2020 Dodge Challenger

2020 MODEL
$28,095 - $33,695
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2020 Dodge Challenger Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: April 21, 2020
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In a world of perfectionists, the Dodge Challenger is that hairy guy who is all about sheer power. A naturally aspirated V6 takes on the likes of calculated and turbocharged counterparts. The brute force with which the V6 hauls this monstrosity makes forced induction question its potential.

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Pros

That Retro design

HUGE Road Presence

Well Equipped Interior

Comfortable seating

Cons

Very thirsty

Active Safety features a miss

Not so HUGE on the inside

What's New?

New 19 and 20- inch wheels

Three new exterior paint jobs

New Instrument panel badge

Available Caramel Alcantara interior color option


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$29800

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

horsepower

305 hp

torque

268 lbs.-ft.

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent SLA Front Suspension

suspension rear

5-Link Rear Suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

116.2 in.

length

197.9 in.

width

85.4 in.

height

57.7 in.

curb weight

3858 lbs.

capacity

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.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

roadside assistance

5 yr./100000


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
2020 Dodge Challenger Review video

Styles

2020 Dodge Challenger in B5 Blue Pearl Coat color 2020 Dodge Challenger in Destroyer Gray Clearcoat color 2020 Dodge Challenger in F8 Green color 2020 Dodge Challenger in Go Mango color
B5 Blue Pearl Coat

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.0

Fuel Economy

7.3

Interior

7.7

Exterior

8.2

Safety

6.3

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Dodge Challenger SXT

SXT

power
305 hp @ 6350 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
16 combined

$28,095 - $31,145


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SXT 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $28,095 MSRP (13/16/21) 305 hp @ 6350 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
8-Speed Automatic (8HP50) rear wheel drive 5
SXT 2dr Coupe AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $31,145 MSRP (13/16/21) 305 hp @ 6350 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
8-Speed Automatic (850RE) all wheel drive 5

2020 Dodge Challenger Base

Base

power
305 hp @ 6350 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
16 combined

$29,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl 6M) Starting at $29,800 MSRP (13/16/21) 305 hp @ 6350 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
8 Speed Automatic all wheel drive 4

2020 Dodge Challenger GT

GT

power
305 hp @ 6350 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
16 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 (13/16/21) 305 hp @ 6350 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
8-Speed Automatic (850RE) all wheel drive 5
GT 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $30,645 MSRP (13/16/21) 305 hp @ 6350 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
8-Speed Automatic (8HP50) rear wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.5

Overall Rating


The base SXT variant starts at $28,900 which is pretty cheap for a muscle car. It is functional and barebone and doesn’t get the trademark V8. There are higher trims that offer the brawny V8s. The Challenger locks its horns with other ponies like the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro and also with the Japanese sports coupe-The 370Z. With such a variety of players on the tab, let’s see if the Dodge can live up to the hype.

2020 Dodge Challenger Coupe Front View
2020 Dodge Challenger Coupe Rear View

8.0/10
Features

 
 

7.3/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.7/10
Interior

 

8.2/10
Exterior

 

6.3/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 Dodge Challenger Features

8.0/10

The 2020 Dodge Challenger is available in two trims to tear up the streets. Both trims are available in a choice of either Rear Wheel or All Wheel Drive. With a starting MSRP of $28900, both trims are powered by a 3.6L V6 that pumps out enough power to keep you buckled up. The features are plentiful in both but GT has a more posh interior setup with a 20-inch wheel all around for the RWD variant. Along with the basic features, Dodge also provides an array of add-on features that focuses on performance, handling, and comfort. It can be nitpicked according to one’s taste.

Trims

SXT

GT

MSRP (RWD)

$27955(est.)

$30955(est.)

MSRP (AWD)

$31850(est.)

$34850(est.)

