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2017 Dodge Challenger

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$10,157 — $61,201 NEW and USED
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5 Seats
16-23 MPG
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Classic exterior styling
  • Roomy interior
  • Former SRT-only engine now available on lower trims
  • All-weather usability (GT AWD)
  • Excellent Uconnect multimedia system
  • Massive power (V-8)

The Bad

  • Not a muscle car without the V-8
  • Visor hinges intrude into sight lines
  • No muscle car burble or engine roar with V-6
  • Lacks steering precision, feels heavy
  • Optional moonroof eats into headroom
  • V-8 fuel economy
2017 Dodge Challenger exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2017 Dodge Challenger
  • Two-door, retro-styled muscle car
  • V-6 or V-8, including two supercharged SRT V-8s (Hellcat, Demon)
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic
  • Performance Pages multimedia app
  • Shares most powertrains with Dodge Charger sedan

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

A closer look at the 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A reveals an interest-piquing feature: the 2.75-inch active performance exhaust system.

By Aaron Bragman
The verdict:

The 2018 Dodge Challenger's new GT trim level — the first Challenger with all-wheel drive — doesn’t have the muscle to be a proper muscle car, but what it gives up in power, it gains in all-weather traction.

Versus the competition:

There are no direct equivalents to the GT, as no American company offers all-wheel drive on a sports coupe, and foreign luxury brands charge a lot more money for a much smaller car.

I can't help but wonder if the car pictured here is a solution to a problem nobody had. On one hand, owning a retro-styled muscle car is a ton of fun, with the looks, speed and cachet you can get from driving a beastly sports car. On the other hand, it comes with tradeoffs owners have traditionally expected and lived with — they aren't efficient, outward visibility is poor and they're ... disadvantaged in the snow.

Well, the folks at Dodge decided to tackle that last compromise with the 2017 Dodge Challenger GT, billed as the world's first winter-ready muscle car. It features the all-wheel-drive system that's available in the Charger sedan (the Challenger sits on a shortened Charger chassis) mated to a stout 3.6-liter V-6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission. Dodge even held the launch party for this car in the middle of a Maine winter to prove you can drive it through ice and snow successfully. But in transitioning to an all-weather coupe, will the Challenger lose some of its muscle and street cred?

Grip — Anytime, Anywhere

There's nothing different about the Challenger GT from the outside. It looks like any other Dodge Challenger, with big, 19-inch wheels and — in our test car — Green Go nuclear verdant paint. The only clue that this isn't a standard rear-wheel-drive Challenger is the subtle GT badge on the fenders. You can't even tell it sits a little bit higher than a normal Chally, so slight i...

I can't help but wonder if the car pictured here is a solution to a problem nobody had. On one hand, owning a retro-styled muscle car is a ton of fun, with the looks, speed and cachet you can get from driving a beastly sports car. On the other hand, it comes with tradeoffs owners have traditionally expected and lived with — they aren't efficient, outward visibility is poor and they're ... disadvantaged in the snow.

Well, the folks at Dodge decided to tackle that last compromise with the 2017 Dodge Challenger GT, billed as the world's first winter-ready muscle car. It features the all-wheel-drive system that's available in the Charger sedan (the Challenger sits on a shortened Charger chassis) mated to a stout 3.6-liter V-6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission. Dodge even held the launch party for this car in the middle of a Maine winter to prove you can drive it through ice and snow successfully. But in transitioning to an all-weather coupe, will the Challenger lose some of its muscle and street cred?

Grip — Anytime, Anywhere

There's nothing different about the Challenger GT from the outside. It looks like any other Dodge Challenger, with big, 19-inch wheels and — in our test car — Green Go nuclear verdant paint. The only clue that this isn't a standard rear-wheel-drive Challenger is the subtle GT badge on the fenders. You can't even tell it sits a little bit higher than a normal Chally, so slight is the difference.

It's when you're driving in terrible conditions that the AWD makes its presence known. The standard 3.6-liter V-6 makes a decent 305 horsepower and is the only engine offered (for some reason you can't get a V-8 with AWD). In the rear-wheel-drive Challenger, the V-6 is a reasonably efficient engine that moves the car with acceptable, if not exactly HEMI-level performance-tuned, speed.

The last one we tested, as part of our Small-Engine Muscle Car Challenge, went from zero-to-60 mph in 6.3 seconds — not exactly hair-on-fire levels of speed. It was the slowest of the "small-engine" coupes we tested. The AWD's extra weight doesn't help that, but SRT-level speed isn't exactly the Challenger GT's mission.

Grip is what it's all about. Specifically, grip anytime, anywhere. Rainy? Snowy? Icy? Doesn't matter, the Challenger will keep you pointed straight and get you moving. The AWD makes itself known most in straight-line acceleration. There's very little wheel slippage in the rear when you plant the accelerator on a slippery road. It accelerates swiftly, with little sideways fishtailing. If you turn while accelerating from a dead stop, this will kick the tail out until the stability control catches you, so it's still possible to get into trouble despite the additional traction.

The difference the AWD makes in inclement weather, though, is rather remarkable. I was fortunate enough to experience a moderate snowstorm during my week with the Challenger GT, one that would have been extremely hazardous had I been driving an over-powered, RWD muscle car with performance tires. Yet the GT powered on through everything, allowing me to accelerate confidently from stoplights with nary a squirrely movement from the back end.

