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2014 Dodge Challenger: Used Car Review

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author photo by Ron Sessions August 2016

Offering a choice of V6 and HEMI V8 power, the 2014 Dodge Challenger is a modern interpretation of a unique American phenomenon, the muscle car. Instead of chasing down hard-to-find vintage parts, Challenger buyers get a stylish, up-to-date coupe based on the Charger 4-door sedan, complete with a warranty and that new-car smell. The Challenger shares the Charger's basic steering, brakes, all-independent suspension, rear-wheel drive and unitized body construction. Unlike the Camaro and Mustang, the Challenger has a roomy back seat and trunk, great for muscle-car fans who also want to haul around their friends and family.

For 2014, Dodge shortened the rip-roaring SRT8 392's name to simply SRT. Also, a new SXT Super Sport package adds 20-inch black wheels, wider rubber, a 3.07:1 rear axle, a sport mode and performance suspension and brakes.

With its crowd-pleasing rear-wheel drive and a variety of available power plants, the 2014 Challenger is a good used-car choice for the performance-minded driver who wants a handsome, retro-inspired coupe with a roomy back seat and trunk.

What We Like

Sport suspension, steering and brakes optional on all models; ride quality of the multilink independent rear suspension; performance of HEMI V8; crisp-shifting manual gearbox; retro muscle-car looks; roomy back seat and trunk; well-bolstered front seats

What We Don't

Interior is plain and dated-looking; rear-quarter blind spots; V6 not available with a manual transmission

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The 2014 Challenger engine lineup offers three choices.

The entry-level SXT model comes with a Pentastar double-overhead-camshaft 3.6-liter V6 that delivers 305 horsepower and 268 lb-ft of torque. It's mated to a 5-speed automatic with AutoStick sequential control and runs on unleaded regular fuel. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates it at 18 miles per gallon in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

The R/T model sports Dodge's signature 5.7-liter overhead-valve (OHV) HEMI V8. Paired with the standard 5-speed automatic with AutoStick sequential shifting, this version generates 372 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque, EPA-rated at 16 mpg city/25 mpg hwy. It also features multidisplacement technology that idles four cylinders to save fuel when cruising under light throttle. When paired with the 6-speed manual transmission, the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 produces 375 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque and gets a 15 mpg city/23 mpg hwy EPA rating. For best performance, midgrade unleaded fuel is recommended for both versions, but unleaded regular is acceptable.

The high-performance SRT features an upsized 6.4-liter (392 cubic inches) OHV HEMI V8. Output is 470 hp at 6,000 revolutions per minute and 470 lb-ft of torque at 4,200 rpm. It requires 91-octane premium unleaded fuel. The Challenger SRT has an EPA rating of 14 mpg city/23 mpg hwy with either the AutoStick 5-speed automatic or the 6-speed manual gearbox.

Standard Features & Options

The 2014 Challenger is available in SXT, R/T and SRT trims.

The entry-level SXT trim includes standard automatic air conditioning, a leather-wrapped shifter and tilt-telescopic steering wheel with remote audio controls, cruise control, stability and traction control, remote keyless entry, cloth upholstery, black headliner, a power driver's seat with manually adjustable lumbar support, a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with MP3 capability, a split fold-down rear seat, 235/55R18 all-season tires on alloy wheels, variable intermittent wipers, a sport-tuned suspension and touring brakes. It also includes power windows, door locks and mirrors.

The SXT trim can be outfitted with the SXT Plus package, which adds leather seats, heated front buckets, SiriusXM radio, Uconnect voice command with Bluetooth, auto headlamps, auto-dimming mirrors, fog lamps, rear park assist and illuminated vanity mirrors. Other options include a sunroof, a 6.5-in touchscreen infotainment system, navigation and a new 18-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system. An SXT Rallye Redline package features 20-in black chrome wheels, 245/45R20 performance tires, red body stripes, a deck-lid spoiler, Nappa leather seating, heated front sport seats, a firmer performance-tuned suspension, metal paddle shifters, quicker steering and larger brakes. A Super Sport Group adds 20-in chrome wheels, 245/45R20 performance tires, a rear spoiler, a performance 3.07:1 rear axle, die-cast paddle shifters, a sport mode and performance suspension, steering and brakes.

