2006 Dodge Charger RT Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2006 Dodge Charger - Road Test Specs

2006 Dodge Charger Sedan

(5.7L V8 5-speed Automatic)


Model year2006
Base MSRP$29,320
As-tested MSRP$35,400


Drive typeRWD
Engine typeV8
Displacement (cc/cu-in)5.7
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)340@5000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)390@4000
Transmission type5-Speed Automatic


Suspension, frontIndependent w/ stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent w/ stabilizer bar
Steering typePower rack and pinion
Tire brandMichelin
Tire modelPilot HX
Tire size, front235/55R18
Tire size, rear235/55R18
Brakes, front4-wheel disc w/ ABS

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.1
0-60 mph (sec.)6.2
0-75 mph (sec.)8.7
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.32@98.63
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)30.02
60-0 mph (ft.)121.06
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)61.8
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)38.9
Sound level @ idle (dB)50.0
@ Full throttle (dB)77.6
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)72.1

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsWe achieved our best time in the Charger by turning the ESP (stability control) off, then utilizing a "street start" (flooring the accelerator at launch rather than power braking it). The Hemi V8 provides a broad, even powerband with strong pull from idle through redline. The transmission upshifts at 5,500rpm, even though the redline is marked at 5,750rpm. Manually shifting does not net a faster time, as the trans still shifts when it wants to at 5,500rpm.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsThe R/T has big disc brakes, and they bring the 4,000 pound sedan to a halt in a hurry. Pedal feel is progressive and firm with minimal ABS vibration. Front end dive is hardly noticeable, and the car exhibited no fade whatsoever. Overall the Charger felt capable and confident.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsThis is a big heavy car that needs plenty of advance action and turn-in to get throught the slalom. Steering feel and weighting are both excellent for such a large family sedan, but a high dash and narrow windows make it hard to place.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)180
Temperature (°F)72
Wind (mph, direction)2mph SE

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)17 City 25 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)N/A
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)19

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4031
Length (in.)200.1
Width (in.)74.5
Height (in.)58.2
Wheelbase (in.)120
Legroom, front (in.)41.8
Legroom, rear (in.)40.2
Headroom, front (in.)38.7
Headroom, rear (in.)36.2
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)16.2
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)16.2


Bumper-to-bumper3 years / 36,000 miles
Powertrain7 years / 70,000 miles
Corrosion5 years / 100,000 miles
Roadside assistance3 years / 36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot Available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsOptional
Head airbagsOptional
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsStandard
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionNot Available
Emergency assistance systemNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driverExcellent
NHTSA crash test, passengerExcellent
NHTSA crash test, side frontGood
NHTSA crash test, side rearExcellent
NHTSA rollover resistanceGood

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