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2021 Dodge Challenger Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 20, 2020

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When you pay for a Dodge Challenger you not only pay for the car but also for the legacy and history it offers with it. If you are into muscle cars you would know that the first generation Dodge Challenger based on the Chrysler E platform and its parts were shared with the Plymouth Barracuda. The second generation of the Challenger was effectively a re-engineered Mitsubishi Galant Lambda. Now the iconic car is in its third generation and Dodge seems all ready to set fire to the tarmac again with the 2021 Dodge Challenger Coupe.

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Pros

Amazing grunt under the hood

Trunk capacity is quite useable

Comfortable and smooth ride

Eye-catching interior design

Cons

No major changes since 2008

Low fuel Efficiency

Lack of driver-assisted aids

What's New?

In the 2021 Dodge Challenger Coupe, varieties of the engine could be provided including the growling V8, and the rest could be the same; no significant change will be seen in the overall structure, in its interior and the safety aspects. Hence it will be a carryover model on most fronts.


Pictures & Videos

exterior
interior
Videos
2021 Dodge Challenger Performance video

Styles

2021 Dodge Challenger in B5 Blue Pearl Coat color 2021 Dodge Challenger in Destroyer Gray Clearcoat color 2021 Dodge Challenger in F8 Green color
B5 Blue Pearl Coat

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

Engine And Performance

9.0

Interior

8.0

Competition

7.0

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 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

2021 Dodge Challenger Base

Base

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

$29,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl 6M) Starting at $29,800 MSRP (13/16/21) 305 hp @ 6350 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
8 Speed Automatic all wheel drive 4

2021 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

7.8

Overall Rating


Dodge had great success with its Challenger's throwback looks, modern infotainment tech, and high horsepower numbers. Right now we don't have much information about the 2021 model however it is expected to come with minimal changes. However, it shall remain a comfortable and spacious car which will be practical as well as quick.

The current generation was introduced in 2008 and goes up against the fifth generation Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and Nissan 370Z Nismo. The Challenger has remained structurally the same since it arrived in 2008, but it has significantly changed in terms of mechanical, technological, and visual looks since its inception. However, we expect the 2021 Dodge Challenger will be the carryover model and hence here is what you can expect from its 2021 model year.

2021 Dodge Challenger Front View
2021 Dodge Challenger Rear View

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Competition


2021 Dodge Challenger Features

The 2021 Dodge Challenger is expected to come with the same trim line-up as the current model. The 2020 model is available in two trims which are closely priced. Both trims are available in a choice of either rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive setup. We do not predict any changes in terms of the price and hence the 2021 Challenger will come at a starting MSRP of $29,490. Both the trims shall offer a 3.6L V6 engine that the current model comes with. They come with a healthy list of standard features and offer good urban and highway driveability. Along with basic features, the 2021 Dodge also provides an array of add-on features that focuses on performance, handling, and comfort. 

Trims

SXT

GT

MSRP (RWD)

$29,490(est.)

$30955(est.)

MSRP (AWD)

$31850(est.)

$34850(est.)

Key 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

 

*2020 figures used for reference purposes.

Which trim should you buy?

We would recommend you to go for the GT trim as it justifies its price and comes better equipped than the base variant. The reason for recommending the GT trim is also the fact that it is only around $3000 more expensive than the SXT trim. For that much more money gets bigger tires and a performance grade upgrade which makes the Challenger feel like a proper 4-door Muscle car.

2021 Dodge Challenger Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The 2021 Dodge Challenger is expected to offer the same old engine options which is used by the 2020 model. The current model offers 5 different turbo-charged flavors to choose from. The base 3.6-liter V6 engine provided is coupled with an eight-speed automatic shifter and makes 305 horsepower and 268 lb-ft torque. The base engine is better around the town but suffers at hauling tasks. Next, we have R/T models with the better powered 5.7-liter V8 that makes a healthy 375 hp and 410 lb-ft torque. 

2021 Dodge Challenger Engine Bay

Opting out for the R/T scat pack gets you a monstrous 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine that provides 485 horses under the hood and 476 lb-ft of torque.  With the increase in performance, it also offers better driveability and gearshift quality. If all this performance also doesn’t satisfy you, you can opt for the range-topping SRT Hellcat model that has a higher 6.2-liter supercharged V8 and make 717 hp. However, both the SXT and GT trim offer adequate performance to take on your everyday grind within the city as well as over on the highways. 

