$22,570 – $35,320 MSRP
$20,983 – $32,893 Invoice
14 / 20 MPG City/Hwy
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Dodge revives one of its most famous nameplates for the 2006 model year with the return of the Charger, the famed Detroit muscle car, after a 27-year absence.
Unlike the original Dodge Charger of the 1960s muscle car era, the new Charger is a four-door sedan, not a two-door coupe, though the new version has a roofline designed to provide a coupe-like profile. The Charger is built on the same chassis that underpins the Chrysler 300, a sedan with elegant, Bentley-like styling, as well as the Dodge Magnum station wagon. The Charger's mission is Motown muscle. While a 250-hp, 3.5L V-6 is the base engine, there are optional 340- and 350-hp versions of the 5.7L Hemi V-8 available. For those who want the highest performance, the 2007 Charger SRT8 (available in the fall of 2006), will come with a 425-hp, 6.1L version of Chrysler Group's famed Hemi V-8.
For 2006, the Dodge Charger is available in SE, SXT, R/T, R/T with Road/Track Performance Group, and Daytona R/T versions. The Charger SE has the V-6 engine, 5-speed automatic transmission with "AutoStick" manual shifting feature, 17-inch wheels, air conditioning, all-speed traction control, as well as ABS and electronic stability control, a CD player, tilt and telescoping steering column, power locks/mirrors/windows, and remote keyless entry. The Charger SXT adds machined-face aluminum wheels, a 60/40-split folding rear seat with center armrest, eight-way power adjustment for the driver's seat, a 276-watt Boston Acoustics audio system, cargo net, chrome grille surround, fog lamps, power mirrors, and leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Charger R/T features the 5.7L Hemi with a multiple-displacement system that allows it to save fuel by running on only four cylinders when cruising. It also comes with 18-inch polished aluminum wheels, dual exhaust pipes, heated mirrors, leather seats, and what Dodge calls a performance braking system.
The Charger Daytona R/T adds an eight-way power front passenger seat, automatic climate control, special grille and rear spoiler, body-color interior trim, special front fascia and engine cover, larger exhaust tips, performance steering gear, heated front seats with perforated suede inserts, power-adjustable pedals, and special colors and exterior trim. Optional features include a Road/Track package with 10 additional horsepower from the Hemi engine, GPS navigation system, 322-watt audio system, sunroof, and rear-seat DVD entertainment system.
The Dodge Charger competes in the Large Conventional segment, along with 13 other, primarily domestic-branded models. Similar to the Midsize Conventional segment, value is the name of the game in this segment.
According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM the Chevrolet Impala led this group in calendar year 2005 with sales of 246,481 vehicles. Other sales leaders included the Chrysler 300 (144,048 units sold), Pontiac Grand Prix (122,398), and Ford Five Hundred (107,932). The Charger, with sales of 44,804 units in 2005, was 10th in the segment.
|Base||5 speed automatic||$22,570||250-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl||19/27|
|RT||5 speed automatic||$30,030||340-hp / 5.7L 8-cyl||17/25|
|SRT8||5 speed automatic||$35,320||425-hp / 6.1L 8-cyl||14/20|