After almost twenty years of absence, the Cleverness Charger re-entered the automotive scene for the 2006 model year. Instead of a large coupe platform, the Charger now featured a four-door sedan body.
The Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody is one of the coolest family cars on the market today. Plus, with nearly 800 horsepower and about 700 lb-ft of torque, the SRT Hellcat Redeye is born, ready to put exotic cars to shame.
Most automakers are moving toward electrification, and Dodge is no exception. Recently, the company unveiled an all-electric charger concept to the public that received mixed reviews from the public. However, Dodge is preparing to end the current-generation Charger lineup with a bang, dubbed the “Last Call Edition.”
On the other hand, many buyers may prefer to opt for earlier models on the used market for a lower price tag and better value. Sixth-generation Dodge Chargers offer massive power and impressive usability without drilling a hole in your pocket. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the most striking trims of the sixth-generation Charger.
Best Performance: The 2010 Charger SRT8 is armed with a Hemi V8 engine
If you want the best performance a sixth-generation charger can offer, you should go for a 2010 SRT8 model on the market. Dodge has equipped this edition of the Charger with a huge 6.1L Hemi V8 engine with a whopping 425 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission system helps the engine to motivate the rear wheels of the sedan.
With all that power from a naturally aspirated V8, it’s no surprise that the 2010 Charger SRT8 has nothing to offer in terms of fuel economy. According to official ratings, the 2010 SRT8 delivers 13 miles to the gallon in the city and 19 on the highway (15 MPG combined). With a full tank you can expect up to 361 before you run out of gas.
With the SRT8 trim, Dodge offers 20-inch SRT design alloy wheels, a performance suspension system, a functional hood air scoop and a body-colored rear spoiler.
Most budget-friendly: The 2007 Charger offers much more value than the previous model year
While 2006 Chargers are priced relatively lower than 2007 models in the used market, we strongly recommend avoiding them due to the many alarming low mileage issues. According to the Car Complaints website, the 2006 edition has the most general complaints of all model years of the Dodge Charger.
The most commonly reported problem with the 2006 Charger involves complete engine failure under 100,000 miles. The problem was so serious that owners had to rebuild the entire engine or replace it with a new one. Aside from that, owners have complained of suspension and transmission issues, fuel system failures, and faulty brakes.
The 2007 model has significantly fewer owner complaints and is a more reliable sedan to buy. The base model comes with a 3.5L engine that puts out 250 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. Like the model discussed earlier, the 2007 Charger Base trim comes with a five-speed automatic transmission system. Because it has the lowest capacity, the base engine offers the best fuel economy. Based on EPA estimates, the 3.5 liter powertrain offers 19 miles per gallon in the city and 27 on the highway.
According to Kelley Blue Book prices, you can find a used 2007 base model charger for well under $8,000.
Best Price: The 2009 Dodge Charger R/T is a reliable and powerful sports sedan
Last but not least, the 2009 Charger R/T offers excellent value for money for a powerful sedan under $10,000. The R/T trim features a 5.7L Hemi V8 that produces 368 horsepower and 395 lb-ft of torque. In terms of fuel economy, you can expect 16 MPG in the city and up to 25 on the highway.
According to Car Complaints, the 2009 model was the least problematic year among sixth-generation Charger models. Aside from a few minor engine glitches and coolant issues, 2009 Chargers generally haven’t caused any significant headaches for owners.
With the R/T trim, the 2009 Dodge Charger comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, leather-trimmed seats, dual-zone climate control, and heated front seats.
According to the Repair friend website, the annual cost of ownership for a 2009 charger is $630, about average for a muscle car of that era.
The 2009 Charger has no problem reaching 200,000 miles with regular maintenance. However, if you are the third or fourth owner of an example, you can best expect major engine and transmission overhauls around 150,000 miles.