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2014 Dodge Challenger

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2014 Dodge Challenger Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.9

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.

Driving the Challenger

Driving Impressions 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.

HEMI ENGINE
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.

2014 Dodge Challenger Details
Interior

If the 2014 Dodge Challenger is a terrific representation of muscle-car glory on the outside, it's sort of merely adequate inside. The layout seems uninspired. There are hard plastics, so-so color choices, only-average textures, moderately-adequate details, a lot of ho-hum. 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. The Challenger also provides, surprisingly, a fairly generous trunk.

Exterior

The 2014 Challenger is longer, higher and altogether larger than the old version. Park the old and the new side-by-side, and the differences become clear. Still, there's no mistaking the family line, with the long hood, short rear deck and retro styling cues. Of all the current muscle cars, the Challenger seems most related to its ancestor, visually, and that resemblance to its past lends a flavor that tends to show up with classic cars: You drive them not so much to another place but in another time, and so it is with the Challenger. And that's a good thing.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2014 Dodge Challenger line goes from the base SXT to the loaded SRT8. The base SXT model includes 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. The R/T model has the 5.7-liter Hemi V8, an upgraded sound system with Boston speakers, fog lights and a rear spoiler. With the SRT8 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. We like the SRT8, and we heartily recommend the Track Experience.

Optional Equipment

Numerous upgrades are available for the 2014 Challenger individually or as parts of packages, depending upon 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 the Challenger appear even bolder.

Under the Hood

The 2014 Dodge Challenger is available with a choice of three engines: The base 3.6-liter V6 makes 305 horsepower and is all you really need, with loads of performance for the open road or canyon curves. The 5.7-liter Hemi V8, with 375 horsepower with the manual transmission, is plenty more than enough. Beyond that is the 6.4-liter SRT8 Hemi, with 470 horsepower and the ability to melt tires and gas-station credit cards. With an EPA highway rating of 27 mpg and plenty of responsive performance, the V6 is the prudent choice but, if you're being prudent, you probably aren't considering a Challenger in the first place.

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: 15/25 mpg (automatic), 15/23 mpg (manual)

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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2014 Dodge Challenger Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 407 Ratings for the 2008 - 2016 models.

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

Awesome Machine.

By on Saturday, February 06, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfortable, Awesome Power, Ageless,"

Cons: "Not good if you plan on driving in the snow lol."

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

"If "Loyalty is Royalty" then I am the epitome of it. My 2015 392 Sublime Green SRT8 premium Challenger is my 4th Challenger and my 6th Mopar. What I love about the Challenger is it seems to be universally ergonomic for everyone. Has a ton of Power and Torque. Great Daily Driver and Friday night track car."

20 MPG w/ a Hemi. Very reliable well built looker

By on Monday, December 28, 2015

I owned and sold this car

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: "Everything"

Cons: "Nothing"

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

"I owned this car for 4 years bought it used w/ 6000 miles and sold it w/ 50,000 miles. The 6 speed manual worked great. No rattles, solid build and good mileage, a beautiful car. Very reliable. Cannot recommend it enough. Traded it in on a used Dodge Certified SRT8 Challenger. Kudos to Dodge for bringing back the Challenger."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Excellent performance, handling, and confort.

By on Tuesday, December 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

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
9/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"Looked at the Camaro, mustang prior to driving this. For me this is the sharpest in appearance, holds truest to the retro style. And as I am 6.1 with broad shoulders very much the most comfortable ride."

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

someone always says how beautiful

By on Friday, December 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 74,000

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: "great value, fun to drive"

Cons: "no nav system"

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

"I got this car on advice from a friend. I wanted something sexy and retro. This car fits the bill! I have never stopped for gas that someone male or female, young or old comes over to tell me how beautiful the car is. People just love the look of this car. I have had people pull up next to me to give me the thumbs up sign. I would have thought that would be reserved for the bigger engine model but this car is just that hot. I love the way it handles. Enough power to pull out into traffic and great gas mileage, as long as I keep my foot out of the gas pedal. I have thought about trading this car but I just can't make myself do it. It is in perfect condition, looks and drives like it is brand new so I think I'm going to be driving it for a few more years."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Good styling - fast - solid performance

By on Friday, December 04, 2015

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

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Eye catcher - fast - good handling"

Cons: "None so far.."

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

Looking Good.

"Owned this car for over 2 years. Great performance and style. Comfort with get up and go. Had no issues although very low miles. It's great to have a sports style car with performance but have the leg room and not be confined in a small car."

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Looking Good.

Dodge scored a touchdown

By on Thursday, November 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,000

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: "Looks and performs great"

Cons: "None"

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

"Love my R/T, runs great, looks great (a real head turner), it's great. No complaints, I have nothing negative to say about it. Plenty of power from the 5.7 Hemi, 6 speed manual is fun fun fun. Uconnect is awesome, Dodge performance pages awesome, Super Track Pak awesome. I added Magnaflow custom exhaust, which made this head turner even more of a head turner. If your thinking about getting one, stop thinking, go get it."

20 people out of 33 found this review helpful

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