2010 Dodge Challenger

  • 2010 Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      25
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      370/398
    • ENGINE
      5.7L V8
    • MSRP
      $30,860
  • 2010 Dodge Challenger SE Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      25
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      250/250
    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $23,245
  • 2010 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      19
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      425/420
    • ENGINE
      6.1L V8
    • MSRP
      $41,230
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2010 Dodge Challenger Review

Retro-styled coupe with muscle

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In a Nutshell
The 2010 Dodge Challenger is a four-passenger coupe with nostalgic styling from its 1970s ancestors. Powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine, the SE trim offers only one transmission which is a five-speed automatic transmission, while the R/T trim sports a 5.7-liter V-8 engine paired to a five-speed automatic with a six-speed manual transmission as an option. The SRT8 comes with a prodigious 6.1-liter V-8 engine and a choice of either the automatic or manual transmission.

The Dodge Challenger is a rear-drive vehicle that features a retro body, a distinctive on-road presence, and spaciousness, including ample back seat legroom. With 16.2 cubic feet of cargo space, the coupe presents a nice sized trunk. Government crash testing gave the Dodge Challenger top scores, while its EPA-rated fuel economy came in at 17 mpg city / 25 mpg highway.

New for 2010

Since the Dodge Challenger was introduced in 2009, the 2010 model received only minor changes, which included stability control becoming standard on SE models, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls becoming part of the UConnect MultiMedia and UConnect Navigation packages, and the R/T trim receiving automatic headlamps, LED-lighted cup holder, and door handle lights.

Essentials

Engines: 3.5L V-6, 5.7L V-8, 6.1L V-8
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 5-speed automatic
Body Style: Coupe
Trims: SE Coupe, R/T Coupe, SRT8 Coupe

On the Outside

A re-creation of the 1970s design, the Dodge Challenger is a looker, especially when brightly-colored with cool accent stripes on the sides.

From the Inside

Inside the Dodge Challenger, there's plenty of room for four passengers, and the seats are quite comfortable; however, the design is somewhat bland and boring.

Driving Performance

While the Dodge Challenger SE's 250 horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 250 pound-feet of torque isn't very exciting, the R/T's 5.7-liter V-8 engine churns out 372 horsepower and 400 pound-feet which ups the ante, and the SRT8's 6.1-liter engine spews out 425 horsepower and 420 pound-feet for the most excitement.Unfortunately, the car's large size and hefty curb weight reduce its nimbleness.

Safety Equipment

Standard safety systems on the Dodge Challenger include stability control, dual-stage front impact airbags, front and rear side-curtain airbags, and seatbelt pre-tentioners for the front passengers.

Gas Mileage

SE: 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway
R/T Automatic: 15 mpg city/24 mpg highway (manual); 16 mpg city/25 mpg highway (automatic)
SRT8: 14 mpg city/22 mpg highway

Plusses

  • Retro design
  • V-8 engine note
  • Roomy interior

Minuses

  • Curb weight
  • Plain-Jane interior

Rating

Retro-styled coupe with muscle

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