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2015 Dodge Challenger Review

The 2015 Dodge Challenger ranks near the top of the sports car class. Its engine options are downright exhilarating, and its reliability rating is the best in the class. A roomy cabin and a large trunk further set the Challenger apart from the pack.

Pros & Cons

  • Above-average cargo and rear-seat space
  • Intuitive infotainment system
  • Powerful engine lineup
  • Great reliability rating
  • Fewer safety features than rivals

New for 2015

  • Refreshed interior and exterior styling
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission became standard
  • SRT Hellcat trim debuted




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.9
Safety: 8.4
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2015 Dodge Challenger Overview

Is the 2015 Dodge Challenger a Good Used Car?

The two-door 2015 Challenger is a good sports car. With seating for five and a large trunk, it offers more practicality than many of its classmates. A thunderous engine lineup and a comfortable ride earn the Challenger high marks in the performance department, and an intuitive infotainment system gives this muscle car interior appeal as well. Add in a perfect reliability rating, and it’s easy to see why we recommend this Dodge.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our Dodge Challenger review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 64 sources and combined them with concrete data like reliability ratings, safety scores, and fuel economy estimates to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than 100 years of combined experience in automotive industry. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Dodge Challenger?

Our site has more than 1,350 listings for the 2015 Challenger, and the average list price is $27,000. Prices range from $18,400 to $40,000 and vary depending on the coupe’s mileage, condition, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2015 Dodge Challenger Cost to Own?

Fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repair expenses for the 2015 Challenger are estimated to be around $33,340 over five years. That’s above average for the class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Dodge Challenger?

For 2019, Dodge reshuffles the Challenger’s trims and features, expands all-wheel-drive availability to two trim levels, and debuts the Hellcat Redeye trim. The 2019 Challenger has an MSRP of $27,295.

Given the 2015 Challenger’s average price of $27,000, you might find a new model for less money. However, the average used model may have an optional engine and more features than a new base model. Because of that, a used model is probably a better value.

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Every new sports car has a base retail price within the 2015 Challenger's price range ($18,400 to $40,000), including the athletic 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata and the well-rounded 2015 Ford Mustang.

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Which Model Year of the Dodge Challenger Is Best?

The 2015 Challenger belongs to a generation that launched for the 2008 model year. Compared to older models, the 2015 Challenger has refreshed interior materials and exterior styling, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and more available safety features, such as blind spot monitoring and forward collision warning. The 2015 also offers the Hellcat trim, which has a 707-horsepower supercharged V8 engine.

The 2016 model saw no major changes, but an all-wheel-drive GT model debuted for 2017. For 2018, the Challenger gained a larger standard touch screen, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Unless those updates are important to you, a 2015 model is your best bet.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Dodge Challenger?

The 2015 Challenge has a best-in-class reliability rating of five out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Dodge Challenger Recalls

As of this writing, six recalls have been issued for the 2015 Challenger. These recalls address an inoperative instrument cluster, fuel leaks, susceptibility to remote hacking, and an inability to cancel the cruise control system. Before buying this vehicle, make sure these issues have been addressed.

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Which Used Dodge Challenger Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Challenger is available in five main trim levels: SXT, RT, R/T Scat Pack, SRT, and SRT Hellcat.

The base SXT features a 3.6-liter V6 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, a 5-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, cloth upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and alloy wheels.

The R/T steps up to a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or eight-speed automatic. Plus editions of both the R/T and SXT are available, offering several options, such as a larger 8.4-inch touch screen, a navigation system, satellite radio, HD Radio, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, leather-trimmed seats, heated and ventilated front seats, a sunroof, and larger alloy wheels. 

The R/T Scat Pack gains the safety and tech features listed above, but its main claim to fame is its 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine. The SRT has the same engine as the Scat Pack but also features an 18-speaker Harman Kardon premium stereo, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, heated and ventilated front seats, premium Nappa leather upholstery, and an adaptive three-mode damping suspension. The performance-tuned SRT Hellcat has a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine.

For many shoppers, the best value is the SXT or RT Plus trims, as those are available with several tech and safety upgrades. The safety options in these trims, including blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert, are standard features in the SRT 392.

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What Does Dodge's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Dodge offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Dodge extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. CPO vehicles also get a three-month/3,000-mile Maximum Coverage Care warranty. Additional benefits are available, including a 90-day SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription, a CarFax vehicle history report, 24-hour towing and roadside assistance, and a car rental allowance. There are mileage and model restrictions, so read the Dodge warranty page carefully.

