2021 Dodge Challenger

Rating8.0

Ranked #7 in Midsize Coupe

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Starting MSRP 

$28,295 - $34,295

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Key Spec of 2021 Dodge Challenger
fuel economy

-

fuel type

Regular unleaded

horsepower

305 hp @ 5330 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

2021 Dodge Challenger Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2021 Dodge Challenger got quite a few significant changes and updates over its previous model, with the lineup remaining mostly unchanged. Speaking of lineup, the 2021Dodge Challenger is broadly available in five different trim levels to choose from, viz. SXT, GT, R/T, R/T Scat Pack, and the insane top-of-the-line trim, the SRT Hellcat. We will be talking about the SXT and GT trim in the article as all the other trims have various differentiating factors, and they will get a different article.

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ProsConsWhat's New

Variety of options to choose from in terms of trim levels and packages

Handling not one of its forte

Slight changes in trims and features

Comfortable ride for a muscle car

Unlike most of its rivals, it is not available as a convertible

GT AWD now gets 20” wheels as standard

Spacious interior for a 2-door coupe

Rearward visibility is a bit compromised

Over All Rating

8.0

Out of 10

Pricing and Features8.00
Engine and Performance8.00
Fuel Economy8.00
Interior9.00
Exterior8.00
Safety7.00
Competition9.00
Notable Rankings

#7 in Midsize Coupe

#10 in Coupe


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Trims

SXT$28,295 onwards

  • 2 - 1st row LCD monitor
  • AM/FM/Satellite-prep, Radio
  • Dual zone automatic front air conditioning
  • Heated mirrors
  • Keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry

GT$31,295 onwards

  • 20-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • Front Fog/driving lights
  • Parking assist


Colors and Styles

2021 Dodge Challenger in Go Mango color
Go Mango

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

In terms of pricing, the 2021 Dodge Challenger has a starting MSRP of $28,870. Its main rivals are the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro. The Nissan 370Z, although not a pony or a muscle car, is a worthy competitor to these muscle cars at a similar price point. Continue with the article to know how it performs in front of other muscle cars in the segment.

2021 Dodge Challenger Coupe front view
2021 Dodge Challenger Coupe rear view

Features

As mentioned earlier, the 2021 Dodge Challenger is broadly available in five different trim levels to choose from, viz. SXT, GT, R/T, R/T Scat Pack, and the top-of-the-line SRT Hellcat. You will get a separate article for all the trims except the SXT and GT trim, as they are all different in many ways. The SXT trim gets a decent list of features and is good enough for your daily commute. But if you want more features, you always have the option to upgrade to the GT trim. 

Trim

SXT

GT

MSRP (FWD)

$28,870

$31,870

MSRP (AWD)

$31,870

$34,870

Key Features

18” wheels (19” on AWD models)

In addition to or replaces SXT trim features with:

 

Uconnect 4 infotainment system with 7” touchscreen display

20” wheels

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration

Fog Lights

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Upgraded cloth seats

 

6-speaker audio system

Rear parking sensors

 

Power adjustable driver’s seat

Performance steering

 

Heated mirrors

Steering wheel mounted paddle shifters

The 2021 Dodge Challenger comes decently loaded right from the base trim. The base SXT trim starts at an MSRP of $28,870 for FWD and $31,870 for AWD drivetrains. You get 19” alloy wheels for the FWD variant and 20” alloy wheels for the AWD variants. It comes with a 7” touchscreen display that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The SXT trim also offers dual-zone climate control. The upgrade to the GT trim gives you access to performance steering wheels and steering-mounted paddle shifters.

We recommend

The base SXT trim is more than enough for your daily commute, but if you are serious about performance, then the GT trim becomes a better choice. It gets a performance steering wheel and steering-mounted paddle shifters to help you take manual control of the car in a sportier way. We recommend going for the GT trim for those who like to get involved in driving, otherwise, the SXT trim will be more than enough for you.

Engine and Performance
8.0/10

The 2021 Dodge Challenger comes with several engine options depending on the trim and specs you get. With the base SXT and the GT trim, you get a 3.6L naturally aspirated V6 engine pumping out 303 HP and 268 lb-ft of torque. The engine produces enough power to give you a delightful driving experience in your daily commute. It takes an impressive 5.3 seconds to reach 0 to 60 miles per hour. The quarter-mile run takes 13.8 seconds, which is again a good figure for the segment.

