pros & cons

pros

  • Many strong engine choices, including the gonzo 707-hp Hellcat V8
  • Roomy cabin can actually accommodate four adults
  • High degree of customization thanks to many trim levels and options
  • Ride is pretty comfortable compared to its muscle-car rivals

cons

  • The Challenger is large and heavy, dulling handling and acceleration
  • Rear visibility is somewhat compromised
  • Unlike main rivals, a convertible is not available
Dodge Challenger 2017 MSRP: $26,995
Based on the SXT Auto RWD 5-passenger 2-dr Coupe with typically equipped options.
EPA Est. MPG 23
Transmission Automatic
Drive Train Rear Wheel Drive
Engine Type V6
Displacement 3.6 L
Passenger Volume 110.1 cu ft
Wheelbase 116 in
Length 197 in
Width 75 in
Height 57 in
Curb Weight 3894 lbs

2017 Dodge Challenger video

2017 Dodge Challenger Expert Rundown

Ready to leave other cars in a thick cloud of white smoke? The 2017 Dodge Challenger's authentic muscle-car persona will deliver. Here's a quick rundown of what we like, what we don't and the bottom line from the Edmunds editors.

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MARK TAKAHASHI: I'm Edmunds editor Mark Takahashi, and here's an expert rundown of the 2017 Dodge Challenger. If you're looking for a muscle car that won't force you to sacrifice comfort or convenience, the 2017 Dodge Challenger is your best bet. From the entry level v-6, to the over the top 707 horsepower SRT Hellcats supercharged V8, There's a model to meet every taste and budget. It may not be as agile around turns as his chief rivals, but with sinister looks, an epic V8 soundtrack, and breathtaking straightline speed, the Challenger is sure to satisfy. Compared to smaller muscle cars, the Challenger has a massive trunk. If you can't fit all of your luggage back there, you probably have too much stuff. It also has backseats that can actually hold smaller adults. What a novelty. Both front and rear seats are comfortable for hours on end, though they may be a little wide for smaller passengers. Combined with a quiet refined interior and smooth ride, the Challenger is far easier to live with than the competition. And to top it off, the Uconnect infotainment system is easily the best in class. All things considered, the 2017 Dodge Challenger presents a very compelling bottom line. You get a lot for your money and anything you give up for handling is easily forgotten once you lay into the throttle. Even against the newer Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro variants, the Challenger demands respect, as well as a place on your short list. If you'd like to see more of Edmunds expert rundowns, hit subscribe.

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The 2017 Dodge Challenger is pure muscle car, through and through. From the aggressive, retro styling to the range of increasingly big and powerful engines, Dodge has built a rumbling, roaring, tire-smoking beast. Yet the Challenger still has comfortable seats and all the modern features buyers expect.

The real story with the Challenger is the range of available powertrains, which includes a V6 and three V8 engine options. The base 3.6-liter V6 makes a respectable 305 horsepower, and, for the first time ever, is available with all-wheel drive. The V6 is the only engine option that can be paired with AWD, but it means that buyers who live with snow and ice can finally get their hands on a muscle car that's drivable all year round.

Stepping up from the V6, the Dodge Challenger can be had with either a 5.7-liter V8, making 375 horsepower, or a 6.4-liter V8 that makes an impressive 485 horsepower. Optional for both of these engines is another tip of the hat to Chrysler/Dodge muscle cars of the past: the Shaker hood. This adds a cool-air induction scoop that's mounted to the top of the engine and extends through a cutout in the hood. At the top of the Challenger line is the absolutely bonkers 707-hp, supercharged 6.2-liter V8 in the Challenger Hellcat. No other new car offers as much power for as little money. Quad exhaust tips and some unique styling cues help set the Hellcat apart.

An extensive list of extra performance options can be added to upgrade the Challenger's brakes, suspension and handling. Four- and six-piston Brembo brakes are available, as well as sport-tuned steering and suspension, and even a shorter rear-axle ratio for buyers chasing even faster acceleration. The trip computer can be upgraded to report 0-60 mph times, g-force loads and other performance numbers.

Of course, the 2017 Dodge Challenger has much more to offer than just the bits that make it go fast. Keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth and a 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system come standard. Heated and ventilated seats, a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery and upgraded interior trim can be added to make the car more comfortable. An 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone integration is available and can be matched with available premium audio systems. The options don't stop there, though: a rearview camera, parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and xenon headlights are all also available.

