spot monitoring, and a forward collision warning system. The Challenger also comes with a rear backup camera and ParkSense rear park assistance system.
Other Challenger Trims
The 2016 Challenger lineup includes 10 different trims and technology and luxury increases with each level.
The most notable trim is the SRT Hellcat, priced at an MSRP of $64,195, sports a 707-horsepower, 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8 SRT Hellcat engine paired with a 6-speed manual Tremec transmission. Powerful, to say the least.
Between the SXT and formidably outfitted SRT Hellcat is the well-equipped R/T Shaker. The R/T Shaker comes with a standard 375-horsepower, 5.7-liter V8 HEMI VVT engine paired with a six-speed manual Tremec transmission. This trim level sells for an MSRP of $35,795.
While not the torrid track star that the Hellcat is, the Challenger SXT remains one of the most admired and well-equipped coupes on the road.
Rob Lambdin’s University Dodge located on S. University Rd. outside of Ft. Lauderdale has a mix of 2016 and 2015 Dodge Challengers and the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. Come test drive one today — it’s a fun ride!