2018 Dodge Challenger

Original MSRP Range
$27,295 - $83,295
Available Style(s)
Coupe
MPG
13 - 19 MPG City / 21 - 30 MPG Hwy
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2018 Dodge Challenger

What We Like

Fastest thing on four wheels (and occasionally two); yes, it can do a wheelie; 840 horsepower; surprisingly large cabin and trunk; the sheer absurdity of it all

What We Don't

Huge dealer markups; huge tire bills; less appropriate for street driving than the Hellcat and other Challenger models; feels as big to drive as it looks

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.1/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.8/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2018 Dodge Challenger?

The SRT Demon is the latest addition to the vast Challenger lineup. This range-topping model boasts the most wildly powerful Hemi V8 yet, and a variety of features intended for drag-strip use.

Which Challenger is the Best?

Unless you really, truly intend to frequent drag strips, the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is not an appropriate street car. Get the Hellcat instead -- sure, it only has 707 horsepower, but holy cow, man, that's still 707 horsepower!

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How Much Does a 2018 Dodge Challenger Cost?

The SRT Demon is the highest-performance version of the Dodge Challenger, which we review separately.

It comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, drag radial tires, launch control, an adaptive suspension with a special drag mode, automatic HID headlamps, the widebody Challenger body style, proximity entry and push-button start, dual-zone climate control, a rearview camera, a 6-way power driver's seat, cloth upholstery, an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, the 8.4-in Uconnect touchscreen interface, integrated navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, two USB ports, satellite radio, HD Radio and a 2-speaker sound system.

For $1 each, you can add a front passenger seat, the back seat, a trunk carpet and/or the "Demon Crate," which adds a performance powertrain module intended for high-octane fuel, a conical air filter, a hydraulic floor jack, a cordless impact wrench, a torque wrench and, most notably, razor-thin front-runner drag wheels. Available for considerably more money is leather upholstery, the Comfort Audio Group (an 18-speaker audio system and front floor mats) or the Comfort Audio Group – Leather Seats (18-speaker audio, floor mats, leather-Alcantara upholstery, front passenger and rear seats, heated front seats and a heated power-adjustable steering wheel). A sunroof is also available, although it somehow costs $4,995.

Challenger Trims

CoupeOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Challenger 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker RWD$38,995 / $37,6468 Cylinder485N/A6-Speed Manual / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
Challenger GT AWD$33,995 / $33,3366 Cylinder30518 / 278-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
Challenger R/T Plus RWD$33,995 / $33,3368 Cylinder375N/A6-Speed Manual / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
Challenger R/T Plus Shaker RWD$33,995 / $33,3368 Cylinder375N/A6-Speed Manual / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
Challenger R/T RWD$33,995 / $33,3368 Cylinder375N/A6-Speed Manual / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
Challenger R/T Scat Pack RWD$38,995 / $37,6468 Cylinder485N/A6-Speed Manual / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
Challenger R/T Shaker RWD$33,995 / $33,3368 Cylinder375N/A6-Speed Manual / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
Challenger SRT 392 RWD$49,495 / $48,3768 Cylinder485N/A6-Speed Manual / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
Challenger SRT Demon RWD$83,295 / $79,8108 Cylinder80813 / 226-Speed Manual / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
Challenger SRT Hellcat RWD$64,295 / $62,1408 Cylinder Supercharged707N/A6-Speed Manual / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody RWD$64,295 / $62,1408 Cylinder Supercharged707N/A6-Speed Manual / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
Challenger SXT Plus RWD$27,295 / $27,0386 Cylinder30519 / 308-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
Challenger SXT RWD$27,295 / $27,0386 Cylinder30519 / 308-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
Challenger T/A 392 RWD$38,995 / $37,6468 Cylinder485N/A6-Speed Manual / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
Challenger T/A Plus RWD$33,995 / $33,3368 Cylinder375N/A6-Speed Manual / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
Challenger T/A RWD$33,995 / $33,3368 Cylinder375N/A6-Speed Manual / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD

Is the 2018 Dodge Challenger a Safe Car?

The Challenger SRT Demon includes stability control, six airbags and a backup camera. The accident-avoidance tech available on other Challengers is not available on the Demon.

In government crash-testing, the Challenger earned 5-star overall, front- and side-impact ratings. The nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Challenger a best-possible rating of Good in the moderate-overlap and side crash tests, but a second-best Acceptable in the roof-strength test and a second-worst Marginal in the small-overlap front crash test.

Behind the Wheel

The Dodge Demon is intended first and foremost for the drag strip, boasting a variety of mechanical and electronic features designed to maximize those 840 supercharged horses. Drag Mode locks the front brakes and allows the rear wheels to spin up to 200 rotations to clean and warm the tires (and do a rad smokey burnout in the process). The standard TransBrake allows you preload the engine's torque, launch control is included, and both the traction and stability control systems have been calibrated to manage all that power and keep you in a straight line. Even the Bilstein shocks have been calibrated to best handle straight-line blasts. And "blast" is really the optimum word here, because that's exactly the type of time you'll have as you're absolutely flattened into your seat as the Demon hits 60 mph in 2.3 seconds. That makes it the quickest production car in the world.

Even with all this drag-racing technology installed, though, the Demon is a still a street-legal, driveable car. Like the Challenger Hellcat, there are actually two keys: The red one is used to harness the whole 840-horse shebang. The black key dulls things down to 500 horsepower to make it a little easier to drive the Demon on the road and avoid being thrown in jail by the local constabulary. It's also important to note that given its standard drag radial tires, the Demon is not in any way well-suited for poor pavement or wet conditions. If you intend to drive the Demon primarily on the road, getting a proper set of tires is highly recommended.

Otherwise, the Demon is just like any other high-powered, high-end Challenger (well, as long as you specify a full interior). You'll get a surprisingly large and comfortable cabin well-suited for long-distances and even mild family use, while the trunk rivals that of a full-size sedan.

Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance5 Years/60,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Power Trunk Release
  • Blind-Spot Alert
  • Technology Group

Competition

2018 Dodge Challenger vs the competition

Bugatti Chiron -- Want to go as quickly from zero to 60 as the Demon, but scoff at its plebian Dodge badge? Well, consider the Chiron. Hopefully you have a few million dollars on hand. Oh, you don't? Aw, shucks.

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 -- The ZL1 is the muscle car for those who care more about going around a racetrack than down a drag strip. It too is a serious performance machine, just in a completely different way.

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat -- The Hellcat is quite frankly a more appropriate vehicle for the road than the Demon. If you have no intention of going to the drag strip, we'd highly recommend going with the 707-hp Hellcat.

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