2016 Dodge Charger: Should You Avoid a Used Charger?

A used Dodge Charger is a tempting prospect for fans who don’t want to stretch to new muscle sedan price tags. Moreover, the 2016 Dodge Charger is post-facelift and offers a library of tire-shredding V8s. So should you consider a used Charger, like an R/T or SE, or avoid it altogether?

How much does a Dodge Charger 2016 cost?

Depending on the trim, a used 2016 Dodge Charger can cost as little as $15,000 with average mileage. That price reflects the SE trim, the 3.6L Pentastar V6-powered entry-level model. That’s not bad; a comparable 2016 Chrysler 300 with average mileage has a fair purchase price of around $2,000 more. Of course, enthusiasts who want V8 power in their used Charger will have to spend more. 

A 2016 Dodge Charger R/T is a performance bargain with 370 horsepower.
2016 Dodge Charger R/T | Stellantis

For instance, a 2016 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack demands around $27,446 for a fair purchase price, according to Kelley Blue Book (KBB). Still, that’s a bargain for 485 horsepower and seating for five. 

What are the trim levels for Dodge Charger?

The 2016 model year offers seven trims starting with the Charger SE. Further up the lineup, the Charger SXT packs the same 292-horsepower V6 engine. As for V8 trims, the R/T and Road/Track trims pack a 370-horsepower 5.7L Hemi V8. The R/T’s Hemi V8 makes it a viable option for sports sedan fans; KBB says that a 2016 Dodge Charger R/T with average mileage has a fair purchase price of around $20,384.  

Moreover, the 2016 model year enjoys the post-2015 introduction of the R/T Scat Pack and SRT Hellcat. The R/T Scat Pack uses the same naturally-aspirated 485-horsepower 6.4L V8 as the SRT 392. However, things get wild with the Hellcat; the Charger SRT Hellcat produces 707 horsepower from its supercharged 6.2L V8. Better yet, KBB says that the 204-mph Charger Hellcat has a fair value of around $40,115 with average mileage. 

Is the Dodge Charger 2016 reliable?

The 2016 Dodge Charger is reliable but not as reliable as some competition. J.D. Power reports that the 2016 Charger has “average” reliability scores. Specifically, the Charger received 79 points out of a possible 100. That score is based on reported defects, design flaws, and malfunctions. Furthermore, Repair Pal says that the most common problems that owners registered include transmission shifting issues, power window failure, and faulty thermostats.  

From the SE to the Charger SRT 392, Dodge's muscle sedan offers options.
2016 Dodge Charger | Stellantis

Should you consider the used Charger?

The Dodge Charger is a spacious, stylish sedan with no shortage of options to fit budgets and desires. For instance, Mopar fans who want an affordable sports sedan can find a competitively priced SE or SXT with a Pentastar V6. While the 2016 Dodge Charger has average reliability scores, it’s still a solid alternative to the posh Chrylser 300 or sensible Toyota Avalon. 

Better yet, the Charger SRT Hellcat is one of the best performance bargains on the market. Few cars offer over 700 horsepower, seating for five, and a used car price of less than $50,000. 

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