2018 Dodge Challenger

What’s new

  • The 840-hp Demon joins the lineup
  • A Hellcat-based SRT Widebody model debuts
  • Performance Handling package now available for 5.7-liter V8 models
  • Larger standard touchscreen
  • All trims get a rearview camera plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Part of the third Challenger generation introduced for 2008


  • Many strong engine choices, including the insane 840-hp Demon
  • 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


  • The Challenger is large and heavy, dulling handling
  • Rear visibility is somewhat compromised
  • Unlike main rivals, a convertible is not available
Dodge Challenger years

Which Challenger does Edmunds recommend?

The R/T trim is our pick among the 2018 Dodge Challenger lineup since it's the most affordable V8-powered model. Along with some performance-related mechanical upgrades, it's eligible for a long list of options to configure it to your personal tastes without breaking the budget. Of course, if money were no object, there's the new SRT Demon, but limited production and a track-focused mission will make it quite rare. For everyone else, we'd push for the scintillating SRT Hellcat Widebody that comes with a bonkers 707-horsepower supercharged V8 and the wider tires.

Edmunds' Expert Review

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In recent years, the muscle-car class has been contested by the Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang. The Challenger differs from the Mustang and Camaro with its larger size, unabashed retro look and boulevard-cruiser attitude. The Challenger's bigger size allows for much more backseat room and a sedan-size trunk, but don't think this means the Challenger is tame by comparison.

You have a wide variety of choices, ranging from the 305-horsepower SXT V6 up to the drag-strip-dominating Demon and its potential for 840 horsepower. When pitted against its rivals, the 2018 Dodge Challenger doesn't have the sharp handling to keep up on a curvy road, but it bests them in comfort, refinement and pure retro appeal.

2018 Dodge Challenger configurations

The 2018 Dodge Challenger is a five-seat, two-door coupe that is available in seven major trim levels, most of which are further divided into several subtrims. Major trim levels include the SXT, GT, R/T, R/T 392, SRT 392, SRT Hellcat and SRT Demon. The SXT and GT Challenger trims are powered by a V6; the others are driven by increasingly more powerful V8s, culminating in the 840-hp Demon.


The 2018 Dodge Challenger is a five-seat, two-door coupe that is available in seven major trim levels, most of which are further divided into several subtrims. Major trim levels include the SXT, GT, R/T, R/T 392, SRT 392, SRT Hellcat and SRT Demon. The SXT and GT Challenger trims are powered by a V6; the others are driven by increasingly more powerful V8s, culminating in the 840-hp Demon.

First up is the SXT, powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine (305 horsepower, 268 pound-feet of torque) matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Standard features include 18-inch wheels, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, keyless ignition and entry, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-way power-adjustable driver seat and 60/40-split folding rear seats. Tech features include Bluetooth, a 7-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, two USB ports and a six-speaker sound system.

The GT employs the same V6 and is the only Challenger with all-wheel drive. On top of the SXT features, it adds 19-inch wheels, foglights, rear parking sensors, upgraded brakes, heated front seats, ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, a power-adjustable and heated steering wheel, interior ambient lighting, an 8.4-inch touchscreen, performance-related in-car apps, and satellite and HD radio.

The R/T is the least expensive way into a V8 Challenger, offering a 5.7-liter engine paired to either a six-speed manual transmission (375 hp, 410 lb-ft) or the eight-speed auto (372 hp, 400 lb-ft). In addition to the SXT features, you get 20-inch wheels, foglights, upgraded brakes, a limited-slip differential and an active sport exhaust.

The R/T 392 gets an even larger 6.4-liter V8 (485 hp, 475 lb-ft) along with Brembo performance brakes (four-piston front and rear), a sport-tuned suspension, a rear spoiler, cloth sport seats, rear parking sensors, an 8.4-inch touchscreen with the newest version of Uconnect, performance-related in-car apps and an Alpine audio system with HD/satellite radio.

The SRT 392 model builds upon the R/T 392 offerings, adding xenon headlights, a special air intake, power-folding mirrors, beefier front Brembo brakes (six-piston front), adaptive suspension dampers, a power-adjustable and heated sport steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, configurable driving modes, an 18-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, navigation, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

There are also variants of the above, such as the Plus, R/T T/A, R/T Scat Pack and R/T Shaker that add a few extra features.

