Dodge revived the Challenger nameplate in the 2008 model year in an attempt to compete in the resurging muscle car segment. Not only did the new Challenger meet the power and speed needs of the muscle car world, but its retro look also made is very desirable to a broader audience.

As we head into the 2016 model year, the Challenger continues to offer the power and looks that muscle car buyers want, and a 707-horsepower V8 that makes supercar owners take a look over their shoulders.

Pricing and Equipment

The 2016 Dodge Challenger comes in a wide range of trim levels that includes four engine options, and plenty of features. The base trim level for the Challenger is the SXT, which starts at $26,995 and comes standard with:

  • Cloth-upholstered sport seats
  • Power windows
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Automatic headlights
  • 18-inch wheels

For buyers looking for more from their Challenger, there are eight other trim levels to choose from, including the SXT Plus, the R/T, the R/T Plus, the R/T Shaker, the R/T Plus Shaker, the R/T Scat Pack, the 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker, SRT 392, and the mighty SRT Hellcat.

Performance Pros

Dodge Challenger

From top to bottom, the 2016 Challenger comes with powerful engines. The Hellcat, however, is in a class all its own.

  • Base 3.6-liter V-6 injects 305 horsepower, while its optional V8s produce between 375 and 485 horsepower.
  • The SRT Hellcat leads the Challenger back into iconic status with its jaw-dropping 707-horsepower rating.
  • The Challenger has a surprisingly comfortable ride for a muscle car.

Performance Cons

  • We are not fans of electric power steering, and that includes the Challenger's -- it feels pretty numb in all models but the Hellcat.
  • Handling is also just average. This is true straight-line muscle car that can't be described as nimble.

Interior Pros

The Challenger’s cabin has an up-to-date look and all the premium features that buyers are looking for:

  • The front seats are thick, comfortable, and supportive.
  • Plenty of features come standard, and buyers can load up on an array of options.
  • The Challenger has a massive trunk by the standards of its class.

Interior Cons

The Challenger is a coupe, so it won't surprise you that most of our complaints focus on the rear seats:

  • Legroom is very tight, and back seats are much less supportive than front seats.
  • The middle-seat passenger has to deal with an uncomfortable hump.
  • Accessing the rear seat is pretty difficult.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

We already knew the Challenger was a great performer, but we were not expecting the level of craftsmanship and the attention to detail paid in the cabin. The fit and finish are great, and its style is just right.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

We don't expect the rear seat of a coupe to be an especially comfortable space, but it's especially troublesome in the Challenger. Entry and exit are difficult, legroom is lacking, and supportive seats just aren't there.

The Bottom Line

If you’re looking for a muscle car and will rarely have anyone in the back seat, the Challenger may be the car for you. It is fast in all trim levels, and borders on insane in its range-topping SRT Hellcat trim, making it an ideal ride for speed buffs.