The Dodge Challenger is a performance muscle car coupe (or pony car) model produced and sold by the Dodge division of Stellantis (formerly Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)). The retro and boxy build of the Challenger is a counterpart to the more traditional-looking Dodge Charger muscle car.
The 1970 Dodge Challenger was introduced in 1969 alongside the Plymouth Barracuda. Released to compete with the Ford Mustang, Mercury Cougar, and Pontiac Firebird, the Challenger stood out with an expansive options list concerning engines, features, and trim levels.
After a failure of a second generation where the Challenger was released as a rebadged version of the Mitsubishi Galant Lambda coupe, the nameplate was discontinued in 1983. However, Dodge began tinkering with a prototype of a new Challenger in 2005 which debuted at the 2006 North American International Auto Show and went into production in 2008.
Known for its power, performance, and various performance trims and special editions, the competition of the current Dodge Challenger includes the Chevy Camaro and the Ford Mustang.
- 2021 Dodge Challenger (Starting MSRP $29,065)
- Pros: The Dodge Challenger muscle car features a unique boxy build, powerful and responsive engine options, a comfortable interior, and has optional all-wheel drive (unlike its rivals).
- Cons: The Challenger focuses on being powerful and not luxurious, meaning it lacks many desirable features, and its interior feels cheap. Additionally, its manual transmission’s shifting feels sluggish at times.
- See Also: Charger and Durango
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