2019 Dodge Challenger Coupe

City mpg:
19
Highway mpg:
30

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2019 Dodge Challenger Coupe Overview

The standard features of the Dodge Challenger SXT include Pentastar 3.6L V-6 305hp engine, 8-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, automatic air conditioning, 18" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability, 6 way power driver seat.

2019 Dodge
Challenger Coupe

Starting at: $27,595

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Proximity keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Voice recorder
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • AM/FM radio
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Uconnect w/Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 7.0"
  • Smart device integration - Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Basic warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Power driver seat
  • Power 4-way driver lumbar support
  • Front center armrest
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Leather shift knob
  • Engine displacement - 3.6 L
  • Engine horsepower - 305hp @ 6,350RPM
  • Engine torque - 268 lb.-ft. @ 4,800RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 96.0mm x 83.0mm (3.78" x 3.27")
  • Compression ratio - 10.20 to 1
  • Curb weight - 1,766kg (3,894lbs)
  • GVWR - 2,245kg (4,950lbs)
  • Towing capacity - 454kg (1,000lbs)
  • Exterior length - 5,027mm (197.9")
  • Exterior body width - 1,923mm (75.7")
  • Exterior height - 1,461mm (57.5")
  • Wheelbase - 2,951mm (116.2")
  • Turning radius - 5.7m (18.7')
  • Front legroom - 1,067mm (42.0")
  • Rear legroom - 841mm (33.1")
  • Front headroom - 998mm (39.3")
  • Rear headroom - 942mm (37.1")
  • Front hiproom - 1,405mm (55.3")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,214mm (47.8")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,486mm (58.5")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,369mm (53.9")
  • Passenger volume - 2,659L (93.9 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 459 L (16 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - trunk
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Tailpipe finisher - chrome
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 3.6
  • Cylinder configuration - V-6
  • Horsepower - 305hp @ 6,350RPM
  • Torque - 268 lb.-ft. @ 4,800RPM
  • Number of valves - 24
  • Variable valve control
  • Sequential multi-point fuel injection
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 8 speed automatic
  • Manual-shift auto - AUTOSTICK
  • Drive type - rear-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 23mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 18.5gal.
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Anti-whiplash front head restraints
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 235/55HR18.0
  • Rear tires - 235/55HR18.0
  • Wheel size - 18"
  • Tires - performance
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Rear reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Configurable
  • Tachometer
  • Compass
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear - ParkView yes

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
SXT 2019 Dodge Challenger Coupe SXT Search New $27,595   305-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  19 / 30  
SXT 2019 Dodge Challenger Coupe SXT Search New $28,095   305-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  19 / 30  
GT 2019 Dodge Challenger Coupe GT Search New $30,295   305-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  19 / 30  
SXT 2019 Dodge Challenger Coupe SXT Search New $30,595   305-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  18 / 27  
GT 2019 Dodge Challenger Coupe GT Search New $30,645   305-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  19 / 30  
SXT 2019 Dodge Challenger Coupe SXT Search New $31,145   305-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  18 / 27  
GT 2019 Dodge Challenger Coupe GT Search New $33,295   305-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  18 / 27  
GT 2019 Dodge Challenger Coupe GT Search New $33,695   305-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  18 / 27  
R/T 2019 Dodge Challenger Coupe R/T Search New $34,295   375-hp 5.7L 8-cyl  6-spd man.  15 / 23  
R/T 2019 Dodge Challenger Coupe R/T Search New $34,295   375-hp 5.7L 8-cyl  6-spd man.  15 / 23  
R/T 2019 Dodge Challenger Coupe R/T Search New $34,545   375-hp 5.7L 8-cyl  6-spd man.  15 / 23  
R/T Scat Pack 2019 Dodge Challenger Coupe R/T Scat Pack Search New $38,995   485-hp 6.4L 8-cyl  6-spd man.  14 / 23  
R/T Scat Pack 2019 Dodge Challenger Coupe R/T Scat Pack Search New $38,995   485-hp 6.4L 8-cyl  6-spd man.  14 / 23  
R/T Scat Pack 2019 Dodge Challenger Coupe R/T Scat Pack Search New $39,245   485-hp 6.4L 8-cyl  6-spd man.  14 / 23  
SRT Hellcat 2019 Dodge Challenger Coupe SRT Hellcat Search New $58,650   717-hp 6.2L 8-cyl  6-spd man.  13 / 21  
SRT Hellcat 2019 Dodge Challenger Coupe SRT Hellcat Search New $58,650   717-hp 6.2L 8-cyl  6-spd man.  13 / 21  
SRT Hellcat 2019 Dodge Challenger Coupe SRT Hellcat Search New $58,650   717-hp 6.2L 8-cyl  6-spd man.  13 / 21  
SRT Hellcat 2019 Dodge Challenger Coupe SRT Hellcat Search New $59,245   717-hp 6.2L 8-cyl  6-spd man.  13 / 21  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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Indisputably big and heavy, the Challenger is showing its age. Compared against its Camaro and Mustang rivals, a Challenger isn’t nearly as sporty.

