2023 Dodge Challenger Review, Pricing, and Specs (2024)

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  • Highs Gutsy Hemi V-8s, available all-wheel drive, surprisingly comfortable ride.
  • Lows Handling’s a little too old-school, déclassé cabin materials.
  • Verdict The Challenger’s vintage appearance perfectly matches its throwback, muscle-car road manners.
By Drew Dorian and Eric Stafford

Overview

While rival muscle cars have pivoted recently toward sharp handling, the 2023 Dodge Challenger keeps things retro with a package that’s designed more for old-school pony-car jollies and straight-line speed. A V-6 engine is standard in these non-SRT Challengers but the real fun comes with the optional naturally aspirated Hemi V-8 engines, which are offered in a variety of displacements and outputs spanning a 375-hp, 5.7-liter to a 485-hp, 6.4-liter. If you want even more power, Dodge will be happy to oblige with the big-stomper Challenger SRT Hellcat, which we review separately. The regular Challenger isn’t as intense as the outrageous Hellcat, but for some its V-8 burble and relatively comfortable ride will be enough to trigger nostalgic feelings for the vintage Dodge pony cars with which it shares a name. Enthusiast drivers will find modern versions of the Chevrolet Camaro and the Ford Mustang more capable on twisty roads and racetracks, but the Challenger’s old-school charm is undeniable.

What's New for 2023?

This year marks the end of an era for the Challenger coupe as Dodge prepares a next-generation model, likely with an electric powertrain. The 2023 Challenger wears special commemorative plaques under the hood to indicate the final model year of the current generation, and Dodge will offer popular colors from the car’s past, including Plum Crazy, B5 Blue, and Sublime Green. All R/T models gain a new “345” badge on the front fender to pay tribute to the Hemi V-8 engine that resides under the car’s long, vented hood. The first of these seven special editions Dodge is calling the Shakedown. Only 1000 will be built. The Shakedown edition will be split between the 485-hp R/T Scat Pack and its Widebody twin and likely cost between $55k–$65k.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

The price of the 2023 Dodge Challenger starts at $34,395 and goes up to $58,855 depending on the trim and options.

    We'd select the R/T Scat Pack model for its 485-hp 6.4-liter V-8. Believe it or not, we'd opt for the eight-speed automatic over the standard manual transmission because it's much more responsive than the slushy-feeling stick shift. We'd also add the adaptive dampers for adjustable ride quality, and the Dynamics package for its wide 20-inch wheels, six-piston Brembo front brakes, and leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Plus package improves the interior with ambient lighting, faux-suede seat inserts, and much nicer materials on the dashboard and doors. It requires the Driver Convenience Group, too, which brings blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross-traffic alert, power mirrors, and high-intensity-discharge headlights.

    Engine, Transmission, and Performance

    The Challenger's base 305-hp V-6 won't satisfy thrill seekers. The modest engine mates exclusively to the eight-speed automatic, but in the heavy Challenger, it lacks the acceleration and excitement of rivals. The Dodge's Hemi V-8 engines are another story. The 375-hp 5.7-liter we tested had plenty of juice to powerslide on demand, and its guttural growl was gratifying. Those looking to maximize the Challenger's potential will want the 6.4-liter V-8, which produces 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. We also drove the T/A 392 with the automatic and admired the exhaust's cannon-blast startup sound and baritone roar when prodded. While we're suckers for a manual transmission, the automatic is incredibly responsive to throttle inputs, with quick power-on downshifts. The Challenger hustles through corners like a raging bull seeing red, snorting aggressively and swaying threateningly. The burly Dodge is a muscle car in the truest sense: It's better on the street and the drag strip than on two-lanes and road courses. Since the lineup's redesign in 2015, the models we've driven have offered a compliant ride that's comfortable but a bit unrefined. Compared with the sharper and stickier handling of the Camaro and Mustang, however, the Challenger is too soft in tight turns and its steering is too numb. The slow-to-react helm is well suited to leisurely drives and easily controlled power-induced tail slides.

