2015 Dodge Challenger Review

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor
August 4, 2015

The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat rules the roost; meanwhile the entire Challenger lineup gets more retro-modern than ever—all while offering up touring comfort you won't find in the other muscle coupes.

The 2015 Dodge Challenger lineup has been largely upstaged by one of its own: the Hellcat. A new 707-hp top-performance model, the 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat arrives this model year as the most powerful muscle car ever.

As for the rest of those changes to the 2015 Challenger models, they're significant. With carefully refined exterior styling, new powertrains, upgraded suspension, and an all-new—and far more pleasant—interior, the 2015 Dodge Challenger stays up to date in the face of competition from not only the Chevy Camaro but an all-new Ford Mustang this year.

The Challenger has always been the largest and blockiest of the muscle cars, giving it substantial road presence. Looked at through a different lens, the Challenger has been slightly more of a touring coupe--large and comfortable, with a supple ride on long trips. Now that persona is joined by an array of even more powerful, rip-up-the-track models at the top end, for Challenger buyers who want to keep pace with the most powerful vehicles in the competition's lineups.

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The revised exterior styling adopts cues from the classic 1971 Challenger, including a new split grille in a slimmer front opening with projector headlamps surrounded by LED halos, a pronounced and fully functional "power bulge" hood, and LED tail lamps in a glossy piano black surround. Inside, the 2015 Challenger's interior has been completely revamped. The sweeping surfaces of hard black plastic are gone, replaced by a modern dash with soft-touch surfaces and a fully modern instrument cluster with a fully customizable 7-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) center display screen and available 8.4-inch touch-screen system.

Its slightly larger size pays dividends inside: The Challenger is the only one of the three muscle coupes to offer seating for five. Access to the back seat will entail some contortion, and only two adults will really fit back there, but it's doable. At 16 cubic feet, the trunk is also larger than those of even some mid-size sedans on the market.

The standard powertrain on the 2015 Challenger is a 305-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6. Then there's the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, which will be rated at up to 375 hp and 410 lb-ft or torque. Finally, there's a new 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 that Dodge estimates at 485 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque. All three engines can be mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission, the only one offered on any of the three U.S. muscle cars, with a Sport Mode and paddle shifters as well as visual and tactile feedback on the electronically-actuated shift lever. A six-speed manual gearbox remains available as well. Like all three of its competitors this year, the Challenger remains a rear-wheel-drive vehicle with independent rear suspensions.

Suspension changes across the board include a Super Track Pak available on all Challenger models, uprated suspension, and new electric power steering with three modes: Normal, Comfort, and Sport. A fully track-ready 6.4-liter Scat Pack model includes not only the 6.4-liter Hemi but also 20-inch aluminum wheels, Brembo disc brakes, and the 392 Scat Pack Shaker model adds a functional Shaker hood inlet scoop.

Eight separate trim levels will be offered on the 2015 Challenger: SXT, SXT Plus, R/T, R/T Plus, R/T Shaker, R/T Plus Shaker, 6.4-liter Scat Pack and 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker. Customization options mean no two Challengers need be identical, with fourteen different interiors, nine wheel options, and a range of new paint colors, including retro shades like Sublime Green and B5 Blue.

Challenger sales have increased steadily throughout its life, so there's clearly a market for a retro muscle car. We tend to think that the best deals in the lineup include the base SXT, where the Challenger costs less than $30k and is far more flamboyant and exciting than any other comfort-oriented mid-sizer. R/T Scat Pack models are also quite the deal, with as much performance as you could possibly take advantage of on the street, all for around $40k.

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October 14, 2016
2015 Dodge Challenger 2-Door Coupe SRT Hellcat

Every system in this car, from engine to brakes, transmission, steeriing, infotainment, interior style and comfort are all eceptional and should be experienced by everyone at least once.

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The Hellcat (manual transmission model) surprised me with not just the engine, but the overall excellence of the rest of the car. Brakes are awesome with hard pedal, no dead zone and great response. Steering... + More »
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February 26, 2016
2015 Dodge Challenger 2-Door Coupe R/T Plus Shaker

DON'T BUY IT!!!! RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN FAR FAR AWAY FROM IT

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This is one of the most UNSAFE vehicles that I have ever seen. Even Dodge can't figure out what is wrong with my car. Provided the dealership with not one but two videos of the vehicle malfunctioning and as of... + More »
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October 5, 2015
2015 Dodge Challenger 2-Door Coupe R/T Plus Shaker

Its My Dream Car what more can i ask for

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This car i have been longing and working hard to have for a long time i am blessed to have it its a great car
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October 2, 2015
2015 Dodge Challenger 2-Door Coupe SRT Hellcat

Outstanding Vehicle in Every Way!

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After waiting over 7 months it finally arrived early this week and I could not be happier with my new car. Clearly the performance enthusiast's performance car.
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August 31, 2015
2015 Dodge Challenger 2-Door Coupe SXT

great looking car

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6 cly fast best looking car out there trip to ny got 30 plus mpg round trip 3500 miles
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August 15, 2015
2015 Dodge Challenger 2-Door Coupe SRT Hellcat

The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is "THE S**T!"

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The experience of owning and daily driving my 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat can be described in one word and that word is transformational. As far as life experiences go, driving "The Cat" ranks just... + More »
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June 25, 2015
2015 Dodge Challenger 2-Door Coupe R/T Plus

Never knew what I was missing

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This car is a dream to drive. The performance exceeds all of my expectations. The only draw back is that 70miles per hour feels like 40, thus you really have to pay attention to what you are doing. Ot is... + More »
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May 24, 2015
2015 Dodge Challenger 2-Door Coupe SRT 392

almost everything is great.

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only cons are no dvd player or hard drive had these in my 2012. also the usb port is not very convenient.sound system is not as good as in the 2012. other than that everything else is great. and it goes like... + More »
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May 2, 2015
2015 Dodge Challenger 2-Door Coupe R/T Scat Pack

An affordable car that is fast and street legal

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The 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack was built to satisfy the need for speed but priced in such a way that many people can now afford luxury, style, speed, and prestige. The car has subtle hints and a... + More »
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April 28, 2015
2015 Dodge Challenger 2-Door Coupe R/T

All I can say is WOW!!!

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I love my new 2015 Challenger R/T 5.7 hemi. I chose the super track pak option. I always had fast cars but never a true muscle car until now. I love the way it sits and handles with the track pak option. It is... + More »
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