2020 Dodge Challenger Review and Buying Guide Review – Despite going more than a decade without a complete redesign, the Dodge Challenger is alive and well, and still worth considering. Primarily, it provides more of a classic muscle car experience focused on straight-line performance and comfort that its rivals from Ford and Chevy cant closer to sports car dynamics. The challenger has brash, broad-shouldered designs to match that muscle car feel, too. And its large body brings more space and convenience than its competitors.
2020 Dodge Challenger Review and Buying Guide Review
The 2020 Dodge Challenger also has a few unique boasting Points. It is the only one of the modern pony cars to offer all-wheel drive, which is a boon to people living in snow-covered parts of the country. And Hellcat Redeye is still the most powerful pony car on the market with a whopping 797 horsepower from its Supercharged 6.2-liter V8. Of course, there are a host of other Challenger models in addition to these two examples, though, with many color and wheel customization options. We pretty much think of all of them to prove that just because something is coming up this year doesn’t mean it’s any less relevant.
What’s new for 2020?
The 2020 Dodge Challenger brings a small number of updates. There are new wheel designs for every trim except the base rear drive SXT. Three new colors are available with typically excellent Mopar names: Hellraisin, Sinamon stick and Frostbite. Dodge has also made some welcome efforts to fix up the interior with stitched dash and door panels on leather-equipped challengers, carbon fiber trim and faux suede options for V8-powered cars and caramel-colored Alcantara for GT, R / T and R / T Scat Pack trims.
What is the interior and In-Car technology like?
The challenger’s interior is certainly not as character and Flamboyant as its exterior would imply. Mustang and Camaro are more interesting and distinctive inside. Still, there are some interesting design flourishes that are Granting up, from the base trim standard houndstooth cloth to the two-tone leather choices available as options. Furthermore, we are not sure where the Flamboyant you need the interior to be in a car is available in electric orange, blue, green and purple paint colors.
Furthermore, what the Challenger interior may lack in visual pizzazz, it makes up for with space (see below) and technology. A 7-inch touchscreen is standard, but all trim levels have an 8.4-inch version available as an option or standard. Both are among the easiest to use in the industry, and we prefer the 8.4-inch unit in particular to what is offered by the Camaro and Mustang. Heck, Ford doesn’t even come standard with a touch screen, let alone Apple CarPlay and Android Auto included on every Challenger.
How big is it?
For a performance coupe, the challenger is huge. It’s almost 9 inches longer than a Camaro or Mustang; 3 or 4 inches taller, respectively. and its wheelbase is 6 or 9 inches longer. The most basic challenger SXT weighs 400 pounds more than a V6 Camaro. While this size is definitely a disadvantage to the Challenger’s handling and straight-line performance, it is a boon to interior space and everyday functionality. Unlike the Mustang and Camaro, the actual adult can fit comfortably in the Challenger’s rear seat, while its 16.2-cubic-foot trunk would be great for a mid-size sedan. The Camaro is almost half the size and it’s hard to open. As such, it is much easier to justify buying a challenger to be a daily driver.
What is performance and fuel economy?
We will say one thing to the challenger, it provides plenty of choice. But even if you stick to the base engine, you do OK. The SXT and GT get a 3.6-liter V6 good for 305 hp and 268 pound-feet of torque. You can expect a Zero-to-60 time in the low-6-second range, which is pretty quick but ultimately Poirier than the four-cylinder Camaro and Mustang. An eight-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive are standard, but you can add all-wheel drive-the only engine offered. Fuel economy estimates for the 2020 Challenger were not available at the time of this writing, but we think it’s safe to say that 2019 ones should carry over. For the base engine, that means 23 mpg combined with RWD and 21 mpg combined with AWD.
Next up is the 5.7-liter V8 found in the Challenger R / T good for 372 HP and 400 lb-ft of torque with the standard eight-speed automatic. It goes up to 375 HP and 410 lb-ft with the optional six-speed manual, which seems like a pretty big reason to get a three-pedal car. Fuel economy is 19 mpg combined with the automatic and 18 mpg combined with the manual. This engine basically shaves a second off 0-60 time.
The R / T Scat Pack model has a 6.4-liter V8 good for 485 HP and 475 lb-ft of torque, whether you get it automatic or manual. Fuel economy is 18 mpg (Auto) or 17 mpg (manual). Again, you want to knock another second off 0-60 time, which should be in the low 4’s. (For those who are really interested in taking their Scat Pack to a drag Strip, the1320 package adds more mechanical upgrades and draws weight for better quarter-mile times).
Now for the heavy artillery. Hellcat (pictured below) gets a super charged 6.2-liter V8 good for an absurd 717 HP and 656 lb-ft of torque. It can be paired with the automatic or manual, and if you are asking about fuel economy, you should not consider a Hellcat. Its 0-60 time is probably only a few tenths of a second faster than the Scat Pack, but it says more about the limits of rear-wheel-drive grip. Don’t worry, Hellcat feels like it has an extra 232 horses.
Finally, we have Hellcat Redeye, which is actually a subdued version of the one-year-old demon. Its version of the Hellcat engine produces 797 HP and 707 lb-ft of torque. Its 0-60 time should be 3.4 seconds, according to Dodge, while the quarter-mile should disappear in 10.8 seconds.
What is it like to drive?
Given the huge breadth of performance available, it should come as no surprise that running the Dodge Challenger differs greatly depending on the version you get. As such, we recommend testing as many versions as possible to determine which one is right for you. We know it will make for a really rough day. In addition to models, engines and transmissions, be sure to consider options that may change the driving experience, too. For example, there is the performance handling package for GT and R / T as well as the Dynamics package for R / T Scat Pack that upgrades brakes, tires and suspension. There is also the 1320 pack for the R / T Scat Pack, which basically turns it into a naturally aspirated demon.
Now, for wide strokes, every challenger expects to be more onerous to drive than its muscle car competitors. Its handling is just not that good no matter which model you choose. Now, its ride tends to be more comfortable, but the magnetically controlled suspensions available on the Mustang and Camaro are actually able to best it in this arena as well.
As such, if your car tastes tilted towards handling / Mountain-Road variation, the challenger is not for you. But if you’re more of a high-speed cruising / Road-Tripping / Shred-The-Tires-in-apocalyptic-amounts-of-smoke kinda guy, well, this is definitely the car for you. In fact, the Challenger is the most like an actual muscle car in this regard, akin to a classic Chevrolet Chevelle SS or the original Dodge Challenger.