KBB Editors' Overview
By Don Fuller, Contributing Editor
- Updated Date: 9/23/2013
For all those who missed the muscle cars the first time around, they're back, the 2014 Dodge Challenger is right there with the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro and they're all far better than their ancestors. In the intervening decades, technology has made huge leaps, and the 2014 Challenger, as with the Mustang and Camaro, is better in every way: It's far quicker, handles far better, rides far better, and has far better brakes. It's also far more efficient and far more reliable. 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.
You'll Like This Car If...
There is no doubt: If you're drawn to the Challenger's image and powertrains, or missed a Challenger the first time around, or just have to drive a Hemi, nothing else will do.
You May Not Like This Car If...
You will like a car like this or you won't – there's nothing between. Comparisons of ultimate performance numbers favor the Mustang and Camaro, but if you're not enchanted with muscle cars and their stomping engines and cramped interiors, you really ought to be looking at something else.
What's New for 2014
There are no significant changes to the Dodge Challenger for 2014.
Whatever you thought or remembered about the way those muscle cars of times past drove, forget it, because the 2014 Dodge Challenger is a completely new and far, far better driving experience. Even the base model has a V6 of 305 horsepower. The 5.7-liter Hemi V8 churns 375 horsepower with the manual transmission, and the monstrous 6.4-liter SRT8 goes to 470. The fully-independent suspension gives a level of handling that would have been unimaginable in those old days. The Challenger delivers a nice ride on city streets yet, in the hands of a skilled driver, can attack corners with a rampaging gusto. And, make no mistake: With this potential level of performance, a fairly high level of skill will be required to get the most out of it and, even then, such activities are best suited to track days. This is one capable, and impressive, muscle car for the new age.
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.
Pardon us if we just can't resist, but there is an undeniable attraction in knowing that, under the long hood, there sits a Hemi V8 just waiting to get with the program.
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