The SRT Hellcat is all about raw speed, evidenced by its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 (707 hp, 650 lb-ft). It's also equipped with unique exterior styling, a sportier suspension, quad exhaust tips, automatic high beams and automatic wipers. A new SRT Hellcat Widebody model gets some very prominent Demon-based fender flares to accommodate wider tires that improve the car's handling and grip.

The new SRT Demon makes its mark as the most powerful muscle car in history (840 hp, 770 lb-ft on 100-octane race fuel or 808 hp, 717 lb-ft on premium unleaded). The eight-speed automatic is the only transmission offered. With drag racing as its reason for being, the Demon receives specialized equipment that includes numerous cooling systems, street-legal drag slicks, a transbrake (for optimum engine power at launch), an adaptive suspension with a drag mode, and launch control. It's also important to point out what is eliminated: There's no front passenger seat, no rear seats and no sound insulation. You can add back the seats for a mere $1.

In terms of features, the Demon is similarly appointed as the Hellcat, but with 18-inch wheels, four-piston lightweight brakes, an active exhaust system, a power-adjustable cloth sport driver seat, a navigation system, and a two-speaker stereo with satellite and HD radio.

Most of the features found on the upper trim levels can be added to the lower trims as options. A sunroof is optional on all Challenger trims, and new SRT model buyers get a one-day course at an SRT Driving Experience school.


The SXT Plus performed surprisingly well considering it's overshadowed by the V8 models. Handling is impressive due largely to grippy summer tires. The upgraded brakes are outstanding. In terms of drivability, the Challenger SXT is an acceptable, if not enjoyable, daily commuter.


The 305-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 is smooth yet hard-revving. The 3,930-pound SXT accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds, which is a bit slower than rivals with base engines. Obviously, the Challenger's various V8s provide significantly quicker acceleration.


The brake pedal feel is medium-firm and well-suited to everyday driving. During panic-stop testing, the portly Challenger needed just 104 feet to stop from 60 mph. This is a great result, but keep in mind it had the benefit of summer tires.


Turn-in response is quick, though there is little in the way of feedback between the road and the driver. Some drivers could find the steering's hefty weighting to be a bit much for daily duties around town.


There's no getting around it: For a sport coupe, the Challenger is big. And heavy. Even with our tester's Super Track Pak (which adds a sportier suspension and performance tires), body roll is pronounced when going around turns. Still, there's enough grip to have an enjoyable time.


The Challenger's responsive steering helps maneuverability, but the car just feels big, especially on narrow roads and tight corners. The gas and brake pedal are responsive and easily modulated. The eight-speed automatic also shifts quickly and maintains gears well on grades.


A firmer ride is acceptable from a sporty car such as the Challenger, so it is impressive that it manages small bumps so well. Larger bumps are much more noticeable in the cabin. Still, the combination of comfortable seats and a quiet ride make this a nice place to be for an extended time.

Seat comfort

The front seats are comfortable, and we have no complaints after spending hours on the road. If one area could be improved, it is the front seat's insufficient lateral support. The door and center console armrests are nicely padded, though.

Ride comfort

Equipped with the Super Track Pak's firmer sport-tuned suspension, the Challenger has a firm ride that's to be expected for the class. It does a great job absorbing small road imperfections but feels jarring over larger bumps and dips.

Noise & vibration

You'll hardly notice the V6 at highway cruising speeds. The Challenger's sound deadening is quite good for the segment, although tire noise is evident over certain surfaces. Overall, it's a pretty quiet car.


The Challenger is a king among coupes with its class-leading passenger and cargo space. It's a far more livable daily driver than its coupe/muscle-car competition. But wrestling the large doors open to gain access can be a challenge.

Ease of use

Controls consist of a combination of knobs and buttons that are large and easy to use. Some functions are tucked away in the touchscreen, but otherwise it's one of the most user-friendly interfaces in the industry.

Getting in/getting out

The doors are large and open fully, allowing the potential for easy entry and exit. That said, the Challenger's big doors are heavy, and their size is a hindrance in tight parking spaces. Rear-seat access is a bit better than in rival muscle-car coupes.


