2020 Auto News

2020 Dodge Challenger: What You Need to Know

The 2020 Dodge Challenger finishes in the top half of our sports car rankings. It offers several extremely powerful engines, and it has a comfortable interior, making it a solid contender in this class.

Is the Dodge Challenger a Good Car?

Yes, the Dodge Challenger is a good car. All of its engines are powerful, and its two Hellcat trims clock in with more than 700 horsepower. This Dodge rides smoothly, has a well-built cabin, and provides plenty of room in the trunk. It has more passenger space than almost every competitor, and it comes with intuitive tech features.

That’s a lot to like, but there are a few things to watch out for as well. The Challenger is large for the sports car class, making it less agile (and in some people’s minds, less fun to drive) than many classmates – including its Mustang and Camaro nemeses. Also, though official EPA estimates aren’t yet available, we expect it to get terrible gas mileage.

Should I Buy the Dodge Challenger?

The Challenger costs a bit more than most other sports cars, but the price difference shouldn’t be enough to discourage many people from purchasing it. The buying questions with the Challenger come down to whether you value raw power over well-rounded athleticism, and how much passenger and cargo space you usually need. Regardless of how much you like this Dodge, you should check out other muscle cars like the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. You may also want to take a look at the Dodge Charger.

Should I Buy a New or Used Dodge Challenger?

The 2020 Challenger belongs to a generation that began with the 2008 model year. A few models have seen some notable changes since then. The 2015 refresh brought updated interior and exterior styling to the Challenger, along with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission and the debut of the SRT Hellcat trim. For 2017, Dodge updated the infotainment system with available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. These smartphone integration features became standard in the 2018 Challenger. The 2019 Challenger brought the Hellcat Redeye into the lineup, replacing the Hellcat Demon. Also, all-wheel drive became available in the base trim. There are only minor updates to the Challenger for 2020.

You can potentially save thousands of dollars by shopping for a used Challenger, and the relative lack of recent updates means you won’t miss out on too much of consequence if you stick with a 2017-or-newer Challenger. If you are interested in a used model, check out our reviews of the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Dodge Challenger, and browse our Used Car Deals page to learn about the savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

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This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current Challenger generation, which runs from 2008 to 2020.

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How Much Does the Dodge Challenger Cost?

The base Challenger SXT carries a base price of around $29,000, which is above average for the class. There are several higher trims, and the price increases as you go up the ladder. Other popular trims include the Challenger R/T (which starts at around $35,000), the Challenger R/T Scat Pack (about $41,000), and the SRT Hellcat (around $61,000). Finally, there’s the range-topping Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye, which starts at about $72,000. That’s high by class standards, but it’s not far beyond the price of other muscle cars’ top trims.

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