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2013 Dodge Challenger Review

Although the 2013 Dodge Challenger offers potent powertrains and a spacious interior, higher-ranking rivals provide better driving dynamics and more stylish cabins. They also rate higher for reliability.

Pros & Cons

  • Adult-friendly rear seat
  • Humdrum interior styling
  • Rivals are nimbler

6.6

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 5.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2013 Dodge Challenger Overview

Is the 2013 Dodge Challenger a Good Used Muscle Car?

The 2013 Challenger is a fine muscle car with a range of punchy engines, slick-shifting transmissions, and composed handling. Unlike many other sports cars, the Challenger's cabin is roomy enough to fit adults in the rear seats. On the downside, this coupe earns a poor reliability rating. You may want to consider other top-rated alternatives first.

Used 2013 Dodge Challenger Performance and Interior

There are three engines available in the 2013 Challenger, starting with the base 3.6-liter V6 that puts out 305 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque. Two V8 engines are available, with the most powerful being a 6.4-liter making 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. Regardless of engine, the Challenger is fast. A five-speed automatic transmission is paired with the V6, while the V8s are available with the automatic or a six-speed manual. Both transmissions make good use of the engine's power.

When equipped with the V6, the Challenger gets 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, which is in line with other muscle cars. For a fairly large car, the Challenger has poised handling. Its well-tuned steering and forceful brakes add to its performance abilities. Still, many competitors are much nimbler around corners. The Challenger’s ride is very smooth, which makes it a good option for long-distance drives.

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The Challenger's interior styling leaves a lot to be desired. Compared to other muscle cars, the cabin's design is drab, and there are lots of cheap plastic trim pieces. Where the Challenger does stand out from the crowd is its interior space. This coupe has spacious seats that can accommodate adults in both the front and back. The Challenger also has more cargo space than other sports cars, with 16.2 cubic feet of trunk room. Cloth upholstery and a power-adjustable driver seat are standard, and available upgrades include leather upholstery and heated front seats.

Standard features include automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, push-button start, and keyless entry. Some models may also have a touch-screen infotainment system, Bluetooth, a USB port, an eighteen-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, satellite radio, navigation, and a sunroof. The Challenger's Uconnect infotainment system has a 6.5-inch display, and it is very straightforward to use, with an intuitive layout and user-friendly controls. The available Harman Kardon sound system has exceptional audio quality.

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Used 2013 Dodge Challenger Prices

The base price for a 2013 Dodge Challenger SXT is around $14,200. A range-topping SRT8 model costs about $24,800. Pricing depends upon vehicle condition, mileage, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 43 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 43 Dodge Challenger reviews to give you an idea of this car’s pros and cons. We’ve also included information on fuel economy, safety, and reliability to help you decide if the 2013 Challenger is the right car for you.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Dodge Challenger?

The 2013 Challenger has a reliability rating of two out of five, which is poor for the auto industry.

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How Safe Is the Challenger?

In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests, the Challenger earned an overall rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in front and side crash tests, and four stars in the rollover test. Other muscle cars earned similar scores.

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Is the 2013 Challenger the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 Challenger is part of the car's first modern generation, which began with the 2008 model year. There are no major differences between the 2011, 2012, and 2013 models. Those from before 2011 have a different base engine.

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Which Used Dodge Challenger Is Right for Me?

For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Dodge extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. CPO vehicles also get a three-month/3,000-mile Maximum Coverage Care warranty. There are restrictions related to mileage and models, so read the Dodge warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Dodge Challenger and Other Sports Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Dodge Challenger or 2013 Ford Mustang?

The Ford Mustang is a better muscle car than the Challenger. Both models have similar engine output, but the Mustang is much more athletic around turns than the larger Challenger. It also rates higher for reliability. The Mustang has a smaller rear seat than the Challenger, but its cabin feels more upscale. Both models earn similar safety ratings.

Which Is Better: 2013 Dodge Challenger or 2013 Chevrolet Camaro?

The Chevrolet Camaro comes out on top of our rankings largely due to its excellent reliability rating, which is unmatched in the class. In many other ways, the Camaro is very similar to the Challenger. Both are larger coupes that are not quite as nimble as their smaller competitors, and they have comparably powerful engines. The Camaro has less interior space, but it earns higher safety scores than the Challenger.

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