2017 Dodge Challenger

Rating7.5

Ranked #5 in Midsize Coupe

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Starting MSRP 

$29,995 - $33,395

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Key Spec of 2017 Dodge Challenger
fuel economy

19/23/30

fuel type

Regular unleaded

horsepower

305 hp @ 6350 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

2017 Dodge Challenger Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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The 2017 Dodge Challenger with its muscle car persona combines the sports car dynamics with daily driver practicality. With available four robust engines, the Challenger coupe boasts more back seat room and trunk volume than some mid-size sedans. For the first time, the 2017 Challenger is available with an all-wheel drive but only on the GT models.

The impressive Dodge Challenger starts at a base price of $26,995 and brings the V6 or V8 capability with ample creature comforts. Though the interior quality may be questionable to some, the Dodge offers advanced safety technology with the 2017 Challenger model. It competes with the direct rival from Ford and Chevrolet, namely Mustang and Camaro. We are also comparing the 2017 Dodge Challenger with one of the most recommended mid-size sedans: the Honda Accord.

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ProsConsWhat's New

Robust engine lineup

Mixed crash-test review

AWD GT trim now available

Class-leading cabin and cargo space

Compromised outward visibility

Availability of different trim levels and packages cater to your needs

Heavy curb weight slows down acceleration and hampers handling

Pretty impressive ride quality for a muscle car

Over All Rating

7.5

Out of 10

Pricing and Features6.00
Features7.00
Engine and Performance9.00
Fuel Economy7.50
Interior7.00
Exterior7.00
Safety8.00
Competition9.00
Notable Rankings

#5 in Midsize Coupe

#6 in Coupe


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Trims

SXT Plus$29,995 onwards

  • Electrochromic rearview mirror
  • Performance tires
  • Rear Defrost
  • Smart Device Integration

GT$33,395 onwards

  • 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Foglights
  • Heated & ventilated front seats
  • Power-Adjustable & heated steering wheel
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Satellite & HD radio


Colors and Styles

2017 Dodge Challenger in Octane Red Pearlcoat color
Octane Red Pearlcoat

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2017 Dodge Challenger is a rear-wheel-drive coupe and the only sports car in the segment with available all-wheel-drive. Dodge offers a range of robust engines ranging from 305 hp V6 up to the 707-hp V8 SRT Hellcat.

New for 2017 is the T/A trim level (reviewed separately). Also, the SRT Hellcat and R/T models gain more features inside. Four new exterior colors—Green Go, Yellow Jacket, Destroyer Grey, and Octane Red—have been added to the lineup.


Features
7.0/10

Dodge offers the 2017 Challenger in 14 different trim levels: SXT, SXT Plus, GT, T/A, T/A Plus, T/A 392, R/T, R/T Plus, R/T Shaker, R/T Plus Shaker, R/T Scat Pack, SRT 392, SRT Hellcat, and 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker. In this review, we will cover the SXT, SXT Plus, and GT, the rest other trims are reviewed separately.

The entry-level 2017 Dodge Challenger SXT has a 305-horsepower V6 engine, Bluetooth, a 5-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, USB, and auxiliary ports, dual-zone automatic climate control, and alloy wheels.

Trim

SXT

SXT Plus

GT

MSRP

$26,995

$29,995

$33,395

Key

Features

Speed Control Electronic with steering wheel-mounted controls.

Add/Upgrades to SXT trim

Add/Upgrades to SXT Plus
 

AM/FM

2 USB ports and auxiliary jack located in center console. 

6 Performance Speakers.

 

Integrated Voice Command Includes Bluetooth.

Heated and ventilated front.

Media Hub. (2 USB, AUX) 

 

6 speakers sound system

Auto High-Beam Headlamp Control.

SiriusXM Satellite Radio. 

 

UCONNECT 5.0 with 5-inch touchscreen

Shark-fin-style roof

10-Way Power Driver Seat -inc: Power Height Adjustment.

    Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen navigation radio

Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, and more.

Next-in-line is the Challenger SXT Plus, which adds leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and an upgraded infotainment system. The 2017 Challenger GT trim is the only model that comes with standard all-wheel drive. It also adds steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, a Sport mode, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, an 8.4-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

We recommend

We recommend the mid-range SXT Plus trim which brings the best value to the 2017 Challenger lineup. The SXT Plus adds features like heated and ventilated front seats, shark fin roof styling, high beam headlamps, and leather interiors.