Key Features

18-inch(RWD) and 19-inch(AWD) alloy wheels

All the features in SXT trim included or replaced and:

 

Tire Pressure Monitor System

19-inch(AWD) and 20-inch(RWD) alloy wheels

 

Hill-start Assist

Functional hood Scoop

 

Rain Brake Support

Steering wheel mounted paddle shifters

 

Active Head Restraints

 
 

Auto-Dimming Rearview mirrors with microphone

 
 

Driver Information Display

 
 

Rain Sensing Wipers

 
 

Automatic Headlamps

 
 

Projector Fog lamps

 

Which trim should you buy?

The GT trim is our choice of weapon as it is better equipped than the base with a premium of just $2780. It gets bigger and wider shoes and a performance pack with dedicated paddle shifters on the steering wheel. All these perks for the extra premium is a good deal. 

2020 Dodge Challenger Engine and Performance

The Challenger is powered by a 3.6L V6 pot producing 305 horses and 268-pound feet of torque. It is transferred to the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The sheer power and torque it produces can be felt when you tap the throttle. It pushes you back and goes on a rampage. The exhaust note from the V6 is catchy but not as grumpy as it’s V8 counterpart! 

2020 Dodge Challenger Coupe 3.6L V6 Engine

The 8- speed gearbox is contradicting the character of the car. It has a very linear setup which takes away the ferocious character of the engine. This lag in power delivery demands a bit of patience. It is the type of transmission which you would find in a pickup or minivan.

Models

Dodge Challenger SXT(RWD)

Ford Mustang Ecoboost (RWD)

Chevrolet Camaro 2LT(RWD)

Nissan 370Z (RWD)

MSRP

$27,995

$26,670

$27,500

$30,090

Engine

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6 

2.3L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

3.7L Naturally Aspirated V6

Drivetrain RWD RWD RWD RWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

Power

305hp@6,350rpm

310hp@5,500rpm

275hp@5,600rpm

332hp@7,000rpm

Torque

268lb-ft@4,800rpm

350lb-ft@30,00rpm

295lb-ft@3,000rpm

270lb-ft@5,200rpm

The Ford Mustang has a balanced power output of 310 horses and 350-pound feet of torque. It has a competent 6-Speed manual gearbox which helps put the power down aggressively. T Nissan 370z has the maximum power output courtesy of a smart lightweight chassis and a 3.7L V6 engine. The Chevy Camaro is least powerful with 275 ponies and 295-pound feet of torque.

Does the Challenger challenge its rivals in terms of its Pace?

The Dodge Challenger is a very fast car but not fast for a muscle car. The rather long 6.3 seconds which it takes to cross the 60 MPH mark makes it cumbersome. The amount of torque makes sure that you have a bit of wheelspin when floored. The tires do a great job of keeping the monster in a straight line.

2020 Dodge Challenger 0-60 MPH in just 6.3 sec

On a daily basis, you'll not be left wanting for power or punch from the motor. There is more than enough power on tap at all times and overtaking cars on the highway, is a piece of cake for this muscle car.

Models

Dodge Challenger SXT(RWD)

Ford Mustang Ecoboost (RWD)

Chevrolet Camaro 2LT(RWD)*

Nissan 370Z (RWD)

0-60 MPH 

6.3 sec

5.0 sec

5.4 sec

5.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

13.0 sec

14 sec

 13 sec

Top Speed 203 MPH 180 MPH 198 MPH 155 MPH

Engine

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6 

2.3L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

3.7L Naturally Aspirated V6

*2019 figures used for reference purposes.

The Mustang is the quickest of the ponies with a 0-60 MPH time of flat 5 seconds. The Chevy comes in second with 5.4 seconds and ironically the Challenger is the slowest with the 6.3 seconds mark.

What about the Ride and Handling?

Challenger is a heavy car that uses the weight to its advantage. It helps the car stay stable to an extent. The steering is on the heavier side which makes it fun on the track. It gives satisfactory feedback from the roads. Despite the huge dimensions, it's surprisingly easy to maneuver through tight spots.

