2021 Dodge Challenger

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$28,095 - $33,695
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2021 Dodge Challenger Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: August 7, 2020
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The Dodge Challenger Coupe has been a popular name in the performance compact car segment. The base SXT Challenger carries a price tag of around $29,000, which is a decent amount at entry-level in this class. As you go to the higher trims like GT, the prices go on increasing gradually, at $33,695. The Challenger is available in both RWD and AWD configurations. There are not much price differences among the drivetrains, and that’s interesting. Even the base SXT trim brings you amazing tech features at entry levels, while GT adds some more premium features.

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Pros

Impressive road presence

Nice and comfortable interior

Old-school Retro design 

Cons

Average fuel economy

Some missing standard safety features

Limited interior space

What's New?

No significant design changes compared to 2020 model

Shuffle in standard safety features across trim levels

New exterior paint schemes on offer 


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
2021 Dodge Challenger Steering mounted controls video

Styles

2021 Dodge Challenger in Adrenaline Red color 2021 Dodge Challenger in Destroyer Gray Clearcoat color 2021 Dodge Challenger in B5 Blue Pearl Coat color 2021 Dodge Challenger in F8 Green color 2021 Dodge Challenger in Go Mango color
Adrenaline Red

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

8.5

Engine And Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

7.5

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.5

Safety

7.4

Competition

7.0

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 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

2021 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

2021 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 (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
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

Expert Review

7.9

Overall Rating


The 2021 Challenger belongs to the third generation that dates back as 2008 model year. The models have received some significant changes since then. The Dodge Challenger got a much needed update inside-out in 2015, along with 8-speed automatic transmission and introduction of SRT Hellcat variant. There won’t be much changes in the exterior design of the 2021 Dodge Challenger. 

The Challenger challenges Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro on the track roads. The V8s equipped duos offer best-in-class power and performance. In terms of ride and handling, the Mustang and Camaro are quite eligible cars compared to the Challenger. With the latest Challenger, Dodge looks to go ahead in the game with its unmatched power, convenience and comfort level. 

2021 Dodge Challenger Coupe Front View
2021 Dodge Challenger Coupe Rear View

8.5/10
Features

 
 
 

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

7.5/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 

8.5/10
Exterior

 

7.4/10
Safety

 

7.0/10
Competition

 
 

2021 Dodge Challenger Features

8.5/10

The Dodge Challenger is a five-passenger, two-door coupe offered in five trim levels: SXT, GT, R/T, R/T Scat Pack and SRT Hellcat. Rear-wheel drive comes as standard, and all-wheel drive is available on SXT and GT trims. Prices for Dodge Challenger starts at $28,095 for base SXT trim with real wheel drive and goes to $33,695 for GT trim.

Trims

SXT

GT

MSRP (RWD)

$28,095

$30,645 

MSRP (AWD)

$31,145

$33,695

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

Homelink 

 

Auto-Dimming Rearview mirrors with microphone

Functional hood scoop

 

Driver Information Display

Houndstooth cloth seats

 

Rain Sensing Wipers

Remote start

 

Automatic Headlamps

Rear Parking sensors

 

Projector Fog lamps

High performance brakes

The SXT trim comes powered with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that propels 303 hp and 268 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. You get an array of standard features, including keyless entry and ignition, a power-adjustable driver's seat, and Dodge's Uconnect infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.

2021 Dodge Challenger Coupe Three Quarter View

The GT trim offers styling cues from the V8 powered trim levels. It gets the same engine found on the base SXT trim but adds an upgraded interior with features like rear parking sensors and remote start. Other features of GT trim include higher-performance brakes, suspension and steering components, houndstooth cloth seats, 20-inch aluminum wheels, sporty steering wheel with paddle shifters, Homelink, functional hood scoop, and fog lamps.

2021 Dodge Challenger Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

The Dodge Challenger has always been known for its muscular styling and power. With engines ranging from V6s and V8s, the Challenger is one of the best supercharged cars in the market. The best part of the Dodge Challenger is its competitive pricing among its competitors. All this power and performance comes at an attractive price point. 