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    Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

    The rear-drive, V-6-powered Challenger is estimated to earn 19 mpg city and 30 highway. Adding all-wheel drive into the mix lowers those ratings by 1 and 3 mpg, respectively. Challengers with the 5.7-liter V-8 are expected to earn up to 16 mpg city and 25 highway. Versions with the 6.4-liter V-8 are rated up to 15 mpg city and 24 highway. We've tested the all-wheel-drive V-6 Challenger and one with the 485-hp V-8 and automatic transmission on our 75-mph real-world route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen. Surprisingly, they both earned 26 mpg on the highway. For more information about the Challenger's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.

    Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

    The Challenger has a classic muscle-car interior, with a simple design inspired by its 1970s-era predecessors and comfortable accommodations. Compared with its pony-car rivals, the Dodge is far roomier inside, and adults can actually use the back seat. Unfortunately, its rubberized materials resemble old vinyl rather than premium plastic, and rear visibility is lousy. The Challenger's broad front seats are comfortable for cruising, but even the optional seats, which have added bolstering, don't hug their occupants the way those in the Camaro or Mustang do. Dodge's pony car has an extra seven cubic feet of cargo space in its trunk versus the Camaro. This allows the Challenger to swallow two more bags of luggage than the Camaro. Fold the back seats down and that advantage grows to six. The Challenger has a big center-console bin and a useful spot for a smartphone. Still, none of the cars we tested in this class was particularly adept at storing small items.

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      Infotainment and Connectivity

      Every Challenger has a version of Dodge's easy-to-use Uconnect infotainment system. The feature-filled unit includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration as standard equipment. Looking to get the Led out? Listen to Jimmy Page's spine-tingling guitar riffs with one of two optional Alpine audio systems or the crème-de-la-crème 900-watt, 18-speaker Harman/Kardon setup.

        Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

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        This old-school coupe is available with some driver-assistance technology, but buyers wanting more advanced tech will need to look elsewhere. For more information about the Challenger's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

        • Available blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
        • Available adaptive cruise control
        • Available automatic high-beams

        Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

        The Challenger has average limited and powertrain warranties. Unlike BMW and Chevrolet, Dodge doesn't provide any complimentary scheduled maintenance.

        • Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
        • Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
        • No complimentary scheduled maintenance

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        Specifications

        VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 2-door coupe

        PRICE AS TESTED: $53,995 (base price: $46,590)

        ENGINE TYPE: pushrod 16-valve V-8, iron block and aluminum heads, port fuel injection

        Displacement: 391 cu in, 6410 cc
        Power: 485 hp @ 6100 rpm
        Torque: 475 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm

        TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

        DIMENSIONS:
        Wheelbase: 116.2 in
        Length: 198.0 in
        Width: 75.7 in Height: 55.9 in
        Passenger volume: 94 cu ft
        Trunk volume: 16 cu ft
        Curb weight: 4274 lb

        C/D TEST RESULTS:
        Zero to 60 mph: 4.2 sec
        Zero to 100 mph: 9.3 sec
        Zero to 130 mph: 16.0 sec
        Zero to 150 mph: 24.2 sec
        Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 4.3 sec
        Top gear, 30-50 mph: 2.2 sec
        Top gear, 50-70 mph: 2.6 sec
        Standing ¼-mile: 12.5 sec @ 116 mph
        Top speed (drag limited, mfr's claim): 176 mph
        Braking, 70-0 mph: 151 ft
        Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.93 g

        FUEL ECONOMY:
        EPA combined/city/highway: 18/15/25 mpg
        C/D observed: 17 mpg
        C/D observed 75-mph highway driving: 26 mpg
        C/D observed highway range: 480 mi

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        How much should I pay for a Dodge Challenger? ›

        2023 Dodge Challenger MSRP and Invoice Price
        TrimsMSRPEdmunds Suggested
        SXT Most Popular$32,695$24,150
        GT$35,995$27,276
        R/T$41,535$32,039
        R/T Scat Pack$48,995$42,893
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        Is A Challenger A Good car to buy? ›

        Yes, the 2023 Challenger is a good car. A bevy of thrilling engine options provide lightning-quick acceleration, culminating in some of the most powerful models you can currently buy. The infotainment system is user-friendly, and there's ample passenger and trunk space.

