2012 Dodge Challenger

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$8,066–$31,838 Inventory Prices

Key Specs of the 2012 Dodge Challenger

Challenger base trim shown

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

Our Take

The good

  • SRT8's power
  • V-8 exhaust sound
  • Responsive automatic transmission
  • Composed ride, highway stability
  • Backseat room

The bad

  • Retro styling limits visibility
  • V-6 lacks low-end power
  • Minimal steering feedback
  • Overstuffed front seatbacks
2012 Dodge Challenger exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2012 Dodge Challenger

  • Dramatic retro styling
  • V-6 or V-8
  • Manual or automatic
  • Three available suspensions
  • High-performance 470-hp SRT8 version

2012 Dodge Challenger Road Test

Mike Hanley

The 2012 Dodge Challenger is the kind of car that can bring a smile to the face of even the most jaded car enthusiast. Try as you might, it's impossible to escape the considerable charm of this ultimate modern-day boulevard cruiser.

The Challenger's classic muscle car styling will draw you in, but its refined ride and handling and spacious interior make this big coupe appealing to drive.

We tested two versions of the Challenger: a V-6 version with an as-tested price of $33,590 and the high-performance SRT8 with a sticker price of $48,320. For a side-by-side comparison with the Challenger's two closest competitors — the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro — click here.

Styling Consequences
The Challenger is a rolling homage to the original coupe, which was produced in the early 1970s. It takes many of the original's design cues — hood slits, a rectangular grille and pronounced rear haunches — and incorporates them in a modern way. To Dodge's credit, the result is a coupe that both recalls the past and looks contemporary. That's not an easy feat.

There are reasons why cars no longer look like they did in the '70s, and the modern-day Challenger showcases one of them with its poor visibility. A big C-pillar and tall trunk make it hard to check your right-side blind spot. It's also difficult to see curbs when pulling into the street, as they're lost behind the car's huge hood. Plus, the roofline makes it hard to ... Read more

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What Drivers Are Saying

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Latest Reviews


Great car for the dollar!

by Fantabulous from Fort Worth, TX on December 17, 2017

The car is stylish and has pep! Dependable and performance is great! I have the six cylinder automatic will get up when need to in traffic. The car has a nice sound from stock pipes. I added after mar... Read full review


Most fun and luxurious car I have owned.

by Joelberg0 from Seattle WA on November 27, 2017

This thing is insane! It’s a lot of fun to drive and has a quality interior to match the nice aggressive look it owns on the exterior. Read full review

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