In dry conditions, however, the Challenger V-6 isn't all that entertaining. It feels heavy and ponderous, not as willing to dance on a twisty back road as competing muscle cars. The acceleration that feels so quick in slippery conditions isn't impressive, the brakes aren't that strong when bringing the car back to a halt, and the super-thick steering wheel doesn't transmit much information about what the tires or suspension are doing when you're rounding bends. For people seeking a big, comfortable, stylish coupe, this will be just fine. For buyers wanting an actual sports car, a HEMI-powered Hellcat this ain't.

Of course, AWD will not help you stop in slippery conditions; your tires are far more important for that. The Michelin Primacy all-season rubber on the Dodge Challenger GT does a decent job of handling slippery conditions, but adding true winter tires to this package each fall would indeed transform the Challenger from a three-season tourer to a capable-year-round coupe.

This is something no other reasonably priced sports coupe on the market can claim. In order to get that kind of all-weather capability in a coupe, you have to go to the German luxury brands, where BMW or Audi will be happy to sell you a much smaller car for a lot more money.

You Coulda Had a V-8

The fact that you can't get V-8s with the Challenger GT's AWD is truly unfortunate, as that more powerful motor would wake up this sleepy touring car nicely. The AWD system is available in the Charger Pursuit police car with the V-8, so we know the chassis can support it, but Dodge says that this is where the volume is in the market, so this is where they're positioning the AWD Challenger.

Fuel economy for the GT, rated by the EPA at 18/27/21 city/highway/combined, is dead even with the 3.7-liter six-piston powered Ford Mustang but behind the 22/31/25 mpg Chevrolet Camaro with its standard turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. My observed fuel economy for the week was a rather modest 17.2 mpg, though that admittedly did not include much highway driving, and slick roads aren't efficiency's friend.

A Child of the '70s

Inside the Dodge Challenger, nothing has changed from the last time we sampled one, aside from a mild update to the Uconnect multimedia system. The design of the dash, doors, seats and console is still retro-themed, inspired by the 1971 Challenger in its shapes, gauges, buttons and even the shifter. While the Mustang and Camaro have embraced modernity with a few hints of nostalgic design, the Challenger remains unabashedly throwback in all its forms, outside and in. If you're a fan of classic American muscle cars, this is awesome — you can buy a car that looks 90 percent like a classic but has all the modern conveniences, safety, efficiency and reliability of a 21st century automobile.

The interior is comfortable, as one would expect from a car this size. The only difference in the GT is the hump in the front passenger's footwell to accommodate the AWD system, but it doesn't eat up much room.

This car really is cavernous inside — more of a grand touring coupe than a true sports car thanks to its width and height. This means you can take along three friends in relative comfort, with nobody complaining about cramped headroom in the back or a lack of width for wider folks.

Add the optional moonroof and the headroom situation changes, with several inches eaten out of it, so it's best for taller drivers to skip that option. The Challenger's outward visibility is also the best of the Detroit Three muscle cars, with tall windows and an upright profile, contrasting dramatically with the Camaro's bunkerlike, gun-slit glass all around.

Top-Notch Tech

One area in which the Dodge Challenger continues to shine is onboard multimedia technology. My test car featured a standard 8.4-inch touchscreen with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The latest update to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Uconnect makes things even better, with slightly revised icons for better visibility but maintaining the super-easy-to-use layout and lightning-quick functionality that I've come to enjoy. The available navigation system is also one of the few ones out there that allows you to push a button and say, "Navigate to [your destination address]," and it gets the destination right almost every time. An available 18-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system is pretty kickin', with a subwoofer you'll need to dial down in order to not distort any music you're playing.

My test car had a lot of other latest-and-greatest electronic features as well, including automatic high beams, rain-sensitive wipers, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind spot detection, cross-traffic alert, bi-xenon headlights, keyless entry, remote start and more. The Dodge Challenger may look pretty retro, but it's a fully modern automobile under the skin.

Looking Good Doesn't Come Cheap

The AWD adds more than a little bit to the base price of a Challenger V-6: The GT rings in at $34,490 including destination charge. That's a surprising $6,400 more than the base Challenger SXT V-6, though it does include more standard equipment than the lesser model, including leather interior, heated and cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel with power tilt and telescope, an 8.4-inch touchscreen and a standard six-speaker Alpine audio system. My car featured a number of option packages, too, including the Technology Group, Driver Convenience Group, GT Interior Package, Harman Kardon Premium Sound Group and Uconnect 8.4 with navigation, for a grand total of $39,465.

While it's a stretch to call the Dodge Challenger GT a muscle car given it's not all that muscular in V-6 form, one can indeed call it an excellent all-weather personal coupe. For a number of Challenger buyers, especially those living in snowy northern climes, that will likely be enough.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Love Driving This Car

by PDole from PERRYSVILLE, OH on December 1, 2018

We wanted a fun car to drive, after years of raising children and being sensible. Originally I was looking at convertible but when we test drove the challenger both my husband and I loved it. we have ... Read full review

(1.0)

I will never buy a dodge ever again. Worst car.

by Michael from El Paso texas on November 12, 2018

The challenger is a terrible car. Less than a year old and already the window motor went out, the door handle broke, the decal on gas tank bubbled up and cracked and my LED brake light went out. ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2017 Dodge Challenger currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 Dodge Challenger SXT

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
acceptable

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
acceptable
Overall Rear
acceptable
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
acceptable

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
acceptable
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
poor
Overall Evaluation
marginal
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
poor
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Dodge

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 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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