Reliability and Ownership Costs

Dodge has made sure that the Challenger drops from the factory with no issues and comes with superior reliability and after-sales prospective.Dodge has paid such attention to detail to the Coupe that it looks just perfect to eyes. The 2020 Dodge Challenger in its third generation has encountered no recalls till date. As per the records from NHTSA, the 2018 model year has four recalls and the 2019 model year has two recalls. 

The recent recall made for the 2019 Challenger was for damaged front tires. The other recall was to fix the faulty instrument cluster. The instrument cluster was showing unwanted warning that would lead to a high risk of crash.

 

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Total

Tax Credit

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

Insurance

$721

$746

$772

$799

$827

$3,865

Maintenance

$167

$709

$351

$1,066

$1,471

$3,764

Repairs

$0

$0

$116

$275

$401

$792

Taxes & Fees

$2,193

$35

$35

$35

$35

$2,333

Financing

$1,525

$1,226

$908

$568

$206

$4,433

Depreciation

$4,409

$1,912

$1,562

$1,751

$1,531

$11,165

Fuel

$1,474

$1,518

$1,563

$1,610

$1,658

$7,823

Real Cost of Ownership

$10,489

$6,146

$5,307

$6,104

$6,129

$34,175

The recalls for 2018 model year pertained to incorrect park rods that were not letting the transmission shift into the “Park” mode. The second recall was for a faulty cruise control setting. The other recall was for the same cruise control reason. The last recall for the 2018 model year was due to a faulty voltage regulator which caused the car to halt. 

As far as the 5-year ownership cost is concerned, the estimated cost of owning a Dodge Challenger comes out to be around $16,700. The services include insurance renewal, Tire change, and annual maintenance cost. 

Warranty

In order to serve a better service to Dodge Challenger buyers, here’s lucrative warranty options for the car. The full body warranty coverage is for 3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever is first. The powertrain warranty goes as 5 years or 60,000 miles, whichever happens first. The 24-hour Roadside assistance is given for 5 years or 60,000 miles, whichever is earlier. 

Criteria

Period

Limited warranty

3 years/ 36,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Powertrain warranty

5 years/ 60,000 miles; whichever is earlier

24-hour roadside assistance

3 years/ 60,000 miles; whichever is earlier

But even then, the 2021 Dodge Challenger isone of the best muscle cars ever. The growing buyers of the car say a lot about it that makes it more reliable compared to other beefed-up cars in the segment.

Miles per dollar Costs for the 2021 Dodge Challenger

Every mile you travel with your Dodge, you'll attract some minimal cost of $5.48. Majority of buyers skip this part believing that this won’t make any sense but it is important to know how much money you spend while driving every mile with your vehicle. 

2021 Dodge Challenger Buying Advice

The GT trim looks like the most reasonable variant to choose . Over the base SXT variant, the GT trim gets several power upgrades under its hood that boasts of a much pleasant driving experience. In addition to the performance upgrade, the GT gets a leather-wrapped steering wheel with steering mounted audio and infotainment controls. The Dodge Challenger hasn’t changed much from 2019 and the car won the prestigious “Top Performance Award” in 2019 in the Sporty Car segment.

Is buying a used Dodge Challenger a good idea?

The 2020 Dodge Challenger is in its third generation that was released in 2008. The 2015 model year brought some notable changes in the exterior and interior of the car along with some additional safety features. It was the same year when Dodge introduced standard eight-speed transmission and the SRT Hellcat trim. In 2017, Dodge Challenger received an updated infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The 2020 Dodge Challenger arrived with minor modifications and thus, you can easily save thousands of dollars by purchasing a used Challenger. If you can manage with some missed out features, you can settle with a 2017-or newer model.

2021 Dodge Challenger Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The base Dodge Challenger comes powered by the 3.6L Pentastar V6 which is also shared with other Dodge cars like the Dodge Journey and the Dodge Durango. Under the Challenger’s hood, this naturally-aspirated V6 churns out 306 hp and a 268 lb-ft of torque which turns on at 4,000rpm. This engine returns an average low-end but strong mid-range. 

2021 Dodge Challenger Coupe Engine 

The engine is not at all a fast-revving engine but still manages to deliver impressive power. It comes mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, which works as a conventional torque converter. It is smooth in work but not fast as expected.