The Challenger has a lot of front legroom and shoulder room. Headroom is slightly compromised by the sunroof, though most 6-footers will still fit. The rear seat isn't quite made for all sizes, but it is far bigger than those of competitors and offers three seats versus two.


Visibility is not good, but typical for the segment. There are significant blind spots over the shoulder. Forward sightlines are acceptable, but it can be difficult to judge the front corners. A large-display rearview camera is standard and helps considerably.


There are no squeaks or rattles to speak of. The upper door panels on our test car did shake, as if loose, when we closed the doors, but this is a minor quibble with what otherwise appears to be a well-built automobile for the price.


Coupes aren't generally known for a spacious cargo area, but the Challenger boasts a trunk that puts the Mustang's and Camaro's to shame. Cargo measurements are just slightly smaller than those of the Charger sedan.

Small-item storage

The Challenger has decent small-item storage all around, and the moderately sized center console is useful for holding a variety of items.

Cargo space

The trunk opening is large, and its capacity blows the class away with a midsize-sedanlike 16.2 cubic feet. The rear seatbacks fold in a 60/40-split configuration to expand the Challenger's space even further.


We've had a lot of experience with older versions of Dodge's infotainment system, Uconnect, and we've even tested the newest Uconnect 8.4 system in other cars. We haven't tested it in the Challenger yet, but in those other cars, it offers crisp graphics, quick responses and simple, logical menus.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Dodge Challenger.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

I am usually a Ford Mustang guy
Well, I owned my Challenger SRT8 for over a year now, so my review is from a year of owning it. I absolutely love this car. I love the whole overall car inside and outside. I've been a Ford Mustang guy for decades. I owned a 87 Mustang GT Convertible, a 98 Mustang Cobra SVT which I Terminated and swapped the engine from a 2004 Kenne Bell Mustang Cobra SVT, a 2003 Mustang Mach 1, and a 2008 Mustang GT. I owned my share of GM muscle also. I owned a 2000 Pontiac Trans Am-WS6 and a 2001 Chevy Corvette. I love all cars as you can see. My dad was an extreme MOPAR guy. When I was an infant, he owned a 66 Plymouth GTX and he had my mom driving the 71 Challenger RT. I'd say 9 years back he purchased my mom a 2008 Chrysler Crossfire and was anticipating buying himself a Hemi Orange Challenger SRT8, but 2 years ago he lost his battle with cancer and passed away June 9, 2016. Last year I came across a Hemi Orange Challenger SRT8 at an Akron, OH Dodge dealership, worked out some numbers and woke up early on a Saturday morning and drove my pristine 2003 Ford Mustang Mach 1 which only had 25K miles on it to that dealership which was 2 1/2 hours away. I didn't care, sentimentally, I needed that car. Ever since, I have been completely satisfied with this car. I am in love with this car and would love to save for the Hellcat edition. Great car!!!
The beast!
Speaking from a women's point of view. We absolutely love our 2018 392. IT's fun and exciting to drive, lots of power and handling is great. Of course forget having any passengers in rear seats, or climbing in and out of rear seats with the seat belt hanging you up. But then this is a MUSCLE car not a passenger car. This will be our 3rd challenger in 6 years.. I don't think I can go back to a "normal" car. I"m hooked on the power and sound. NOT made for slick highways of course, if you have a manual forget snow and ice. ANd why have a muscle car without being manual....Otherwise I am hooked
I have always been a Chevy girl til now
I raced a corvette for several years in bracket racing. She was so deadly consistent that I won a Wally within a year of starting racing (weather station from summit was hugely helpful). And when I wrecked her for the final time (took 24 hours to convince me that the chassis was destroyed I always got her fixed before) I was going to get another Chevy but somehow ended up with a challenger. I spent money only on oil changes and one set of tires and wiper blades in 100k miles. I was hooked. More importantly dodge has beaten the moisture problem. Chevys and water don’t mix. Ever. Either your seal is broken or your grounding wire is out or you are hydroplaning. Dodge has whupped that problem. I bought the SRT 392 Charger and I’ve never met a car with so much horsepower that handled so well on any surface. I know it’s a thousand pounds more blah blah but I know cars. This is absolutely the best combination of everything. I can get around anyone and quicker than they thought and no sandbagging required. From the sunroof to the Pirellis this car is a game changer and it’s so unique you don’t see them all over. Haven’t seen mine at all yet. But I’ve seen lots of cats slide up to see her
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2018 Dodge Challenger videos

