Consumer Reviews Summary
35 of 39 (89%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Dodge Challenger Overview
The new 2013 Dodge Challenger harkens back to the days of the traditional American muscle car. It evokes the sensation of racing from light-to-light and flooring the throttle for the quarter mile. Long a competitor to the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro, in recent years the Challenger trailed its competitors in handling and precision. But Chrysler’s new focus on quality is creating some great cars and the latest Challenger seems to follow suit.
Of all of the modern muscle cars, the Challenger is perhaps the most authentic in its retro looks. Its hood appears to be bursting, and the engine looks as though it’s is tearing its way out through the hood vents. Every Challenger comes standard with some form of body stripe, usually matte black – and the front end is as classically muscled as Hercules’ biceps. Optional exterior features include full side stripes in several colors, huge 20-inch black or chrome wheels, and aerodynamic bumpers and wings.
The party piece of any muscle car is the engine, and the Challenger is no exception. There are three engine choices, which vary mostly based on budget and the weight of your right foot. The basic engine is the 305-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 with 268 pounds-feet of torque. The first optional upgrade is a 375-horsepower, 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 with 410 pounds-feet of torque. And while there is no shortage of power with these engines, someone at Dodge obviously thought that life would be a little too slow with only 5.7-liters of displacement. Thus, the SRT8 badge was reincarnated as the top of the line model, with a 470-horsepower, 6.4L HEMI V8 with 470 pounds feet of torque. Transmission options include a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic.
As you’d imagine, the fuel economy of a traditional muscle car is not its shining feature. The V-6 returns 18/27 mpg city/highway, while the 5.7L V-8 is surprisingly efficient for its size/power at 15/23 mpg city/highway. The top-end, 6.4L V-8 checks in just behind that at 14/23 mpg city/highway.
When you open the driver’s door of the 2013 Challenger, several things stand out including the LED-backlit gauges and the large and sporty bucket seats, trimmed in cloth or leather. Standard features include air conditioning, multifunction steering wheel, and 60/40 split rear seats. Available interior features include satellite navigation, Uconnect hands-free system, heated seats, climate control, contrasting red leather accents, and milled aluminum pedals.
All 2013 Challengers come standard with front, front-side, and side-curtain airbags. In addition, Challengers are all fitted with reactive head restraints that help reduce whiplash in rear-end collisions. Traction control and four-wheel antilock disc brakes are standard, and rear parking sensors are available to prevent unwanted run-ins with parking garage walls.