2013 Dodge Challenger Interior
This interior review was written when the 2013 Dodge Challenger was new.
The 2013 Dodge Challenger impresses reviewers with more interior and cargo space than rival muscle cars. With seating for five and a large trunk, the Challenger is a roomy alternative to four-seat competitors like the Ford Mustang or Chevrolet Camaro. Despite its interior space, the Challenger is not without its shortcomings. Many reviewers say the Challenger’s bland interior styling, plastic trim and dimly lit gauges detract from its spacious interior.
- "The instruments are spread wide across the driver's half of the dashboard. They're deeply recessed in their respective binnacles and are dimly lit at night, which makes them a bit hard to read." -- Consumer Guide
- "Still a product of the previous-generation Dodge Charger sedan, the Challenger's interior has not received the update of its 4-door sibling. Thus the hard plastics, dull colors and relatively loud interior remain for 2013." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Compared with the Mustang's or Camaro's interior, the Challenger's cabin looks plain despite the use of nice materials overall." -- Cars.com
- "The gauges feature a cool cobalt-blue glow. A relatively small-diameter steering wheel that's well-contoured makes for a pleasant interface between the car and driver." -- Edmunds (2012)
Affordable sports cars aren’t usually known for their roomy interiors, but the Dodge Challenger bests competitors like the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro with an adult-friendly back seat. The Challenger can also seat five, while rivals at Ford and Chevy can only squeeze four people in a pinch. Despite its livable interior, test drivers say that the Challenger’s long hood and thick roof pillars make for poor outward visibility from the driver’s seat. Cloth seats and a power-adjustable driver’s seat come standard on the 2013 Challenger, while leather seats and heated front seats are available on higher trims.
- "Challenger is arguably the most accommodating of the ‘Detroit Three’ pony cars. Aggressive seat bolsters provide great cornering support while remaining comfortable for long drives." -- Consumer Guide
- "The 2013 Challenger won't win the power wars, but when it comes to passenger space in front and back, it has the Camaro and Mustang beat. Here, two adults can fit in back without feeling like they're in purgatory." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "There are reasons why cars no longer look like they did in the '70s, and the modern-day Challenger showcases one of them with its poor visibility." -- Cars.com
- "The front seats in most Challengers are wide and flat, which doesn't do much for lateral support, but they're exceptionally comfy for long-distance drives." -- Edmunds (2012)
The base 2013 Challenger comes with push-button start, automatic climate control and a six-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input. Options and features found on higher trims include rear parking sensors, navigation, a Harman Kardon stereo and an upgraded Uconnect infotainment system, which adds Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a USB port and satellite radio.
Auto critics give the Dodge Challenger high marks for its intuitive, well-placed controls and optional Harman Kardon stereo. While one reviewer says that the Challenger’s Uconnect infotainment system makes some audio selections more difficult than they should be, he also writes that in general, Uconnect is a user-friendly system.
- "The available Uconnect touchscreen absorbs most audio controls, complicating some adjustments that would be simple otherwise. On the whole, though, the system is easy to use, and owners will acclimate with time and practice." -- Consumer Guide
- "With 900 watts of audio blasting through 18 - yes, eighteen - speakers, this upgrade makes the Challenger sound better than many home-theater systems." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The Challenger's controls, though, are easy to use and logically placed, and that wins it points." -- Cars.com
With 16.2 cubic feet of cargo space, the Challenger offers a larger trunk than most competing affordable sports cars. However, one reviewer points out that the trunk has a high liftover angle, which could make loading bulky items difficult despite its expansive trunk.
- "Impressive trunk space is compromised by a high liftover. The rear seat backs fold, but the release latches are awkward to reach, and the only way the seat backs lay close to flat is if the front seats are adjusted at least midway forward." -- Consumer Guide
- "Also a bonus: a bigger trunk than its rivals." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "At 16.2 cubic feet, the Challenger's trunk is positively enormous for this segment and bigger than those of many midsize sedans." -- Edmunds (2012)