2019 Dodge Challenger

2019 MODEL
$28,095 - $33,695
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2019 Dodge Challenger Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

On the table full of carefully crafted gourmet coupes, the Challenger is a juicy slab of meat. The brawny V6 does not need hocus pocus like turbochargers to punch out power to the rear wheels. With the massive 305 hp output, the Challenger roars against the whine of turbos, the prime character of a muscle car we all know and love.

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Pros

Plenty of power at your disposal

Massive interior and cargo capacity

70s inspired styling

UConnect infotainment system

Cons

Body roll through the corners

Visibility compromised by the C-pillars

Hefty size hinders agility

What's New?

AWD is now available on SXT trim

More features offered as standard

Slight change in styling


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$28095

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

5

top speed

167 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

220 cu.in.

horsepower

305 hp @ 6350 rpm

torque

268 lbs.-ft @ 4800 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front short and long arm suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

63.4/63.8

dimensions

wheelbase

116.2 in.

length

197.9 in.

width

75.7 in.

height

57.5 in.

curb weight

3858 lbs.

ground clearance

5.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

93.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

16.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.1 sec.

zero to 100 mph

5.4 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/23/30 mpg

highway range

555 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

60 months. / 60000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 Dodge Challenger in Billet Clear Coat color  2019 Dodge Challenger in Destroyer Grey Clear Coat color  2019 Dodge Challenger in F8 Green color  2019 Dodge Challenger in Go Mango color
Billet Clear Coat

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Dodge Challenger SXT

SXT

power
305 hp @ 6350 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$28,095 - $31,145


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SXT 2dr Coupe AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $31,145 MSRP (18/21/27) 305 hp @ 6350 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5
SXT 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $28,095 MSRP (19/23/30) 305 hp @ 6350 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5

 2019 Dodge Challenger GT

GT

power
305 hp @ 6350 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$30,645 - $33,695


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
GT 2dr Coupe AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $33,695 MSRP (18/21/27) 305 hp @ 6350 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5
GT 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $30,645 MSRP (18/21/27) 305 hp @ 6350 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial August 14, 2019


Starting at $27,295 for the base trim - Challenger SXT is a very functional and barebones muscle, it doesn’t even get the V8 which you can get your hands on in the $34,100 R/T trim. Higher up the trim ladder comes the R/T Scat pack, the legendary SRT Hellcat, the new and herculean Hellcat Redeye.

The modern Challenger competes against the pony cars like the Mustang, the Camaro and the sport coupe from Germany - BMW 230i and the Subaru BRZ. With the diverse competition to face off against, let’s see if the Challenger lives up to the hype.

2019 Dodge Challenger Features

8.0/10

Trim

SXT

GT

MSRP RWD

$27,295

$29,995

MSRP AWD

$30,295

$32,995

Key Features

18-Inch Satin Carbon Aluminum Wheels

20-Inch x 8-Inch Granite Crystal Aluminum Wheels

 

Hydraulic Assist Brake Booster

Super Track Pak

 

Rear Stabilizer Bar

Performance Brakes

 

Premium Cloth Sport Seats

Power 6-Way Driver Seat

  Projector Headlamps Automatic Projector Headlamps

We Recommend

The GT is the best available trim for the Challenger as it has better braking, leather wrapped performance steering, Super track pack and bigger wheels. It costs just $2700 more than the base trim but also offers better equipment and features

2019 Dodge Challenger Engine

Engine and Transmission

The high-powered V6 with 3.6L engine displacement makes 305 horses and 268 pound-feet torque to the rear tires. The massive output defines the character as a purebred muscle car, waiting to burst off the line at the dab of the throttle. The cacophony of cracks and tumbles which resonates through the exhaust as the revs crescendo send shudders down the spine and the tire-shredding acceleration pushes you back into your seat.

However, the V6 under the hood still feels tame once you get a taste of the V8 in the R/T or the Hellcat, which makes the Challenger a real muscle car, and then the SXT would feel like a boulevard cruiser and not a drag strip demon, pun intended.

The 8-speed automatic transmission you find in this pony is smooth and functional like the ones you find in Ram pickups and Chrysler minivans, but nowhere near what you'd want in a muscle machine. You'll have to be patient for the torque to kick in at 4800 rpm unlike the Mustang or the Camaro where the torque comes in much earlier.

