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2016 Dodge Challenger Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Dodge Challenger was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.0

The 2016 Dodge Challenger has an upscale cabin, according to most reviewers, though some find a tad too many hard plastics. The front seats are very comfortable, and critics praise the unrivaled rear-seat space for a muscle car. The 8.4-inch infotainment system’s screen earns accolades, as does the system’s ease of use and response to inputs.

  • "Last year's redesign gave the Challenger the stylish cabin it always deserved." -- Edmunds
  • "The seats are quite good--and get more bolstered as you go up the line--and the cockpit-like layout is clever. Still, even the SRT models stray toward hard plastics and you can't really take the uplevel leather seriously. Thankfully the optional Uconnect nav and infotainment systems work fine." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)
  • "The Challenger's new interior is a revelation, with top-notch materials and a sleek center console that wraps around the driver." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "The new-for-2015 interior decor is simply fantastic, being ergonomically sound and nicely retro without being kitschy. From the excellent seats to the conical instrument dials and a clear, crisp TFT screen, the interior leaps well past those of previous Challengers in terms of design and quality of materials." -- Car and Driver (2015)
  • "The Challenger still reigns supreme in the pony car segment for soft-touch materials." -- Left Lane News (2015)

Seating

A power-adjustable driver’s seat is standard in the 2016 Dodge Challenger, which seats up to five people. Leather upholstery, as well as heated and ventilated front seats, are available. The SRT models come standard with leather seats and are available with Alcantara (faux suede) inserts.

Seating space in the 2016 Challenger is superior for this class. Reviewers agree that the front driver and passenger seats are roomy. Most note that the rear seats are surprisingly spacious for adults.

  • "There's plenty of room in front for driver and front-seat passenger, and the rear seat can accommodate three people (although they might be snug), making the Challenger the only muscle car deserving of that claim." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "[I]nterior space is where [the Challenger] utterly puts to shame its Ford and Chevy rivals. The backseat is remarkably roomy for two adults, with good headroom and decent legroom. By comparison, the Mustang and Camaro are really for small children only. There are even rear air vents, though the big rear pillars that also hamper visibility admittedly make it a tad claustrophobic." -- Edmunds
  • "In any case, the Challenger continues to offer a roomy back seat and a cavernous trunk, making it a legitimate daily driver and road-tripper, aside from its high-performance potential." -- AutoTrader (2015)

Interior Features

Dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a six-speaker audio system with a 5-inch touch screen are standard in the 2016 Challenger. Available features include a rearview camera, navigation, HD Radio, an 18-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, adaptive cruise control, rear parking sensors, and the Uconnect infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touch screen.

Test drivers find the infotainment system’s 5-inch screen acceptable, but for a superior experience they suggest getting the larger 8.4-inch screen. They say it responds to inputs quickly and has an easy-to-understand presentation. Retro-design gauges for the tachometer and speedometer win critics’ praises, and they also appreciate the customizable crystal-clear information display screen that is embedded between the gauges.

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  • "Like other Dodges, the Challenger benefits from Chrysler's user-friendly touchscreen interfaces. While the base 5-inch system gets the job done, we highly recommend stepping up to the superb 8.4-inch, multifunction Uconnect touchscreen. It features large virtual buttons, an intuitive layout and fairly quick responses. We also appreciate the big knobs and buttons for the climate system and redundant infotainment controls (volume, tuning, menu selection, etc.)." -- Edmunds
  • "In the center of the instrument panel is the touch screen that we've liked in other Dodge and Chrysler vehicles. The retro-style gauges for tach and speedometer look fantastic, and there's a sharp-display TFT screen nestled between the two." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "We especially like the 7-in driver-configurable information display in the gauge cluster; it gives the Challenger a contemporary edge that the Camaro, for example, just can't match." -- AutoTrader (2015)

Cargo

At 16.2 cubic feet, the 2016 Dodge Challenger’s trunk space is excellent for the class. Only the Volkswagen GTI hatchback, with 22.8 cubic feet, has more. Some critics point out that placing items in the trunk requires lifting them over a fairly high lip.

  • "The 16.2-cubic-foot trunk is on par with what you'd find in some full-size sedans -- and it gets bigger when you fold down the 60/40-split backseat. If you're looking for the most livable muscle coupe, this is it." -- Edmunds
  • "The trunk is surprisingly large and useful, despite a pretty high liftover." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)

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