Engine and Performance
9.0/10

The 2017 Challenger SXT, SXT Plus, and GT trims come with the base 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This engine is rated at 305-horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque, which delivers good acceleration and decent fuel economy.

For the first time, the Dodge Challenger is available with all-wheel drive but only on the GT model equipped with a V-6. Though other trims come with much more powerful V8 alternatives but the SXT with V6 is adequate for daily driving and occasional thrill.

Models

2017 Dodge Challenger

2017 Honda Accord

2017 Ford Mustang

MSRP

$26,995

$31,175

$25,185

Engine

3.6L V6 24V VVT

3.5L 24-Valve SOHC i-VTEC V-6

3.7L V6

Transmission

8-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed manual

Horsepower

305 hp @ 6350 RPM

278 hp @ 6200 RPM

300 hp @ 6500 RPM

Torque

268 lb-ft @ 4800 RPM

252 lb-ft @ 4900 RPM

280 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM

By comparison, the 2017 Dodge Challenger's V6 delivers the most horsepower, however, the Mustang's V6 delivers a maximum of 280-pound feet of torque. The Honda Accord EX-L V6 automatic turns out to have the least powerful engine with 278 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque and is the costliest option among the group.

2017 Challenger 0-60 mph Acceleration

The 305-horsepower V6 powered Challenger SXT has a 3,930-pound curb weight and accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds. This 0-60 mph time is slightly behind the rivals with similar base engines. 

Models

2017 Dodge Challenger

2017 Honda Accord

2017 Ford Mustang

0-60 MPH

6.4 sec

5.8 sec

4.3 sec

Quarter mile

14.8 sec

14.7 sec

14.1 sec

Engine

3.6L

3.5L

3.7L

The Challenger's most direct rival, the Ford Mustang records the fastest under five seconds 0-60 mph time. The Accord V6 AWD does the same run in 5.8 seconds, leaving the 2017 Dodge Challenger coupe behind.

2017 Challenger Handling and Steering

The base Challenger’s ride quality is smooth and comfortable. The steering is responsive, though there is little feedback from the road. The steering is weighted but some of you might find it heavy for daily commuting. Rear-wheel drive is standard in all but the Challenger GT trim, which comes with an all-wheel drive.

Some of Challenger's rivals are more agile around the corner. The SXT comes with 18-inch wheels, but for a sports coupe, Challenger is quite heavy. Dodge offers a Super Sport package for the SXT that adds 20-inch wheels, a shorter rear-axle ratio, the performance brakes from the R/T, steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles, and a rear spoiler.

2017 Challenger Braking

The Brakes are strong on the Challenger coupe, offering a slightly firm brake pedal that is well-suited for everyday driving. During emergency-stop testing, the Challenger just took 104 feet to stop from 60 mph. The standard summer tires should also be credited for such good braking performance, and don't forget the hefty weight of the coupe. 

Model

2017 Dodge Challenger

2017 Honda Accord

2017 Ford Mustang

Brake Front

12.6"

11.5"

12.6"

Brake Rear

12.6"

11.5"

12.6"

Curb Weight

3894 lbs.

3523 lbs.

3526 lbs.

60-0 MPH

104 ft.

116 ft.

109 ft.

Among the rivals, the Accord sedan needed 116 feet while the Mustang took 109 feet to stop from 60 mph. This places the Dodge Challenger on the top. The higher Challenger trims also feature bigger Brembo brakes. 

Fuel Economy
7.5/10

The Challenger’s V6 engine returns EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which is good in sports class. The Challenger GT trims with standard AWD drop the ratings to 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

Model

2017 Dodge Challenger

2017 Honda Accord

2017 Ford Mustang

MPG (city)

19

21

18

MPG (highway)

30

32

27

MPG (combined)

23

24

21

Among the three, the Honda Accord sedan returns the best fuel economy numbers at 21 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. The Accord's V6 has less power and the sedan is also lighter than the other two in comparison. With the best acceleration performance, the Mustang returns a sub-par fuel economy in the category. 

