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2012 Dodge Challenger Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Dodge Challenger was new.


Interior: 7.3

The 2012 Dodge Challenger impresses reviewers with more interior and cargo space than rival muscle cars. With seating for five and a large trunk, the Challenger is a roomy alternative to four-seat competitors like the Ford Mustang or Chevrolet Camaro. However, despite that interior space, the Challenger is not without its shortcomings. Some reviewers say the Challenger’s bland interior styling, plastic trim and confusing audio interface detract from its spacious interior.

  • "Challenger's cabin houses plenty of plastic, but everything is nicely assembled." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "When compared to the Challenger's exterior, the lackluster interior design seems to fall flat." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Unlike the Dodge Challenger's distinctive-looking exterior, the interior is quite bland. A few styling cues, like the large beveled dashboard and distinctive shifter knobs, are reminiscent of Challengers past, but overall the interior experience pales in comparison to its retro-themed rivals." -- Edmunds 


Affordable sports cars aren’t usually known for their roomy seats, but the 2012 Dodge Challenger bests competitors like the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro with an adult-friendly back seat. The Challenger can also seat five, while rivals at Ford and Chevy can only squeeze four passengers in a pinch. Despite its livable interior, test drivers say that the Challenger’s large, heavy doors make it tough to get in and out of the back seat.

  • "Challenger's rear-seat accommodations are quite good for a sporty car. Smaller adults may tolerate short trips, while kids will fit fine. Entry and exit are expectedly awkward, especially on the driver side, as there is no way to move the seat belt out of the way." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Comfortable front bucket seats do a good job of holding the driver and front passenger in place and the Challenger's rear seat can comfortably fit two adults; the same cannot be said for either the Mustang or Camaro." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The rear seats are surprisingly roomy for two adults, with good headroom and decent legroom. The backseat also features a 60/40-split-folding back, a fold-down armrest and a middle seat for tiny/good-natured folks." -- Edmunds 
  • "It's physically a bigger car than the Mustang and it shows, with enough rear leg room for my 6-ft., 190-lb. frame; just don't ask me to sit there for long. On a side note, don't try getting into the rear from the driver's side, as that seat doesn't aid rear access like the passenger side does." -- Road and Track 

Interior Features

Reviewer opinion is mixed on the 2012 Dodge Challenger’s interior. Some note that materials within are soft-touch and of decent quality, while others say there’s no shortage of hard plastics in the cabin. Additionally, the Challenger gets dinged for its deeply set gauges. Auto critics say they can be difficult to read and that the audio controls can be confusing. It’s not all bad, though. Reviewers note that the interior is functional and that all controls are within easy reach. For 2012, Dodge adds an 18-speaker Harmon Kardon stereo and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters to the Challenger’s list of optional equipment.

  • "Major gauges are deeply recessed into the dashboard and are dimly backlit, making them hard to read at times. The control layout places most systems within easy reach. Chrysler's Uconnect touchscreen absorbs most audio functions, which can complicate some simple adjustments." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The four-spoke steering wheel from the base Charger is definitely out of place, as is the transmission selector (it should be a pistol-grip knock-off similar to the optional manual transmission's knob)." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "Despite a slightly confusing audio interface, however, the interior is quite functional and its materials are of decent quality, with plenty of soft-touch surfaces." -- Edmunds 


With 16.2 cubic feet of cargo space, the 2012 Dodge Challenger offers a larger trunk than most competing affordable sports cars.

  • "Interior storage is decent, with a good-size glovebox and console bin, two small console trays, and small door map pockets." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "A sizeable trunk also gives the Challenger a leg up on its Mustang and Camaro rivals." -- Kelley Blue Book 

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