2014 Dodge Challenger

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Ahhhh, the ole muscle car…my favorite!  They have edge, appeal, class and roughness.  I feel like I should put on my old baseball tee that said, “Kiss My Grits” which were famous words of Flo on Mels Diner- a show of my time. This could age me a bit but I thoroughly embrace the era I grew up in! It appears someone of this age thought we had it going on because the style of the era is once again ruling the streets- like the challenger with its grunting retro appeal. I keep waiting for someone to walk up to me and tell me that I have such retro tastes, so long as long as they add a bit of class to the description.

Manufacturers should keep the muscle car the way it was meant to be and not add too much in the way of bling and gadgets. The mechanics on the other hand, well that’s another story. They can go ahead and stick a bit more grunt in this one because classics go a long ways as, “Big Boy Toys”. That being said, the 2014 Dodge Challenger is good for collectors, not the person looking for luxury. Just an FYI- if you want to relive the old days make sure you spend the extra dough and spring for the V8! Then as you drive off into the sunset, scream, “Kiss My Grits”! Not if you’re a guy though, that would be just plain weird.

2014 Dodge Challenger

The –passenger 2014 Dodge Challenger is available in four trim levels- SXT, R/T, SRT8 392 and the SRT8 Core. Prices for the base model start at just $27,000k and top out at $46 grand for the SRT8. It’s competition includes the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro.

The entry level SXT comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 305 hp and 268 lbs of torque. It returns and estimated 18 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. Standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, full power accessories, push-button start, automatic climate control, a six-way power driver seat with power-adjustable lumbar support, a 60/40 folding rear seat and a six-speaker sound system with an auxiliary audio jack.

Adding any of the optional SXT packages such as the Plus package will get you features like auto on/off headlights, rear parking sensors, fog lights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, heated front seats, Bluetooth® and an upgraded sound system with satellite radio and an iPod®/USB interface.

The Super Sport Group package includes performance tires with 20-inch chrome wheels, a rear spoiler, performance-tuned suspension/steering/brakes, a selectable sport driving mode and steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles. The Sinister Super Sport Group substitutes 20-inch painted wheels to add a touch of flare. The Rallye Redline offers features from the Super Sport Group plus metal pedals, a T-handle shifter, red-accented black alloy wheels, a red-striped exterior and red leather upholstery. An available Electronics Convenience Group has the heated mirrors, remote start plus additional informational displays including tire pressure and temp.

The Challenger R/T Trim gets a beefy 5.7-liter, 376 hp V8 engine that gets up and go’s from 0-60 mph  in just 5.5 seconds. Its mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and returns unsurprisingly low mpg. Its estimated fuel economy is rated at 15 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. This trim virtually offers all of the same features as the SXT Plus. The R/T Plus Package will give it a security alarm and rear parking sensors. The R/T Classic Package includes the R/T Plus items as well as 20-inch “heritage-style” wheels, black side stripes, functional hood scoops and xenon headlights. Individual options for the SXT and R/T include a sunroof, xenon headlights, an 18-speaker Harman Kardon audio system with and a few distinguished Mopar parts. An optional The R/T Super Track Pak will add higher-performance bits throughout like a performance-tuned suspension and stability control. The R/T also offers different editions but this is based on your own personal taste of retro style.

The Challenger SRT8 392 gets a 6.4-liter V8 engine that produces 470 hp and 470 lbs of torque. It sprints from 0-60 mph in a staggering 4.5 and retuns roughly 14 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. It offers what the R/T has plus adaptive suspension dampers, xenon headlamps, exclusive 20-inch alloy wheels, sport seats, an upgraded trip computer and full hydraulic power steering. Optional items include a navigation system, a sunroof and the jamming 18- speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

I will go ahead and say this… go ahead and bring back the muscle cars but leave the basketball shorty shorts at home! In all serious, it’s a great muscle car so take one for a spin and see which one fits your personality and wallet the best.

 Retro styling, good handling, strong V8 engines, smooth ride

 Tight back seat, boring interior

Stashi is an Editor at Driver Pulse, a provider of online automotive editorial reviews and latest news throughout the automotive industry. From the sight of sleek curves to the sound of a roaring engine, old and new, she has a great love for vehicles of all makes and models. What she finds most exciting is that automakers of iconic muscle cars from the past, such as Ford and Chevrolet, are reproducing them for this generation of gearheads. Her dream car, the 1964 or 1966 Ford Mustang, is the ultimate American pony car and paved the way for her love of growling and rumbling engines of old school muscle cars. She spent her whole life in the Midwest and still finds herself playing the same game she once played with her father when she was a young girl. It’s a game her father liked to call “Name that make and model”. This game has become more challenging as the years pass making it a great way to pass the time on long road trips. She believes that automobiles, old and new, are an art form that can be enjoyed by both children and adults.

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