Industry Leader: The 3.6-Liter Pentastar V6

3.6-Liter Pentastar V-6


Red Ram, Ramcharger, MagnumV8—great engines are simply part of the Dodge tradition. The legacy of engineering leadership continues with the Pentastar® V6.


One of the most versatile engines on the market today, the Pentastar V6 is offered in the Dodge Avenger, Journey, Charger, Challenger, Grand Caravan, and Durango. Whether the job is towing a boat to the lake or wringing the last drop from a gallon of gasoline in the daily commute, the Pentastar can do it all. When the Pentastar went into production, it replaced seven former engines in the Chrysler corporate lineup.


One key to the Pentastar’s go-anywhere, do-anything capability is its wide, flat torque curve, which allows the V6 to drive and perform like a big V8 while still delivering exceptional fuel economy. A host of advanced features including VVT (Variable Valve Timing) improve volumetric and combustion efficiency across the engine’s entire operating range, allowing the Pentastar’s torque output to exceed 90 percent of its peak value from 1,600 to 6,400 rpm.


Not that many years ago, this level of efficiency wasn’t even considered possible in internal combustion engines, but the Pentastar delivered. The engine broke additional new ground by offering the cutting-edge technology across the market, in practical people movers like the Journey to sporty GTs like the Challenger.


For example, the standard Pentastar V6 in the Dodge Charger is rated at 300 horsepower and still delivers up to an EPA estimated 31 miles per gallon on the highway. Imagine it: V8-flavored performance in a roomy sedan with great fuel economy, too. It’s the best of all worlds. It’s no wonder that since the engine’s announcement in 2009, the Pentastar V6 has been honored with nearly every industry award—and continues to win them today.




  • Roadntrack
    Posted February 20, 2013 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    OK lets stick one in a 3200 lb rear drive 2dr coupe and sell 50,000 @ $24,000
    each! Deposit waiting here!

  • Posted February 26, 2013 at 12:06 am | Permalink

    Love this engine! We just ordered our first Dodge as a family, it’s a Dodge Journey Blacktop special edition with the Pentastar® V6 AWD. 6-8 weeks and we can’t wait!!

  • Jerry Marshall
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    it is a good engine and hopefully with the 8 speed tranny it will be better. paired with the 6 speed like i had on my avenger r/t it has WAY too much torque steer and made it very hard to control when you punched it. i know this is also the case in the FWD cars this combo went in (journey, caravan, avenger) they all had the same issue of too much torque steer

    • Zach
      Posted September 17, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

      They should just go back to the days of making cars with more than 250 horsepower rear-wheel drive (Or at least rear-biased AWD) to get rid of the torque steering issue and making driving the car more fun.

    • Greg King
      Posted December 21, 2013 at 8:17 am | Permalink

      Yea Jerry I learned on my avenger took it out to firebird raceway to see what it had very powerful, due to the car being so light when I really got on it the car usually pulled one way or the other when I punched it. gets really unpredictable with traction control off.also. but love the car and engine

    • Neil G Harris
      Posted October 21, 2014 at 2:19 am | Permalink

      Torque steer is a function of the length of the half shafts and has nothing to do with the engine…

  • Tourville
    Posted August 7, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    Like to upgrade a 2009 Nitro to the 3.6 / 8spd package.
    Will the 3.6 ECM / TCM talk with the dashboard & body
    modules as the engine / trans harness are included.

  • Douglas Kennedy
    Posted October 5, 2014 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    I love the Pentastar in the challenger

  • Chris pickens
    Posted June 20, 2015 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    I have a 2012 caravan sport, with the 3.6 and love it. No torque steer. A friend also has one,and says he went to different tires,and his torque steer went away. Yr

  • Doug young
    Posted August 5, 2015 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    Love my 2011 3.6 leter
    Changing the oil filter cartridge and found a spring and broken plastic that holds the small top spring. What do I need to order to fix this.

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