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Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
Safety: 8.3
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2015 Dodge Challenger Review

Despite its upscale, roomy interior and several thrilling available V8 engines, the 2015 Dodge Challenger ranks in the bottom third of its class. Rivals have nimbler handling, better safety and predicted reliability ratings, and lower prices.

Pros & Cons


  • Exhilarating V8 engines
  • Good rear-seat and trunk space


  • Not as agile as its rivals
  • Subpar predicted reliability rating
  • Pricier than competitors

New for 2015

  • Revised styling
  • SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat replaced SRT 8
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission became standard

2015 Dodge Challenger Overview

Is the 2015 Dodge Challenger a Good Used Car?

The Challenger makes the most sense for shoppers who want a little more practicality than most sports cars can offer. Still, its substandard reliability rating makes it difficult for us to suggest as a good used car option.

Used 2015 Dodge Challenger Performance and Interior

The Challenger offers several powertrain options, starting with the 305-horsepower V6 engine. It delivers decent power and so-so fuel economy for the class at 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Next in line, the 5.7-liter V8 produces 372 to 375 horsepower and 400 to 410 pound-feet of torque, depending on the transmission. It gives the Challenger rapid acceleration and a pleasing exhaust note. For quicker acceleration, you’ll want the 6.4-liter Hemi V8. It puts out 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. Still, true speed freaks will only be satisfied by the blistering acceleration of the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. Its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 is rated at a shocking 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. 

The rear-wheel-drive Challenger feels most at home on long stretches of highway. It doesn’t have sloppy handling, but it can’t whip around corners at high speeds like smaller coupes can. The top trims offer the best handling, thanks to the available adaptive suspension. A quick-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters comes standard in V6-powered models. V8-equipped Challengers come with either the automatic or a six-speed manual gearbox. Stopping power is excellent, especially with the available Brembo brakes.

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The Challenger’s cabin boasts soft-touch materials and a modern design with retro touches. There’s seating for five on standard cloth upholstery and a power driver’s seat. Better-equipped models come with leather seats that are heated and ventilated up front. While it’s not uncommon for a coupe to have a roomy front seat, it’s the Challenger’s spacious rear seats and large 16.2-cubic-foot trunk that set it apart from other affordable sports cars.

Standard features include a 7-inch color driver information display, dual-zone automatic climate control, a proximity key, Dodge’s Uconnect infotainment system with a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, Bluetooth, and a 5-inch display. An available 8.4-inch screen adds other functions, like satellite radio and smartphone app integration. Uconnect is functional and attractive, making it one of the best interfaces on the market. Other notable upgrades include navigation, remote start, six- and nine-speaker Alpine audio systems, and an 18-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. 

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Used 2015 Dodge Challenger Prices

For a used Dodge Challenger SXT base model, expect to pay around $22,200. The average price of a used Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat with an automatic transmission is more than double that – about $48,800. That’s a wider range than most competing sports cars. A vehicle's demand, condition, mileage, and location affect its price. 

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Dodge Challenger?

The 2015 Dodge Challenger has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five. A score of three is considered average.

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How Safe Is the Challenger?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Challenger mixed scores. It earned the highest score of Good in the agency’s moderate and side impact tests. However, it received an Acceptable for the rear crash protection and roof strength tests and a Marginal in the small overlap front test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Challenger five out of five stars for its overall and side-crash ratings, but four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests. 

The Challenger is available with a decent amount of safety features, including a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. 

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Should I Consider Another Used Challenger?

After a quarter-century hiatus, Dodge reintroduced the Challenger in 2008. It has seen several changes since then. For 2015, the SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat trims replaced the SRT 8 model. The Challenger also received a new transmission, a higher power output with the 6.4-liter V8, updated exterior styling, and a revised interior. The 2016 Challenger saw few changes, so we suggest going with a 2015 model. 

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Which Used Dodge Challenger Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Dodge Challenger comes in a whopping 11 trim levels: SXT, SXT Plus, R/T, R/T Shaker, R/T Plus, R/T Classic, R/T Plus Shaker, R/T Scat Pack, 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker, SRT 392, and SRT Hellcat. Both SXT models come with the 3.6-liter V6 engine. The R/T through R/T Plus Shaker models have the 5.7-liter V8. You’ll find the 6.4-liter Hemi V8 in the R/T Scat Pack, the 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker, and the SRT 392. Lastly, the SRT Hellcat has the supercharged 6.2-liter V8. 

The SXT models are good for shoppers who want to look fast without spending extra dough on the bigger V8 engines. For performance enthusiasts, either of the naturally aspirated V8 engines will do the trick. Although the Hellcat is appealing, you won’t be able to use its extreme wealth of power in everyday driving. 

Given the Challenger’s subpar predicted reliability rating, you may want a certified pre-owned model. For CPO Dodge vehicles, the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended 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. 

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2015 Dodge Challenger and Other Cars to Consider

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

Redesigned for 2015, the Ford Mustang is a better choice for those shopping on the lower end of the Challenger’s engine lineup. The Mustang doesn’t offer the outrageous horsepower output of the Challenger’s upper trims, but the Ford Mustang GT outmatches the Challenger R/T’s power. The Mustang also earns higher predicted reliability and safety scores than the Challenger.

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

The Chevy Camaro is a better sports car because it offers superior overall performance, excellent safety scores, and a class-leading predicted reliability rating. Engine output in the Camaro ranges from 323 to 580 horsepower. Against all but the Hellcat, the Camaro offers an engine that puts out more power than its Challenger equivalent. Still, the Challenger speaks to those who want a nicer interior, roomier rear seats, and a larger trunk.

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