2020 Dodge Challenger Front View

Corners are not the Challenger’s cup of tea. It has a considerable amount of body roll which makes it challenging to live by as a daily driver. But the Super Trak Pack which upgrades the suspension for a more planted ride. The various drive modes alter the pedal responsiveness thus changing the character of the vehicle. It has three distinctive modes like Default, Launch and Sport modes. 

How does the Challenger fare in the Braking department?

Dodge has a neutral set up on the brakes to cater to a wider audience. It works formidably well on the tracks and lenient on public roads as well. It’s equipped with 12.6-inch discs all round which helps in stopping the behemoth in 104 feet. The stock summer tires are a bonus.

2020 Dodge Challenger Front Brake Rotors

During instances of panic braking, the Challenger manages to maintain a linear path and doesn't sway away from the same. The brakes don't fade away under heavy application very easily and there is something extra on offer, at all times.

Models

Dodge Challenger SXT(RWD)

Ford Mustang Ecoboost (RWD)

Chevrolet Camaro 2LT(RWD)*

Nissan 370Z (RWD)

Brake Rotors Front 

12.6"

12.6"

12.6"

12.6"

Brake Rotors Rear 

12.6"

12.6"

12.4"

12.1"

Curb Weight 

3894 lbs

3542 lbs

3354 lbs

3333 lbs

60-0 MPH 

104 ft

111 ft

93 ft

106 ft

With a 60-0 stopping distance of 104 feet, the Challenger has put most of its lighter competitors to shame. The Chevy manages to stop far earlier at 93 feet. The Mustang and Nissan 370z come close with a distance of 111 and 106 feet respectively.

2020 Dodge Challenger Fuel Economy

7.3/10

Efficiency isn’t an ingredient for Dodge’s recipe for madness. With 19 miles to a gallon in cities and 30 miles on highways, it doesn’t focus on saving fuel. But the highway figures help it to return a decent combined 23 miles to the gallon. The good part is that the Dodge manages to go over 350 miles in the city and over 550 miles on the highway, making it a good tourer overall.

Models

Dodge Challenger SXT(RWD)

Ford Mustang Ecoboost (RWD)

Chevrolet Camaro 2LT(RWD)

Nissan 370Z (RWD)

MPG (City)

19

21

20

17

MPG (Highway)

30

31

30

26

MPG (Combined)

23

25

23

20

Fuel Capacity 18.5 gallons 15.5 gallons 19.0 gallons 19.0 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 

352/555/425 miles 326/481/387  miles 380/570/437  miles 323/494/380  miles

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

8.4

8.0(est.)

8.9

8.0

The Mustang is the most fuel-efficient of the lot, owing to its efficient and lightweight motor. The Chevy is slightly behind with a combined 23 miles. Nissan 370z returns the lowest with a combined economy of 20 MPG.

2020 Dodge Challenger Interior

7.7/10

Dodge has made a focused interior with the driver getting all the attention. The quality of materials used is impressive and even has an array of modifications that can be done on the upholstery and trims.

The first row is where Dodge has given it all. It is comfortable and grabs you well. But that's not the case with the rear seats as its best utmost for small children. It shares the body with that of Chargers. But the slanting roofline shaves off the second-row practicality.

2020 Dodge Challenger Front Seats

The thick body lines hinder visibility with plenty of blind spots. This is when the rearview camera comes to the rescue. The growling V6 doesn’t creep into the cabin as sound-dampening is moderately done. It is surprisingly comfortable to be used as a daily driver.

Models

Dodge Challenger SXT(RWD)

Ford Mustang Ecoboost (RWD)

Chevrolet Camaro 2LT(RWD)*

Nissan 370Z (RWD)

Seating Capacity 5 4 4 2

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

49.3/58.5/42

37.6/56.3/45.1

38.5/N/A/43.9

38.2/54.4/43.9

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.1/53.9/33.1

34.8/52.2/29.0

N/A

N/A

All the American muscles have two rows but the second one is good for young adolescents at best. We wonder why they took the pain of adding the second row? Nissan was sensible to not add a second row thus saving on the overall weight and practicality.

What are the infotainment features?