        How much is a Dodge Challenger USA 2023? ›

        The price of the 2023 Dodge Challenger starts at $34,395 and goes up to $58,855 depending on the trim and options. We'd select the R/T Scat Pack model for its 485-hp 6.4-liter V-8.

        What is the price of Challenger top model? ›

        Indian Challenger price starts at ₹ 36.97 Lakhs and goes up to ₹ 39.99 Lakhs (Ex-showroom). Indian Challenger comes in 7 variants. Indian Challenger's top variant is Limited Maroon Metallic.

        Is insurance cheaper for Charger or Challenger? ›

        The cost of insuring a Dodge car can change based on the model. For example, the Dodge Charger is the most affordable to insure at approximately $1,447 per year. Meanwhile, a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat has the most expensive insurance premiums at roughly $2,512 per year.

        Is Challenger insurance expensive? ›

        The average cost of insuring a Dodge Challenger is $641 per year for minimum coverage and $2,483 for full coverage. This is higher than the national average cost of car insurance, which is $622 for minimum and $2,014 for full insurance coverage.

        Do challengers hold their value? ›

        The Best Model Years to Buy a Dodge Challenger

        With the 2021, you would only pay, on average, 88% of the price as new, with 92% of the vehicle's useful life remaining. The 2020 and 2022 model years are also attractive years for the Challenger, and provide a relatively good value.

        Is a Challenger a good daily driver? ›

        Yes, the Dodge Challenger is an excellent choice for a daily driver.

        Do challengers keep their value? ›

        Dodge Challenger - 60.0 Percent Percent Resale Value (After Five Years) Get it before it's gone. The Dodge Challenger will be discontinued after the 2023 model year, and its strong resale value is indicative of its old-school muscle car desirability.

        How much should I pay for a 2023 Dodge Challenger? ›

        The 2023 Dodge Challenger starts at $30,545 for the base SXT trim. The R/T trim is your ticket into the V8 club and starts at $39,385, while 807 horsepower can be yours for as little as $83,650. But most buyers stick with something under the $50,000 mark.

        Why is Dodge Challenger being discontinued? ›

        Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis has announced that the current versions of the Charger and Challenger will be their last, at least for the foreseeable future. Production officially ended in December 2023 due to the parent company's transition to cleaner and more efficient electric vehicles (EVs).

        How long will a V6 Challenger last? ›

        The Dodge Challenger may not be known for its reliability, but many owners have testified to its overall longevity. Based on many owner accounts and our research, the Dodge Challenger can reach or exceed 200,000 miles without major mechanical issues – thanks to the car's sturdy construction and build quality.

        What is the top of the line Challenger? ›

        SRT® Hellcat Super Stock

        Fastest, Most Powerful Muscle Car in the World. Supercharged 6.2L HEMI® High-Output SRT® V8 Engine with 807 HP and 707 LB-FT of Torque. 1/4 Mile in 10.5 Seconds @ 131 MPH. 0-60 MPH in 3.25 Seconds.

        How much will the 2024 Dodge Challenger cost? ›

        2024 Dodge Challenger

        The 2024 model is expected to have a starting price of around $35,000, making it slightly more expensive than the Charger. It will come equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 305 horsepower, with the option to upgrade to a 6.4-liter V8 engine that delivers 485 horsepower.

        How much is a monthly payment on a Dodge Challenger? ›

        The estimated monthly payment to lease a 2023 Dodge Challenger GT is $542 per month, for 36 months. There are many other leasing options available depending on exactly what features you want, including a 2023 Dodge Challenger SXT, for $401/mo, or a 2023 Dodge Challenger GT, for $419/mo, for 36 months.

        How much do I need to make to afford a scat pack? ›

        in order to very comfortably afford a brand new dodge charger scat . pack, you need an annual gross income of around 92 000.

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