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Dodge Challenger

Introduced for the 2008 model year, the modern Dodge Challenger combines modern technology and conveniences with the vibe of the original 1970s muscle car. Its mantra might as well be, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Although it hasn’t had a full redesign since then, it has had numerous updates and upgrades, along with a comprehensive refresh for 2015, making it a better car to drive and live with and keeping it modern and competitive.

This page covers the following models:

  • Dodge Challenger

  • Dodge Challenger Hellcat

  • Dodge Challenger SRT-8

Latest generation
2015 - present
2015-present Dodge Challenger generation
$19,998 - $53,998*
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Previous generation
2008 - 2014
2008-2014 Dodge Challenger generation
$17,998 - $28,998*
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Reliability

RepairPal reliability rating

4
Excellent

RepairPal gave the Dodge Challenger an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Dodge Challenger 26th out of 30 among Midsize Cars.

Cost

RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Dodge Challenger is $553, compared to an average of $449 for Midsize Cars and $619 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

Frequency

According to RepairPal, Dodge Challenger owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 0.7 times per year, compared to an average of 0.9 times for Midsize Cars and 1.4 times for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

Severity

RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 13% for the Dodge Challenger, compared to an average of 10% for Midsize Cars and 12% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.


2015 - present

2015-present Dodge Challenger generation

A major refresh in 2015 completely changed the Dodge Challenger, introducing a new transmission, updated interior design and exterior styling, modern tech features, and the headline-grabbing Hellcat model.

The base SXT and better-equipped GT trim levels both come with 305-horsepower V6 engines, with optional all-wheel drive. That makes the Challenger the only AWD American muscle car you can buy. If you want V8 power, the R/T trim gets a 375-hp V8, while the R/T Scat Pack and R/T 392 models get a bigger V8 with 485 horsepower. These four core models also have a lot of variants that change the car’s appearance, handling, and braking to make it more or less aggressive, including a Shaker hood and a Widebody package.

The SRT models sit at the top, boasting the most power and performance in any given model year. The SRT Hellcat introduced a massively powerful supercharged V8 to the Challenger lineup, which was also featured in the Demon and Super Stock models. 

An extensive options list lets buyers customize the car from the factory, so you can find V6 models with luxury touches or a bare-bones V8 that isn’t weighed down with leather seats and a fancy stereo. It also means you’ll need to search carefully to make sure you’re getting a Challenger with all the right features for you.

What you can expect to pay for a 2015 - 2022 Dodge Challenger

Median Dodge Challenger price at CarMax in the last 60 days
Range of Dodge Challenger prices at CarMax in the last 60 days

Model highlights

  • Range of powerful engines and performance upgrades added over time

  • Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® (added for 2017, standard for 2018)

  • Optional forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking 

  • Optional blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert

  • Available backup camera (standard for 2018)

  • Available heated and cooled seats

  • Supercharged SRT Hellcat trim introduced for 2015

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2008 - 2014

2008-2014 Dodge Challenger generation

The Challenger name was revived in 2008, and before the 2015 refresh, the model hewed close to its historic roots with some clunky early transmissions  and only a handful of modern amenities.

The Dodge Challenger features the exterior styling cues of its iconic '70s predecessor, such as a long hood and raked rear window. Underneath, however, the Challenger is based on a shortened version of the Chrysler 300/Dodge Charger platform. Thanks to its generous dimensions and folding split rear seat, the Challenger has ample passenger space and impressive luggage capacity.

The Challenger launched with slightly smaller engines that were upgraded in 2011, improving on the V6 in particular. Trim level names have changed as well. 

The base V6 model was sold as the SE from 2009 to 2011. For 2012 the base trim name was updated to SXT to match other Dodge vehicles. Above that, the R/T offers a midrange V8, while the SRT8 comes with more than 6 liters of V8 under its hood.

Early base models couldn’t be upgraded with many optional features, so you’d have to opt for a V8 to access more of the modern niceties. That largely changed in 2011, when the base models received more standard equipment and more options.