The Challenger is uniquely appealing for anyone after that American muscle-car look and feel, but the extensive list of trims and powertrain, appearance, and interior options come in so many combinations that figuring out exactly which version to buy is a daunting task. Fortunately, Edmunds is here to help you find the right 2017 Dodge Challenger to put some tire smoke in your life.

The Dodge Challenger was one of the more significant cars to come out of the 1960s and '70s muscle car era. Four decades later, Dodge's buff Challenger is once again laying stripes on America's pavement. Featuring styling cues similar to the original model and, for the most part, brawny engines driving the rear wheels, the new Challenger is a true street fighter. But unlike its bare-knuckled brawler of an older brother, this Challenger is loaded with modern-day refinement and safety features.

It's no surprise that the current Challenger offers strong acceleration with either available V8, but even the base V6 is no slouch. Also unsurprising is its bulky feel in tight corners, though its luxurious character on the highway more than compensates. The muscle car segment has seen a revival in recent times with the retro-ization of the Mustang and the resurrection of the Camaro, but the Challenger certainly holds its own, and strikes us as the most pleasant to drive on a daily basis.

Current Dodge Challenger
The Dodge Challenger features the exterior styling cues of its iconic '70s predecessor, such as a long hood and a semi-fastback roof line. Underneath, however, the Challenger is based on a shortened version of the Chrysler 300/Dodge Charger platform. Thanks to its generous dimensions and a split-folding rear seat, the Challenger has ample passenger space and impressive luggage capacity.

The Challenger comes in four levels: SXT, R/T, SRT8 392 and SRT8 Core. The base SXT features a 3.6-liter 305-horsepower V6 matched to a five-speed automatic transmission. Upping the ante, the R/T packs a 5.7-liter V8 churning out 372 hp with the five-speed automatic or 376 hp with a six-speed manual transmission. It's also packaged with a recalibrated steering system and a limited-slip differential. The SRT8 392 and SRT8 392 Core models come armed with a 470-hp 6.4-liter V8 connected to either a standard five-speed automatic or an optional six-speed manual. Other features of the SRT8s include a stiffer suspension, revised steering, Brembo brakes and 20-inch wheels.

All Dodge Challenger models come standard with antilock brakes, a full complement of airbags and stability control. Major options include a sunroof and hard-drive-based navigation system with music and video file storage capability, although the latter is controlled by an antiquated touchscreen head unit that can be irritating to use. The R/T can be equipped with a couple of optional performance packages, such as the Super Track Pak, that improve its handling and braking. The SRT8 392 comes with most of the Challenger's available equipment, while the SRT8 Core has the same performance items but is equipped more like a base SXT.

In road tests, we've found that there's plenty to like about Dodge's modern muscle car. Acceleration is acceptable with the V6 and truly impressive with the R/T and SRT8. The Challenger remains laudably quiet at speed, with little road or wind noise, and offers an impressively comfortable highway ride regardless of trim level. On twisty roads, the Challenger feels big and heavy, which isn't surprising considering the car's 2-ton curb weight. But the SRT8 and R/T (when fitted with the optional suspension upgrades) still do a pretty respectable job of keeping that mass under control. At the same time, its size makes the interior and trunk far larger and more useful than those of its competitors.

Used Dodge Challenger Models
The current Dodge Challenger was introduced in 2008 as the SRT8 only. The SE (now named SXT) and R/T trim levels arrived a year later, as did manual transmission availability for the SRT8. For 2009-'10, the SE came equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 making just 250 hp. The transmission was either a four-speed automatic (2009) or a five-speed automatic (2010). As you can imagine, the SE left much to be desired from both a performance and fuel economy standpoint, so we'd avoid it. From 2008-'10, the SRT8 came with a 6.1-liter V8 good for 425 hp.

For 2011, things improved considerably across the Challenger lineup as the base engine became the current, 305-horsepower V6, and the SRT8 adopted the current 6.4-liter monster. The latter also resulted in "392" being added to the car's name (the engine's historically significant, cubic-inch displacement). Upgrades also took place for the suspension, steering and brake systems, resulting in a more rewarding car to drive. That year also brought more standard equipment along with redesigned seats and steering wheel. Since then, changes have been minimal, consisting chiefly of trim level and equipment shuffling.

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