Models

Dodge Challenger SXT

Ford Mustang Ecoboost

BMW 2 Series 230i

Chevrolet Camaro

Subaru BRZ

MSRP

$27,295

$25,845

$35,300

$25,500

$26,455

Engine

3.6-Liter V6 24-Valve VVT Engine

2.3L, Turbocharged 4-cylinder engine

2.0L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4 Turbo engine

2.0-liter Boxer-4

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

6-speed manual

8-speed automatic

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

Horsepower

305 hp @ 6350 rpm

310 hp @ 5500 rpm

248 hp @ 5200 rpm

275hp @ 5600

205 hp @ 7,000 rpm

Torque

268 lb.-ft. @ 4800 rpm

350 ft-lbs. @ 3000 rpm

258 lb.-ft. @ 1450 rpm

295lb.ft. @ 3000-4500

156 lbs.-ft. @ 6,400 rpm

The 2.3L EcoBoost inline-4 engine in the Ford Mustang relies in a turbocharger to make 310 horsepower, similar to the Camaro which comes with a tiny 2.0L engine. These forced inductions may give good numbers for power and economy, but unlike the naturally aspirated Challenger, they suffer the consequent turbo lag.

Acceleration

The Challenger is a ridiculously fast car, but for a muscle car it's rather docile, taking about 6.5 seconds to reach 60 mph, it turns heads, but rather slowly. The summer tires give great grip as you pull away from intersections or stoplights, and help with its acceleration as well.

Models

Dodge Challenger SXT

Ford Mustang Ecoboost

BMW 2 Series 230i

Chevrolet Camaro

Subaru BRZ

0-60 MPH

6.3 sec

5.0

5.3 sec

5.4 sec

6.2 sec*

Quarter mile

14.8 sec

13.0 sec

12.7

14 second

15 sec*

Engine

3.6 Liters

2.3L

2.0 Liters

2.0 Liters

2.0 Liters

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

 

7.1

   

7.4

The Mustang is the quickest pony in the stable and gets you to 60 miles an hour in 5 seconds flat. Camaro coupe and the 2-series Bimmer follow with 5.4 and 5.3 seconds on the clock, leaving the Challenger playing catch up; clearly brute force is not everything.

Ride and Handling

The weighted steering is delightful when handling the Challenger on the track, but might seem like a chore on daily drives. Feedback from the road is not as appreciable as you would've wanted, but maneuverability through tight spaces isn't a huge challenge, despite the hefty size.

Going around corners my tip over your coffee with the pronounced body roll, which you could solve if you equip the Super Trak Pack and get the sport suspension upgrade. The pedal responsiveness mimics the drive mode, fine-tuned to suit your need. The R/T and SRT have firm suspension, but just shy of a harsh ride, improving the body roll by a mile.

Braking

The brake pedal is grilled medium-rare, to suit everyone's palette, firm enough to work well on the tracks and tender when you're cruising through the city. For maximum flavor, Dodge has given the Challenger meaty 12.6-inch discs on both the front and rear wheels, which stop the hefty muscle car from 70 mph in 176 feet. Seasoning with the summer tires was a good move for Dodge.

Model

Dodge Challenger SXT

Ford Mustang Ecoboost

BMW 2 Series 230i

Chevrolet Camaro

Subaru BRZ

Brake Front (in.)

12.6

12.6

12.3

12.6

11.6

Brake Rear (in.)

12.6

12.6

11.4

12.4

11.4

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3894

3532

3411

3354

2776

60-0 MPH (ft.)

104

106

113

93

120

Tested for 60 mph to 0, despite being lighter the rival coupes need more tarmac than the Challenger. Taking 104 feet to stop, the BMW 2-series is just slightly ahead, with 113 feet on the measure, while the Mustang and Camaro have their reputation at stake, requiring almost 130 feet to stop.

2019 Dodge Challenger Fuel Economy

3.6L naturally aspirated engine is not a recipe you'd want to see if you were on a diet - this dish needs a lot of oil. Delivering just 19 miles to the gallon in the city and a decent 30 miles to the gallon, which is quite good considering there's also a V8 on offer.

Model

Dodge Challenger SXT

Ford Mustang Ecoboost

BMW 2 Series 230i

Chevrolet Camaro

Subaru BRZ

MPG (city)

19

21

24

22

21

MPG (highway)

30

31

35

31

28

MPG (combined)

23

25

28

25

24

The BMW 2-series is the best among the rivals which can run up to 35 miles on a single gallon of fuel, while the Camaro and Mustang are marginally ahead with 31 on the highways and 21 in the city, a bigger jump in mileage would've been appreciated since they have relatively smaller displacement engines.

2019 Dodge Challenger Interior

7.5/10

Seating and Comfort

The main highlight for the Challenger's cabin is the driver-focussed interior. Despite the firm ride, the plush seats and great sound deadening makes the SXT quite habitable for a sports car. The driver's seats are supportive and bolstered well to keep you in place as you corner with those high G-forces. The large size translates to immense passenger and interior capacity, adding to the list of practicality and daily driveability.

Model

Dodge Challenger SXT

Ford Mustang Ecoboost

BMW 2 Series 230i

Chevrolet Camaro

Subaru BRZ

Passenger capacity

4

4

4

4

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.3/58.5/42

37.6/56.3/44.5

40.1/54.4/41.5

38.5/TBD/43.9

37.1/54.5/41.9

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.1/53.9/33.1

34.8/52.2/30.6

36.5/53.4/33.0

NA

35.0/51.7/29.9

The rear seats are accommodating for up to three adults unlike the Camaro and the Mustang which suffer from cramped rear, suitable for young adolescents at best. Equipping the sunroof makes the rear seats short on headroom. The wide pillars make the visibility rather dodgy, speckled with blind spots, but the rearview camera cuts you some slack while parking.