Dodge has one of the worst CPO warranties among affordable carmakers, according to our analysis. Kia, Hyundai, Chevy, Ford, Honda, and Mazda are all better.

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How Safe Is the Challenger?

The Challenger received mixed safety scores. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this muscle car the highest rating of Good in two crash tests, the next-best rating of Acceptable in two crash tests, and the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the Driver-side small overlap front test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Challenger an overall rating of five out of five stars, with four stars in frontal crash and rollover tests and five stars in the side crash test.

There are no standard driver aids in this car. Available safety equipment includes a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high beams, rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and adaptive cruise control.

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2015 Dodge Challenger Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Dodge Challenger or 2015 Chevrolet Camaro?

The 2015 Chevrolet Camaro is a decent sports car with a lineup of powerful engines and athletic handling. Unlike the Challenger, the Camaro comes in coupe and convertible body styles. On average, the Camaro costs around $5,800 less than the Dodge. However, if your budget stretches that far, the Dodge is the better muscle car. It has a higher-quality cabin, more available safety features, simpler infotainment controls, a larger trunk, more rear-seat legroom, and a higher reliability rating.

Which Is Better: 2015 Dodge Challenger or 2015 Ford Mustang?

The 2015 Ford Mustang is another good sports car. It has punchy engine options, particularly the V8-powered Ford Mustang GT, and it has sharper handling than the Dodge while also remaining comfortable over rough roads. Cabin materials are impressive as well. Ford offers the Mustang as a coupe or convertible, while the Challenger is only available as a coupe. The Dodge has more rear-seat legroom and trunk space than either Mustang body type, and it has a better reliability rating and a more intuitive infotainment system than its Ford rival. Both of these are good choices, but the Challenger takes the win.

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2015 Challenger Performance

How Does the 2015 Dodge Challenger Drive?

Though it’s large and heavy, the Challenger handles turns pretty well. Steering is light and responsive, and the available Brembo brakes provide plenty of stopping power. This coupe’s compliant ride keeps occupants comfortable on longer rides. SRT 392 and Hellcat models have an adaptive suspension with three driver-selectable settings: Street, Sport, and Track. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is not available for this model year of the Challenger. 

There are four engine choices for the 2015 Challenger. The base SXT uses a 3.6-liter V6 that puts out 305 horsepower. The R/T has a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine rated at 375 horsepower. The R/T Scat Pack and SRT both have a larger 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine that makes 485 horsepower. Finally, the range-topping Hellcat has a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. Dodge claims that the Hellcat has a quarter-mile time as low as 10.8 seconds when properly equipped.

An eight-speed automatic is the only transmission available in V6 models, while V8-powered models offer the choice of that gearbox or a six-speed manual transmission. The base V6 engine has ample power for most driving situations whether you're driving around town, on the highway, or up steep hills. Challengers with the V8 engine are even more robust and energetic, to the point that it can actually be hard to take advantage of the brutish Hellcat in everyday driving.

Does the 2015 Dodge Challenger Get Good Gas Mileage?

With the base engine, the Challenger gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Those are good estimates for the class. The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat returns 13 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway on premium gasoline.

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2015 Challenger Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Challenger Seat?

This Dodge seats five people. Cloth upholstery and a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat are standard. Leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel are available. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, and the rear seats stand out in the class for having ample space for adults. Cabin quality is generally high, though some critics remarked that there were too many hard plastics. Rearward visibility is also limited.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Dodge Challenger?

The 2015 Challenger has three complete sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats.

2015 Dodge Challenger Features

The standard Uconnect infotainment system features a 5-inch touch screen, a six-speaker sound system, a USB port, and Bluetooth. Every model also comes with proximity keyless entry and push-button start. A navigation system, an 8.4-inch touch screen, satellite radio, HD Radio, a nine-speaker Alpine or 18-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system, remote start, and a sunroof are available.

Both versions of the Uconnect infotainment system are easy to use. The touch screen is responsive, and there are physical controls for climate and audio settings.

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2015 Dodge Challenger Dimensions

Dodge Challenger Cargo Space

The 2015 Challenger has a 16.2 cubic-foot trunk, which is excellent for the sports car class.

2015 Challenger Length and Weight

The Challenger is about 16.5 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,834 to 4,449 pounds, depending on engine and trim.

Where Was the 2015 Dodge Challenger Built?

Dodge built the 2015 Challenger in Canada.

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