Models

Dodge Challenger GT(AWD)

Ford Mustang GT

Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible

Nissan 370Z Nismo Auto

MSRP

$35,590

$46,325

$46,325

$48,115

Engine

3.6L V-6

2.3LIntercooled Turbo I-4

6.2L V8 

3.7L V-6

Drivetrain

AWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

7-speed automatic

Power(hp@rpm)

305@6350

310@5500

455@6000

350@7400

Torque(lb-ft @rpm)

268@4800

350@3000

455@4400

276@5200

*2020 figures used for reference purposes.

Taking about the competitor the Camaro imparts the highest power and torque figures whereas the Ford Mustang bags 2nd  position in terms of power and torque output. However, what is to be noted is also the fact that both these cars cost considerably more than the Dodge Challenger especially if you go for the base trim. Hence, the Dodge Challenger gets the last place on the chart.

How fast is the 2021 Dodge Challenger?

Acceleration matters a lot when you plan on buying a muscle car. In terms of acceleration, the 2021 Dodge Challenger will offer the same numbers as the 2020 model. It takes 6.3 seconds to cross the 60 MPH mark from a standstill which makes it kind of a trade-off for the price you pay for it. However, even in the base trim, the amount of torque is sure to send it wheel spining when floored. If you are looking for quick acceleration we suggest you upgrade to the top GT trim as the 0-60 mph numbers improve considerably.

2021 Dodge Challenger Rear Side View

Models

Dodge Challenger SXT

Ford Mustang Ecoboost 

Chevrolet Camaro 2LT

Nissan 370Z 

0-60 MPH 

6.3 sec

5.0 sec

5.4 sec

5.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

13.0 sec

14 sec

13 sec

Top Speed

203 MPH

180 MPH

198 MPH

155 MPH

Engine

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6 

2.3L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

3.7L Naturally Aspirated V6

*2020 figures used for reference purposes.

If we keep aside the Muscle car aspect, on a daily basis, you'll not be left wanting for power or punch from the motor. In comparison, the Ford Mustang is the quickest car and offers a proper sports car figure of 0-60 mph. Surprisingly the Nissan 370Z rakes in the second spot with 5.3 seconds while the Camaro is just 0.1 seconds slower than the Nissan.

How does the 2021 Dodge Challenger fare in the Braking department?

The 2021 Dodge Challenger shall ship with the same braking set up and hence the overall braking performance will be quite neutral. Equipped with 12.6-inch discs all round, this Dodge manages to stop under a safe braking distance even under hard or panic braking situations. However, the brake pedal does not offer much feedback and can feel a bit wooden at times. What aides the braking its super sticky tires which will beg for an update. 

2021 Dodge Challenger Brake

Models

Dodge Challenger SXT

Ford Mustang Ecoboost 

Chevrolet Camaro 2LT

Nissan 370Z 

Brake Rotors Front 

12.6"

12.6"

12.6"

12.6"

Brake Rotors Rear 

12.6"

12.6"

12.4"

12.1"

Curb Weight 

3894 lbs

3542 lbs

3354 lbs

3333 lbs

60-0 MPH 

104 ft

111 ft

93 ft

106 ft

*2020 figures used for reference purposes.

In comparison, all the other cars offer similar braking performance and hardware. The one that stands out is the Chevy Camaro which manages to stop before every other car in its segment. All cars offer a healthy list of braking aides as well like ABS and ESP.  Dodge Challenger is the heaviest car in its segment but still manages to beat the Nissan 370z.

How does the 2021 Dodge Challenger Ride and Handle?

The 2021 Dodge will not be very different from the current model as there will be no changes in terms of its suspension set up. Being a heavy car, the Challenger offers excellent ride over bad or broken roads. It in fact weighs as much as some full-fledged SUVs. Dodge has cleverly tuned its suspension and dampers to take on all that weight around corners. The suspension is quite capable of soaking in most road undulations and passengers will appreciate its ride. Opting for the R/T Scat Pack will get you a good balance between everyday drivability and track-day performance. However, even with all the hardware, the Challenger cannot escape its physical dimensions and heavy weight. 

2021 Dodge Challenger Handling

The steering offers neutral feel and there is not much to offer in terms of feedback. Mashing the throttle requires you to constantly give inputs to the steering to keep the car under control. The steering remains on the heavier side even within the city. The current challenger does not like corners and rivals such as the Camaro and Mustang offer better handling characteristics.