Infotainment System

Dodge has given the Challenger the best in class UConnect infotainment system, in terms of user-friendliness and convenience. Compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, smartphone integration is easy and makes the driving experience free from distractions. The 8.4-inch touch panel with navigation and 9-speaker surround system are, however, optional extras.

Cargo Capacity

The Challenger coupe flaunts a trunk size large enough to give the Charger sedan a run for its money. Comparable to a mid-size sedan, the 16.2 cubic feet cargo space blows the competition like Mustang and the Camaro out of the water.

Model

Dodge Challenger SXT

Ford Mustang Ecoboost

BMW 2 Series 230i

Chevrolet Camaro

Subaru BRZ

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3)

16.2

13.5

13.8

9.1

6.7

With a large opening to put luggage through and a low loading and unloading height, the trunk is ergonomically commendable. You can fold down the 60/40 split rear bench to further increase the storage space.

2019 Dodge Challenger Exterior

Design and Dimensions

With the stunning dual-snorkel shaker hood scoop, this year it's not just the Mustang Bullitt the muscle to go retro, the 70's inspired styling with a deep set grille, round headlamps, and the sloping roofline. Unlike the upper trims, the SXT doesn't get the widebody treatment, but kept side-by-side with the slender ponies and sleek coupes, the gargantuan proportions of the Challenger is quite apparent. Meanwhile, the Challenger is heavier, wider, longer and taller than the rivals in this segment.

Model

Dodge Challenger SXT

Ford Mustang Ecoboost

BMW 2 Series 230i

Chevrolet Camaro

Subaru BRZ

Curb weight (lbs.)

3894

3532

3411

3354

2,776

Length(in)

197.9

188.5

174.7

188.3

166.7

Width(in)

75.7

75.4

69.8

74.7

69.9

Height(in)

57.5

54.3

55.8

53.1

50.6

Ground clearance (in)

5.2

NA

5.5

TBD

4.9

Wheelbase (in)

116.2

107.1

105.9

110.7

101.2

Track width (in) F/R

63.4/63.8

62.3/64.9

59.9/61.3

62.5/63.7

59.8/60.6

2019 Dodge Challenger Safety

The base model Challenger does not get a really long list of features like the Ford gives the EcoBoost, however the features are adequately functional and get the job done. The features are:

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control...
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3...
  • ParkView Back-Up Camera
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control...
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3...
  • ParkView Back-Up Camera

2019 Dodge Challenger Competition

Dodge Challenger SXT vs Ford Mustang EcoBoost

Mustang with a 2.3L turbocharged engine would be laughed at in the 70s, but if you knew it could do a 60 in 5 seconds flat, you'd be grasping for your seatbelts. The 310 hp EcoBoost engine makes more power than the naturally aspirated V6 that the Challenger. That said, there is no other arena in which the Mustang beats the Challenger, be it practicality, tech or comfort. If you're still drooling after the Mustang, save up and get the Mustang GT with the 5.0L Coyote V8 instead.

Dodge Challenger SXT vs BMW 230i

The odd-one-out is the BMW from Germany, competing against the American Muscle on its own, the base model 2-series comes with a 2.0L engine producing merely 248 hp compared to the 300+ from the Challenger. However, the tiny powerplant is enough to take the 230i from 0-60 in just 5.3 seconds - a full second faster than the Dodge. For the 10 grand extra, you get better interior, better tech, more safety features and a better handling coupe that performs well on the drag strip.

Dodge Challenger SXT vs Chevrolet Camaro

The Chevy coupe is a small muscle pony which comes with a 2.0L engine, despite that, it keeps up with the giants like the Mustang and the Challenger on the drag strip. It has nimble handling and the size benefits maneuverability through tight spots. The hefty Challenger on the other hand, puts its naturally aspirated V6 to work, propelling it to 60 in 6.3 seconds. In terms of practicality and seating capacity, the Challenger is far ahead, with rear seats that are actually usable and a trunk which can carry real luggage. In essence, the Challenger is a better pony for your garage.

2019 Dodge Challenger Final Verdict

The Dodge Challenger SXT with its V6 engine produces mammoth torque which takes the performance of this muscle to a whole nother level. Meanwhile, the passenger as well as cargo capacity is a notch above the rest. With the best infotainment you'd find in a modern muscle, an optional 8.4-inch touchscreen and the UConnect interface, the only one to match the Challenger is the BMW 230i. If its a capable muscle car you're looking for, but need the practicality along with that, the Challenger SXT and the GT are the perfect muscle on a budget.