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2020 Dodge Challenger Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 23, 2020

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In a world of perfectionists, the Dodge Challenger is that hairy guy who is all about sheer power. A naturally aspirated V6 takes on the likes of calculated and turbocharged counterparts. The brute force with which the V6 hauls this monstrosity makes forced induction question its potential.

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Pros

That Retro design

HUGE Road Presence

Well Equipped Interior

Comfortable seating

Cons

Very thirsty

Active Safety features a miss

Not so HUGE on the inside

What's New?

New 20- inch wheels

Three new exterior paint jobs

Stitched dash and door panels on leather-equipped Challengers

Available Caramel Alcantara interior color option


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$28095

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

220 cu.in.

horsepower

305 hp @ 6350 rpm

torque

268 lbs.-ft. @ 4800 rpm

transmission

8-Speed Automatic (8HP50)

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front short and long arm suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.6/12.6

dimensions

wheelbase

116.2 in.

length

197.9 in.

width

75.7 in.

height

57.7 in.

curb weight

3858 lbs.

ground clearance

5.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

93.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

16.2 cu ft.

payload capacity

1092 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.3 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

13/21/16 mpg

highway range

388.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.


Pictures & Videos

Videos
2020 Dodge Challenger Review video

Styles

2020 Dodge Challenger in Go Mango color
Go Mango

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

7.3

Interior

7.7

Exterior

8.2

Safety

6.3

7.7

OVERALL RATING

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Dodge Challenger SXT

SXT

power
305 hp @ 6350 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
16 combined

$28,095 - $31,145


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SXT 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $28,095 MSRP (13/16/21) 305 hp @ 6350 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
8-Speed Automatic (8HP50) rear wheel drive 5
SXT 2dr Coupe AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $31,145 MSRP (13/16/21) 305 hp @ 6350 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
8-Speed Automatic (850RE) all wheel drive 5

2020 Dodge Challenger GT

GT

power
305 hp @ 6350 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
16 combined

$30,645 - $33,695


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
GT 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $30,645 MSRP (13/16/21) 305 hp @ 6350 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
8-Speed Automatic (8HP50) rear wheel drive 5
GT 2dr Coupe AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $33,695 MSRP (13/16/21) 305 hp @ 6350 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
8-Speed Automatic (850RE) all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.7

Overall Rating


The base SXT variant starts at $28900 which is pretty cheap for a muscle car. It is functional and barebone and doesn’t get the trademark V8. There are higher trims that offer the brawny V8s.  The Challenger is unapologetically brash. While competitors are adopting turbo I4, Challenger has three V8s on offer – and even the force-fed among them are not turbocharged – they are supercharged to ensure the rumble muffles all the critics. And yes, that supercharged 6.2L V8 belts out 707 hp in hellcat. Worst still, with that long flat bonnet, outside visibility is as comic as ever – good luck taming it.

The Challenger locks its horns with other ponies like the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro and also with the Japanese sports coupe-The 370Z. With such a variety of players on the tab, let’s see if the Dodge can live up to the hype.

2020 Dodge Challenger Coupe Front View
2020 Dodge Challenger Coupe Rear View

8.0/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.3/10
Fuel Economy

7.7/10
Interior

8.2/10
Exterior

6.3/10
Safety


2020 Dodge Challenger Features

8.0/10

The 2020 Dodge Challenger is available in two trims to tear up the streets. Both trims are available in a choice of either Rear Wheel or All Wheel Drive. With a starting MSRP of $28900, both trims are powered by a 3.6L V6 that pumps out enough power to keep you buckled up.

The features are plentiful in both but GT has a more posh interior setup with a 20-inch wheel all around for the RWD variant.

Along with the basic features, Dodge also provides an array of add-on features that focuses on performance, handling, and comfort. It can be nitpicked according to one’s taste.

Trims

SXT

GT

MSRP(RWD)

$28095

$30645

MSRP(AWD)

$31145

$33695

Engine

3.6L V6 24 Valve VVT Engine

3.6L V6 24 Valve VVT Engine

Features

18-inch(RWD) and 19-inch(AWD) alloy wheels

All the features in SXT trim included or replaced and:

 

Tire Pressure Monitor System

19-inch(AWD) and 20-inch(RWD) alloy wheels

 

Hill-start Assist

Functional hood Scoop

 

Rain Brake Support

Steering wheel mounted paddle shifters

 

Active Head Restraints

 
 

Auto-Dimming Rearview mirrors with microphone

 
 

Driver Information Display

 
 

Rain Sensing Wipers

 
 

Automatic HEadlamps

 
 

Projector Fog lamps

 

We recommend

The GT trim is our choice of weapon as it is better equipped than the base with a premium of just $2780. It gets bigger and wider shoes and a performance pack with dedicated paddle shifters on the steering wheel. All these perks for the extra premium is a good deal. 