Interior
7.0/10

Being a 2-door coupe, the Dodge Challenger offers class-leading passenger and cargo capacity. Its large doors open wide and the cabin can seat up to 5 people. At the front, there is ample headroom and legroom while the rear seats have enough room for adults to stretch their legs. The bae Challenger comes equipped with cloth upholstery and a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat while the plus versions and GT trim offer leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

Since the doors open wide, the entry and exit will be easy but you will have to mind the narrow spaces. Also, the rear seat access is comparatively better than other muscle-car coupes in the segment. The front view is considerable but there are blind spots on the front shoulder. A standard rear-view camera helps considerably in the rear vision.

Model

2017 Dodge Challenger

2017 Honda Accord

2017 Ford Mustang

Passenger capacity

5

5

4

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

39.3/58.5/42.0

37.2/58.9/42.2

37.6/56.3/44.5

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.1/53.9/33.1

37.2/55.1/33.7

34.8/52.2/30.6

The Ford Mustang coupe offers seating for two in the rear, unlike the Challenger which accommodates three. Since the Accord is a sedan it is considerably more practical than the other two coupes here.

Interior Features

  • Multilevel heating in driver and passenger seats
  • Folding center armrest
  • Rear ventilation ducts
  • Split-folding rear seatbacks
  • 2 one-touch power windows
  • External temperature display
  • Tilt and telescopic electric power steering with audio and cruise controls
  • Universal remote transmitter and keyless ignition
  • Rearview camera with parking sensors
  • Interior air filtration
  • Electro chromatic inside rearview mirror
  • Dual illuminating vanity mirrors

2017 Challenger Infotainment

The 2017 Challenger comes with a standard 5-inch touch-screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a six-speaker audio system, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The available options include a bigger 8.4-inch touch-screen powered by a Uconnect infotainment system. The upgraded system features smartphone integration including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The Challenger's touchscreen display is user-friendly and responsive. interface. For audiophiles, Dodge offers an 18-speaker Harman Kardon sound system as an available option, so is the navigation. Some key highlight features of the 2017 Dodge Challenger's infotainment system are as below:

  • 6 total speakers
  • 276 watts stereo output
  • USB connection with external media control
  • Auxiliary audio input
  • Memory card slot
  • AM/FM stereo

2017 Challenger Cargo Capacity

The 2017 Challenger has a mid-size sedan-like trunk volume rated at 16.2 cubic feet. The rear seatbacks fold in a 60/40-split configuration to expand the cargo space further. The Challenger's trunk space puts the likes of Mustang and Camaro to shame.

Model

2017 Dodge Challenger

2017 Honda Accord

2017 Ford Mustang

Cargo Volume

16.2 ft.3

13.4 ft.3

13.5 ft.3

The small-item storage is present all around and by comparison, is decent n the class. You have an adequately sized center console at your disposal for keeping a variety of items.

Exterior
7.0/10

The current styling of the 2017 Dodge Challenger was last updated in 2008 when the current Challenger was launched. Though the basic shape and dimensions have remained unchanged, for 2017, SRT Hellcats get new alloy wheels. The 2017 Challenger looks composed but lacks the flair of Camaro or Mustang.

Model

2017 Dodge Challenger

2017 Honda Accord

2017 Ford Mustang

Curb weight

3894 lbs.

3523 lbs.

3526 lbs.

Length

197.9"

189.5"

188.3"

Width

75.7"

73.0"

75.4"

Height

57.5"

56.5"

54.4"

Ground clearance

5.2"

5.5"

5.1"

Wheelbase

116.2"

107.3"

107.1"

The 2017 Challenger is the heaviest, longest, and widest coupe. At 116.2 inches wheelbase, the Dodge is longer than the Accord sedan. No doubt, why the Challenger offers class-leading interior space in the muscle-car class. 

Exterior Features

  • Rear defogger and spoiler
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • Daytime running lights
  • Dusk sensing headlamps
  • Brake drying
  • Power sunroof
  • Body side strips
Safety
8.0/10

NHTSA rated the 2017 Dodge Challenger with a perfect five-star overall safety rating. In the IIHS crash test, the Challenger received a mixed review. The coupe earned the highest rating of Good for side and moderate overlap front crash safety while an Acceptable score in the roof strength and head restraints and seat categories. It received the Marginal rating in the small overlap front crash test.

The 2017 Challenger is available with many active safety features as a part of the Driver Convenience package which includes blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors. An optional Technology package adds forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. A rearview camera is available in all trims.

