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2015 Dodge Challenger Review

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2015 Dodge Challenger Expert Review

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You could be forgiven for thinking the 2015 Dodge Challenger muscle car was all-new. The wonderfully refreshed exterior gets a new nose and tail. The interior, finally, boasts a modern design that incorporates Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment system and a much-needed backup camera. But the real news is under the hood. The standard engines all return: a 3.6-liter V6, a 5.7-liter V8, or a 6.4-liter V8 in the SRT, and all are mated to an excellent 8-speed automatic transmission. But wait, as they say, there's more. The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat debuts with a supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 capable of an incredible 707 horsepower. That not only out-muscles the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang, it makes the Hellcat the most powerful American production car ever.

You'll Like This Car If...

Who doesn't love the classic looks of the Challenger? Beyond that, if you crave the power and sound of a Hemi V8, or simply hate tires so much that only 707 horsepower will let you destroy them quickly enough, then there's a 2015 Dodge Challenger for you.

You May Not Like This Car If...

About the only reason you'd be turned off to the Challenger is if you fall into the "I'd rather push a (different manufacturer) than drive a Dodge" camp. If you have a Ford oval or Chevrolet bowtie tattooed on you somewhere, well, why are you even reading this, really?

How It Ranks

#2

out of 3

Fuel Economy

#2

out of 3

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Consumer Rating

9.3 out of 10
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2015 Dodge Challenger Low/wide front photo What's New for 2015

The 2015 Dodge Challenger gets a new grille, nose, and headlights, a newly restyled tail that includes very cool taillights, and finally, an all-new interior that brings this muscle car into the modern age. Oh, there's also that whole 707-horsepower V8 we mentioned earlier.

Driving the Challenger
2015 Dodge Challenger Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions While the biggest news this year is the SRT Hellcat and its 707-horsepower supercharged V8 engine, the reality is that every 2015 Dodge Challenger benefits from significant upgrades. The standard-issue...

... automatic transmission is now the excellent 8-speed we've enjoyed in the Chrysler 300. Here, it helps even the V6 SXT achieve new performance heights. But let's be honest: The Hellcat is the one everyone's talking about. Its prodigious power makes the tremendous acceleration nearly impossible to explore on busy public roads. It has a stiff highway ride, but it's no worse than, say, a Corvette. At a steady cruise the engine noise is subdued, with the supercharger whine a companion only as revs rise. Put the Hellcat and non-supercharged SRT Challengers into Track mode, and they transform with sharper throttle response, harder shifts from the automatic transmission, and stiffer shocks. Yup, this big boy can move.

707-HORSEPOWER HELLCAT
Grab your red key fob, and the Challenger SRT Hellcat out-powers the most powerful versions of the Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang with 707 horsepower. If that's too much for every day, a black key fob dials it back to "only" 500 horsepower; a valet mode dials it back further.

NEW INTERIOR
While the Challenger has always been a great place to pass the time, the interior has been at best boring, and at worst cheap feeling. The new one incorporates all the modern screens and gadgets we see in other Dodge products, with a style unique to the Challenger.

2015 Dodge Challenger Details
2015 Dodge Challenger Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

The 2015 Dodge Challenger finally gets the interior upgrade it has needed for years. The all-new dash incorporates the same 8.4-inch screen that we've enjoyed in the Dodge Charger and other Dodge and Chrysler vehicles. The retro-style gauges look fantastic, and there's another sharp-display TFT screen nestled between the two. Luckily, all the good stuff is still there, too. There's plenty of room in front for two, and the rear seat can accommodate three passengers, the only muscle car capable of making that claim. The trunk is surprisingly large and useful, despite a pretty high liftover.

Exterior
2015 Dodge Challenger photo

Exterior changes to the 2015 Dodge Challenger aren't quite as radical as those inside, but they're enough to draw a bright line between this year and its predecessor. The new headlights are nestled in a revised vertically split grille, reminiscent of the classic 1971 Challenger. The taillights are now LEDs, and are also styled after that 1971 classic. SRT models get a cold-air intake on the hood, and the SRT Hellcat actually loses two headlights, with the driver's side high beam replaced with a ram-air intake. Through all the changes, the classic profile and proportions remain, to our delight.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2015 Dodge Challenger lineup starts at the base SXT model with a V6 engine. In addition, you get Uconnect infotainment with its 5.0-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a USB and auxiliary input, and six speakers. SXT models also come with a 6-way power driver's seat and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, plus dual-zone automatic climate control. Keyless entry and push-button start are also standard equipment, as is advanced instrumentation with a 7-inch TFT screen between the gauges. All Challengers also come with multiple airbags, including a driver's knee airbag.

Optional Equipment

Beyond choosing various V8 engines with the R/T, SRT and SRT Hellcat models, there are numerous upgrades available for the 2015 Challenger. These include new option packages, such as a Technology Group that adds forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control. There's also a Driver Convenience Group that includes HID headlights, backup sensors, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-path detection, helpful considering the Challenger's rear view is, well, challenging. Then there are optional models like the R/T or 392 Hemi Shaker, with their above-hood intakes, and the 6.4-liter Scat Pack. These add visual punch to the already impressive performance.

Under the Hood
2015 Dodge Challenger Engine photo

Counting the SRT models, there are four different powertrain options for the 2015 Dodge Challenger. Standard on SXT models is the 3.6-liter V6, making 305 horsepower. Next up is the 5.7-liter Hemi in R/T models, which makes 375 horsepower with a 6-speed manual transmission or 372 with the 8-speed automatic. The 392 Hemi Scat Pack and Challenger SRT 392 share the same 485-horsepower 6.4-liter V8. Then there's the SRT Hellcat, with its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 putting out 707 horsepower, the first factory-supercharged Hemi that has ever come out of Dodge. Available with all V8 engines is a 6-speed manual gearbox, and it's a lot of fun to be sure, but the new 8-speed automatic is a quick-shifting delight that doesn't shortchange drivers on performance.

3.6-liter V6
305 horsepower @ 6,350 rpm
268 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/30 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: 16/25 mpg (automatic), 15/23 mpg (manual)

6.4-liter Hemi V8
485 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
475 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/25 (automatic), 14/23 mpg (manual)

6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V8
707 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
650 horsepower @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/22 mpg (automatic), 13/21 mpg (manual)

What may be most surprising about the 2015 Dodge Challenger is the price. The base SXT starts at a reasonable $27,000 and includes a ton of standard equipment. The V8-powered R/T starts at $31,500, while the Scat Pack with the 392 starts at about $38,500. The SRT with the 392 starts at $46,000 – pricey, but not bad considering the upgrades to the overall package this year. But the biggest surprise has to be the Hellcat: Starting price, including the gas guzzler tax, is right at $60,000. If you want more power from the factory, you'll have to pay an extra $260,000 for the Ferrari F12berlinetta, and even that only gets you an extra 24 horsepower. Be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price on KBB.com to see what others in your area are paying. We expect resale values on the 2015 Challenger to hold up well.

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2015 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
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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
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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
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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

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