What you can expect to pay for a 2012 - 2014 Dodge Challenger

Median Dodge Challenger price at CarMax in the last 60 days
Range of Dodge Challenger prices at CarMax in the last 60 days

Model highlights

  • Powerful V8 engines

  • Available Bluetooth phone connectivity

  • Available backup camera

  • Available power-adjustable seats and leather upholstery

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Changes by year

Latest generation from 2015 - present

2022 Dodge Challenger

2022 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

New for 2022

  • No major changes

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2021 Dodge Challenger

2021 Dodge Challenger GT

New for 2021

  • Widebody package available for R/T Scat Pack Shaker and T/A 392

  • 20-inch wheels standard on GT AWD trim

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2020 Dodge Challenger

2020 Dodge Challenger R/T

New for 2020

  • 807-horsepower SRT Super Stock trim added, with drag-strip-oriented components

  • Limited-edition 50th Anniversary package with unique paint colors and interior trim

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2019 Dodge Challenger

2019 Dodge Challenger GT

New for 2019

  • SRT 392 and SRT Demon discontinued

  • 797-horsepower SRT Hellcat Redeye added

  • New hood design and 10-hp power bump (to 717 hp) for other Hellcat models

  • Widebody package available for R/T Scat Pack trim

  • R/T Scat Pack 1320 package available, adding drag-race-ready components to the R/T Scat Pack trim

  • All-wheel drive optional for SXT trim

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2018 Dodge Challenger

2018 Dodge Challenger R/T

New for 2018

  • Rearview camera now standard equipment

  • Larger touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now standard equipment

  • 840-horsepower SRT Demon trim added for 2018 only

  • Performance Handling Group package available for SXT and R/T models, improving steering and handling

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2017 Dodge Challenger

2017 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

New for 2017

  • Available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

  • All-wheel-drive GT trim level introduced, available exclusively with the V6 engine

  • T/A (5.7-liter V8) and T/A 392 (6.4-liter V8) packages introduced, adding Hellcat-inspired visual tweaks, a performance air intake, and for the 392, uprated wheels and brakes

  • Revised exhaust for 5.7-liter V8 models, to improve exhaust note

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2016 Dodge Challenger

2016 Dodge Challenger SRT 392

New for 2016

  • No major changes

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2015 Dodge Challenger

2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

New for 2015

  • Major refresh, including revised exterior and interior design and improvements to cabin materials

  • 707-horsepower SRT Hellcat model introduced

  • Eight-speed automatic transmission replaces five-speed automatic on all trim levels

  • Optional forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking

  • Optional blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert

  • Available 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment

  • Standard Bluetooth® on all trim levels

  • Available cooled seats

  • Restyled gauge cluster with available 7-inch digital display

  • Minor power increase for 6.4-liter V8 (485 hp, 475 lb-ft)

  • Available Shaker hood

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Previous generation from 2008 - 2014

2014 Dodge Challenger

2014 Dodge Challenger R/T

New for 2014

  • Super Sport Group package available for V6 models, including equipment to improve handling and acceleration

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2013 Dodge Challenger

2013 Dodge Challenger R/T Plus

New for 2013

  • Rallye Redline package available for V6 models, including visual tweaks and equipment to improve handling and acceleration

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2012 Dodge Challenger

2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392

New for 2012

  • SE trim now called SXT

  • Adjustable shocks standard on SRT8 392 trim

  • Available heated steering wheel with paddle shifters

  • Available revised sport seats

  • Optional 18-speaker premium stereo available for SRT8 trim

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2011 Dodge Challenger

2011 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic

New for 2011

  • 3.6-liter V6 (305 hp, 268 lb-ft) replaces 3.5-liter V6

  • 6.4-liter HEMI® V8 (470 hp, 470 lb-ft) replaces 6.1-liter V8

  • Changes to suspension, steering, and brakes to improve driving characteristics

  • Revised seats for improved comfort

  • More standard equipment, including push-button start, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, and six-speaker stereo

  • Optional Bluetooth and iPod/USB interface available for SE trim

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