Moving up to the R/T trim adds the 5.7-liter HEMI V8, larger brakes, performance suspension and steering, fog lamps, a rear spoiler, a pistol-grip shifter, auto headlamps, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated side mirrors, a 160-mile-per-hour speedometer, SiriusXM radio, Bluetooth and voice-command connectivity, Boston Acoustics speakers with a subwoofer and USB device charging. The R/T Plus package brings remote starting, the HomeLink garage-door opener, a security alarm, leather seats, heated front seats and an overhead console and electronic information center. The R/T Classic package adds HID headlamps, classic R/T stripes and 20-in polished 5-spoke alloys. Also available is the Super Track Pak with 245/45ZR20 performance rubber tires, high-performance springs and shocks and a track-mode stability control system.

The SRT brings a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 with a low-restriction exhaust and a cold-air induction hood, launch control, selectable adaptive damping, perforated Nappa leather upholstery, heated performance front bucket seats with adjustable lumbar, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a carbon-fiber-weave and leather-trimmed steering wheel and shifter, 245/45ZR20 performance tires, a 180-mph speedometer, a security system, Brembo brakes and a track-tuned suspension.

Pricing

From the relatively inexpensive SXT V6 models and the ever-popular R/T 5.7-liter HEMI V8s to the investment-grade 6.4-liter SRT, used 2014 Challengers have a wide range of price tags. The SRT has collector-car status among a growing cadre of Mopar and muscle-car fans. As always, low odometer miles rule, and condition is king.

To get a good idea of the 2014 Challenger's price range, check out the used-car values at KBB.com. You can also search the Autotrader Classifieds to see what models are for sale in your area.

Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced the following recall for the 2014 Dodge Challenger:

On some 3.6-liter V6 models, the alternator may fail without warning, which may stall the engine and increase the risk of a crash if the vehicle is in motion.

Recall repairs are required by law, even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed, and if not, they'll fix the car at no charge to you.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

NHTSA gave the 2014 Challenger a 5-star overall safety rating, with five stars for frontal and side impacts and four stars for rollover resistance. It did not test the SRT model.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not test the crash performance of the 2014 Challenger.

Chrysler covered the 2014 Challenger with a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, including roadside assistance along with 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain and corrosion-perforation warranties.

Dodge certified pre-owned (CPO) cars cannot have more than 75,000 miles on the odometer and must be 5 years old or younger. Every CPO Challenger undergoes a 125-point inspection. Those that pass receive a 3-month/3,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, plus a 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty from the car's original date of sale. A Carfax report, 24-hour roadside assistance, car-rental allowance and a 3-month trial of SiriusXM radio are also included.

Other Cars to Consider

2014 Ford Mustang -- America's first pony car is more nimble and engaging to drive than the Challenger. Both coupe and convertible versions are available. The engine lineup includes a 305-hp 3.7-liter V6 and a 420-hp 5.0-liter V8, plus the exciting, supercharged 662-hp Shelby GT 500 model. But the Mustang's live rear axle gives it a choppy ride, interior materials are subpar, and it lacks the Dodge's roomy back seat and trunk.

2014 Chevrolet Camaro -- The Camaro is a modern interpretation of the iconic 1969 model, available as a coupe or convertible. With 4-wheel independent suspension, powerful 4-wheel discs and crisp steering, the Camaro is light on its feet. A 323-hp 3.6-liter V6, 400- and 426-hp naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8s, and a 580-hp supercharged 6.2-liter V8 are joined by a 505-hp 7.0-liter V8 in the new Z28 model. The Camaro gets refreshed styling for 2014, but the claustrophobic cabin and small trunk remain.

Autotrader's Advice

Although the SXT V6 version offers a good mix of everyday performance and fuel economy and gives buyers a chance to tap into the Challenger legacy for less money and lower insurance rates, we think the stylish Dodge coupe looks and sounds best when powered by a HEMI V8. Unless you're looking for an SRT to salt away in the garage, we think the HEMI-powered R/T model is the smartest choice. Blowers sticking up through the hood may look cool at Cars and Coffee, but you'll be saving money by opting for a Challenger without modifications.

Look for a CPO model or an example with low miles and a Carfax or equivalent car-history report. And check with the dealer to make sure the 2014 Challenger you're considering has had any applicable safety-recall items resolved.

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