2020 Dodge Challenger Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The Challenger is powered by a 3.6L V6 pot producing 305 horses and 268-pound feet of torque. It is transferred to the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic gearbox. However, if you need a cool car that can cruise through the Wild West and pull out some spectacular tire smoking antiques while inside the town, the Challenger with its retro looks, howling V8, pliant suspension, and roomy interiors fit the bill perfectly. And there is hardly any alternative. In fact, we think if the Zorro came to the 21st century, he will ride a Challenger instead of a Mustang.

2020 Dodge Challenger Coupe comes with 3.6L Engine

The sheer power and torque it produces can be felt when you tap the throttle. It pushes you back and goes on a rampage. The exhaust note from the V6 is catchy but not as grumpy as it’s V8 counterpart!  After all these talks, the 3.6L Pentastar V6 gives you a soothing comfort. It develops 305 hp (suddenly, 300 hp sounds friendly). It’s smooth, efficient and quick but not even remotely scary. You can only have it with a smooth and quick 8-speed automatic. It’s even available with AWD in Challenger GT and it does work when things get slippery – friendly.

The 8- speed gearbox is contradicting the character of the car. It has a very linear setup which takes away the ferocious character of the engine. This lag in power delivery demands a bit of patience. It is the type of transmission which you would find in a pickup or minivan.

Models

Dodge Challenger SXT(RWD)

Ford Mustang Ecoboost

(RWD)

Chevrolet Camaro 2LT(RWD)

Nissan 370Z

(RWD)

MSRP

$28095

$26670

$27500

$30090

Engine

3.6L V6 

2.3L I4

2.0L I4

3.7L V6

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

Horsepower

305hp

@6350rpm

310hp

@5500rpm

275hp

@5600rpm

332hp

@7000rpm

Torque

268 lb-ft

@4800rpm

350 lb-ft

@3000rpm

295 lb-ft

@3000rpm

270 lb-ft

@5200rpm

The Ford Mustang has a balanced power output of 310 horses and 350-pound feet of torque. It has a competent 6-Speed manual gearbox which helps put the power down aggressively. T Nissan 370z has the maximum power output courtesy of a smart lightweight chassis and a 3.7L V6 engine. The Chevy Camaro is least powerful with 275 ponies and 295-pound feet of torque.

Acceleration

The Dodge Challenger is a very fast car but not fast for a muscle car. The rather long 6.3 seconds which it takes to cross the 60 MPH mark makes it cumbersome. The amount of torque makes sure that you have a bit of wheelspin when floored. The tires do a great job of keeping the monster in a straight line.

Models

Dodge Challenger SXT(RWD)

Ford Mustang Ecoboost

(RWD)

Chevrolet Camaro 2LT(RWD)

Nissan 370Z (RWD)

0-60 MPH

6.3s(est.)

5.0s

5.4s

5.3

Quarter mile

14.8s(est.)

13.0s

14s

 13.6

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

8.4

8.0(est.)

8.9

8.0

The Mustang is the quickest of the ponies with a 0-60 MPH time of flat 5 seconds. The Chevy comes in second with 5.4 seconds and ironically the Challenger is the slowest with the 6.3 seconds mark.

Ride and Handling

Challenger is a heavy car that uses the weight to its advantage. It helps the car stay stable to an extent. The steering is on the heavier side which makes it fun on the track. It gives satisfactory feedback from the roads. Despite the huge dimensions, it's surprisingly easy to maneuver through tight spots.

Corners are not the Challenger’s cup of tea. It has a considerable amount of body roll which makes it challenging to live by as a daily driver. But the Super Trak Pack which upgrades the suspension for a more planted ride. The various drive modes alter the pedal responsiveness thus changing the character of the vehicle. It has three distinctive modes like Default, Launch and Sport modes. 

Braking

Dodge has a neutral set up on the brakes to cater to a wider audience. It works formidably well on the tracks and lenient on public roads as well. It’s equipped with 12.6-inch discs all round which helps in stopping the behemoth in 104 feet. The stock summer tires are a bonus.

Models

Dodge Challenger SXT(RWD)

Ford Mustang Ecoboost

(RWD)

Chevrolet Camaro 2LT(RWD)

Nissan 370Z

(RWD)

Brake Front (in.)

12.6

12.6

12.6

12.6

Brake Rear (in.)

12.6

12.6

12.4

12.1

60-0 MPH (ft)

104

111

93

106

With a 60-0 stopping distance of 104 feet, the Challenger has put most of its lighter competitors to shame. The Chevy manages to stop far earlier at 93 feet. The Mustang and Nissan 370z come close with a distance of 111 and 106 feet respectively.

