Buyer's Guide to the 2015 Dodge Challenger
The Dodge Challenger has always been a smart buy, no matter the year and no matter the trim options or package features. However, the 2015 Dodge Challenger has built on that history of success to create an even more amazing vehicle that combines power, style and luxury. The 2015 Dodge Challenger may take its influences from some of the classic earlier models, but it represents the culmination of the Challenger brand in one high-quality package.
Here's what you need to know about this hot, new model:
Since the first generation was introduced in 1969, the Dodge Challenger has been known for its power and performance.
In 2011, the Challenger received two new engines. The first was a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine with 325 bhp and 288 pounds per feet of torque. The other was a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine with 470 horsepower and 470 pounds per feet of torque.
The 2015 model received the same 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine, but its power output was increased to 485 horsepower. Other options include a 3.6-liter V6 and a 5.7-liter HEMI V8. All engine choices offer a powerful ride that can handle many different types of terrain and effortlessly breeze through rain and snow.
All engine options are rear-wheel drive. The 3.6-liter engine comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission, while the other two engine choices come with a 6-speed manual. The 3.6-liter engine is available on the SXT Coupe, the 5.7-liter engine on the R/T Plus and Coupe, and the 6.4-liter engine on the R/T Scat Pack and Coupe.
The six-speed manual transmission is paired with a low-restriction exhaust system, creating a powerful roar that is reminiscent of the early Challenger models. The eight-speed automatic transmission comes with electronic shifting and paddle shifters.
The new Challenger also includes performance suspension parts, 20-inch aluminum wheels, Brembo brakes and other high-performance upgrades. You'll feel like the king of the road when you are driving around town in the new Challenger.
You won't just feel like the king of the road in the 2015 Dodge Challenger--you'll also look like one. The new Challenger has been styled to look like a modern version of the first generation Challengers. When you look at the 2015 model, you'll feel like you've been transported to the past.
Despite its retro roots, the 2015 model still has some slight modern upgrades. The discerning viewer will notice a thinner split-grille slot as well as a deeper air dam. Quad headlights feature an LED halo--a true marker of modern technology. Both front and rear fascias have gotten design updates for the new Challenger, including LED tail lights to match the front.
With the more powerful engine, the new model also features a larger power bulge for the hood, and it comes with a Shaker hood option for better intake.
Exterior colors include B5 Blue, Tor Red and "Sublime," which is a neon green. Seven stripe options are also available, making the new Challenger look even more like the early models.
The interior of the new Challenger has also received some updates. Upholstery is available in either cloth or Nappa leather to suit your tastes, and you can choose performance seats that offer more support around the thighs and torso. Rear-seat passengers will find plenty of legroom in the new Challenger.
Some modern upgrades include an 8.4-inch touchscreen that controls the Uconnect telematics, as well as a 7-inch Thin Film Transistor display that allows you to control the car with over 100 possible configurations. You'll feel like you have your own personal cockpit to control everything about with the touch of your finger tips.
Other interior features include a backup camera, auxiliary audio input, and a USB outlet and S3 card slot for more media options. The media hub is located in the center armrest to keep it close yet out of sight.
With the new Dodge Challenger, you can feel like you have all the styling that made the previous models so memorable, yet still have all the modern technological features that give you control and improved comfort in the car. You can create the experience you want with the new Challenger.
Of course, you can accessorize your new Dodge Challenger with different trim or package options to make it your own and get the features you want.
The R/T Plus Quick Order Package 28D includes 20-inch aluminum wheels and a dual-rear exhaust with bright tips. The SXT Quick Order Package 21A also includes the dual-rear exhaust with bright tips.
The Sound Group II includes a 507-watt amplifier and nine amplified speakers with a subwoofer.
The Leather Interior Group includes heated front seats and steering wheel, mesh interior accents, ventilated front seats, a power tilt steering column, and silver bezel accents around the instrument panel.
The Scat Pack Appearance Group includes a black fuel door, black grille, a Scat Pack stripe and high-intensity head lights.
The Driver Convenience Group includes blind spot detection, high intensity head lights, multi-function mirrors, a remote start system, and a universal garage door opener.
The Cold Weather Group includes an 180-amp alternator, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.
The basic model of the 2015 Dodge Challenger has a manufacturer's suggested retail price starting at $26,995, and it comes with a three-year or 36,000-milebasic warranty as well as a five-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Leasing is available for as little as $269 per month for 36 months, depending on the dealership and buyer credit. Those lease terms would be available with $2,999 due at signing but no security deposit required. Depending on where you shop, other dealer incentives may be available, such as lower interest rates or even cash back on the purchase.
Now is the best time to shop for the new 2015 Dodge Challenger since the 2016 model will be introduced later this year. Dealers are incentivized to sell the current model before the new model is introduced. However, consumers should feel incentivized to buy the new Challenger thanks to its superior styling and performance.