Models

2021 Dodge Challenger SXT 

2020 Ford Mustang Ecoboost

2020 Nissan 370Z

2020 Chevrolet Camaro 2LT

MSRP

$28,095

$26,670

$30,090

$27,500

Engine

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6 

2.3L Inline-4

3.7L Naturally Aspirated V6

2.0L Inline-4

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

332hp@7,000rpm

275hp@5,600rpm

Torque

268lb-ft@4,800rpm

350lb-ft@30,00rpm

270lb-ft@5,200rpm

295lb-ft@3,000rpm

The Nissan 370Z’s 3.7L Naturally Aspirated V6 engine offers the highest power output among the competitors with its mighty 3.7-liter V6 engine. 

2021 Dodge Challenger Acceleration And Braking Performance

This Challenger lacks in power compared to its siblings. It won’t be a matter of surprise if the Challenger is not the fastest car among the competition. It takes 6.3 seconds to spring 60 mph from halt while quarter mile clocks in 14.8 seconds. Also, it is one of the heaviest cars in the lot with a curb weight of 3894 lbs. The slower automatic transmission is also a reason why the car is not offering quick acceleration irrespective of its powerful engine. Things would have been better if the Challenger got manual transmission. 

2021 Dodge Challenger Coup Accelerate 0-60 MPH Just in 6.3 Sec

The Challenger's tough competitors, the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro, have received several upgrades on chassis and performance parts. As a result, the duo feel more like sports cars than a cruiser. The Dodge Challenger remains an old-school muscle car. It can overshadow the rivals in drag test but loses composure around corners and uneven terrain conditions.

Models

2021 Dodge Challenger SXT 

2020 Ford Mustang Ecoboost

2020 Nissan 370Z

2020 Chevrolet Camaro 2LT

0-60 MPH 

6.3 sec

5.0 sec

5.3 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

13.0 sec

13 sec

14 sec

Top Speed

203 MPH

180 MPH

155 MPH

198 MPH

60-0 MPH 

104 ft

111 ft

106 ft

93 ft

Dodge Challenger has a decent braking system in order to cater large numbers of buyers. The brakes work well on tracks and easy on city roads. The brakes are equipped with 12.6-inch discs that help it brake at a distance of 104 feet. Also, the summer tires are bliss. 

2021 Dodge Challenger Fuel Economy

7.5/10

The Dodge Challenger is a big vehicle and heavy as well. The design of the Challenger Coupe has aerodynamic bits that ensure decent fuel economy. The Coupe returns 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg out on the highway. 

2021 Dodge Challenger Coupe Instrument Cluster

Models

2021 Dodge Challenger SXT 

2020 Ford Mustang Ecoboost

2020 Nissan 370Z

2020 Chevrolet Camaro 2LT

MPG (City)

19

21

17

20

MPG (Highway)

30

31

26

30

MPG (Combined)

23

25

20

23

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

18.5

15.5

19.0

19.0

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi) 

352/555/425

326/481/387

323/494/380

380/570/437

Among the rivals, the Mustang is certainly the most fuel-efficient car that gets a smaller four-cylinder engine sourced from the Ford Focus RS. The Mustang’s engine is modern and uses some lightweight materials and some breath-taking technology that ensure better fuel efficiency without compromising much on the performance.

2021 Dodge Challenger Interior

8.0/10

Believe it or not, the Dodge Challenger has an old-school charm that makes its one of the bad-ass cars in the market now. The interior design lets you wonder whether this mean machine belongs to the 70’s or 80’s. 

2021 Dodge Challenger Coupe Front Seat

The front seats are supportive and offer ample amount of legroom and headroom with additional comfort. Even tall passengers get a good amount of thigh support along with electronically adjustable steering hat tilts for the best driving position. 

Models

2021 Dodge Challenger SXT 

2020 Ford Mustang Ecoboost

2020 Nissan 370Z

2020 Chevrolet Camaro 2LT

Seating Capacity

5

4

2

4

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

49.3/58.5/42.0

37.6/56.3/45.1

38.2/54.4/43.9

38.5/N/A/43.9

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

37.1/53.9/33.1

34.8/52.2/29.0

N/A

N/A

The cabin feels big due to the low window line, thanks to the long wheelbase. Unlike the Mustang and Camaro, the Challenger's cabin is much airy. The big windows allow lots of air to enter into the cabin. The doors are big and wide enough to allow easy passage to the passengers in tight parking spots.