2021 Dodge Challenger Fuel Economy

The Dodge Challenger has never been known for its fuel efficiency and almost the same thing we expect from the 2021 model. If we talk about its fuel consumption, it is not satisfactory at all. The base model of the Dodge Challenger equipped with the 3.6 Liter V6 gas engine is rated 21 mpg combined (18 city/27 hwy) which is average for the class. Though, with the bigger 18.5-gallon tank, the Dodge Challenger provides a combined range of 410 miles and a highway range of 499 miles. We expect the 2021 model to come with engine refinements and some improved fuel economy figures, but don’t expect any big change.

Models

Dodge Challenger GT(AWD)

Ford Mustang GT

Chevrolet Camaro SS

Nissan 370Z

MPG(City)

18

16

16

19

MPG(Highway)

27

25

24

26

MPG(Combined)

21

19

19

22

Fuel Tank Capacity(Gal.)

18.5

16.11

19.0

19.0

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

333/499/410

310/470/365

304/456/372

  323/429/380

*2020 figures used for reference purposes.

The best fuel economy on paper is provided by Nissan Nismo with a combined mpg figure of 22. The Ford Mustang GT and the Camaro SS provide 19 mpg each which might again below if we consider the normal car standards. The Challenger GT provided a combined 21 mpg which is not the best but acceptable for a Muscle car.

2021 Dodge Challenger Interior

8.0/10

We expect some minor changes in terms of the interior of the 2021 Dodge Challenger. However, the cabin layout and features should largely remain the same. The car offers attractive interiors that also take care of the driver's attention. The quality of materials used in the cabin is pretty impressive fit and finish. If you look at the front seats, it comes with all the comforts that grab someone's attention, but it is just opposite in the case of the rear seat. In fact, the rear seats are best suitable for the children. 

Also, the slanting roofline shaves off the second row of seats practically due to its limited headroom. Overall visibility is also quite poor as we get plenty of blind spots and its almost impossible to see any obstacle at the rear. The cabin is big enough for four average sized-adult but we would no recommend taking a long-distance journey for the rear passengers. What the biggest USP of the cabins is its style with fine leather and genuine wood or textured metallic trim with soft-touch plastics. Overall, it is a nice place to be in but there are some trade offs which you would have to live with every day.

2021 Dodge Challenger Front Seats

Models

Dodge Challenger GT

Ford Mustang GT

Chevrolet Camaro SS

Nissan 370Z

Passengers Capacity

5

4

4

2

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

NA

NA

Trunk Capacity (cu. ft)

16.2

NA

NA

NA

*2020 figures used for reference purposes.

Interior Features are as follows:

  • Driver and Passenger Assist Handles
  • Front and Rear Climate Control Outlets
  • Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Controls
  • Driver Information Display
  • 160-mph primary speedometer
  • Auto-Dimming rearview mirrors with microphone
  • 12-Volt power outlet in the center console
  • Six-way power driver’s side
  • 60/40 split-folding rear bench 

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The Dodge Challenger currently offers an 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system that offers quite a lot of features. The experience is pretty straightforward but the system is not as fluid as some of its competitors. Its features include UConnect System, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay, Navigation, Bluetooth Streaming Audio and SiriusXM. The base trim gets a 7.0-inch touchscreen which looks a tad bit small for the dashboard. 

How much cargo can it take?

The Dodge Challenger has always been known for providing a generous amount of cargo area and things continue to be the same way for the 2021 model. The cargo space provided is 16.2 cubic fee which is the best in the segment. This helps it stay above the competition in terms of practicality, which is miles behind in terms of capacity. It offers a low loading height which also makes it 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.

2021 Dodge Challenger Cargo Space

Models

Dodge Challenger SXT(RWD)

Ford Mustang Ecoboost (RWD)

Chevrolet Camaro 2LT*

Nissan 370Z

Cargo Capacity 

16.2 cu.ft.

13.5 cu.ft.

9.1 cu.ft.

6.9 cu.ft.

*2020 figures used for reference purposes.

The Nissan 370z simply offers the least cargo space and utterly disappointing. The only contender in terms of the cargo area is the Ford Mustang which offers an acceptable amount of cargo space.  The Chevrolet Camaro on the other hand offers almost half of what the Challenger offers in terms of the boot space.