Dodge has equipped the Challenger with a UConnect Infotainment System which is user-friendly and comes loaded with convenience features. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come as standard which makes smartphone integration easy and driving distraction-free.

A bigger 8.4-inch touch screen with navigation is available in an optional package.

How much cargo can it take?

16.2 Cubic feet of cargo space is more like a mid-size sedan category rather than a coupe. This helps it stay above the competition which is miles away in terms of capacity. It has a low loading height which makes is ergonomically feasible.

2020 Dodge Challenger Cargo Space 16.2 cu ft.

The cramped rear seats can be folded down the 60/40 split way which makes use of the space in a more productive way.

Models

Dodge Challenger SXT(RWD)

Ford Mustang Ecoboost (RWD)

Chevrolet Camaro 2LT*

Nissan 370Z

Cargo Capacity 

16.2 cu.ft.

13.5 cu.ft.

9.1 cu.ft.

6.9 cu.ft.

Nissan 370z and Chevrolet Camaro are not even questionable in this case as it doesn’t even provide half of what is given in the Challenger. The Mustang comes close with 13.5 cubic feet.

What features to expect on the inside?

Unlike the past, Dodge is bundling a plethora of features as standard on the 2020 Challenger. Most occupants of the Challenger, will not complain about the lack of features, once inside the same. Here is a list of few of the features onboard

  • Driver and Passenger Assist Handles
  • Front and Rear Climate Control Outlets
  • Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Controls
  • Driver Information Display
  • 160-mph primary speedometer
  • Auto-Dimming rearview mirrors with microphone
  • 12-Volt power outlet in the center console
  • Six-way power driver’s side
  • 60/40 split-folding rear bench 
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2020 Dodge Challenger Exterior

8.2/10

Dodge has managed to recreate the 70s with the retro design on the Challenger. The big daddy is all about coolness with muscles. The indented grille with the trademark headlight setup with quad ring DRL setup makes it’s street presence felt. It is customizable with a host of wheels, colors and performance packages that aesthetically alter the vehicle.

2020 Dodge Challenge Coupe Front View

Everything about the Challenger shouts “RETRO”. The two-door setup with round headlamps and sloping roofline with the gigantic dimensions make it a looker. It makes the competition look puny. It is wider, longer and taller than them all. Contrary to popular belief, the dimensions are not a hindrance to live by. Cleaver electronics help in maneuvering this reincarnation without any hiccups.

Models

Dodge Challenger SXT(RWD)

Ford Mustang Ecoboost (RWD)

Chevrolet Camaro 2LT (RWD)*

Nissan 370Z (RWD)

Curb Weight 

3894 lbs

3542 lbs

3354 lbs

3333 lbs

Length 

197.9"

188.5"

188.3"

167.5"

Width 

75.7"

75.4"

74.7"

72.6"

Height 

57.5"

54.3"

53.1"

51.8"

Ground Clearance 

5.2"

5.2"

N/A

4.6"

Wheelbase 

116.2"

107.1"

110.7"

100.4"

Challenger is the largest and heaviest of the lot. With the maximum wheelbase, it helps in providing a comfortable seating experience as well. It is no shock that the Nissan 370z is the smallest and lightest of the lot. It is the only two-seater on the list. While it takes a more modern and calculated approach the others care very little of it!

What are the highlights of the Challenger?

The Challenger has evolved over the years of its existence in the market, and that shows in the way the 2020 Challenger looks. There are a lot of elements that will grab your eyes and some of the most notable features include

  • Split satin chrome grille
  • Solar coated glass on all windows
  • Automatic Bi-functional halogen projector with quad LED surround
  • Power bulge hood
  • Heated ORVMs
  • Rear spoiler 
  • 18,19 or 20-inch alloys with all-season tires
  • Rain sensing wipers
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2020 Dodge Challenger Safety

6.3/10

The base Challenger doesn’t get a lot of safety support systems like its competitors. Nevertheless, there are functional features that help support it extensively. These features are a part of standard fitment and you won't be left asking for more.