2021 Dodge Challenger Coupe engine bay

Models

2021 Dodge Challenger

2021 Ford Mustang

2021 Chevrolet Camaro

2021 Nissan 370Z

MSRP

$28,870

$27,155

$25,000

$30,090

Engine

3.6L V6

2.3L turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L turbocharged Inline-4

3.7L V6

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

Power 

303 HP @ 6350 rpm

310 HP @ 5500 rpm

275 HP @ 5600 rpm

332 HP @ 7000 rpm

Torque

268 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm

350 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm

295 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm

270 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

5.3

5.0

5.4

5.3

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

13.8

13.0

14.0

13.0

Top-Speed (MPH)

156

155

149

155

In terms of the more consumer-oriented variants, the Challenger and its competitors are more or less in a similar ballpark, be it their power output figures from the engine, or be it their performance quotients. But things tend to get a bit different when we talk about the more serious stuff. While the Nissan 370Z tops out with the NISMO in terms of performance, the Challenger, Mustang, and the Camaro have a number of variants to choose from, depending on your budget and need.

How well does the 2021 Dodge Challenger handle?

This might be one of the biggest Achilles Heels of the Dodge Challenger. Although it is a bit understandable the 2021 Challenger is a muscle car and muscle cars historically haven’t been the most nimble cars to drive, but the modern-day muscle cars have definitely come a long way from their ancestral pasts, which goes the same for their handling as well. Its competitors like the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro are good examples. 

​  2021 Dodge Challenger Coupe ride and handling

The Challenger might be a treat to drive on open and empty straight bits of roads, but if you put it through a tight corner, even at a moderate speed, its beefy size and mass become apparent. It might demolish most of the cars out on the drag strip, but try driving it around twisty circuits at speed, you will soon understand that having crazy horsepower is not the only answer.

Braking Performance

With great power comes great responsibility. And the same goes for the Dodge Challenger as well. The Challenger gets 12.6” brake rotors for both front and rear wheels, and they perform very well in real-life instances. The braking performance of the 2021 Dodge Challenger is one of its strong points, and it impresses with its class-leading braking performance. It takes only 105 feet of distance to stop the car from 60 to 0 mph, which is very impressive considering the weight of the car.

Models

2021 Dodge Challenger

2021 Ford Mustang

2021 Chevrolet Camaro

2021 Nissan 370Z

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

12.6

12.6

12.6

12.6

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

12.6

12.6

12.4

12.6

Curb Weight (lbs)

3858

4089

3351

3333

60-0MPH (feet)

105

118

NA

113

With the Dodge Challenger and its competitors having very similar brakes with similar-sized rotors, the Challenger arguably has one of the better performing units among them all. It is not the lightest car in its segment. In fact, it is on the heavier side of the spectrum, to say the least. With that in mind, its braking prowess is actually quite impressive.

Fuel Economy
8.0/10

The 2021 Dodge Challenger offers very decent mileage for the segment. It has neither the best fuel economy in the section nor the worst. The 3.9-liter V6 engine manages to deliver 19 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 23 mpg of combined fuel economy. The 18.5 gallons of fuel tank helps it deliver the best highway range in the segment. 

Models

2021 Dodge Challenger

2021 Ford Mustang

2021 Chevrolet Camaro

2021 Nissan 370Z

MPG (City)

19

21

19

17

MPG (Highway)

30

29

29

26

MPG (Combined)

23

24

22

20

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

18.5

15.5

19.0

19.0

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

351.5 / 555.0 / 425.5

325.5 / 449.5 / 372.0

361.0 / 551.0 / 418.0

323.0 / 494.0 / 380.0

The 2021 Dodge Challenger is one of the better choices in terms of fuel economy for the segment. Especially, when we compare it with its competitors, most of them are in a very similar ballpark with regards to fuel economy. When comparing the overall range, the Dodge Challenger offers the most at 555 miles on the highway.

Interior
9.0/10

The interior of the 2021 Dodge Challenger suits its muscle car image, quite rugged and tough. Although quite sophisticated, the interior doesn’t look anything over-the-top or flashy like some of the luxury cars at the same price point. Although not the most feature-rich car of its segment, Dodge has put high attention to detail in the quality of the materials used in the car. 

