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2017 Dodge Challenger KBB Expert Review

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By Scott Oldham -- Contributing Editor

The 2-door, 5-passenger 2017 Dodge Challenger blends classic muscle-car flavor with modern safety and technology including a 5-star crash-test rating from NHTSA and available all-wheel drive. Its long-hood/short-deck style links back beautifully to the timelessly appealing Challengers of the early 1970s, and under-hood choices range from a 3.6-liter 305-horsepower V6 to three versions of Dodge’s legendary Hemi V8; a 372-horsepower 5.7-liter, a 485-horsepower 6.4-liter and a supercharged 707-horsepower 6.2-liter in the SRT Hellcat. No Ford Mustang or Chevrolet Camaro has ever matched that lofty peak. Fourteen trim levels are available, including the base SXT, the all-wheel-drive Challenger GT, the retro-flavored R/T, T/A and R/T Scat Pack and the most powerful American muscle car ever, the SRT Hellcat.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you’re looking for an American performance coupe with a unique blend of classic muscle-car style, a 5-star crash-test rating from NHTSA and available all-wheel drive the new Dodge Challenger is it. And if you must have the undisputed most powerful American muscle car ever, the SRT Hellcat is it.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Although the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro are smaller and lighter than the new Challenger, their strongest engines won’t crank out 707 horsepower. Still, they too offer big power and retro styling, as well as a choice of coupe or convertible body styles. The Challenger is available only as a coupe.

What's New for 2017

There are several new trim levels this year including the all-wheel-drive (AWD) Challenger GT, which is the first all-wheel-drive Challenger ever and the only American performance coupe to offer the all-weather traction advantages of AWD. The system works with the standard 3.6-liter V6. Prices start just under $34,500.

Driving It Driving Impressions

All 14 versions of the 2017 Dodge Challenger are good-driving cars, with solid handling, strong power and plenty of comfort. The 707-horsepower SRT Hellcat, however, is beyond verbal description, with acceleration that is essentially impossible to experience on a public road. The one to get, however, is the 485-horsepower 6.4-liter in the R/T Scat Pack, 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker, T/A 392 and SRT 392 trims. It’s the best combination of price (especially in the R/T Scat Pack), power and daily drivability. Don’t misunderstand; the Hellcat Challenger has to be experienced to be believed. But it’s extreme and expensive and only makes sense for a few. The two non-supercharged Hemi V8s are as strong as anyone could reasonably want. Put the Hellcat and 392-powered Challengers into Track mode, and you get sharper throttle response, harder upshifts from the automatic transmission and a firmer suspension setting. Then hang on.

Favorite Features

The 2017 Dodge Challenger GT is the first all-wheel-drive American muscle car offering all-weather traction for skiers and buyers in snowy climates. It’s the same AWD system found in the Dodge Charger sedan and it can be paired only with the standard 305-horsepower 3.6-liter V6.

One of the best automotive infotainment systems, the new fourth generation of Uconnect is also one of the easiest to use. The new system’s larger 8.4-inch screen also allows for phone-style navigation gestures like pinch and swipe. Maps are supplied by Garmin, and the Bluetooth connects your phone almost instantaneously.

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