Dodge Challenger Review
The 2014 Dodge Challenger ranks 7 out of 10 Affordable Sports Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Dodge Challenger, as well as reliability and safety data.
Although reviewers say the 2014 Dodge Challenger may not be as agile as its rivals, they agree that it offers powerful V8 engine choices, a comfortable ride and a spacious interior.
The Dodge Challenger comes standard with a V6 engine that reviewers say makes sufficient power for day-to-day driving, but most test drivers prefer the R/T and SRT models, which offer more powerful Hemi V8 engines and quicker acceleration. An automatic transmission is standard with the V6 and optional with either V8, and testers say it shifts smoothly. A manual transmission is standard with both V8s, which earns reviewer praise for its smooth clutch and precise shifter. Fuel economy is up to up to an EPA-estimated 18/27 mpg city/highway, which is on par among V6-powered affordable sports cars, though competitors like the Ford Mustang use a bit less fuel. Some reviewers say that the 2014 Challenger offers handling that’s fairly composed, particularly when equipped with an available sport-tuned suspension. However, many note that while the Challenger is capable, many rivals in the class ultimately offer more athletic handling. Still, the Challenger earns praise for its comfortable ride, and critics agree that performance options like available Brembo brakes offer confidence-inspiring stops with excellent brake pedal feel.
Test drivers write that while the 2014 Challenger has a large trunk, a spacious interior and a roomy back seat, its interior styling is fairly bland. Some reviewers also write that the cabin falls short with unimpressive materials and an outdated infotainment system that can be difficult to use. Most reviewers find the front seats comfortable and supportive, though some agree that thick roof pillars mean that there’s limited rearward visibility. Standard features include a six-speaker stereo, a power-adjustable driver’s seat and automatic climate control. Major options include leather upholstery, heated front seats, a voice-activated Uconnect infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio and a Harman Kardon stereo system.
- "There are basically two ways to assess the 2014 Dodge Challenger: You can view it as an homage to classic muscle cars, or you can compare it to other contemporary coupes. Either way, this two-door behemoth generally hits the spot. Pugnacious yet practical, rowdy yet refined, the Challenger possesses a surprisingly diverse skill set. Its sheet metal may be unabashedly retro, but the Challenger has a lot more to offer than just nostalgia." -- Edmunds
- "The higher-performance versions of the Mustang and Camaro are probably slightly faster on the track, but the Challenger has more interior room, has looks closer to the original, and has something the others don't: Available Hemi V8 power." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The Challenger's classic muscle car styling will draw you in, but its refined ride and handling and spacious interior make this big coupe appealing to drive." -- Cars.com (2013)
Other Sports Cars to Consider
Reviewers say that lithe handling and a responsive engine makes the Scion FR-S one of the most enjoyable cars to drive in the class. The FR-S also gets better fuel economy than the Challenger, and it comes standard with features like Bluetooth and a touch-screen audio system.
Reviewers say the Ford Mustang has nimble handling and it has a lot of trunk space for the class. The Mustang also gets better fuel economy than the Challenger and it carries a lower base price.
Details: 2014 Dodge Challenger
The 2014 Dodge Challenger seats five and has rear-wheel drive. There are 11 trims, which range from the base Challenger SXT with a 3.6-liter V6 engine and a five-speed automatic transmission, to the Challenger SRT 392 with a 6.4-liter V8 and a six-speed manual transmission. The Challenger was reintroduced for the 2008 model year, and aside from receiving a new V6 engine in 2011, is largely unchanged since its debut. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2008 through 2014 model years.
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