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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 414 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

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
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

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."

21 people out of 21 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!"

9 people out of 20 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
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: "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!"

11 people out of 30 found this review helpful

You need to own one.

By on Sunday, March 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,444

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Eco-mode saves fuel."

Cons: "Quick, but this car only has a 3.5 ltr motor."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"In my own opinion this is a must have vehicle for a car owner that wants the classic muscle car look and dependability of a newer model vehicle. Yes, it is big, yes the bright color is flashy, yes the wheels have that bling that is in style, and yes it can be ordered in either a Hemi style V8 engine or fuel efficient V6 engine. All my friends back in my technical school really were curious about my Challenger, because the people I went to school with were also car enthusiasts as well. My goal was to save plenty of money to pay for a new car and this is the vehicle that was hot and new, so I went out and bought it. This was my first vehicle that came straight from the dealership that I purchased. With good credit it was no problem to go to the dealership and buy my Dodge Challenger right off of the showroom floor. I did not think too much about what kind of car to buy, however when I bought this car I wanted a two door car that had good fuel economy. And my Dodge Challenger has not really affected my wallet by stopping to fill up my fuel tank once a week. The way you drive a car can really help you save on fuel costs. That is why since this car is on the heavy side I get up to the speed limit and then the eco-mode turns two of the six cylinders off. But when you step on the gas pedal the eco-mode turns all cylinders back on. The 5-speed automatic transmission works really well, however there is no transmission dipstick to check trans fluid level. My car also was equipped with the rallye pack upgrade and the gps is kind of hard to get used to, but I love my car and its accessories. All over I give this car a 7 out of 10 points, because for the money this is a good vehicle that is dependable."

9 people out of 27 found this review helpful

2011 Challenger R/T Plus, black on black, 6 speed

By on Saturday, March 5, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great retro looks, comfortable, sporty, fast."

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

Summer's day at the park.

"Bought this car Certified Used at a local Chrysler dealership with 7,100 miles on it in late 2013. I was 57 years old at the time. This car has been wonderful, needing only one fix (the finger pad on the underside of the exterior door handle for keyless entry needed to be replaced) in addition to regular oil changes, and other scheduled maintenance. It's a large car with a solid ride, a bit stiff because of the performance suspension, but not objectionably so. Loaded with comforts I couldn't imagine in the V-code 'Cuda we owned in the 70s, the 5.7 is quite fast enough, and rewards good behavior with better than advertised MPG. My car currently has 42,000 miles, runs like new, looks almost new, is a joy to drive, and a pleasure to own."

11 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Summer's day at the park.

Awesome Machine.

By on Saturday, February 6, 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."

16 people out of 21 found this review helpful

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