Buyer's Guide

2021 Dodge Challenger
Select a Different Model (12 Available): GT AWD Coupe
Fuel Economy $ 18 / 27 mpg
Horsepower 305@6,350
Torque 268@4,800
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2021 Dodge Challenger MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Impressive V-8 engine range
  • Spacious, comfortable cabin
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system

Cons

  • Handling suffers at the expense of weight
  • Middling safety scores
  • No automatic emergency braking

The Dodge Challenger is Mopar's old-school alternative to the more recently updated and more focused Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang. It was first introduced for the 2008 model year, with a refresh in 2015 including the debut of the supercharged Challenger Hellcat. Performance models emphasize straight-line performance with drag-strip specials like the Demon and Super Stock, unlike track-focused muscle cars from Ford and Chevy.

What's New

  • Challenger SRT Super Stock
  • 20-inch wheels now standard on GT AWD, optional on SXT AWD
  • New black chrome exterior touches on Hellcat Redeye and Super Stock
  • Memory functionality now available for driver's seat, steering column, side mirrors, and radio presets

What We Think

If you're after a spacious, old-school muscle coupe and prioritize a snarling exhaust note and endless burnout potential over ultimate performance, try the Challenger. Dodge's big two-door is larger and heavier than its Detroit-based competition, a handling disadvantage that can't quite be overcome with huge, grippy tires and a giant V-8.

The Challenger is more of a grand tourer than a focused sports car, and there's nothing wrong with that. Its ethos is further emphasized by the Challenger's quiet, comfortable cabin and smooth ride quality.

That said, the Challenger's V-8 offerings provide a guttural growl, low-end torque, and near-endless smiles for the lucky enthusiast behind the wheel. We also appreciate the availability of AWD on V-6 models and regardless of trim, the interior features high-quality materials and FCA's intuitive UConnect infotainment interface. And hey, Dodge will sell you a 717-hp supercharged monster with three pedals and a stick between the seats!

Performance and Fuel Economy

The Challenger has loads of powertrain options. Six- and eight-cylinder, naturally aspirated and forced induction, RWD and AWD, manual and automatic; Dodge provides almost every configuration drivers could want.

Trim: SXT, GT

Engine: 3.6-liter V-6

Horsepower/Torque: 303 hp/268 lb-ft

Transmission: Eight-speed automatic

Drive Type: RWD or AWD

MPG (city/highway): 18-19/27-30 mpg

 

Trim: R/T

Engine: 5.7-liter V-8

Horsepower/Torque: 375 hp/410 lb-ft

Transmission: Six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic

Drive Type: RWD

MPG (city/highway): 15-16/23-25 mpg

 

Trim: R/T Scat Pack, R/T Scat Pack Widebody

Engine: 6.4-liter V-8

Horsepower/Torque: 485 hp/475 lb-ft

Transmission: Six speed manual or eight-speed automatic

Drive Type: RWD

MPG (city/highway): 14-15/23-24 mpg

 

Trim: SRT Hellcat, SRT Hellcat Widebody

Engine: 6.2-liter supercharged V-8

Horsepower/Torque: 717 hp/656 lb-ft

Transmission: Six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic

Drive Type: RWD

MPG (city/highway): 13/21-22 mpg

 

Trim: SRT Hellcat Redeye, SRT Hellcat Widebody, SRT Super Stock

Engine: 6.2-liter supercharged V-8

Horsepower/Torque: 797 hp (807 hp on SRT Super Stock)/707 lb-ft

Transmission: Eight-speed automatic

Drive Type: RWD

MPG (city/highway): 13/21-22 mpg

Safety

The Challenger has not been the strongest performer in IIHS safety testing. It receives a marginal score in the small overlap front: driver's side test and Acceptable ratings for roof strength as well as head restraints and seats. The optional front crash prevention system is rated as Basic. In NHTSA safety evaluations, the Challenger earns a five-star overall safety rating with four-star scores in frontal crash and rollover.

A Technology package available on all trims adds rain-sensing wipers, forward collision warning, and adaptive cruise control. If you opt for the Driver Convenience package, your Challenger will be outfitted with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

The Challenger technically seats five, but those relegated to the back seat will have to fold the front chairs forward and wedge themselves back there. Front legroom measures 42.0 inches, but rear seat passengers have to make do with 33.1 inches. Even with that little rear legroom, the Challenger offers more space in the back than any of its competitors and is the only car in the segment with five seats. There's plenty of room in the trunk, too; cargo capacity is rated at 16.2 cubic feet compared to 13.5 and 9.1 cubes in Mustang and Camaro.

Technology

Every Challenger features a touchscreen infotainment display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, but you'll get a bigger screen on higher trims. The lower half of the Challenger lineup (SXT, GT, and R/T trims) includes a 7.0-inch display, while R/T Scat Pack examples and SRT models feature an 8.4-inch display. Those with the larger screen also include satellite radio capability.

Six-speaker audio is standard on entry level models and a six-speaker Alpine premium system is standard on R/T Scat Pack and above. There are also two optional systems: a nine-speaker Alpine offering and an 18-speaker Harman Kardon setup.

Key Competitors:

  • Ford Mustang
  • Chevrolet Camaro
  • Subaru BRZ
  • Toyota 86

 

 

2021 DODGE CHALLENGER SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: V6 3.6 Liter PentaStar
Transmission Name
Transmission, TorqueFlite® 8 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode (805RE)
Trim
GT AWD Coupe
Class
Sporty/Coupe
Horsepower
305@6,350
Standard MPG
18/27
Body Style
Coupe
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
36
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60,000
Full Warranty Miles
36,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
60,000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
60
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$0 0% Financing for a maximum term of 36 Months - FCA announces APR rates on select models. 02-01-2021
$0 1.9% Financing for a maximum term of 48 Months - FCA announces APR rates on select models. 02-01-2021
$0 2.9% Financing for a maximum term of 60 Months - FCA announces APR rates on select models. 02-01-2021
$0 4.9% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - FCA announces APR rates on select models. 02-01-2021
$500 FCA announces a Bonus Cash offer on select models to customers currently leasing an FCA vehicle. 02-01-2021
$500 FCA announces a Bonus Cash offer to consumers currently leasing a competitive vehicle who will be purchasing or leasing a new select model. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 02-01-2021
$3000 FCA announces Customer Cash on select models. 02-01-2021
$1000 FCA announces a Bonus Cash offer on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 02-01-2021