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point and Pretensioners
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Side Impact Beams
Competition
9.0/10

2017 Dodge Challenger Vs 2017 Ford Mustang

The 2017 Ford Mustang offers better driving dynamics than the Challenger, thanks to its spirited handling. Though Dodge offers the maximum horsepower than all its rivals, the Mustang has a better cabin quality.

You have a win-win situation with the Dodge Challenger in you are looking for passenger and trunk space, and it’s the only muscle car with available all-wheel-drive.

2017 Dodge Challenger Vs 2017 Honda Accord

The Honda Accord is one of the best-selling mid-size sedans on the market with dynamic handling and ample interior room. Though it's not a sports car like the Challenger coupe and lacks the power of the Dodge, Accord is fun-to-drive. 

The sedan as compared to the coupe body style is spacious, but the Dodge Challenger surprises us with the longer wheelbase translating into an overwhelming interior space. 

Final Verdict

The 2017 Dodge Challenger is a good sports car and offers a wide array of trim options and powertrains, including the more than 700 hp SRT hellcat (reviewed separately). The two-door coupe has its own strengths, including class-leading interior space, ample horsepower, and an above-average predicted reliability rating. The quality of the cabin is somewhat questionable, marked by cheap plastic material.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$33395

body style

2dr Coupe

engine type
displacement

220 cu in

horse power

305 hp @ 6350 rpm

torque

268 lb.-ft. @ 4800 rpm

transmission

8 speed Automatic

dimensions
length

198 in

wheelbase

116 in

width

76 in

curb weight

4108 lbs

Height

58 in

Ground Clearance

5 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

93.9 cu ft

cargo volume

16.2 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

18/21/27 mpg

highway range

499.5 mi

warranty
basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


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Emma Allison

2017 Dodge Challenger

SXT 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl 8A)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: April 18, 2022

Just go for it.

Pros - Spacious interior, no issues with getting in and out, great acceleration

Cons - Nothing that I can think of.

Sexy Challenger. It's a good coupe, it's good enough to call it a sedan considering its interior is more spacious than your typical coupe's. I'm a tall dude and I have no problem getting in and out of this car. It accelerates well and handling is also adequately nimble, hard to find any flaws with this classy beauty. Good services, totally hold their value and aren't too costly either.

7/10
Features
8/10
Interior
8/10
Design
8/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
7/10
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Greg Mason

2017 Dodge Challenger

SXT Plus 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl 8A)

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: March 10, 2022

Muscular coupe with unmatched bravado

Pros - Unmatched swagger, spacious seating and trunk, strong engine, upscale interior and comfortable ride.

Cons - Less agile and compromised rear visibility.

Strong and practical coupe. I usually feel really confident when I'm riding around in my white knuckle clear coated Challenger because it gives me a lot of swagger. The V6 is smooth yet hard-revving, and the brake pedal is medium-firm and well-suited to daily driving. And, while the body roll is noticeable while going around curves, there is enough grip to have a good time. For me, the passenger ...

7/10
Features
5/10
Interior
8/10
Design
7/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
6/10
Deal Value
2/10
Dealer Review

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Heather White

2017 Dodge Challenger

SXT 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl 8A)

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: January 6, 2022

Hard to handle but very good looking

Pros - Looks very muscular, Sounds sublime, Instant acceleration.

Cons - A bit hard to handle, Rear seats barely has any side visibility.

The exhaust note is just too good A very exciting car to drive and the acceleration that the Challenger puts out is an adrenaline bomb. The design on this car is very iconic which will never get old and manages to turn heads everywhere I go. I do feel like the Challenger struggles to keep traction as I open the throttle and sometimes over steers when taking on a corner. The rear seats are pretty ...

6/10
Features
8/10
Interior
9/10
Design
7/10
Safety
6/10
Reliability
6/10
Deal Value
8/10
Dealer Review

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Dodge Challenger 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$34,556
5 Year Cost To Own
$48,999
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $48,999
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$6,951$1,926$1,619$1,799$1,607$13,902
Insurance$1,634$1,704$1,787$1,809$1,843$8,777
Fuel$2,098$2,123$2,184$2,244$2,300$10,949
Maintenance$181$811$389$1,269$1,542$4,192
Repairs$24$1$124$372$521$1,042
Financing Interest$2,105$1,778$1,318$857$320$6,378
Taxes and Fees$2,933$235$212$198$181$3,759
Total Cost-To-Own$15,926$8,578$7,633$8,548$8,314$48,999
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