Safety Features

  • Side Impact Beams
  • Low Tyre Pressure Warning System(TPWS)
  • Driver and Passenger Dual-Stage Airbags
  • Parkview Backup Camera
  • ABS and Driveline traction control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Roll Stability Control
  • 1st and 2nd row Curtain Airbags

2020 Dodge Challenger Competition

Dodge Challenger vs Ford Mustang Ecoboost

Ford has turbocharged the 2.3L pot in the Mustang to give a toppling 310 hp. With 60 coming up in 5 seconds you would be pushed back into the seat way before the Challenger. The naturally aspirated V6 from the Challenger is handicapped here. 

2020 Ford Mustang Ecoboost

That being said, power is the only department where the Mustang shines. The challenger takes practicality, comfort and tech features away from the turbo pony. The Challenger makes a good overall package but if you are a Mustang fanboy then it would be more sensible to save up and go for the 5.0LCoyote V8.

Dodge Challenger vs Chevrolet Camaro 2LT

The Camaro is a muscle car that comes in with a 2.0L pot. Despite the small engine it manages at being the David in this fight. It is nimble and a smaller wheelbase helps it handle like a breeze. 

2020 Chevrolet Camaro 2LT

But with the huge dimensions, Challenger manages to pull it off in its favor. The naturally aspirated V6 helps it reach 60 MPH in 6.3 seconds. It also has much more accessible second-row seats and an abundance of cargo space. The Challenger is a better choice as it balances the old school charm with practicality. 

Dodge Challenger vs Nissan 370Z

The Nissan 370Z is the true underdog here. It is a no-nonsense sports car and less of a muscle. Talk about an awkward situation! The Jap manages to get into this list because of its pricing and sheer value for money. With the lightest body of the lot and the biggest engine, it surely calls for trouble. Frankly, it is the one non- American car that can lock horns with the V’s.

2020 Nissan 370Z

But it loses out on practicality, which is a bummer. It focuses on only performance whereas the Challenger fuses both in harmony and provides the best of both worlds. If all outperformance is your thing, then 370Z it is. But if you want to take your V6 for shopping as well then you seriously should consider the Challenger.

2020 Dodge Challenger Final Verdict

Dodge Challenger has not begotten its base model with the bare essentials. It has a V6 which produces enough torque to give a neck ache. Along with the performance, it even takes care of interior space and quality with a rather large cargo capacity.

With a very tempting price of $28900 and the best infotainment unit in a muscle car, the 370Z is the one that comes close to it. With a chiseled body and a commanding street presence, it surely is a looker. If you are on the lookout for a practical muscle car on a budget then the Challenger duos are your cup of tea.

2020 Dodge Challenger Overall Reviews


Gregory V. Brown

Gregory V. Brown 2020 Dodge Challenger GT 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl 8A)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: July 4, 2020

2020 Dodge Challenger!

Overall Review -

9

Overview Rating

Challenger GT, asks for frequent trips to gas stations but on whole, it has been totally worth it

9/10

Features

9/10

Interior

9/10

Design

9/10

Safety

9/10

Reliability

9/10

Deal Value

8/10

Dealer Review


Freddie C. Martin

Freddie C. Martin 2020 Dodge Challenger SXT 2dr Coupe AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: June 8, 2020

Featuring AWD

Overall Review -

10

Overview Rating

Once in a lifetime kind of driving

10/10

Features

10/10

Interior

10/10

Design

10/10

Safety

10/10

Reliability

10/10

Deal Value

10/10

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Top User Reviews


9

User Overall Rating

"2020 Dodge Challenger!"

Everybody here seems to be praising the acceleration and what not but nobody seems to address the best handling it has got. Handles confidently and smooth despite all the hefty built
by Gregory V. Brown

10

User Overall Rating

"Featuring AWD"

Well I've got a car that drives through snow, mud and just about everything where regular cars would not even think of stepping their foot. The best part, I don't have to do anything. No knobs to take care of or drive modes to change. All I need to do is have fun inside
by Freddie C. Martin