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These are the best 6th generation Dodge Charger trims to buy used

2006 Dodge Charger SXT in Black Frint View

After almost twenty years of absence, the cleverness Charger re-entered the automotive world for the 2006 model year. Instead of a large coupe platform, the Charger now had a four-door sedan.


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Most automakers are moving towards electrification, and Dodge is no exception. Recently, the company unveiled an all-electric charging concept to the public that received mixed reviews. However, Dodge is gearing up to end the current-generation Charger lineup with a stunner dubbed the “Last Call Edition.”

On the other hand, many buyers may prefer to opt for earlier models on the second-hand market for a lower price tag and better value. Sixth generation Dodge Chargers offer immense power and impressive usability without drilling a hole in your pocket. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the most striking decorations of the sixth-generation Charger.

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Best Performance: The 2010 SRT8 Charger is armed with a Hemi V8 engine

If you want the best performance that a sixth generation charger can offer, you should go for a 2010 SRT8 model on the market. Dodge has armed this edition of the Charger with a massive 6.1L Hemi V8 engine with a whopping 425 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission helps the engine to motivate the sedan’s rear wheels.

With all that output from a naturally aspirated V8, it’s no surprise that the 2010 Charger SRT8 offers nothing remotely frugal in terms of fuel economy. According to official reviews, the 2010 SRT8 will be released 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 and a body-colored rear spoiler.

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Most budget-friendly: The 2007 charger offers much more value than the previous model year

While the 2006 chargers are priced relatively lower than the 2007 models on 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 complaints of all Dodge Charger model years.

The most commonly reported 2006 charger problem involves complete engine failure below 100,000 miles. The problem was so severe that owners had to either rebuild the entire engine or replace it with a new one. Aside from that, owners have complained of suspension and transmission issues, fuel system malfunctions, 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 3.5-liter engine that delivers 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. Since it has the lowest capacity, the base engine offers the best fuel economy. Based on EPA estimates, the 3.5L 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 Charger base model well under $8,000.

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Best Value: 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 a performance sedan under $10,000. The R/T trim features a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 with 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 the sixth-generation Charger models. Other than a few minor engine failures and coolant issues, 2009 chargers generally haven’t given owners any significant headaches.

With R/T trim, the 2009 Dodge Charger comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, leather-trimmed seats, two-zone climate control and heated front seats.

According to the Repair Pal website, the annual cost of ownership for a 2009 Charger is $630, about average for a muscle car of the era.

The 2009 Charger has no problem getting 200,000 miles on it with regular maintenance. However, if you are the third or fourth owner of a car, it is best to expect major engine and transmission overhauls around 150,000 miles.