2020 Dodge Challenger Fuel Economy

7.3/10

Efficiency isn’t an ingredient for Dodge’s recipe for madness. With 19 miles to a gallon in cities and 30 miles on highways, it doesn’t focus on saving fuel. But the highway figures help it to return a decent combined 23 miles to the gallon.

Models

Dodge Challenger SXT(RWD)

Ford Mustang Ecoboost

(RWD)

Chevrolet Camaro 2LT(RWD)

Nissan 370Z

(RWD)

MPG (city)

19(est.)

21

20

17

MPG (highway)

30(est.)

31

30

26

MPG (combined)

23(est.)

25

23

20

Mustang is the fuel-efficient of the lot with a combined 25 miles to a gallon. The Chevy is slightly behind with a combined 23 miles. Nissan 370z returns the lowest with a combined economy of 20 MPG.

2020 Dodge Challenger Interior

7.7/10

Dodge has made a focused interior with the driver getting all the attention. The quality of materials used is impressive and even has an array of modifications that can be done on the upholstery and trims.

The first row is where Dodge has given it all. It is comfortable and grabs you well. But that's not the case with the rear seats as its best utmost for small children. It shares the body with that of Chargers. But the slanting roofline shaves off the second-row practicality. The growling V6 doesn’t creep into the cabin as sound-dampening is moderately done. It is surprisingly comfortable to be used as a daily driver.

The thick body lines hinder visibility with plenty of blind spots. This is when the rearview camera comes to the rescue.

Models

Dodge Challenger SXT(RWD)

Ford Mustang Ecoboost

(RWD)

Chevrolet Camaro 2LT(RWD)

Nissan 370Z

(RWD)

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

49.3/58.5/42

37.6/56.3/45.1

38.5/N/A/43.9

38.2/54.4/43.9

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.1/53.9/33.1

34.8/52.2/29.0

N/A

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All the American muscles have two rows but the second one is good for young adolescents at best. We wonder why they took the pain of adding the second row? Nissan was sensible to not add a second row thus saving on the overall weight and practicality.

Interior Features

Let's see what this pumped up muscle has to offer us inside it:

  • Audio And Cruise Controls On Steering Wheel
  • Overhead Console With Storage
  • Front Seatback Storage
  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Ignition
  • Climate Control
  • Manual Rear Seat Easy Entry
  • Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
  • Front And Rear Cupholders
  • Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror
  • Cargo Floor Mats
  • Leather And Simulated Alloy Steering Wheel
  • Electric Power Steering
  • Rear View Camera
  • Tilt And Telescopic Steering Wheel
  • Front Door Pockets
  • Interior Air Filtration

Infotaintment

Dodge has equipped the Challenger with a UConnect Infotainment System which is user-friendly and comes loaded with convenience features. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come as standard which makes smartphone integration easy and driving distraction-free.

A bigger 8.4-inch touch screen with navigation is available in an optional package.

  • USB Connection
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • 6 Total Speakers
  • 276 Watts Stereo Output
  • 12 Months Of Provided Satellite Radio Service
  • Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control
  • Satellite Radio Satellite Radio

Cargo

16.2 Cubic feet of cargo space is more like a mid-size sedan category rather than a coupe. This helps it stay above the competition which is miles away in terms of capacity. It has a low loading height which makes is ergonomically feasible. The cramped rear seats can be folded down the 60/40 split way which makes use of the space in a more productive way.

Models

Dodge Challenger SXT(RWD)

Ford Mustang Ecoboost (RWD)

Chevrolet Camaro 2LT

Nissan 370Z

Cargo Volume (cu.-ft)

16.2

13.5

9.1

6.9

Nissan 370z and Chevrolet Camaro are not even questionable in this case as it doesn’t even provide half of what is given in the Challenger. The Mustang comes close with 13.5 cubic feet.

2020 Dodge Challenger Coupe
2020 Dodge Challenger Coupe
2020 Dodge Challenger Coupe
2020 Dodge Challenger Coupe

2020 Dodge Challenger Exterior

8.2/10

Everything about the Challenger shouts “RETRO”. The two-door setup with round headlamps and sloping roofline with the gigantic dimensions make it a looker. It makes the competition look puny. It is wider, longer and taller than them all.

2020 Dodge Challenger Coupe 3 Quarter View 

Contrary to popular belief, the dimensions are not a hindrance to live by. Cleaver electronics help in maneuvering this reincarnation without any hiccups.