With the refined V6 engine, a Challenger delivers a decent quantity of gusto. R/T drivers can expect abundant American-V8 thrust. With either a manual or automatic transmission, the alluring V8 rumble awaits.

Additional power supplied by the Scat Pack’s V8 is especially evident at higher engine rpm, and engine sounds resemble those heard at NASCAR events. Acceleration to 60 mph takes a mere 4.4 seconds.

Riding more smoothly than its natural rivals, the larger Challenger is capable of rounding corners quite nicely. Though it offers some track capability, Dodge’s hottest coupe cannot qualify as a sports car like the Camaro. Each Challenger version has a distinct personality, largely based upon suspension tuning.

Handling with competence, the base SXT promises a soft and compliant ride. GT and R/T editions are firmer but not harsh, less prone to body lean.

Firmest ride comes from the R/T Scat Pack, which is the most track-focused model. All Challengers are suitable for daily driving, but the Scat Pack takes corners crisply, while providing greater road feel. SRT Hellcats are actually a bit softer, with neutral handling.

Widebody versions handle better than their standard siblings, applying a tighter grip to the pavement. Through turns, they provide a more planted, stable attitude.

Hellcats come with big, highly effective Brembo brakes, which are recommended as a Scat Pack option.

V6 and base V8 engines are fairly quiet, though the latter will bellow when pushed. Bigger V8s announce their presence with authority, but quiet down when cruising.

As expected, fuel economy varies with the powertrain. Most efficient are rear-drive V6 versions, EPA-rated at 19/30 mpg City/Highway, or 23 mpg Combined, using regular gasoline.

Dodge recommends premium fuel for the R/T’s 5.7-liter V8 with manual, but mid-grade for automatic. Manual shift is EPA-rated at 15/23 mpg City/Highway, or 18 mpg Combined. Automatic is estimated at 16/25/19 mpg.

Models with the 6.4-liter V8 are EPA-rated at14/23 mpg City/Highway, or 17 mpg Combined with manual, versus 15/24/18 mpg with automatic. Both supercharged Hellcats are EPA-rated at 13/21 mpg City/Highway, or 16 mpg Combined with manual, and 13/22/16 mpg with automatic.

Walk Around

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Basic Challenger appearance hails from the 1971 model, but its modern-day successor is bigger and even more muscular. That’s especially true in Widebody form, with tacked-on fender flares adding 2.5 inches to overall width.

Accompanying the wide, deeply-inset grille, bracketed by round headlights, are various types of hood scoops, depending on model. Prominent rear haunches and a low roofline add to the appeal. Performance-tuned trim levels get a rear spoiler and front splitter, but even the base model looks menacing. Performance models get more aggressive hoods, fascias, and spoilers.

Interior Overview

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Clearly suggesting the 1971 model, the Challenger’s dark, driver-focused cabin features a dashboard that aims toward the driver. Houndstooth cloth upholstery is borrowed directly from that early-day Challenger. Materials are fine-quality.

Because the Challenger is a large coupe, it excels in space and comfort. In front or rear, occupants enjoy stretch-out room.

Front passengers occupy nicely-bolstered bucket seats with somewhat flat seatbacks. Even the seats in performance models are sized for American physiques.

Three passengers can fit in back, but less comfortably than in a sedan. Getting back there is a challenge, too.

Dodge’s easy-to-use infotainment system is especially appealing with the 8.4-inch screen. Trunk volume measures a sizable 16.2 cubic feet, but liftover is high.

Summary

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Few performance-car lineups are as varied as that of the Challenger, which scores highly on both style and power. Best bet for performance-minded buyers is the R/T Scat Pack, but other versions also promise a powerful engine and comfortable ride – plus track-capable handling skills. No Challenger matches Mustang or Camaro for nimble moves, but the well-equipped Challenger promises a more comfortable character overall.

 

Driving impressions by Kirk Bell, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

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Prices do not include $1,495 destination charge.

SXT ($27,845 with rear-wheel drive, $30,895 with all-wheel drive) holds a 3.6-liter V6 and includes houndstooth cloth upholstery, keyless entry, power front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, rearview camera, 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

GT ($30,395 with RWD, $33,445 with AWD) has V6 power and adds a performance-type hood with functional scoop, performance-tuned steering and suspension, plus 20-inch wheels.

R/T ($34,295) gets the 5.7-liter V8 with rear-drive, active dual exhaust, and bright pedals. Either 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic may be installed.

R/T Scat Pack ($39,995) uses a 485-horsepower, 6.4-liter V8, adding heated cloth performance seats, four-piston Brembo brakes, Line Lock, Launch Control, SRT Performance Pages readouts, and 8.4-inch touchscreen.

SRT Hellcat ($60,695) contains the supercharged 717-horsepower, 6.2-liter V8, with After-run Chiller, adaptive damping, and six-piston brakes.

SRT Hellcat Redeye ($71,695) has the 797-horsepower, 6.2-liter V8, functional dual-snorkel hood with cold-air intake, and Torque Reserve.

A wealth of option groups is available, including R/T Scat Pack 1320, T/A, R/T Classic with stripes, Blacktop, Widebody, Shaker scoop, Performance Handling, and a Technology group with safety features.

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