It has duel identity, it can be your Sunday/show car or it can be your daily driver. This car is an absolute joy to get in. I went with the SXT Plus with Trac Pack. The Trac Pack gives it the same suspension as the R/T model, bigger 20' tires, bigger breaks. This car commands attention in B5, ( classic blue). I have had people knock on my door at home randomly to ask me about it. I am 6ft 2" and find this to be one of the roomiest cockpits I have ever sat in, not just sport car but all cars. I generally drive no more than 7k a year in any car I have owned. I have owned everything from a Nissan 240sx to a Toyota Sienna. This car I have driven over 1200 miles in 3 weeks. I use every excuse possible to run out and get in it. Milk, shopping, pick up the kids. The kids, this is not a toy car, it is real. Every morning I drop off my 3 kids to school. They have no problem getting in and out and frankly like having there friends say "Dad has a cool car". :) Yes, the Camaro and Mustang are more sporty but I wanted a car that shows its roots in its styling, I can use it on a long drive for a weekend getaway with the whole family, that's 5 of us. (The trunk is HUGE, bigger than my Kia Optima trunk was) and was practical for driving to the train station for my daily commute. This car is fun. Period. Brings me back to why cars SHOULD ALWAYS be driven by humans, not automated robot cars. One thing - Con. Had to go back and mention it, I do get that V8 envy sound sometimes, not the speed but that sound.... oh that sound.
Well after reading all of the reviews and listening how people were raving over there RT Plus, or Shakers, Hellcats etc, I decided to do a review on the SXT which is what I have. Not everyone can afford $40+k for a car, so I decided to go for the base model SXT in white, with Blacktop package, 20" wheels, black aluminum rims, 8.4" Uconnect with Nav, and premium speakers. First off for being the base model even with just a V6, it's awesome. The entire care is white and black which together go beautifully. But the fact that the car is white, rims, spoiler, stripes and fuel door are black, just makes it look amazing!!! Then you have the inside with the huge 8.4" screen, the beautiful instrument cluster, awesome sound system, I mean you can't go wrong. Yeah it is just the base model with extra ad ons, but it suits me just fine!! I'm tired of reading all the reviews and how people are slamming the base model saying it doesn't offer much. BS!!!! For someone wanting a muscle car, but who is on a budget like myself, it's an awesome model to get, especially if you opt to get some of the ad ons like I did, which kept it at around $31k. The V6 engine at 305hp is nothing to be disappointed at, and realistically where are you gonna use more horsepower than that??? 305 gets the job done for me!!! I wish there was a way I could post pictures of my baby!!! She definitely gets a great deal of looks and compliments, and again, is only the base SXT model which I am extremely happy with!!!
I am updating this review after having owned my R/T Plus A8 for just over two years. My rating has dropped from five to three and a half stars (Edmunds doesn't allow half-star ratings so my rating looks like four stars, but it's really three and a half). I've put my edits right below my original comments so that you can see how my opinion of the car has changed (along with my enthusiasm). Is it a fun and comfortable retro-styled muscle car with modern features? Yes. Is it a good buy for the money? Well. . . The edited review begins below: ORIGINAL: Dodge knocked one out of the park with this car! Is it perfect? No. Is it a comfortable, easy to enjoy, good daily driver--and a kick in the pants when you stomp the pedal? Hell, yes! EDIT: Definitely not a home run. More like a double with the runner reaching third on an error. I rented a 6-cylinder version of this car when mine was in the shop. I had the six for a week and was surprised by how often I was pleased with the car so, when I got my car back, I traded it in and picked up a Challenger with a little more pep, a 2016 R/T Plus (which has the 5.7L (345 cid) motor). What surprised me most (after the yee-haw! acceleration) was how thoughtfully laid out and tastefully appointed the interior was. The center console is decidedly non-egalitarian--it's slanted towards the driver (as it should be, this is a driver's car, not a minivan), the cup holders have soft lighting around the rims to help you see them at night, the information center is a snap to learn how to use, and the Driver Information Display cluster (between the tach and the speedometer) is similarly easy to use. And when you're resting your hand on the gear shift lever, the center console controls are literally at your fingertips--brilliant! EDIT: All of the above still holds true, but I also learned that the build quality is average--at best. My car has 37,000 miles on it and, so far, the inner panel on the driver's side door has come partially loose, there is significant wind noise on the driver's side (this may be the result of the loose panel), and there is a slight wheeze behind the passenger air vent when I run the heater. Also, the sheet metal and paint on the car are both razor thin. I was really surprised (and somewhat concerned) when I took my car through a car wash and saw how much the hood flexes underneath the hot air blowers, and I find that the paint is subject to chipping rather easily. Finally, I noticed that the passenger side tail lights do not line up. The inner part is higher than the outer part by about an eighth of an inch to a quarter of an inch. It doesn't sound like much, but you see it immediately and it looks really cheap. Dodge's quality in certain areas really is subpar because there is no reason for any of the above to be issues on a $40,000 automobile. ORIGINAL: The torque (which most of us drive) and the horsepower (which some of us drive) are