Look out for this powerful muscle car.
The 2019 Dodge Challenger is a two-door coupe sporting an amazing variety of engines and a whole lot of attitude. With a great list of standard and optional features, it's surprisingly practical and comfortable. The Challenger is available in several trim levels that all deliver a true muscle car experience from mild to wild. This 2019 Dodge Challenger review will give you all the key information on this popular fast-and-furious coupe:
Key Specs & Features (2019)
- A choice of engines including a 3.6L V6, 5.7L V8, 6.4L V8, or supercharged 6.2L V8
- Available all-wheel drive (AWD)
- Standard seven-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
- High-performance SRT® Hellcat and SRT Hellcat Redeye versions available
- Available Nappa leather and Alcantara® suede premium seating
5 Reasons to Buy
1. EPIC ENGINE OPTIONS
When you go to buy a car, you'll quickly notice most cars come with one or two engine offerings, with one slightly more powerful than the other. With the 2019 Dodge Challenger, you can choose from a variety of different engine options with anywhere from 305 to 797 horsepower! Opt for the base 305-horsepower 3.6L V6 or upgrade to the 375-horsepower 5.7L HEMI® V8, the 485-horsepower 6.4L HEMI V8, or an amazing 717- or 797-horsepower supercharged 6.2L HEMI V8! The muscle car is alive and well at Dodge, and they have the engines to prove it.
2. SURPRISINGLY ROOMY FOR PEOPLE
The 2+2 coupe has never been known for its rear-seat room. However, the Dodge Challenger is built off of the same platform that the full-size Dodge Charger is built. That means near full-size roominess in both the front and rear. Expect 33.1 inches of rear legroom in the 2019 model, which is quite good for a two-door coupe. That means you can bring your friends along on the adventure. Just make sure they hold on to something!
3. SURPRISINGLY ROOMY FOR STUFF
The 2019 Challenger is fast, and it's got a roomier interior than most two-door coupes. It's also fairly practical for a coupe, with a large 16.2-cubic-foot trunk. You can even expand that space via the standard 60/40-split-folding rear seats across all 2019 trim levels. Is the Challenger the ultimate escape from the everyday driving experience? It will certainly get you where you are going quickly, and you can even pick up the groceries along the way.
4. SOME COOLING WITH YOUR COOL
There's no question that the Challenger is cool. It also has some pretty high-tech cooling features to make sure your engine stays as cool as your car's attitude. All 2019 Challengers come with standard-duty cooling, but opt for the R/T Scat Pack, SRT Hellcat, or SRT Hellcat Redeye, and get upgraded Severe-Duty engine cooling. 2019 Hellcat models even feature a standard "after-run chiller" which is designed to keep the engine's cooling fan and low-temperature circuit coolant pump running after the engine shuts off; that helps lower the engine temperature after a spirited drive. The Hellcat Redeye has the trick SRT Power Chiller which diverts the air-conditioning refrigerant from the interior cabin to a cooling unit and then to the heat exchangers in the supercharger. All that is to say, the Dodge Challenger is literally one cool car.
5. THE LATEST TECH
This isn't some unsophisticated or antiquated brute. The Challenger comes equipped with the latest technology to keep you comfortable and add quite a bit of convenience. You can expect standard features on the 2019 model like dual-zone climate control, a rearview camera, and a seven-inch touchscreen. Plus, with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you can stay connected to your favorite driving music along the way. Opting for a super cool muscle car shouldn't come with sacrifices.
What You Need to Know
2019 Dodge Challenger Trims
The 2019 Dodge Challenger comes in six great trim levels with something for everyone:
SXT: The well-equipped base model Challenger gets exterior and performance features like 18-inch alloy wheels and a sport suspension. The SXT is also available in an AWD version which adds 19-inch alloy wheels but removes the sport-tuned suspension. Expect standard comfort and convenience features like:
- Cloth upholstery
- Dual-zone climate control
- Rearview camera
- Seven-inch touchscreen
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity
GT: The Challenger GT adds features like:
- 20-inch alloy wheels
- Functional hood scoop
- Rear parking sensors
- Paddle shifters.
R/T: The R/T is the first Challenger to offer a standard V8 engine, the 5.7L HEMI. Plus you'll get a lot of the same great features from the GT plus an active exhaust system.
