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2013 Dodge Challenger

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2013 Dodge Challenger Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.0

With a muscular body, powerful engine choices and a whole lot of attitude, the 2013 Dodge Challenger easily plays the role of modern-day muscle car. Like its main rivals, the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, the Challenger has the aggressive looks and performance that made these cars famous decades ago, yet boasts today's technology and a modicum of creature comforts. The Challenger's V6 and V8 engines can't match the power and fuel economy of those in the Camaro and Mustang, but what little track performance the car loses it makes up for in daily driving. Unlike those competitors, the larger Challenger can seat up to five people and has a less claustrophobic – albeit still plastic-clad – interior.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're a Mopar man who's all about the attitude, the 2013 Challenger will pull you in like a tractor beam. And for those who need their modern-day muscle car to have a rear seat that accommodates three passengers, this is it.

You May Not Like This Car If...

You won't be king of the hill with this car. Even with a 6.4-liter V8 engine packing 470 horsepower, the Challenger's power output is more than 100 less than a Camaro ZL1 and nearly 200 behind the Mustang Shelby GT500. And unlike those cars, the 2013 Challenger still isn't available as a convertible.

What's New for 2013

Available in a variety of trims including the newer Rallye Redline, the Challenger coupe carries over mostly unchanged for 2013. New exterior colors are available, and improvements have been made to the optional Garmin navigation system. SRT8 392 models have selectable suspension settings and standard launch control for maximizing acceleration.

Driving the Challenger

Driving Impressions The 2013 Challenger is no paper tiger. Even a base SXT comes with a 305-horsepower V6 that gives this rear-wheel-drive coupe plenty of gusto. Those wanting serious oomph will gravitate...

toward R/T versions, which feature a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine and performance upgrades to the steering and suspension. At the top of the lineup is the Challenger SRT8, which features an even bigger, 6.4-liter V8 engine that's good for 470 ponies. V8 versions will also be the only choice for buyers wanting to shift manually, as they come with a 6-speed gearbox. V6 models are available only with a 5-speed automatic, also offered as an option on V8 models for drivers who just want to floor it and go. The Challenger is great in a straight line, but lighter, more agile cars can beat it in corners. In everyday driving, the Challenger is pleasant, with a firm but not jarring ride.

18-SPEAKER HARMAN/KARDON AUDIO SYSTEM
With 900 watts of audio blasting through 18 – yes, eighteen – speakers, this upgrade makes the Challenger sound better than many home-theater systems.

PASSENGER AND CARGO SPACE
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. Also a bonus: a bigger trunk than its rivals.

2013 Dodge Challenger Details
Interior

The Dodge Challenger's cabin is functional and has some cool styling features, but overall this coupe's interior doesn't live up to the promises made by its flashy, retro-esque exterior. 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. The front bucket seats are wide and firm, and help cradle bodies with their side bolstering and adjustable lumbar support. In the rear, two adults can actually fit, and three people can squeeze in a pinch. At over 16 cubic feet, the Challenger's trunk is bigger than those of some large sedans.

Exterior

Today's Challenger certainly echoes traits from the car of the same name that was born in the 1970s, but park a 2013 model next to one from 40 years ago and the differences become very clear. First is the size. Longer and taller than the first-gen car, the 2013 Challenger coupe is the length of a full-size sedan. From every side, the Challenger presents its challenge to other cars on the road, though its aggressiveness is a bit more reserved than the more angular Camaro. Four menacing headlights appear as angry eyes up front, and the sides are defined by massive haunches above the rear wheels. In back are multiple tailpipes and trunk-spanning taillights.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2013 Dodge Challenger returns with several trim choices, from the base SXT to the loaded SRT8 392. Even a base SXT model comes standard with keyless entry, 18-inch all-season performance tires, automatic climate control, remote start, and 6-speaker AM/FM/CD player with auxiliary input and Chrysler's Uconnect hands-free communication system. Stepping up to a base R/T model brings the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine, upgraded sound system with Boston speakers, fog lights and rear spoiler. With the SRT model, you'll get the biggest engine available and a 1-day "Track Experience" where you can learn how to better control your car's performance.

Optional Equipment

Numerous upgrades are available for the 2013 Challenger individually or as part of a package, depending on trim level. Among the highlights are high-intensity headlights, sunroof, 18-speaker harman/kardon sound system, track suspension, navigation system, 20-inch wheels, and various appearance packages to make your car appear even bolder.

Under the Hood

The 2013 Dodge Challenger offers a choice of three gasoline engines. Even the base powerplant, Chrysler's modern 3.6-liter V6, makes 305 horsepower and delivers plenty of performance for any reasonable use on the highway or a twisty mountain road. The value leader is the 5.7-liter HEMI V8. For the real power mongers, there is the 6.4-liter SRT8 V8. The base engine earns an EPA fuel economy rating of 27 mpg on the highway, but those mpg's wane as the cubic inches rise. The V6 and 5.7-liter V8 can run on regular unleaded; premium-grade fuel is recommended for the 6.4-liter V8.

