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2012 Dodge Challenger Consumer Reviews

4.8
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LOVE my Challenger

by from Hartford, CT on March 17, 2013

You either really want a Challenger, in which case you will gush love over it like every other review, or you won't even consider a Challenger - there aren't going to be many 'random buyers' who just ...
You either really want a Challenger, in which case you will gush love over it like every other review, or you won't even consider a Challenger - there aren't going to be many 'random buyers' who just happened to pick one out. The Challenger makes you feel like a rock star everywhere you go - people stop and want to talk about it, even people who aren't into cars... it's an almost visceral reaction. Accordingly the flaws of the car become irrelevant quirks and not detractions. I regret not buying the Hemi, but the Pentastar V6 has plenty of oomph and it will cruise all day on the highway at a high rate of speed. It moves laterally like its on rails and cuts securely without any wobbles. Looking at it you would think its a low car but that's only because its so long - it's barely shorter than your average car and accordingly it's very comfortable and easy to get in and out of. It's got the amenities one needs, like heated seats, without the unnecessary bells and whistles you see jammed into more and more cars. I think the people who claim 25mpg are fudging because I don't do that well, even on the highway. The C-pillar is so large that one doesn't just have a blind spot, rather you take your life in your hands pulling out of parking spaces - but that's just one of those lovable quirks that comes with driving around being a rock star....
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'12 Challenger SXT

by from Mahopac NY on February 27, 2012

Comfy, quiet and quick. I've had the car for almost two months now and love it. I commute 110 miles round trip in and out of NYC every day and can't imagine a nicer car to do it in. I mentioned quiet,...
Comfy, quiet and quick. I've had the car for almost two months now and love it. I commute 110 miles round trip in and out of NYC every day and can't imagine a nicer car to do it in. I mentioned quiet, I'm amazed how quiet the car is on the highway. I wish I had a db meter to prove it! So far the suspension is almost exactly what I was hoping for when I got the car. It has "sporting intent" but is a plush and smooth ride on the highway and is quite forgiving on rough urban and suburban streets. There are some quirks but overall I'm really quite pleased. The new Pentastar V6 is a hoot to drive aggressively and really quite economical if you're nice to it. On straight highway runs I average well over 30mpg and overall, with the commute I mentioned, the car has averaged 24mpg for the first 4500 miiles. It would be nice if the drivers seat bolsters were a bit more supportive or at least adjustable for those of us with a narrow upper body structure. The only thing I have found that really bugs me is having to take my hand off the wheel to do anything with the wipers. I would like to have them operate with a flick of the stalk instead, at least for light rain or mist conditions. I would recommend this car if you are looking for a feature rich car that's a pleasure to be in, looks absolutely awesome and will never leave you feeling underpowered when you really need it.
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2012 dodge challenger sxt

by from kingman az. on November 6, 2011

well bought the car for the wife cant believe she went for the OLDSCHOOL look.We went with the v6 SXT. knowing were not pay gas prices from the 70's but MAN THE CAR IS DEFFENTLY A DREAM.The car is set...
well bought the car for the wife cant believe she went for the OLDSCHOOL look.We went with the v6 SXT. knowing were not pay gas prices from the 70's but MAN THE CAR IS DEFFENTLY A DREAM.The car is set up really nice inside and out being the first new car we,ve bought it came with the 20inch tires and rides smooth,test drove a few older ones and nothang came close to the 2012..the motor goes up hills at ez without the hard overdrive kicken in and throwing away half a tank of gas..it went up hill passes at such a ez that i was shock how smoth and mangeable the car was whit out that over powering kick from the trans and seems to want to drop or blow most vech up not the 2012 challenger its a work of art how everythang comes togeather in this car almost just wright..Now i really dis like how the trunk and tail lights dont line up but did compare with other dodge challengers there all the same in that departmant y i have no idea but really thank they could of engneered that section better..you cant not wear yr seat belt becuz the noise of no seat binger drives u crazy that u want to put it on.There is def plenty of room in this car if u have kids.The sirius radio rocks get it free for a year not bad,blue tooth in the radio is nice haveing u can be heard from the back seat.Sound system could be better they boast about a 200 watt amp and bla bla it just could be better..So far the gas mpg isnt that bad and not haveing to use a key to start or open the car is nice but have to have to have key fob with u. there is alot of extras that come with the sxt like heated seats leather interior auto or standard which i feel is for the birds eather it is or it isn't so i like just keepen it in auto.Its a sharp lookin car didnt come with sun roof if u can get one in the v6 get one thats the only thing its missing..Kids love the wife picking them up in it at school it's def a eye opener..Also the thermostat is nice so it keeps the the inside just right on a long haule..The front lights could be brighter but may it's just me but the dual exhaust is sweeet!!!!!!
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Great Car, absolutely love it!