CARLOS LAGO: Over my shoulder are four Dodge Challenger SRT Demons. And in front of them is a dragstrip. I guess-- bet you could figure out what we're going to do. [ENGINE REVVING] That felt good. That felt real good. I have no idea what I just ran. I saw the speed going north or close to 140, not exactly 140. But overall, that felt good. I could probably do a little bit harder on the launch. [MUSIC PLAYING] I'm sweating like crazy. Want to see more? Check out the full video on the Edmund's YouTube channel.

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Expert Rundown Review

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Features & Specs

14 city / 23 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
485 hp @ 6100 rpm
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Our experts’ favorite Challenger safety features:

Blind-Spot Monitoring
Illuminates a light on either of the Challenger's side mirrors when a vehicle enters its blind spot.
Forward Collision Warning
Helps prevent collisions by sounding an alert when the Challenger detects an imminent collision.
Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
Sounds a warning if a vehicle is approaching the Challenger from the side while it is backing into traffic.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover11.1%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
  • Roof Strength Test
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

Dodge Challenger vs. the competition

2018 Dodge Challenger

2018 Dodge Challenger

2018 Ford Mustang

2018 Ford Mustang

Dodge Challenger vs. Ford Mustang

Deciding if either the Dodge Challenger or Ford Mustang is better will depend on your definition of a muscle car. The Challenger is more of a grand touring coupe and drag strip racer in its execution, while the Mustang is a lighter and more agile opponent that is better at taking curves in a canyon or on a road course. The Mustang received significant improvements for 2018.

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Dodge Challenger vs. Chevrolet Camaro

If comfort and convenience are deciding factors, the Dodge Challenger is the clear winner. If performance is a priority, the Chevrolet Camaro handily beats the Challenger. When it comes to handling in particular, the Challenger would be left in the dust, even with all related options added. The Camaro gets points deducted for its limited outward visibility and tiny trunk, both of which are about as bad as they get in the world of non-exotic coupes.

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Dodge Challenger vs. Dodge Charger

In the absence of a third muscle car coupe, the closest rival outside of the traditional Mustang and Camaro competitors comes from within Dodge itself. The Dodge Charger can be thought of as a four-door version of the Challenger, with similar features and engine choices. Both are equally sinister, but the Charger gets an edge for the convenience of rear doors.

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Is the Dodge Challenger a good car?

The Challenger is larger than the other American muscle cars, making it more accommodating for rear-seat passengers and cargo. It also has a more comfortable ride quality, but as a result, it isn't as nimble as the competition. With seven different trim levels, plus additional variants of each, there is a Challenger to suit a variety of tastes and budgets. The base SXT model is anything but slow with its 305-horsepower V6 engine, while the R/T gets a stout 375-hp V8. Power and performance build through the lineup until you reach the 840-hp Demon.

Does the Dodge Challenger have good MPG?

The SXT has an EPA estimate of 23 mpg combined (19 city/30 highway). The all-wheel-drive GT is rated at 21 combined (18 city/27 highway). Challengers with the 5.7-liter V8 are estimated at 19 combined (16 city/25 highway) with the eight-speed automatic and 18 combined (15 city/23 highway) with the six-speed manual. The 6.4-liter V8 has an estimate of 18 combined (15 city/25 highway) with the automatic and 17 combined (14 city/23 highway) with the manual. Hellcats are rated at 16 combined (13 city/22 highway) for the automatic, while the manual drops the highway estimate to 21 mpg. Demon estimates are not available but are likely even lower. The V6 Challenger gets 2 mpg less than the four-cylinders from Ford and Chevy, but the 5.7-liter V8 is competitive.

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2018 Dodge Challenger SRT 392 Overview

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT 392 is offered in the following styles: SRT 392 2dr Coupe (6.4L 8cyl 6M).

What do people think of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT 392?

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