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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

#6

out of 8

Fuel Economy

#4

out of 8

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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 414 Ratings for the 2008 - 2016 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

Quiet 3.6 more than adaquite for all around

By on Saturday, May 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,600

10 9.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "looks and realiability."

Cons: "Body gaps and Fit. Issues"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Car is very smooth the 8 speed auto is great. I've played around with the 0-60 performance gauge and for a heavy car with a V6 my best time was 6.1 seconds. Not bad for a daily cruiser weighing in at 4000 lbs. This car is very comfortable on long drives. I bought this car new, for daily use and it does preform well. The tech. package is great also. The only real issue is, Body fit and gaps. I owned a 70 Cuda and it reminds me of the seventies when fit and finish of American cars stunk. Kudos to Dodge BUT tighten up alignment of doors, hoods trunks and fenders."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

old is new

By on Sunday, April 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Looks, build quality, power, handling, brakes."

Cons: "Manual trans (shifting/long throws) door pockets,"

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

Summer day at the park.

"I traded in my 2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6R for my 2011 Challenger in October, 2013, buying it certified used with 7,100 miles on it. A few minor light scratches, other than that the car looked and drove as new. Plenty of room inside up front. You need to slide your seats up a bit if you like your rear seat passengers, but it's really best for two up front. An R/T Plus, it's optioned well, very comfortable, quiet and sure footed on every road type. The Super track Pak makes for a firm ride, but for me, not objectionably so. For a car that is large, it handles quite nimbly on mountain roads at imprudent speeds. The acceleration for the 5.7L is very robust, and I routinely get 24-28mpg on the highway. Of course, I don't put my foot through the firewall much. The 6 speed Tremec transmission may be a weak point on my Challenger. I recently am finding shifting sporadically difficult, mostly when warm, and only about 15% of the time. But I find that annoying. Dealer visit has not yet yielded a fix. The only other problem was with the airbag warning light, which began staying on. It was found that a wire connector under the passenger seat was faulty. It took the dealer three times to fix it. I'll find out the quality of the repair first time into a pole. The sound system is great, HVAC auto temp works great, heated seats, etc., all wonderful. Seat leather is a quality product, and the seats, with power driver's lumbar, are an absolute dream on long trips, Wide door makes getting in and out a breeze. And the look. Well, I literally can't back out of my garage without people noticing, and often responding positively. I came up when the original muscle cars were roaming the streets. I was a disciple of Chrysler/Plymouth/Dodge, owned several, drove several more. They were, and are fun. But this car, "fugedaboudit", is light years ahead. I love this car, and I'll keep it as long as I'm on the right side of the flowers!"

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Summer day at the park.

Dodge crushed it in 2016

By on Monday, March 28, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,600

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: "Retro, comfort, handling with Scat Pack, quick!"

Cons: "None"

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

"I grew up in the 60's and have always been a fan of the 69 and 70 model year GTO's, Chevelle SS 396 and 454, Challenger 440 and Torino GT's. I drove a 69 AMX 390 back in the day and miss those years dearly. Todays cars are much more refined with turbo fours and V6 cars like the camaro, mustang and Challenger turning out performance numbers of the older big block beast. Which brings me to this review: I have owned a 2012 Challenger R/T, 2013 Camaro SS, 2014 Mustang GT and a 2015 Charger R/T in recent years. In 2016 I broke away from the "muscle car" rumble with V8's that have cylinder deactivation and nose heavy handling and went to a 2016 Challenger SXT Plus with the Super Scat Pack and nav package. The lighter V6 and Scat Pack makes for great handling, the Alpine premium stereo is on par with my BMW stereo and performance is only slightly off of the V8 crowd (0-60 in 5.8 sec and the quarter in 14 sec and 98 mph. Now it is no race car - but it is a great cruiser with handling and performance of the GTO's and Chevelle SS of years past. I have a couple of friends who traded their Mustang and SVO Taurus for a Challenger SXT Plus with Scat Pack and Nav. We all agree this newly refreshed model will be a buyers choice for the years to come! If you can find a Plus model with Scat Pack check it out - it will be worth your time!"

10 people out of 19 found this review helpful

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