Dodge Challenger 2014 Muscle Car Review
Dodge Challenger 2014 Muscle Car Review. The Dodge Challenger 2014 boasts a rare mix of talents, combining the power and attitude of a muscle car with the refinement of a luxury coupe. Supple, quiet ride; room for four adults; glorious V8 engines; huge trunk; distinctive exterior styling.
Aside from some minor equipment adjustments, the Dodge Challenger 2014 is unchanged. There is no doubt: If you’re drawn to the Challenger’s image and powertrains, or missed a Challenger the first time around, or just have to drive a Hemi, nothing else will do. For all those who missed the muscle cars the first time around, they’re back, the 2014 Dodge Challenger is right there with the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro and they’re all far better than their ancestors. In the intervening decades, technology has made huge leaps, and the Dodge Challenger 2014, as with the Mustang and Camaro, is better in every way: It’s far quicker, handles far better, rides far better, and has far better brakes. It’s also far more efficient and far more reliable.
The Dodge Challenger 2014 is a five-seat coupe offered in four main trim levels: SXT, R/T, SRT8 392 and SRT8 Core. All 2014 Dodge Challengers are rear-wheel drive. The base SXT is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 305 hp and 268 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed automatic is standard. EPA fuel economy estimates stand at 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined. The Challenger R/T gets a 5.7-liter V8 and a standard six-speed manual transmission that harnesses 376 hp and 410 lb-ft. When hooked up to the available five-speed automatic, the “Hemi” V8’s output drops slightly to 372 hp and 400 lb-ft. In testing, a manual-equipped Dodge Challenger 2014 R/T went from zero to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds; the automatic raises that to 5.8 seconds. Quick as they are, both times are still a bit slower than what you can expect from a V8-powered Camaro or Mustang.
Fuel economy is 16/25/19 for the automatic, with the manual getting 15/23/18. The Dodge Challenger SRT8 models get their swagger from a 6.4-liter V8 that produces 470 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual is standard and a five-speed automatic is optional. In testing, a manual-equipped Dodge Challenger 2014 SRT8 392 went from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, which is impressively quick but still a bit off the pace of a similarly powered Camaro or Mustang. Fuel economy estimates are 14/23/17 for either transmission. The Dodge Challenger 2014 SXT has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of just under $26,500.