The 2016 Dodge Charger Hellcat’s fuel economy is rated at 13 MPG city, 22 MPG highway for a combined rating of 16 MPG. Cars.com recently set out to find out if that rating is too low, too high, or right on the money – taking a Charger Hellcat on a economical jaunt from Detroit to Chicago.
In order to get the 707 horsepower 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8 to sip fuel instead of beer bong it, you must first turn on the Hellcat’s ‘Eco’ mode in the SRT Pages screen. Eco mode restricts the engine to 500 horsepower, adjusts the transmission shift points, softens the throttle response and disables the steering wheel paddles. In short, it makes the Hellcat a whole lot less fun.
Fuel economy isn’t about fun, though, it’s about saving money. On their four and a half hour, 235-mile drive, Cars.com’s Hellcat recorded an exact highway fuel economy rating of 22 MPG. The trip computer was slightly more generous, delivering a readout of 23.8 MPG, but Cars.com chalks this up to measuring discrepancies between different gas pumps.
This fuel economy rating was achieved driving with the cruise control on a 75 mph. Hypermiling tactics such as feathering the throttle were not employed and Cars.com says they didn’t get irresponsible with the throttle at any point in their drive. Talk about an exercise in self control.