2021 Dodge Challenger Dashboard
2021 Dodge Challenger Dashboard
2021 Dodge Challenger Front Seat
2021 Dodge Challenger Front Seat
2021 Dodge Challenger Seat
2021 Dodge Challenger Seat
2021 Dodge Challenger Steering
2021 Dodge Challenger Steering
2021 Dodge Challenger AC Vents
2021 Dodge Challenger AC Vents

2021 Dodge Challenger Exterior

The exterior look of the 2021 Dodge Challenger will also remain the same as the 2020 model. It offers a nostalgic feeling with its 70s retro look. The indented grill provided with the trademark headlight makes its street presence felt. The two-door setup with the round headlamp makes it’s retro look more elegant and its sloping roof makes its presence with royal styling. The hood is long with 197.9 inches and surrounded with a couple of bold creases. It has a better road presence than anyone in this segment, thanks to its increased track width of 75.7 inches with 57.5 inches height. The bold exterior styling maintains its iconic styling of the Dodge Challenger as an unapologetic muscle car. From the sides, it hasn't been the same. It still follows a curved line, but it gets straightened towards the end. The windows provided are large and the doors open wide. Overall, the Dodge Challenger certainly looks impressive and imposing.

2021 Dodge Challenger Front Angle View

Models

Dodge Challenger GT

Ford Mustang

GT

Chevrolet Camaro SS

Nissan 370Z

Curb Weight (lb)

4078

3825

3932

3486

Length (inches)

197.9

188.3

188.3

170.5

Width (inches)

Excluding mirror

75.7

75.4

74.7

73.6

Height (inches)

57.5

54.9

52.9

51.8

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.2

5.2

NA

4.4

Wheelbase (inches)

116.2

107.1

110.7

100.4

*2020 figures used for reference purposes.

If we look into the table, we see that the Challenger GT is the longest vehicle while the highest ground clearance is offered by the Mustang GT and Challenger GT. We expect the same length of the vehicle in the 2021 Dodge Challenger Coupe.

2021 Dodge Challenger Front angle View
2021 Dodge Challenger Front angle View
2021 Dodge Challenger Front View
2021 Dodge Challenger Front View
2021 Dodge Challenger Rear View
2021 Dodge Challenger Rear View
2021 Dodge Challenger Side View
2021 Dodge Challenger Side View
2021 Dodge Challenger Wheel
2021 Dodge Challenger Wheel

2021 Dodge Challenger Safety

Expect the 2021 Dodge Challenger to offer the same list of safety features and tech on offer. 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 a part of standard fitment and you won't be left asking for more. 

The 2020 Dodge Challenger scored four out of a total of five-star ratings in the crash tests conducted by NHTSA and received only average ratings from IIHS. In terms of driver’s assistance features, the coupe comes with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, active cruise control, auto headlamps, and rain-sensing wipers among others. 

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

2021 Dodge Challenger Competition

7.0/10

Ford Mustang 

The Mustang has been the biggest roadblock in Challengers way to reach the top. With its base trim, the Ford offers a better 310 hp engine. It offers better acceleration and can easily leave behind the Challenger at a stoplight drag race. That being said, the Challenger takes practicality and comfort to a whole new level for a pony car. Hence, if you are looking for better performance then the Mustang is the car for you but otherwise, the Challenger comes out as an overall package.

2021 Ford Mustang

Chevrolet Camaro

The Camaro also offers better performance than the Challenger and it is also more nimble due to its smaller wheelbase. It is more fun to drive as well as easier to maneuver in the city. However, the Challenger is much more accessible in terms of the second-row seat space. It is also better in terms of cargo space. Overall, the Challenger is a better choice as it feels more advanced as well as more practical.

2021 Chevrolet Camaro

Nissan 370Z

The Nissan 370Z is a car that many might not know about but is quite a capable car. It is truly a no non-sense car and offers a healthy list of features for a great price. It is known for the sheer value for money it offers. With the lightest body of the lot and the biggest engine, it surely calls for trouble. However, it loses out in terms of practicality to the Challenger  which is a bummer. The Nissan 370Z is quite focused on performance but less on practicality which makes the Challenger inch forward in terms of overall value.

2021 Nissan 370Z

 

2021 Dodge Challenger Final Verdict

The 2021 Dodge Challenger is not expected to offer a lot in comparison to the current model. However, the Challenger offers acceptable performance for the money and is the most practical muscle car you can get today. Along with the performance, it has a spacious interior and 16.2 cubic feet of cargo space with a very tempting price of $28900- $34000. Offering a commanding street presence, it is sure a looker. Hence, you are looking for a value for money and a practical muscle car, then the 2021 Dodge Challenger Coupe is the best option available for you.

FAQs

What is the warranty offered with the Dodge Challenger?

Currently, Dodge offers a 5-Year/60,000-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty with the Challenger.

Which trim offers the best performance?

It is undoubtedly the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat which is also the most popular Challenger of them all.

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