​  2021 Dodge Challenger Coupe dashboard

Newer Dodge Challengers have made a significant improvement in terms of interior quality and make the inside of the car a really nice place to be in. The front seats are quite comfortable and provide decent support as well to provide a snug fit. Heated and ventilated seat options are also available for both the driver and passenger, but only the driver’s seat gets power adjustment functionality.

​  2021 Dodge Challenger Coupe front seats

Models

2021 Dodge Challenger

2021 Ford Mustang

2021 Chevrolet Camaro

2021 Nissan 370Z

Seating Capacity

5

4

4

2

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.3 / 58.5 / 42

37.6 / 56.3 / 45.1

38.5 / 55.0 / 43.9

38.2 / 54.4 / 43.9

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.1 / 53.9 / 33.1

34.8 / 52.2 / 29.0

33.5 / 50.3 / 29.9

NA

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

16.2

13.5

9.1

6.9

With 94.0 cu-ft of interior passenger volume, the 2021 Challenger is actually one of the most spacious, if not the most spacious among its rivals. Moreover, the passenger capacity of 5 is also a huge plus as well. The 2021 Ford Mustang and the 2021 Chevrolet Camaro in comparison can only accommodate 4 people, while the 2021 Nissan 370Z loses the game, as it can accommodate 2 people only. Standout interior features include:

  • Heated and ventilated leather seats
  • Power adjustable driver’s seat
  • Memory feature for driver seat, steering column, side mirrors, and radio presets
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Interior air filtration

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2021 Dodge Challenger features a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration are also available as standard from the base trim. Dodge has its own Uconnect software for the infotainment system. Although the animation could be more fluid, the touch response is not that bad. 

The Uconnect interface is quite easy to use, and Dodge is constantly working on it to make it even better. The screen is decently visible under direct sunlight as well. Voice-activated audio controls and wireless phone connectivity are also available along with AM/FM/HD/Satellite Radio. Music is managed by a standard 6-speaker sound system with speed-sensitive volume functionality. Highlight features of the infotainment system:

  • 7” touchscreen display for the infotainment system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Radio data system
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay 
  • External digital memory control
  • Wireless phone connectivity
  • Voice-activated audio controls
Exterior
8.0/10

Being a thoroughbred muscle car, the 2021 Challenger does look the part. Although looks are subjective, it might arguably be one of the most attractive-looking muscle cars available in the market right now. Some might also argue that the Challenger sets the benchmark for a modern-day muscle car with a proper retro look all over it. With the muscular wheel arches, along with the proper muscle car silhouette, the 2021 Dodge Challenger stands out from the rest with its iconic grille, which also houses the twin circular headlamps on both sides.

​  2021 Dodge Challenger Coupe 

Models

2021 Dodge Challenger

2021 Ford Mustang

2021 Chevrolet Camaro

2020 Nissan 370Z

Curb Weight (lbs)

3858

4089

3351

3333

Length (inches)

197.9

188.5

188.3

167.5

Width (inches)

75.7

75.4

74.7

72.6

Height (inches)

57.7

54.3

53.1

51.8

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.2

NA

NA

4.8

Wheelbase (inches)

116.2

107.1

110.7

100.4

In terms of exterior dimensions, the 2021 Challenger is one of the longest, if not the longest cars out there, and that too by quite a margin as well. It also has one of the longer wheelbases as well. The ground clearance is also very generous for a muscle car, and it is bigger than the competition in every dimension. When comparing the curb weight, Ford Mustang is the heaviest option in the segment. Key exterior features include:

  • Mopar Shaker hood and cold-air intake
  • 19” or 20” alloy wheel
  • Black Chrome finish for the grille
  • Projector Headlamps with LED DRLs
  • Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers
Safety
7.0/10

As mentioned earlier, the 2021 Dodge Challenger is a part of the 3rd Challenger generation introduced for the 2008 model year. It started out on the Chrysler LC platform up until the 2014 model year. The 2015 model year saw a shift to the new Chrysler LA platform, which remains the same for the 2021 model as well. The foundation of the body is a solid structure built with high-strength steel along with specially designed front and rear crumple zones to help absorb impact energy and redirect it away from the passengers.