by from DFW/Texas on July 2, 2012

I fell in love with the retro looks of the Challengers a while back, as it's been said before it's the classic muscle car look with the features of the new car technology. I bought an R/T Classic w/ ...
I fell in love with the retro looks of the Challengers a while back, as it's been said before it's the classic muscle car look with the features of the new car technology. I bought an R/T Classic w/ the 5 speed auto. The 5.7 Hemi has more than plenty of power, and the ride is excellent. I did get the Super Trak Pack, which featured upgraded suspension and brakes, if you're on the fence drive one with and one with out, and for me it was a hands down choice to go with the STP. The 730N Nav that I got with my unit is very nice. The 430N Nav unit is a different unit, that was in the original vehicle i test drove. The 430 is garmin powered, and looks like most of the dash mount garmin GPS units i've seen. The one feature it has that I liked was it had the speed limits on the screen for each road. My garmin I had for 4 years had this, and it is taking some re-adjustment to get used to having to look for speed limit signs on the road (usually I don't look very close b/c I'm used to it being on the GPS instead!) But that's not a real big problem, and it is FAR surpassed by the traffic features of the 730N, I hate sitting in traffic and it's great to have that auto re-route for traffic feature, once you have it, i guarantee you won't ever want to go back! I just didn't realize how DIFFERENT the two navs were in terms of what the maps look like and what's displayed. (I wish someone had mentioned it in a review before I bought mine so here I am!) As for style: It has that retro look down, both inside and out. The cluster guages look great, I find the speedo is a little different than my trucks were, so I don't at first glance immediately recognize what speed i'm going, easily avoided by using the digital speedo though. I'm sure after I've had it a while more I'll get more used to it. And of course driving it down the road it gets tons of attention, a real head turner. I find the seats super comfy, and there is plenty of lumbar adjustment. Also there is plenty of truck space! The gas economy is ok, of course, it's a V8. I find i get about what the epa estimate is. (16/25) If you're super worried about gas milage, I would say you would probably be better of looking at a different vehicle to be honest. For a comparison to my previous toyota and nissan pick ups, it far surpassed the 5.6L (V8) nissan titan, and gets as good if not better than the 3.4L (V6) the toyota tundra had, with literally double the power. Of course as technology improves I'm sure we'll only see the numbers get better. Overall: I absolutely love the car, I do wish I could of kept the truck as well, I don't like not having both, but for 99% of my vehicle needs it really gets the job done. The only feature I would of liked to see was a back up camera. Although I hear that they should be comming with optional back up parking sensors on the MY 13's and according to literature I got from my dealer mopar has an accessory that you can add called park sense rear parking senors.
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Fantastic car

by from Michigan on May 18, 2013

Having come from utility vehicles my whole life this is a beautiful and smooth driving experience. I never thought I'd really get one but many people encouraged me to and I now have a 2012. I love it ...
Having come from utility vehicles my whole life this is a beautiful and smooth driving experience. I never thought I'd really get one but many people encouraged me to and I now have a 2012. I love it and can't believe it is in the driveway. The backseat is really the only issue. Adults really cannot fit back there for any extended time. I figured as much prior to buying but still am kind of shocked. Why not just make it a two seater? I love it and am glad I bought it.
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Best Looking Modern Muscle

by from Rockford, MI on August 4, 2012

Out of the three recent modern muscle cars, (Camaro, Mustang, Challenger) The Challenger beats all in exterior looks. At a distance, you have to take a second look to tell if it is a modern model or 1...
Out of the three recent modern muscle cars, (Camaro, Mustang, Challenger) The Challenger beats all in exterior looks. At a distance, you have to take a second look to tell if it is a modern model or 1970. This can not be said about the others. Interior is nice but could be more vintage looking. I bought the R/T with the 5.7 Hemi. Very good power considering the car is over 2 tons. I like the size and weight. Makes for a great daily driver and comfortable for several hour drives. The other two might beat it slightly in 0-60 and 1/4 mile, but I get so many looks and compliments in my Header Orange R/T that I don't think Mustang or Camaro would bring. Over all very happy and gas mileage compares to my old 2006 Cadillac CTS V-6 which I sold to buy the 2012 R/T
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Badass Car

by from Jackson, MS on February 28, 2012

I have owned muscle cars earlier in my life. I have owned 2 - 1969 Camaros and 1 - 1968 Camaro. I also owned a 1967 Mustang and a 1972 Mustang Mach 1. I admired early model Challengers from a far, but...
I have owned muscle cars earlier in my life. I have owned 2 - 1969 Camaros and 1 - 1968 Camaro. I also owned a 1967 Mustang and a 1972 Mustang Mach 1. I admired early model Challengers from a far, but never owned one. The latest edition Challenger is everything I wanted in a muscle car. It has the styling, performance and comfort I was looking for. I wanted an old style (1960-1970s) muscle car but with the new car technology. Cruise control, A/C, etc. I am very happy with this car. Best thing I have bought in a long time. Thank you Dodge!
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I Love this Car

by from Gulfport, MS on February 17, 2013

I've wanted one since they first came out. I'm 50 so I can relate to the erra and have the memories to go with it. They knocked the whole retro thing out of the ball park. I originally wanted it all (...
I've wanted one since they first came out. I'm 50 so I can relate to the erra and have the memories to go with it. They knocked the whole retro thing out of the ball park. I originally wanted it all (HEMI, Manual tranny, etc) Realistically the PENTASTAR 3.6 is all you need. It offers the reliability, power, gas savings that we all need to think about these days. Power's no problem! I'm not racing for pink slips here....lol I did get the sport upgrade w/the paddles also. Not bad.. I play with them now and then because they're there. LMAO Pretty Cool. Compliments all the time. Body style.... Do I have to say it?? Seriously!!! This car offers such a comfortable ride it's not even funny. She's a cruiser! I'd love to take a long trip to New York or Nevada..... The interior's nice. I'm happy with it. Some might expect more but I look at it differently and so did the designer... The interior will out last the others. I know it!!! Mark my words on this 10 -50 years from now!! Oh last and not least... The back seat. Not bad for kids or maybe a few adults if it happens that you find yourself toting a few. It'll be a little tight but it;s doable. Helps if the driver and front passenger can scoot up a little. I don't necessarilly plan on having anyone in the back and I knew this when I bought it. It works for me! The car handles very well so listen to the negative reports. I'm not getting paid and I'm not getting perks for putting this out... Drive one for yourself and you'll see. I've test drove the Camaro and Mustang. They handle nice and they're sporty but they're tight inside and definitely didn't get the reto thing right. Not even close!!! Seriously...Take one for a ride!! Fir the price you pay extra for another 70-75 hp... I didn't think I needed the HEMI Good bump in the #'s although I'd really like to own one. That's OK my 2004 Dodge Ram Quad Cab 4X4 has the HEMI... AWESOME POWER!!!!!
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Near Perfect

by from Bay Area, CA on July 26, 2013

This car handles nicely and the drive is very smooth. I have the 3.6L V-6 which is more than enough power for me. The cabin is quiet and there is minimal wind noise on the freeway. Occasionally there ...
This car handles nicely and the drive is very smooth. I have the 3.6L V-6 which is more than enough power for me. The cabin is quiet and there is minimal wind noise on the freeway. Occasionally there is some road noise on very coarse paving. I do mostly city driving and average about 25-26mpg which is quite amazing since the EPA estimates are 19-27mpg. There is an eco mode that turns on by itself which supposedly turns off two cylinders in the engine when they are not needed. The interior cabin of this car is pretty nice, I have the upgraded sound and when I blast my music the car doesn't have rickety/vibrating noises like some other cars. The cabin is quiet and the ride is smooth but if you want a sportier drive, opt for the sport package which includes a stiffer suspension. Otherwise expect your Challenger to feel like a big boaty cruiser. Having only owned imports before this car I was worried about the reliability. The only issue I have had is when I release the gas pedal sometimes between 2nd and 3rd gear the transmission seems to create a stall and a thud. I am not sure what that is. There is a huge blind spot out the passenger side window and pay extra for the back up cam if you can because you cannot see out when reversing. 95% of the time I just back out and pray for the best.
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Best looking car anywhere

by from Chelsea, Al on October 2, 2012

I bought the Red medal flake, I think they call it redline. We have owned the car for about 3 months and the guys and girls at pretty much every drive thru have commented on the car. Everywhere we go ...
I bought the Red medal flake, I think they call it redline. We have owned the car for about 3 months and the guys and girls at pretty much every drive thru have commented on the car. Everywhere we go people say it is the best looking car they have ever seen and I agree with them. The dealer had a custom strip added to the car so it is a one of a kind. Love the looks, power and handling. Dodge has built my dream car. Oh and those guys who want to a real burn out, turn off the traction control stomp it and hold the brake for a split second to let the tires loose traction and it will smoke the tires all the way thru 1st.
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