Dodge Challenger Review
The 2015 Dodge Challenger ranks 7 out of 11 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.
While reviewers say the 2015 Dodge Challenger isn't as nimble as some rivals, they're impressed with its spacious, first-class cabin and powerful V8 engines.
The 2015 Dodge Challenger has a standard V6 engine that reviewers say delivers sufficient power. Many agree that the Challenger really comes into its own with one of its available V8 engines, which test drivers say deliver robust acceleration, especially on the new high-performance Challenger SRT Hellcat. All models are available with a new-for-2015 eight-speed automatic transmission, which is praised for its responsiveness. V8 models are also available with a six-speed manual. A V6-powered Challenger gets a bit better fuel economy than rivals, at an EPA-estimated 19/30 mpg city/highway. According to auto journalists, the 2015 Challenger is a comfortable cruiser and has minimal body lean in turns, however critics report that its large size and heft make it less agile through fast corners than some rivals.
Dodge revised the Challenger's cabin for 2015, and reviewers are pleased with the attractive, retro-inspired design and high-quality materials. The Challenger seats five, and reviewers say the front seats are comfortable for long trips and that the rear seats are spacious for adults, which is rare praise for the class. The 2015 Challenger offers a generous amount of trunk space for the class as well, at 16.2 cubic feet, though a handful of critics comment that you have to lift cargo fairly high to get it into the trunk. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a USB port, Bluetooth and a touch-screen audio system with a 5-inch display. Options include navigation, a rearview camera, an 18-speaker Harman Kardon stereo system, adaptive cruise control and the Uconnect infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touch screen. Auto journalists are impressed with the straightforward operation of the Uconnect system, saying it is one of the best infotainment systems on the market.
- "The 2015 Challenger is still a whole lot of car in terms of dimensions and weight, so make sure that the size suits you before you sign on the dotted line. If you're cool with that, grab the keys and don't look back. The Challenger is good old-fashioned fun with all the modern conveniences that you could ask for, and that's a tough combination to beat." -- AutoTrader
- "The R/T Scat Pack (and 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker) isn't quite the hellraiser the SRT Hellcat is, but it'll be entertaining to watch it pester the Mustang GT and Camaro SS. It can start doing just that when it, along with the rest of the Challenger lineup, arrives in showrooms this fall." -- Motor Trend
- "Yet as good as the Hellcat is -- and it's very good -- the entire 2015 Dodge Challenger lineup gets revamped. Whether it's the terrific new interior, 1971-inspired exterior, or just the end of the aging 5-speed automatic, there's a lot to like across the board, at every trim level. Although the foibles of weight and size remain, the 2015 Challenger is thoroughly reinvigorated." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Regardless of trim or spec, Dodge has created a much improved Challenger for 2015. The Challenger's interior is no longer a bland penalty box, and the 1971 exterior updates look awesome. The Hellcat and its 707-horsepower is undoubtedly the crown jewel of the 2015 Challenger lineup, though the new 6.4L Scat Pack (and its $39,490 base price) shouldn't be overlooked." -- Left Lane News
Other Cars to Consider
The Chevrolet Camaro SS is praised for its strong acceleration, and most reviewers agree that the Camaro is fun to drive. Unlike the Challenger, the Camaro is also available as a convertible.
Test drivers praise the Nissan 370Z for its comfortable two-seat cabin and potent V6 powertrain. Many reviewers mention that it delivers agile, balanced handling and is a fun and engaging car to drive.
Details: 2015 Dodge Challenger
The 2015 Dodge Challenger seats five and has rear-wheel drive. There are 10 trims in total, ranging from the base Challenger SXT with a 3.6-liter V6 engine, to the new-for-2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat that has a supercharged 6.2-liter V8. All models are available with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and V8-powered models are also available with a six-speed manual. The Challenger receives a host of updates for the 2015 model year, but has not been redesigned since it was introduced for the 2008 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2008 to 2015 model years.
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