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2011 Dodge Challenger

$7,885 — $33,409 USED
Coupe
5 Seats
18-22 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

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

The Bad

  • Visibility
  • Plain interior
  • Manual transmission not offered with V-6
2011 Dodge Challenger exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2011 Dodge Challenger
  • 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

Our Take

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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.
(Skip to details on the: SRT8 392)

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
  • Sta...
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.
(Skip to details on the: SRT8 392)

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

What drivers are saying

4.8
59 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

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(4.0)

Great power and handling for the price

by Chip from Charleston,SC on November 2, 2018

This car has the look of the muscle cars of the 70s but with more power, comfort and reliability. Fun to drive and draws attention wherever it goes. Good touring car as well Read full review

(5.0)

Most beautiful and fun car I?ve owned

by Kyfanhc from Horse Cave, KY on October 16, 2018

It?s sporty, fun to drive and with options is a dream car! Most complete car I have ever owned. If you?re looking for fun then this car is for you! Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2011 Dodge Challenger currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Dodge

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Challenger received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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