A key strength of the 2018 Dodge Challenger is its wildly powerful engine lineup. This two-door muscle car also impresses with its roomy cabin and easygoing ride quality. Its lengthy list of trims makes it simple for drivers to find models tailored to their needs.
The 2018 Dodge Challenger is a midsize coupe that seats five passengers. It’s sold in 16 trims: SXT, SXT Plus, GT, R/T, T/A, R/T Shaker, R/T Plus, T/A Plus, R/T Plus Shaker, R/T Scat Pack, 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker, T/A 392, SRT 392, SRT Hellcat, SRT Hellcat Widebody, and SRT Demon. Buyers can choose between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.
The Challenger’s SRT Demon and SRT Hellcat Widebody trims are new for 2018. Also, all models add a rearview camera and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration as standard equipment.
With sheet metal that bears strong influences from the Me Decade, the Challenger looks purposeful and heroic. Design cues such as circular headlights heighten the car’s 1970s look, and a long, graceful hood gives this Dodge a shark-like silhouette. Standard 18-inch wheels connect the Challenger to the asphalt.
Base models come with automatic halogen projector-style headlights, LED taillights, a double-bulge hood with functional vents, heated power-adjustable side mirrors and a rear spoiler. Available upgrades include rain-sensing windshield wipers, power-folding side mirrors, a power sunroof, fog lamps, HID headlights and 19- or 20-inch wheels.
Though it comes with just two doors, the Challenger provides spacious seating for passengers in both rows. The cabin features a full-length, floor-mounted center console that offers room for cell phone storage. In back, the Challenger’s trunk provides 16.2 cubic feet of cargo capacity.
Standard interior features for this Dodge include dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a manually adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering column, black seat belts, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a 60/40-split folding rear seat. The Challenger can be upgraded with red seat belts, heated and ventilated front seats, a power-adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering column, leather upholstery, and a heated steering wheel.
Brisk acceleration is part of the package with the 2018 Challenger, and this coupe also provides relatively poised road manners. Buyers can choose between a six-speed manual transmission and an eight-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and GT models come with all-wheel drive for secure handling in rain and snow.
The Challenger’s base engine is a 3.6-liter V6 good for 305 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque, and the next engine in the lineup is a 5.7-liter V8 that provides up to 375 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. A 6.4-liter V8 delivers as much as 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque, and there’s also a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 offering 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. SRT Demon models come with a rip-roaring, supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that kicks out up to 840 horsepower and 770 pound-feet of torque.
EPA ratings for the 2018 Challenger peak at 19/30 mpg city/highway.
Challenger coupes come with the latest technology. Base models are equipped with voice recognition, Bluetooth connectivity, a 7-inch touch screen, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, an auxiliary input jack, a six-speaker sound system and a rearview camera.
Optional technology equipment includes a blind-spot warning system, forward-collision warning, rear parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert, a nine-speaker Alpine stereo, an 18-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, satellite radio, navigation and an 8.4-inch touch screen.