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I can't decide... 2016 SRT 392 or 2018 T/A 392?

I know, I know... it's going to be my car so it's really up to me to decide... however, I'm really struggling with this. Help! To make a long story short, I find myself in a situation where I can either get a 2016 SRT 392 or a 2018 T/A 392 that are both fully loaded with essentially the same low miles. I'm planning on making either car my year round daily driver here in Wisconsin, so either car I get will get an additional set of rims with snow tires. Warranty coverage isn't a concern because both have extended warranties on them and I won't keep either car that long. Here is each car as I see it (IMHO):

2016 SRT 392:
- "Meh" plain color / body... but could be improved with the easy / inexpensive addition of some stripes
- Better looking wheels
- I like the dark gauges and flat bottom SRT steering wheel better
- Adjustable suspension (might be a nice feature to have since this is my commuter car...)
- $2000 less expensive

2018 T/A 392:
- Flashier body with color that I love
- Not a fan of the T/A's all black wheels
- Insurance is a few hundred dollars less per year
- I like the T/A's suede seats better than the all leather seats in the SRT 392
- Updated A/V head unit with Apple Car Play / Android Auto (something that I would use daily)

Any thoughts / feedback / suggestions? Am I overthinking this or is one a slam dunk over the other? Thanks for your time and help!

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I know, I know... it's going to be my car so it's really up to me to decide... however, I'm really struggling with this. Help! To make a long story short, I find myself in a situation where I can either get a 2016 SRT 392 or a 2018 T/A 392 that are both fully loaded with essentially the same low miles. I'm planning on making either car my year round daily driver here in Wisconsin, so either car I get will get an additional set of rims with snow tires. Warranty coverage isn't a concern because both have extended warranties on them and I won't keep either car that long. Here is each car as I see it (IMHO):

2016 SRT 392:
- "Meh" plain color / body... but could be improved with the easy / inexpensive addition of some stripes
- Better looking wheels
- I like the dark gauges and flat bottom SRT steering wheel better
- Adjustable suspension (might be a nice feature to have since this is my commuter car...)
- $2000 less expensive

2018 T/A 392:
- Flashier body with color that I love
- Not a fan of the T/A's all black wheels
- Insurance is a few hundred dollars less per year
- I like the T/A's suede seats better than the all leather seats in the SRT 392
- Updated A/V head unit with Apple Car Play / Android Auto (something that I would use daily)

Any thoughts / feedback / suggestions? Am I overthinking this or is one a slam dunk over the other? Thanks for your time and help!
Both are excellent cars, I don't think you'd be disappointed with either. Personally I'd choose the SRT for the adjustable suspension. I've driven a Scat Pack which shares a chassis with the T/A (the T/A is slightly lowered), and while it was good and not too rough of a ride, I've been told the SRT on street mode feels like a Cadillac. Plus you get all the extra goodies like performance pages, adjustability of driving characteristics like throttle response and transmission shifting, and other such things.

Things to keep in mind when it comes to detailing and maintenance:

With the satin black T/A hood, you have to take special care when washing and detailing. It requires different products.

With the SRT, replacing those adjustable shocks down the line is going to be fairly expensive, $400-$500 a corner.
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Looks like the T/A 392 has more positives, from your eyes. Just go with the one that you'd enjoy more.
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Go with the T/A.

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Things to keep in mind when it comes to detailing and maintenance:

With the satin black T/A hood, you have to take special care when washing and detailing. It requires different products.

I think also the roof of the T/A is a satin wrap so requires same care.


Boy that's a tough choice between models. Both very cool. I might tend towards the SRT myself just cuz it seems a little more "special". What are the trans choices on the cars? The A8 is incredible.


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If you like the color of the T/A much better you would enjoy looking at it more in your drive way I would go with the T/A.


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Color is the most important option. You see it all the time.

I've never understood why folks by a car like a Challenger in a color that they're not nuts about. Just doesn't make sense to me.

They joy of having a color that you love, will be there long after the novelty of many other options wear off.


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Color is the most important option. You see it all the time.

I've never understood why folks by a car like a Challenger in a color that they're not nuts about. Just doesn't make sense to me.

They joy of having a color that you love, will be there long after the novelty of many other options wear off.

Exactly! Like I said, your going to regret getting that other car every time you go outside or in your garage to look at it or drive it. Color is very important!
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I agree with the color being most important. You can change wheels etc easy enough but you can't change the color. Aside from that, if the TA is fully loaded it has basically everything the SRT has minus the adjustable suspension. The TA has the performance pages etc. too. The only differences are the steering wheel and SRT badges. Plus the TA has a functional ram air cold air intake that the SRT doesn't have.

I'd go with the TA, but then again, I did go with the TA.

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Personally, I think the Laguna leather interior is one of the SRT392's best assets.

If the SRT's interior doesn't do anything for you, I would suggest going w/the newer car, the T/A 392.

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