both a seriously legitimate kick in the pants. And I have the SMALLEST and least powerful V-8. Zero to 60 in less than six seconds, zero to 100 in about 12, and zero to goofy grin in nothing flat. EDIT: I have since learned that newer Accords (and many other modern sedans, coupes, CUVs, SUVs, and minivans (!), i.e., virtually all cars on the road) can hit 60 mph from a dead stop in about six seconds. If I hadn't had a supercharger installed in my car, there would be no grin, goofy or otherwise. Relative to its image and reputation, this car is sloooow. ORIGINAL: The steering is surprisingly responsive and the car feels more nimble than it looks, which is good--because the car is big. Really big. And the hood feels a mile long. I could go on and on about this car but, for someone like me, who learned how to drive on land yachts and grew up driving V-8s, this car is a delicious throwback. It's not without its faults (the gas mileage is just plain bad and the rear pillars make changing lanes an adventure) and it's not for everyone, certainly, but if you've ever had even a secret liking for muscle cars, you owe it to yourself to check out the Challenger. Especially if you're a middle-aged driver who also wants some creature comforts like heated seats, honest to goodness back seats, a usable trunk, and a comfy ride. EDIT: After two years, I would say that responsiveness is in the eye of the beholder. My Infiniti Q60S is responsive. The Challenger? Meh. Not so much. This car will turn when I ask it to, but it has just too much bulk to call it responsive. ORIGINAL: I'm actually a little embarrassed by how much I wound up loving this car--but, boy, do I! Well done, Dodge-FCA! Well done! EDIT: I'm no longer embarrassed--well, maybe a little, but only by how much I gushed over this car in my original review. Would I buy it again? Maybe. Maybe not.
I've seen a ton of reviews based on the higher end Challengers, but not so many on the SXT or the SXT plus. Also, I'd like to say that my opinion of this car is only after a couple of days, so it mostly is for the "bigger" guy looking for a comfortable ride in a beautiful car. I'm 6'5", 295 lbs, so when I went out the other day, my sites where set on a Buick Lacrosse, and other similar sized cars. I drove the Lacrosse, and also an Altima, Sonata, Fusion and Mustang (all 2016's). Yes, I stuffed my big ass in all of them, and to be honest, they all had a surprising amount of room. However, just for SnG's, I pulled in the Dodge dealership to look at a Black SXT that was in the front row of the lot. I turned down a side street hoping for a side entrance, which there wasnt, but what I DID get to see was a red SXT plus with the black top package in the back. I instantly fell in love with the looks of this car, but figured no way in hell I would be able to afford it or fit comfortably in it. So i get into the lot, and had to go look at this car. Not only was I absolutely shocked at the 29 thousand and change on the window sticker, but it was a V6, automatic, with cloth interior. 80% of my driving is spent in rush hour traffic, Monday - Friday in New Jersey. The rest of the time is short runs to a store, and of course, my Friday happy hour at the bar with the occasional drive to atlantic city. There is no chance for me to enjoy the power of a V8 during my work commute, and only a moron utilizes that power when leaving the bar. If you drive regularly in jersey, you know the expressway is riddled with troopers. Also, I HATE a leather interior. It is NOT comfortable for me, and it feels like an oven in the summer, an ice box in the winter. Needless to say, everything fit perfect for my tastes and wants in this car. At my size, it was a shocker at how easy getting in and out of this car is. And upon driving it, it drove just as smoothly, if not smoother, then any of the other cars I drove. The cabin is sleek, spacious, and quiet as a mouse which was great when enjoying the stereo system, which is just the 6 speaker stock. I actually had MORE room in this car, and had an easier time getting in and out of this car, then the Lacrosse. So, after my long rambling, if your a guy my size, looking for something that is impossible not to smile while driving, and affordable, you will LOVE this car. And as for the power under the hood, and the style of ride for a longer commute, the trip i took to Atlantic City today answered all of my questions. Acceleration is great, ride is as smooth as riding on glass, and the car is just fun as hell to drive. To be honest, the ride there and back was the best part of the trip (in large part because the blackjack table as Ceasar's whooped my ass). But seriously, I love my car =)
I was 28 months into my 39 month lease on my orange SXT plus with nav. I was going to wait until my lease was up and get another Dodge Challenger SXT. My wife and i loved the ride and I got more compliments on this car than i did on my C5, 1997 Corvette! Long story short. Two days ago i got an email from a local dealer showing a SXT Plus in Plum Crazy, with $7,400 dollars in options. Just out of curiosity, i went in to look at it, talked to tommy, the sales manager, and drove out with the car the next day for a 39 month lease with increased mileage of 15,000 a year for a lower monthly lease price than i was paying for my 2014 Orange Challenger. Today i drove the car with my wife for 1670 miles and got 5 compliments. this was day one with my Plum Crazy car! I love the blacktop package, the driver convenience group, the nav and the incredible technology that i have not begun to understand yet, the 9 speaker and sub woofer sound system and the great look of the black graphics from the front to the back of the spoiler. I got 28 MPH on day one, averaging 70 MPH on highway travel. Summary: i continue to enjoy every day of my Challenger experience and look forward to 2 to 3 years of this car, and going back to the dealer for a 2018 or 2019!