2011 Dodge Challenger

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2011 Dodge Challenger
2011 Dodge Challenger

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Ride comfort
  • Comfortable bucket seats
  • Cornering stability
  • Brake-pedal feel

The bad:

  • Visibility
  • Plain interior
  • Manual transmission not offered with V-6

4 trims

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Notable features

  • Retro looks
  • New standard 305-hp V-6
  • Available 5.7-liter V-8 (R/T)
  • Manual or automatic
  • New SRT8 392 model with 470-hp V-8

2011 Dodge Challenger review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

This big, American two-door coupe seats five and is based on Chrysler’s underpinnings to the Charger and 300 sedans. Competition includes the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro.
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New for 2011
The Challenger gets a 305-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 as its new base engine, and the performance-oriented SRT8 392 is powered by a new 470-hp, 6.4-liter V-8. New standard equipment for 2011 includes Keyless Go remote start, automatic air conditioning, side-impact airbags and 18-inch aluminum wheels.

Exterior
Unlike the Charger sedan, which borrows primarily a name from the muscle-car era, the Challenger was designed after the 1970 model, and it is unmistakably the Challenger from any angle. It has a broad grille and rear-end treatments. Other exterior features include:

  • Standard body-colored handles, front and rear bumpers, and mirrors
  • Standard 18-inch aluminum wheels; 20-inch rims optional
  • Standard chrome exhaust tips
  • Optional performance exhaust system
  • Optional fog lights
  • Optional sunroof
  • Optional xenon headlights

Interior
The Challenger continues its retro-themed looks on the inside with its gauge cluster and black headliner. In manual-transmission cars, the shifter features a unique pistol-grip design. Other interior features include:

  • Standard cloth upholstery; optional leather
  • Standard power-adjustable driver’s seat; heated front seats optional
  • New leather-wrapped steering wheel for 2011
  • Standard automatic air conditioning
  • Standard cruise control
  • Standard remote start on automatic-transmission cars
  • Standard 60/40-split folding rear bench with armrest and two cupholders
  • Standard CD stereo with auxiliary input jack
  • Optional touch-screen audio system with 30-gigabyte hard drive
  • Optional navigation system
  • Optional iPod connectivity

Under the Hood
The base Challenger SE gets a new 305-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 engine that teams with a five-speed automatic transmission. The R/T has a 5.7-liter V-8 that features cylinder deactivation on automatic-equipped models. The technology allows the car to operate on four cylinders when less power is needed to save fuel. A six-speed manual is available for the R/T.

  • Standard 305-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 with 268 pounds-feet of torque
  • Optional 5.7-liter V-8 makes 372 hp and 400 pounds-feet of torque with the automatic transmission and 376 hp and 410 pounds-feet of torque with the manual
  • Both engines can use regular gas
  • Standard all-disc brakes

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Standard side curtain airbags for front and rear occupants
  • Standard front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • Standard antilock brakes

SRT8 392
The SRT8 392 is a high-performance version of the Challenger, and it gets a new, more powerful V-8 engine for 2011. It’s also available in limited-run Inaugural Edition form. Dodge is building 1,492 Inaugural Editions that feature special exterior and interior styling cues like 392 badges, quad exhaust tips, 20-inch wheels and white-and-blue leather upholstery.

The Inaugural Edition and subsequent SRT8s are powered by a 6.4-liter (392 cubic inches) Hemi V-8 rated at an estimated 470 hp and 470 pounds-feet of torque. Dodge says the car can go from zero to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds. Other features include:

  • Standard five-speed automatic transmission
  • Optional six-speed manual
  • Performance-tuned dual exhaust system
  • 20-inch aluminum wheels
  • Brembo brakes
  • Limited-slip differential
  • Reconfigurable display can show zero-to-60 mph times, eighth- and quarter-mile times, braking performance and g-force readings Back to top

 

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.3
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews

2.0

MONEY PIT PLUS!

This car cost me over $7K in repairs and maintenance in just the first three months of ownership. U better have deep pockets! And sometimes even the dealership cannot get parts!

4.7

Best car I have owned

The dodge challenger is a great car. Backseat has enough space for someone to be comfortable back there. Front seat is spacious, which since I'm 6'4 matters to me. Car makes great power, handles well, and is overall just a thrill to drive. Interior on the older generation is a little dated in comparison to a newer car, but with mine being half the price of a new car, its definitely worth the trade off.

4.0

Reliable go-fast car

This car is a nice vehicle for the money. Although Dodge could have done better on the interior for this year. The cloth seats are cheaply made and the cushioning could be better. The economy shifting should be removed as it is a danger when you are shifting at a low RPM. The computer senses rpm during shifting and if it is not at within a specific range it prevents you from shifting from first to second and makes you shift into fourth gear. However this can be fixed by installing a "Skip Shift Eliminator". This is a $25 item and can easily be installed by yourself or your mechanic.

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Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Dodge
Certified pre-owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/less than 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
3 months/3,000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
125-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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