The Dodge Challenger is a throwback model to a time when American cars were known for being gorgeous hunks of steel and swagger. If you’re a fan of 1970s era American muscle cars, or are in the market for a powerful car that’s fun to drive, here are four things to like about the Dodge Challenger.
If you’re turned off by cars with engines that sound (and feel) like lawnmowers, the Dodge Challenger’s engine will provide a welcome change of pace. Some 2015 and 2016 models as well as all 2017 V8 models, have strong, great-sounding active exhaust systems and powerful engines to match.
The base model of the Dodge Challengers comes equipped with a 305 horsepower V6 engine that accelerates nicely. Efficient, fast, and better than most V6 engines on the market, the standard Dodge Challenger won’t disappoint. If you’re looking for more power, an optional 5.7 liter V8 Hemi engine gives the Challenger unparalleled power and comes in three options (R/T model with 375 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque; an SRT model with 385 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque; and a V8 model that, like the others, comes with standard six speed manual transmission or optional eight speed automatic transmission).
The Challenger is uniquely able to combine brute force with interior comfort and modern technology in a way that come together to deliver a totally exhilarating ride. The Challenger’s Uconnect infotainment system accommodates Apple CarPlay and Android auto features as well as navigation and sophisticated audio capabilities.
Additional tech features that make the ride inside a Dodge Challenger more exciting include:
- An 8.4-inch touchscreen
- USB port, voice command, and Bluetooth phone
- Six-speaker stereo system
Ten trim options mean there’s lots of used models on the market that are not only unique, but likely to include at least some of the features that matter most to you
The Challenger’s eye-catching retro styling is something you won’t get tired of admiring. Its design is large, squared off, and muscular, yet still sleek and elegant in a bold and fashionable way. Not only does it stand out on the road, but it offers a smooth ride and a roomy interior that seats five comfortably.
Decent Fuel Economy & Stowing
At 30 miles per gallon on the highway with its V6 models, the Dodge Challenger gets surprisingly good gas mileage. Plus, its large trunk offers unexpected utility – 16.2 cubic feet of space set it apart from competing models by other auto makers.
A Few Downsides to Consider
As with all cars, you should go into your purchase aware of potential drawbacks. For the Dodge challenger, that would be:
- Its heavier weight, which makes steering tough
- Back window is difficult to see out of
- Average safety scores