R/T Scat Pack: The Scat Pack version of the R/T comes standard with the larger 6.4-liter V8 and adds standard interior features like:
- Larger 8.4-inch touchscreen
- Heated steering wheel
- Six-speaker Alpine® audio system
- Heated front seats
- HID headlights
- Performance upgrades including Brembo® brakes, launch control, and a central air intake with dual heat extractors built into the hood for better cooling.
SRT Hellcat: The amazing Challenger SRT Hellcat comes with a 707-horsepower 6.2L SRT Hellcat HEMI V8 with a TREMEC® high-performance six-speed manual transmission, plus a competition-tuned suspension with adaptive dampers for better handling. It is also available in a widebody style for even more cool. In addition to the top-of-the-line Brembo brakes, you get standard performance add-ons like:
- Active stainless-steel performance dual exhaust
- Low-temperature cooling system with dual water-to-air intercoolers
- High-flow variable-speed electric water pump
- Power hydraulic steering
- Performance-tuned steering
SRT Hellcat Redeye: The top-of-the-range SRT Hellcat Redeye has an incredible 6.2L supercharged V8 with 797 horsepower and comes with an SRT Power Chiller system to keep things super cool. Plus you'll get a flat-bottom steering wheel and all the standard interior features found on the SRT Hellcat and R/T Scat Pack like:
- A larger 8.4-inch touchscreen
- Heated steering wheel
- Six-speaker Alpine audio system
- Heated front seats
- HID headlights.
2019 Dodge Challenger Interior
You have a choice of sport front seats wrapped in Sedoso/Houndstooth premium cloth or Nappa-leather trim with Nappa-leather perforated inserts. Optional performance seats come with the same premium cloth or Nappa-leather trim with a choice of Nappa-leather or Alcantara-suede bolsters in a variety of colors.
2019 Dodge Challenger Colors
The 2019 Dodge Challenger is available in 14 great exterior colors including:
- B5 Blue
- Destroyer Grey
- F8 Green
- Go Mango
- Indigo Blue
- Maximum Steel
- Octane Red
- Pitch Black
- Plum Crazy
- Triple Nickel
- White Knuckle
- Yellow Jacket
Can't find exactly the right Dodge Challenger? Check out other great options like the Dodge Charger, Chevrolet Camaro, and Ford Mustang, each offering a slightly different take on the classic muscle car.
Do you like the Challenger's cool looks but want a bit more room for the family? Well, look no further than Dodge's own four-door muscle sedan, the Charger. Built on the same platform as the Challenger and sharing many of the same standard features and engine options, you can't go wrong with the 2019 Dodge Charger. Just like the Challenger, the base 3.6L-V6-powered 2019 SXT comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, a push-start ignition, remote start system, and automatic headlights with LED daytime running lights. On the inside of the 2019 Charger expect a six-way power adjustable driver seat with cloth seating, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a seven-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth® and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
The Chevrolet Camaro was refreshed for the 2019 model year. It now features an updated front and rear fascia plus a brand-new infotainment system. Even the base 2019 LS comes with exterior features like LED headlights, 18-inch aluminum wheels, a limited-slip differential, and a dual-exhaust. On the interior, expect push-start ignition, an eight-way power driver seat, a seven-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob—the Camaro is definitely one cool ride.
The Ford Mustang is a great alternative if you are looking for a fast, fun coupe or convertible. For the 2019 model year, you can choose from a turbocharged Ecoboost® four-cylinder Mustang or opt for the 5.0L V8 GT. Both are available in coupe or convertible layouts. Both also come in base and Premium trim levels and you can even go for the super cool V8-powered Bullitt special edition. With a potent 460-horsepower 5.0L V8 engine, the Mustang GT has got it where it counts. In fact, the 2019 Mustang GT sports standard features like larger brake rotors with four-piston front calipers, dual exhaust with quad tips, a Reverse Sensing System with a rearview camera, a six-way power front seat with driver-seat power lumbar, and LED fog lamps.
The Bottom Line
The 2019 Dodge Challenger is a fantastic two-door coupe for those looking for a modern muscle car. With a wide variety of trim levels, you can't go wrong with the Challenger. Looking to learn more about the Dodge Challenger and similar vehicles? Check out these related articles:
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