According to Dodge themselves, the 2021 Challenger has more than 70 available safety and security features. On top of all the generic passive safety features like airbags and traction control, the Challenger also has an impressive list of advanced active safety features to prevent crashes from happening in the first place. Some of these standout safety features include:

  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection
  • Automatic high beams
  • Rain brake support
Competition
9.0/10

2021 Dodge Challenger vs 2021 Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang might just be one of the most balanced, if not the most balanced among the muscle cars available in the market right now. It has a good balance of straight-line performance along with agility around the corners, which makes it the ideal car to use both as a daily driver and a good track-day companion as well. Just like the Challenger, the Mustang also has a huge lineup of choices for every budget and need, but the Mustang loses some edge, especially when compared to its competitors in interior space. 

2021 Ford Mustang

2021 Dodge Challenger vs 2021 Chevrolet Camaro

The Camaro is another natural competitor to the Challenger, and Camaro is a completely different beast. Where the Challenger relies on brute force and outright performance, the Camaro believes in lightweight and nimble handling. In fact, it might just be one of the most nimble out of all muscle cars available in the market right now.

2021 Chevrolet Camaro

2021 Dodge Challenger vs 2021 Nissan 370Z

Although not a muscle car, the Nissan 370Z has some strong credentials to compete in this segment. Coming from Japan, the far East, the 370Z does not have any V8s to offer in its lineup. All the trims are powered by the same 3.7L V6 producing 332 HP. The performance-oriented NISMO version bumps that up to 350 HP, which is nowhere near as crazy as some of the crazy powerful variants of its American muscle car competitors, but its price tag is also nowhere near as crazy as their prices as well.

2021 Nissan 370Z

 

Final Verdict

It is actually quite incredible for what you get at this price point. Fuel economy figures are also on par with the segment as well. Handling and going around the corners might be a bit of a stretch, but other than that, you won’t be having much of an issue with the car. Overall the 2021 Dodge Challenger is a pretty solid option in the thoroughbred muscle car segment, and you won’t go wrong by getting one for your garage.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$31295

body style

2dr Coupe

engine type
displacement

220 cu in

horse power

303 hp @ 6350 rpm

torque

268 lb.-ft. @ 4800 rpm

transmission

8 speed Automatic

dimensions
length

197.9 in

wheelbase

116.2 in

width

75.7 in

curb weight

4057 lbs

Height

58.4 in

Ground Clearance

5.2 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

93.9 cu ft

cargo volume

16.2 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

18/16/27 mpg

highway range

388.5 mi

warranty
basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


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Edward

2021 Dodge Challenger

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

6

User Overall Rating

Posted On: May 18, 2022

Impractical rear seats.

Pros - Smart infotainment system, retro modern design.

Cons - Rear seats, AWD, Steering.

Uninspiring to drive. My Dodge Challenger is not as good as its hype. The rear seats are very cramped for people over 6 feet. I am 6'1 feet and I don't fit in the rear seats. The all wheel drive system, on the other hand, is not very impressive. The car feels scary to drive during rain. The wheels slip a lot if I try to accelerate more than 60 mph. Moreover, the steering response is not so direct...

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

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Tracey Lambert

2021 Dodge Challenger

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

6

User Overall Rating

Posted On: March 3, 2022

Rowdy retro-themed muscle car

Pros - Strong engine, comfier and roomier, huge trunk and a user friendly infotainment system.

Cons - Not quite athletic and the interior materials are blah

Not so athletic muscle coupe Although my four-month-old 2021 Dodge Challenger isn't very sporty, it's more suited for comfortable driving, with a crescendoing exhaust note always ready on command. The V6 engine has enough power to take the coupe almost anywhere, but not enough to dissuade me from looking forward to what comes next. I went for the SXT model for roughly 29 grand, and I believe the...

7/10
Features
4/10
Interior
7/10
Design
7/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
6/10
Deal Value
9/10
Dealer Review

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Brian

2021 Dodge Challenger

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

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: January 11, 2022

Amazing car that is in desperate need of a new design

Pros - Handles exactly like how I want, Well finished interior, Retro inspire odometer.

Cons - Same old design, Not a lot of storage space.

Very easy to adapt to My Dodge Challenger is from 2021 and if I place a Challenger from 10 years ago, they would look identical and that as an owner is a huge bummer. I do drive the Challenger pretty often and its easy to say that the car packs some exciting drive character. The handling is on point and very easy to get used to with cabin that looks and feels sturdy and well finished. I really lo...

6/10
Features
8/10
Interior
3/10
Design
6/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
6/10
Deal Value
9/10
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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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