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2019 Dodge Challenger

$27,595 — $58,650 MSRP
Coupe
2-5 Seats
16-23 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.7) 3 reviews

The Good

  • Classic exterior styling
  • Roomy interior
  • All-weather usability (GT AWD)
  • Excellent Uconnect multimedia system
  • Massive power (supercharged V-8)

The Bad

  • No muscle car burble or engine roar with V-6
  • Lacks steering precision, feels heavy
  • Optional moonroof eats into headroom
  • V-8 gas mileage
  • Visor hinges intrude into sight lines
2019 Dodge Challenger exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2019 Dodge Challenger
  • New SRT Hellcat Redeye, R/T Scat Pack Widebody versions
  • Two-door, retro-styled muscle car
  • V-6 or V-8, including supercharged V-8
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic
  • Performance Pages multimedia app

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Dodge claims it’s 797-horsepower 2019 Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye can post a 10.8-second quarter-mile time, but the only way to find out for sure was to test the car (and the claim) ourselves. Watch the video to see if we can prove it.

What Is the 2019 Dodge Challenger?

The Dodge Challenger is a two-door coupe that seats up to five people. It has a standard 305-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine that works with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Four V-8 engines are also available, including a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 that makes 717 or 797 hp, depending on the model. A six-speed manual transmission is available on higher trim levels, and both rear- and all-wheel-drive versions are offered. Competitors include the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro.

What's New on the 2019 Dodge Challenger?

A new SRT Hellcat Redeye model debuts with a 797-hp, supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 that's related to the engine in the drag-strip-focused SRT Demon model. Dodge claims a 203-mph top speed, a 10.8-second quarter-mile and a 3.4-second zero-to-60-mph time for the Redeye. The SRT Hellcat's output is up 10 hp to 717 and features a new dual-snorkel hood. SRT Hellcat and R/T Scat Pack versions get an updated Launch Control system as well as Line Lock and Launch Assist features.

A new R/T Scat Pack Widebody model takes the flared fenders from the SRT Hellcat Widebody and features wide 20-inch forged wheels. It also gets suspension revisions and six-piston Brembo-brand front brakes.

Other changes to the R/T Scat Pack include an aluminum hood with heat extractors, Air Catcher headlights, and SRT drive modes and Performance Pages.

Meanwhile, the R/T model gets a performance suspension, revised steering, 20-inch wheels and shift paddles for the automatic transmission. There's also a Performance Handling Group for the R/T that's designed to improve handling response. 

What Features in the 2019 Dodge Challenger Are Most Important?

If you want power, you've come to the right place as the Challenger lineup is packed with high-powered offerings in the form of the Hellcat models. If you want, you can dial up even more retro cues: A Shaker Package with a Mopar Shaker hood and a cold-air intake, among other features, is available. You can also get a lot of modern technology and safety features, too, like standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity and available forward collision warning.

Should I Buy the 2019 Dodge Challenger?

If you’re looking for a powerful, fast muscle car with throwback styling, the Challenger, in its higher trims, is likely to satisfy. We recommend skipping the V-6 for one of the available V-8s, though, because the base engine just doesn't deliver the experience this car is trying to sell.

2019 Dodge Challenger First Drive

by Aaron Bragman
We've wished that the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon's fiery engine would be available in many vehicles, and for 2019, it's found a ... Read More

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
3 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(5.0)
(5.0)

Best challenger I have owned!!

by Dcpd473 from Oklahoma City, OK on November 5, 2018

This has far been the best vehicle I have had. I have owned 2 other challengers and sold them. This one I will be keeping for a long time! Read full review

(5.0)

Dream Car

by Star Destroyer from PA on October 16, 2018

I leased my ?19 Dodge Challenger almost a month since my prior lease was ending. I knew I wanted a sports car. But, living in PA. I knew I needed something to get the winter. Especially, when those ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Dodge Challenger currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2019 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

  • 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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