Models

Dodge Challenger SXT(RWD)

Ford Mustang Ecoboost

(RWD)

Chevrolet Camaro 2LT

(RWD)

Nissan 370Z

(RWD)

Length (in)

197.9

188.5

188.3

167.5

Width (in)

75.7

75.4

74.7

72.6

Height (in)

57.5

54.3

53.1

51.8

Ground clearance (in)

5.2

5.2

N/A

4.6

Wheelbase (in)

116.2

107.1

110.7

100.4

Track width (in) F/R

64/63.8

62.3/64.9

62.5/63.7

60.6/61.6

Curb weight (lbs)

3894

3542

3354

3333

Challenger is the largest and heaviest of the lot. With the maximum wheelbase, it helps in providing a comfortable seating experience as well. It is no shock that the Nissan 370z is the smallest and lightest of the lot. It is the only two-seater on the list. While it takes a more modern and calculated approach the others care very little of it!

Exterior Features

Let's see what adds up to the muscular look of this American Muscle:

  • Spare Tire Mobility Kit
  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Body-Colored Front Bumper
  • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
  • Black Side Windows Trim
  • Body-Colored Door Handles
  • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
  • Fixed Rear Window with Defroster
  • Light Tinted Glass
  • Variable Intermittent Wipers
  • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
  • Lip Spoiler
  • Black Grille with Chrome Accents
  • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
  • Perimeter/Approach Lights
  • LED Brakelights
  • Fully Automatic Aero-Composite Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps with Delay-Off
  • Split satin chrome grille
  • Solar coated glass on all windows
  • Automatic Bi-functional halogen projector with quad LED surround
  • Power bulge hood
  • Heated ORVMs
  • Rear spoiler 
  • 18,19 or 20-inch alloys with all-season tires
2020 Dodge Challenger Coupe
2020 Dodge Challenger Coupe
2020 Dodge Challenger Coupe
2020 Dodge Challenger Coupe
2020 Dodge Challenger Coupe
2020 Dodge Challenger Coupe
2020 Dodge Challenger Coupe
2020 Dodge Challenger Coupe
2020 Dodge Challenger Coupe
2020 Dodge Challenger Coupe

2020 Dodge Challenger Safety

6.3/10

The base Challenger doesn’t get a lot of safety support systems like its competitors. Nevertheless, there are functional features that help support it extensively. These features are mostly active.

Safety Features

  • Side Impact Beams
  • Low Tyre Pressure Warning System(TPWS)
  • Driver and Passenger Dual-Stage Airbags
  • Parkview Backup Camera
  • ABS and Driveline traction control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Roll Stability Control
  • 1st and 2nd row Curtain Airbags

2020 Dodge Challenger Competition

Dodge Challenger vs Ford Mustang Ecoboost

Ford has turbocharged the 2.3L pot in the Mustang to give a toppling 310 hp. With 60 coming up in 5 seconds you would be pushed back into the seat way before the Challenger. The naturally aspirated V6 from the Challenger is handicapped here. 

2020 Ford Mustang Ecoboost

That being said, power is the only department where the Mustang shines. The challenger takes practicality, comfort and tech features away from the turbo pony. The Challenger makes a good overall package but if you are a Mustang fanboy then it would be more sensible to save up and go for the 5.0LCoyote V8.

Dodge Challenger vs Chevrolet Camaro 2LT

The Camaro is a muscle car that comes in with a 2.0L pot. Despite the small engine it manages at being the David in this fight. It is nimble and a smaller wheelbase helps it handle like a breeze. 

2020 Chevrolet Camaro 2LT

But with the huge dimensions, Challenger manages to pull it off in its favor. The naturally aspirated V6 helps it reach 60 MPH in 6.3 seconds. It also has much more accessible second-row seats and an abundance of cargo space. The Challenger is a better choice as it balances the old school charm with practicality. 

Dodge Challenger vs Nissan 370Z

The Nissan 370Z is the true underdog here. It is a no-nonsense sports car and less of a muscle. Talk about an awkward situation! The Jap manages to get into this list because of its pricing and sheer value for money. With the lightest body of the lot and the biggest engine, it surely calls for trouble. Frankly, it is the one non- American car which can lock horns with the V’s.

But it loses out on practicality, which is a bummer. It focuses on only performance whereas the Challenger fuses both in harmony and provides the best of both worlds. If all outperformance is your thing, then 370Z it is. But if you want to take your V6 for shopping as well then you seriously should consider the Challenger.

Nissan 370z

 

2020 Dodge Challenger Final Verdict

Dodge Challenger has not begotten its base model with the bare essentials. It has a V6 which produces enough torque to give a neck ache. Along with the performance, it even takes care of interior space and quality with a rather large cargo capacity.

With a very tempting price of $28900 and the best infotainment unit in a muscle car, the 370Z is the one that comes close to it. With a chiseled body and a commanding street presence, it surely is a looker. If you are on the lookout for a practical muscle car on a budget then the Challenger duos are your cup of tea.

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