How’s the Dodge Challenger’s infotainment system?

The Dodge Challenger features Uconnect infotainment which is very user-friendly. The Uconnect 4C NAV comes loaded with features that make it keeps you connected with Navigation, Hands-Free Calling and more. All models are available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as a standard for smartphone connectivity. You can use voice recognition to provide basic inputs to the system. .

2021 Dodge Challenger Coupe Cockpit Area

The standard 8.4-inch touchscreen looks large and features easy to access icons that can be selected with a finger touch. The volume and other knobs for quick audio shuffle is also handy to use. The navigation system is responsive and offers accurate maps on the screen. 

2021 Dodge Challenger Exterior

8.5/10

The Dodge Challenger is more than a car. It looks like the car has travelled time. The designers have done a great job to provide the retro essence to the latest Challenger model. The 2021 Dodge Challenger will have an array of special design elements that would just enhance its road presence. 

2021 Dodge Challenger Coupe Front View

The new Challenger comes in a variety of shades that makes it stand out in the crowd. Keeping in the mind, the present-day design is also decade old. The Challenger carries the third generation design layout that was revealed in 2008, and has come a long way with tasteful updates.

Models

2021 Dodge Challenger SXT 

2020 Ford Mustang Ecoboost

2020 Nissan 370Z

2020 Chevrolet Camaro 2LT

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,894

3,542

3,333

3,354

Length (in)

197.9

188.5

167.5

188.3

Width (in)

75.7

75.4

72.6

74.7

Height (in)

57.5

54.3

51.8

53.1

Ground Clearance (in)

5.2

5.2

4.6

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

116.2

107.1

100.4

110.7

The front end gets a large gaping grille that also acts as an air intake. The iconic twin circular headlamps are another centre of attraction, taking design cues from the legendary Challenger. The custom wheels, paint job and racing stripe just adds another feather to the Challenger's overall character. 

2021 Dodge Challenger Safety

7.4/10

Scoring four out of a total of five-star ratings in the crash tests conducted by NHTSA, the Dodge Challenger has performed well in all crash tests. Although, it received average ratings from IIHS. The base Challenger doesn’t get a lot of safety features like competitors. For new models, some features are standard so you don’t need to ask for more.

2021 Dodge Challenger Competition

7.0/10

Dodge Challenger vs Ford Mustang Ecoboost

Ford Mustang has a turbocharged 2.3- Liter 4 cylinder engine that propels 310 hp. With a zero to 60 mph sprint in 5 seconds, the Challeger’s V6 looks a bit overshadowed here. That said, power is the only area where the mustang beats the Challenger. In terms of practicality, tech features, and comfort, the Challenger is a game changer. The challenger is a good package overall. In case you are a Pony fanboy then you can invest your savings in the model powered with a 5.0-liter V8. 

Ford Mustang Ecoboost

Dodge Challenger vs Chevrolet Camaro 2LT

Despite having a small 2.0-liter engine, the Camaro never fails to give a tough fight to the Dodge Challenger. It’s samler wheelbase allows it to handle in tight situations with ease. With bigger dimensions, the Challenger manages to offer better cabin space than the Camaro. If you are looking for a well balanced car with a retro charm and practicality, the Dodge challenger has a winning spot here.

Chevrolet Camaro 2LT

2021 Dodge Challenger Final Verdict

All the engines of Dodge Challenger are powerful, and its two Hellcat models churn out more than 700 horses. The Dodge rides smoothly, has a well-placed interior and provides plenty of trunk space. Well, the Challenger cost more than some of the popular sports cars in the segment but that doesn’t mean to discourage any buyer for sure. The pricing still looks promising when it comes to buyers demands on offer. 

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Overview Rating

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Features

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Interior

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Design

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Safety

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Reliability

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Deal Value

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Overall Review -

10

Overview Rating

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

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Interior

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Design

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Safety

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Reliability

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Deal Value

10/10

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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
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"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
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