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2017 Dodge Challenger Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Dodge Challenger was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.1

The interior of the 2017 Dodge Challenger is nicer than what you typically find inside a muscle car; a leather-wrapped shift knob and brushed aluminum trim are among its standard garnishes. There's still a fair amount of hard plastic, though, which lessens the Challenger's appeal for some. Highlights include a spacious rear seat that can hold three people, a cavernous trunk for the class, and an outstanding available infotainment system.

  • "The Challenger is a king among coupes with its class-leading passenger and cargo space. It's a far more livable daily driver than its coupe/muscle-car competition. Wrestling the large doors open to gain access can be a challenge, however." -- Edmunds
  • "The front seats are comfortable, and adults can, indeed, sit in the back seat and everything looks terrific and operates well. A nice place for a drive." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • 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)

Seating

The Challenger has five seats inside – one more than in the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro. It also offers more head- and legroom than the other two, so up to three people (or two adults, comfortably) can ride in the back. Houndstooth cloth upholstery and a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat come standard. Available features include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

  • "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 (2016)
  • "[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 (2016)
  • "The Challenger's cabin redeems itself in back, where rear occupants will be treated to perhaps the most spacious back seat in any mass-market coupe. There's sedanlike room back there, plain and simple. Other sporty coupes just can't touch it." -- Autotrader (2016)

Interior Features

The standard infotainment system in the 2017 Challenger includes a 5-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a six-speaker audio system. It’s a decent system, but most will prefer the upgraded Uconnect interface, which is responsive and easy to use. For 2017, it now comes with smartphone integration via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which increases user enjoyment tenfold. This system is standard in most Challenger configurations and includes satellite radio and an 8.4-inch touch screen.

Every Challenger comes with dual-zone automatic climate control. Optional features include navigation, HD Radio, an 18-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, rain-sensing wipers, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rear parking sensors.

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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 (2016)
  • "Alas, the Challenger's cockpit is otherwise as dull as the exterior is delightful. Visually linked to the awful dashboard in the previous-generation Charger sedan, the Challenger's dashboard looks simplistic and outdated compared to the new Charger's stylized dash. Materials have improved over the years, but again, the new Charger does it better." -- Autotrader (2016)
  • "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 (2016)

Cargo

The Dodge Challenger has a 16.2-cubic-foot trunk, which is much larger than most sports cars. In fact, that's closer to the average volume inside a full size car. For extra-large cargo, you can fold down the 60/40 split rear seats, though it can be somewhat cumbersome to lift heavy items over the high lip.

  • "Coupes aren't generally known for a spacious cargo area, but the Challenger boasts a trunk that puts the Mustang and Camaro to shame. Cargo measurements are just slightly smaller than those of the Charger sedan." -- Edmunds
  • The trunk is surprisingly large and useful, despite a pretty high liftover." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • Trunk liftover is quite high and the opening narrows between the taillights. The flat, wide trunk floor is not particularly long. Rear seats fold, but not with a smooth transition from the trunk floor." -- Consumer Guide (2015)

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