Dodge's resident muscle car may look like a throwback to a different era, but the Challenger has kept pace with the times. In fact, the Challenger formula works better today than it ever has. Buyers looking for a potent combination of performance and charisma might just find this car irresistible.
What's New for 2017
Dodge updated the available 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment interface with faster processing, additional controls, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. All V8 models receive an active exhaust system. A new T/A trim package adds unique styling elements to high-performance models, and a V6-powered GT trim adds all-wheel drive.
Choosing Your Dodge Challenger
The deep engine roster starts with a 3.6-liter V6 that makes 305 horsepower. The six-cylinder Challenger is the only one with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission. Customers also have a choice of two normally aspirated Hemi V8s – a 375-horsepower 5.7-liter and a 6.4-liter with 485 horsepower. A supercharged, 6.2-liter V8 with 707 horsepower is exclusive to the range-topping SRT Hellcat. All V8 Challengers comes standard with a standard six-speed manual transmission and an optional eight-speed automatic.
As usual, the Challenger is available in a vast array of trims:
The available Driver Assistance Package (standard on SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat) tacks on blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, power-folding mirrors, xenon headlamps, and remote start. That pack is a prerequisite for the Technology Package (standard on SRT Hellcat), which adds adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams and wipers, and front collision warning.
If you're in the market for the SXT or R/T, we heartily recommend the Plus versions of these models. You get a ton of interior upgrades and some important functional features for around $3,000. Note that the SRT models are a lot more exclusive than the rest of the line and are priced accordingly.