3.6-liter V6
305 horsepower @ 6,350 rpm
268 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 mpg

5.7-liter HEMI V8
372 horsepower @ 5,200 rpm (automatic)
375 horsepower @ 5,150 rpm (manual)
400 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm (automatic)
410 lb-ft of torque @ 4,300 rpm (manual)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/23 mpg (manual), 16/25 mpg (automatic)

6.4-liter HEMI V8
470 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
470 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/23 mpg

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2013 Dodge Challenger Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 388 Ratings for the 2008 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.5/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

My 2012 Dodge Challenger

By on Monday, July 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "More FUN than should legally be allowed :)"

Cons: "No small block V-8 option."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

My 2012 Dodge Challenger

"Let me start by saying that this car soooo reminds me of the 1972 340 'Cuda I owned all those decades ago. I get in the car, settle in a very comfortable drivers seat, place my hands on the steering wheel...and the memories come flooding back. Push the start button, shift into Drive, hit the gas, and all of a sudden it hits me...this ISN'T my 72' 340 'Cuda! First of all, this car has the 3.6L V-6 engine, gets 30+ mpg on open-road long distance drives, and delivers 30 more ponies under the hood then the 275 HP rated 340...and yeah, it's noticeable to me! Pull out into traffic, and it immediately becomes obvious...this car doesn't want city traffic, it wants the open road...especially ones with lots of curves! It's then that I realize this isn't my old 340 'Cuda. Those E-Bodies of yesteryear never handled turns like THIS...not even close! So yes...I can give the 2012 3.6L Challenger two thumbs up in the Fun to Drive category. That said, I do have a few reservations. I would have much prefered a more 'retro-look' instrument cluster over the Lunar White one. The center console floor-mount shifter could have taken on a more retro look also. Believe it or not, my '04 Jeep Liberty has exactly what I'm referring to. Having the wipers hidden under the hood cowl would have been a nice touch and given this car a much cleaner look. The push button start is nice and very easy to get used to, but would it have hurt to put a key ignition mounted on the steering column? And lastly...why oh why was the 4.7L V-8 never offered for the Challenger...?!?"

My 2012 Dodge Challenger

Love this car!

By on Sunday, July 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun, good quality and functional"

Cons: "None that I found yet"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Every time I walk out to drive somewhere and I see my car there I smile- it's just a good looking car. It's comfortable on long trips and gets decent HWY mileage (28mpg -on a recent road trip from SF to Vegas). It doesn't get the city mileage that was advertized (19city/23hwy) but since the hwy mileage is so much better than I thought it would be I'm okay with the 17mpg I get around town. The interior is quality craftsmanship. It's a solid car- lots of room in the front - huge truck and it's heavy. When I was shopping for a new car I didn't really have it on my radar and just test drove it to rule it out really. It was the test drive that did it -the Dodge Challenger just swept me off my feet. The only thing I wasn't prepared for, which is not at all unique to the car, is the cost of replacing performance tires- ouch!"

5 people out of 11 found this review helpful

i bought because it's a A+ car

By on Monday, July 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 350

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I own 2 of these challengers. Redline ,hemi,leather int.,loaded!!! Both have less than 400 miles. Will use as collector cars till I pass then each child will receive one!!I'm 62 yrs old so I can enjoy going for a ride every now and then."

10 people out of 19 found this review helpful

special order from factory numbered production

By on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "good on gas very fast and fun driver roomy"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car is number 715 of 1000 produced in 2014. Has all options available. Navigation, moon roof, heated seats and cold air intake from factory. stitched soft leather interior with monogramed seats. number pate on dash. 6 speed automatic with shifter paddles on steering. 20 inch dodge wheels. special edition shaker graphics decals. exterior is black. which makes this car a rare car since very few are black with the black graphics. very fast but smooth ride. great gas mileage for this breed of car at 23 HI way."

10 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Handles And performs like a race car

By on Saturday, June 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,600

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "With every penny"

Cons: "Ha ha ha. There are no cons."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Near perfect cond. drove first year never in salt sand or snow. Been covered in garage since. Start up and take around block every 2 week. You won't find a 2012 392 6 speed SRT in better shape"

9 people out of 22 found this review helpful

Great Value!!

By on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great price, fun to drive,roomy,great styling"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"For the money I think this car is a great value because you can haul 4 people easily, carry a trunkload of luggage,go from 60-100m.p.h. in no time flat and stop even faster. Great retro styling with a well designed interior. Lots of power etc."

10 people out of 25 found this review helpful

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