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MSRP: $26,495 - $44,685
Invoice: $25,486 - $43,186
MPG: 18 City / 27 Hwy
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Dodge Challenger Interior

Test drivers report that the 2014 Dodge Challenger is roomier than most affordable sports cars, with ample trunk space and a back seat that is comfortable for adults. However, critics say that the Challenger’s interior styling is fairly bland, and some note that lackluster materials and dated tech features detract from its appeal.

  • "If the 2014 Dodge Challenger is a terrific representation of muscle-car glory on the outside, it's sort of merely adequate inside." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "In contrast to the Challenger's brash exterior, the interior is oddly generic. A few styling cues, like the large beveled dashboard and distinctive shifter knobs, are reminiscent of Challengers past, but overall, there's a distinct lack of panache." -- Edmunds
  • "Despite a recent update, the cabin is slightly behind the times in terms of material quality and technology." -- Left Lane News
  • "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 (2013)

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Seating

The Challenger has seating for five, which is more seating capacity than most cars in the class offer. A power-adjustable driver seat is standard and leather upholstery and heated front seats are optional. Most reviewers agree that the Challenger's front seats are spacious and supportive, and some note that roomy rear seats make it one of the most comfortable cars in the class. Still, some critics note that large rear pillars detract from rearward visibility.

  • "Due to the Challenger's high beltline and chunky rear roof pillars, rearward visibility is also lackluster." -- Edmunds
  • "But the seats are wide and firm, with sufficient side bolsters and adjustable lumbar support. Two adults can actually fit in the rear, although getting there requires a bit of gymnastics." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Still, there's a surprising amount of space inside - including enough room for adults to lounge in the rear seats - and the pistol-grip manual shifter adds an appealing retro touch." -- Left Lane News
  • "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 (2013)

Interior Features

The Challenger comes standard with a six-speaker stereo and automatic climate control. Major options include 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.

Some reviewers are disappointed that Dodge doesn't offer the newest version of its Uconnect infotainment system in the Challenger. They note that the Challenger’s infotainment system has a small screen, and that it makes some stereo adjustments more difficult than they should be. Still, others say that the Challenger's primary controls are intuitive.

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  • "We're not enamored of the somewhat crude touchscreen interface, either; it's too bad the related Charger sedan's much larger (8.4-inch) and easier to use touchscreen isn't offered. However, the interior is generally quite functional, and the materials aren't bad." -- Edmunds
  • "… the Uconnect infotainment system is a generation behind the slick unit found in newer Chrysler products." -- Left Lane News
  • "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 (2013)
  • "The Challenger's controls, though, are easy to use and logically placed, and that wins it points." -- Cars.com (2013)

Cargo

The Challenger has 16.2 cubic feet of trunk space, which is more space than what most affordable sports cars offer. Reviewers note that the Challenger’s trunk has a high liftover height, which could make it difficult to load larger items.

  • "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 (2013)
  • "At 16.2 cubic feet, the Challenger's trunk is positively enormous for this segment and bigger than those of many midsize sedans." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "Also a bonus: a bigger trunk than its rivals." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/13/14

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