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The look may be old-school, yet the Challenger is a modern, thrilling barnstormer. It's too heavy and wide for pinpoint handling on narrow roads, but it's balanced and enjoyable on an open track. The V8 sound is heartwarming. Ride comfort, noise isolation, and the stiff shifter and clutch detract, and the view out is dreadful. The rear seat is relatively roomy, but access is awkward. Performance packages include a 485-hp, 6.4-liter V8 and a 707-hp, 6.2-liter supercharged V8 in the Hellcat. A six-speed manual and an eight-speed automatic are available. We prefer the 5.7-liter V8 over the base V6. Safety tech includes blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and forward-collision warning. Reliability has been below average. New for 2017 is an all-wheel-drive GT version with a V6 engine.

Road Test

Ever since the Challenger's 2009 reincarnation as a retro-modern muscle car, Dodge has made a series of civilizing upgrades to the interior, improved the handling, and given it the latest version of Chrysler's accomplished touch-screen infotainment s...

Highs

  • Retro rumble from the Hemi V8, with looks to match
  • Exhaust note is a symphony for motorheads

Lows

  • Hard to see out
  • Competent handling and lots of grip isn't the same as agility and driving engagement

Best Version to Get

If you're going to get a Challenger, go for the full experience and spring for the Hemi V8. The 5.7-liter packs plenty of punch and sounds good doing it. You don't need the extreme Hellcat or even the 6.4-liter-motivated Scat Pack or SRT 392 versions to savor the muscle-car experience.

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Rear
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 3 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/unlimited
Body Styles
coupe
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 3.6-liter V6 (305 hp)
  • 5.7-liter V8 (375 hp)
  • 6.2-liter V8 supercharged (707 hp)
  • 6.4-liter V8 (485 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience