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2013 Dodge Challenger

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$6,609 — $30,857 USED
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5 Seats
17-22 MPG
(Combined)
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2013 Dodge Challenger exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2013 Dodge Challenger
  • New Rallye Redline model
  • Dramatic retro styling
  • V-6 or V-8
  • Manual or automatic
  • Three available suspensions
  • High-performance 470-hp SRT8 version

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2013 Dodge Challenger Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

This big, retro two-door coupe seats five. It’s offered with a choice of V-6 or V-8 power, and it is also available in high-performance SRT8 392 form with a 470-horsepower V-8 engine. Competitors include the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro.

(Skip to details on the: SRT8 392)

New for 2013
The Rallye Redline model joins the Challenger lineup for 2013. It features a body-length red stripe, deck lid spoiler, 20-inch black chrome wheels with performance tires, premium Nappa leather upholstery, heated front seats, a performance suspension, a 305-hp V-6 engine, a performance steering setup, larger brake discs and a 3.06:1 rear-axle ratio.

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

  • Standard body-colored door handles, front and rear bumpers, and mirrors
  • Standard 18-inch aluminum wheels; 20-inch rims optional
  • Standard chrome exhaust tips
  • Optional fog lights
  • Optional sunroof
  • Optional high-intensity-discharge 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; heate...

Vehicle Overview

This big, retro two-door coupe seats five. It’s offered with a choice of V-6 or V-8 power, and it is also available in high-performance SRT8 392 form with a 470-horsepower V-8 engine. Competitors include the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro.

(Skip to details on the: SRT8 392)

New for 2013
The Rallye Redline model joins the Challenger lineup for 2013. It features a body-length red stripe, deck lid spoiler, 20-inch black chrome wheels with performance tires, premium Nappa leather upholstery, heated front seats, a performance suspension, a 305-hp V-6 engine, a performance steering setup, larger brake discs and a 3.06:1 rear-axle ratio.

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

  • Standard body-colored door handles, front and rear bumpers, and mirrors
  • Standard 18-inch aluminum wheels; 20-inch rims optional
  • Standard chrome exhaust tips
  • Optional fog lights
  • Optional sunroof
  • Optional high-intensity-discharge 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
  • 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 MP3 jack
  • Optional touch-screen stereo with 30-gigabyte hard drive
  • Optional navigation system

Under the Hood
The Challenger’s standard engine is a 3.6-liter V-6 that teams with a five-speed automatic transmission. The R/T has a 5.7-liter V-8 that features cylinder deactivation on versions with the five-speed automatic. The technology allows the car to operate on four cylinders when less power is needed to save fuel. A six-speed manual is also available for the R/T. Mechanical features include:

  • 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 375 hp and 410 pounds-feet of torque with the manual
  • Both engines use regular gas
  • Standard all-disc brakes

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Side curtain airbags for front and rear occupants
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Electronic stability system
  • Antilock brakes
  • Active front head restraints

SRT8 392
The performance-oriented SRT8 392 is powered by a 470-hp, 6.4-liter V-8, and the coupe comes with a new three-mode adaptive suspension system for 2013. Launch control is also now standard. Dodge says the SRT8 392 can go from zero to 60 mph in the high-4-second range and run the quarter-mile in the mid-12-second range. Other features include:

  • Six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission
  • Performance-tuned dual exhaust system
  • 20-inch aluminum wheels
  • Brembo-brand brakes
  • Limited-slip differential
  • Uconnect hands-free phone system
  • Reconfigurable display can show zero-to-60-mph times, eighth- and quarter-mile times, braking performance and g-force readings
  • Heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Available Harman Kardon premium stereo

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
92 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

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(4.0)

Great car looks and performance!

by Oaktaz from Jacksonville on August 30, 2019

This R/T Classic . Yes it has a HEMI . Great performance, especially on the open highway, watch for cops . Interior is great . Overall styling is great . Handling better than expected ! Read full review

(5.0)

The best Dodge I’ve owned and This is my third on.

by Challenger World from La Crosse, WI on August 20, 2019

The car met all my expectations. The only thing is I realized that one of the fog lights were out afterwards, but they repaired it with no questions asked and with no fee. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2013 Dodge Challenger currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2013 Dodge Challenger has not been tested.

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

    60 months / 100,000 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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