Dodge Charger Claymont DE
New Castle, DE
Glen Mills, PA
Newtown Square, PA
New Castle, DE
2006 Dodge Charger Mid-Size Sedan
By Misty Volaski, Sandra Kinsler and Brian Leshon
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New Car Review of the 2006 Dodge Charger Mid-Size Sedan
Base MSRP Range: $22,320 - $35,320
Base Invoice Range: $20,758 - $32,893
Options & Features
MSRP As Tested: Not available.
Versions: SE, R/T, SRT8
Vehicle Category: Mid-Size Sedan
Engine Location: Front Engine
Drive Wheels: Rear-Wheel Drive .
Standard Engine: 3.5-liter, Single Overhead Cam, 24-valves, V-6 , 250 -horsepower at 6400 rpm and 250 lb-ft torque at 3800 rpm.
Fuel Economy (city/hwy): 19/27.
Optional Engine: 5.7-liter, Overhead Valve, 32-valves, V-8, 340 - horsepower at 5000 rpm and 390 lb-ft torque at 4000 rpm.
Fuel Economy (city/hwy): 17/25.
Optional Engine: 6.1-liter, Overhead Valve, 32-valves, V-8, 425 - horsepower at 6000 rpm and 420 lb-ft torque at 4800 rpm.
Fuel Economy (city/hwy): 14/20.
Transmission: Four-speed automatic , Five-speed automatic.
Standard Safety Features: Dual front airbags, Antilock 4-wheel disc brakes, Brake assist, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), All-speed Traction Control System (TCS) Tire-pressure monitor, Emergency inside trunk release.
Competition: Buick LaCrosse, Buick Lucerne, Chrysler 300, Ford Five Hundred, Honda Accord, Mercury Montego, Nissan Altima, Toyota Avalon.
The 2006 Dodge Charger - here is Daimler Chrysler's chance to put a new spin on a piece of American history, and they practically steal the back window off of Ford's redesigned Mustang. We don't want to use the term "copy-cat," but - don't get us wrong - other than the Pony-like back half, the 2006 Dodge Charger is exactly what it sounds like: a hard-charging, speed-loving, fuel-eating hedonistic blast from the past. Dodge's infamous Dukes of Hazzard staple has definitely grown up, yet still maintains what Dodge calls a "sinister sneer"� in the front end. It's like a bulldog on steroids, ready to rip the tailpipe off inferior vehicles that have the nerve to call themselves automobiles.
The Charger is American muscle at its finest. Let's just say the Dukes would pull more than a few hair-brained schemes to get their hands on one of these beauties. We're betting they'd go for the SRT8, the 425-horsepower V-8 beast that's so thirsty it requires a $2,100 gas-guzzler tax. Across California, hippies heave a collective shudder. In the grand tradition of Dodge, the new Charger is rear-wheel-drive, unlike its station wagon sibling, the Magnum (which has an all-wheel-drive option).SAFETY
Safety features abound on this vehicle, almost all of which are standard on every model (with the exception of optional side-curtain airbags for all outboard occupants). The Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS), four-wheel disc brakes an...