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2015 Dodge Challenger Video Review


This Dodge Challenger video review covers the SXT, R/T, Scat Pack, SRT 392 and Hellcat trim levels, including their engines, power, fuel economy, price, interior and what's new. For more information, read the 2015 Dodge Challenger Review.

With the previous Challenger, we complained about its bland interior, past-its-prime automatic transmission and a hopelessly outdated electronics interface. That's all been corrected.

One area that wasn't a problem was under the hood. As such, the SXT trim's 305-hp V6 and the R/T's 372-hp V8 carried over. The big change is the addition of a new, more responsive and efficient eight-speed automatic. Rest assured, though, that you can still get a manual with the R/T.

The SRT 392 still has a 6.4-liter, 485-hp V8 along with serious brake and suspension upgrades, unique styling elements and a variety of luxury features. If you just want the engine, though, as well as less extreme handling upgrades, the new R/T Scat Pack offers a ton of bang for your buck.

However, the most bang -- literally -- comes from the new Challenger SRT Hellcat. It has 707 hp. Go ahead and digest that for a moment. It's bonkers.

Regardless of engine, expect truly impressive acceleration and when equipped right, surprisingly capable handling. Now, the Challenger still doesn't match the Camaro or new Mustang when going around corners. It's just too big and there's a fair bit of body roll, which in a way, means it's the most traditional muscle car of the group.

That greater size does serve a purpose, though. The three-person backseat can actually be used by adults, while the 16-cubic-foot trunk matches that of some full-size sedans. Its rivals don't come remotely close when it comes to practicality, and if you're looking for the best muscle car daily driver -- this is it.

Thankfully, the cabin for 2015 isn't just big -- it's also better made, the UConnect touchscreen infotainment system is now one of the best rather than THE worst, and the design is actually interesting -- especially with the available two-tone color schemes.

Really, the Challenger has as much in common with old-school, big American coupes as it does with muscle cars. It offers style, performance and comfort without being hopelessly impractical.

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