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2017 Dodge Viper Review

The 2017 Dodge Viper has a strong V10 engine and outstanding cornering grip. However, it has a midpack ranking among luxury sports cars because of its harsh ride, uncomfortable seats, and low-rent interior materials.

Pros & Cons

  • Extraordinary power
  • Strong cornering grip
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Good trunk space
  • Harsh ride
  • Uncomfortable seats
  • Poor visibility

Rankings & Research

The 2017 Dodge Viper's #12 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Luxury Sports Cars category. Currently the Dodge Viper has a score of 6.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 21 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 6.8
Total Cost of Ownership:
This model has never been fully tested for total cost of ownership. Its overall score is being calculated without total cost of ownership.
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2017 Dodge Viper Overview

Is the 2017 Dodge Viper a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Dodge Viper is an excellent used sports car than can tackle almost any track challenge thrown at it. However, the Viper loses its luster off the racecourse. It has a cheap interior, a rough ride, and some of the worst fuel economy estimates for the segment (though most Viper shoppers won’t care about the latter).

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 25 professional evaluations for this 2017 Dodge Viper review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Dodge Viper?

Prices for the 2017 Dodge Viper start at $99,800 and top out at $199,500, with the average list price sitting at $142,700. These figures are based on 2017 Viper listings on our site. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Dodge Viper Cost to Own?

We do not currently have projected five-year-ownership costs for the 2017 Viper.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Viper?

The Dodge Viper was discontinued after the 2017 model year. However, most top luxury sports cars (except for the 2018 Audi R8) start lower than the 2017 Dodge Viper’s average price of $142,700. The 2019 Corvette in the ZR1 trim (MSRP: $118,900) is a worthy competitor of the Viper. The ZR1’s track-ready handling is on par with the Viper, but the Vette is a better daily driver thanks to its smoother ride. The Corvette is also easier to get in and out of than its Dodge rival.

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Which Model Year of the Dodge Viper Is Best?

The 2017 Viper is part of a generation that began with the 2013 model year. There were no significant changes until the 2015 model year, when a rearview camera and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon stereo became standard. The 2016 Viper saw the introduction of the track-focused ACR trim. Unless you need the added power the ACR Viper offers, you’re better off buying an older model.  We recommend the 2015 because it’s the first with a rearview camera, but the 2013 and 2014 Viper are solid track vehicles.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Dodge Viper?

J.D. Power gives the 2017 Viper a predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five.

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2017 Dodge Viper Recalls

As of this writing, there are no recalls on the 2017 Dodge Viper.

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Which Used Dodge Viper Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Dodge Viper is available in four trims: SRT, GT, GTS, and ACR. The base SRT is well-equipped with comfort and technology features, like automatic climate control and Dodge's Uconnect infotainment system that features an 8.4-inch touch screen, voice command recognition, Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD Radio, a USB port, navigation, and a 12-speaker audio system. There’s also a 7-inch display in the gauge cluster that can show performance data.

If you’re not satisfied with the base model’s offerings, consider stepping up to one of the higher trims. The GT adds upgraded leather, five-mode stability control, and all-speed traction control. The GTS offers six-way power front seats, and an 18-speaker Harman Kardon stereo. The ACR is designed for use on a track and carried distinctive exterior and interior stylings. The GTS, which combines comfort and performance, is the best trim for most buyers.

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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 Viper?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have not conducted crash tests on the Dodge Viper. The only active safety feature is a standard rearview camera, which helps deal with the Viper’s poor visibility.

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2017 Dodge Viper Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Dodge Viper or 2017 Chevrolet Corvette?

The 2017 Chevrolet Corvette is a sports car that is fun to drive yet practical. The Corvette offers more engine options, and it strikes a good balance between ride comfort and cornering agility. It comes standard with power-adjustable seats that do a great job of holding you in place on twisty roads. Although the Viper might be more agile, its ride quality is much worse than the Corvette’s. On the practical side, the Corvette also has a little more trunk space slightly better fuel-efficiency than the Viper.

Which Is Better: 2017 Dodge Viper or 2017 Jaguar F-Type?

The 2017 Jaguar F-Type is a better daily driver than the Viper, but it falls short of its Dodge rival when it comes to performance. The only F-Type that comes close is the SVR trim, but even that model falls 70 horsepower short of the Viper. Also, the Viper’s infotainment system makes the Jag’s look like a cheap transistor radio by comparison. However, the F-Type has a handsome interior with premium materials, and its seats are more comfortable and supportive than the Viper’s. For track-ready performance, stick with the Viper. For day-to-day driving, the Jag’s the better option.

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2017 Viper Performance

How Does the 2017 Dodge Viper Drive?

A 645-horsepower V10 engine powers the 2017 Dodge Viper, and it comes with a standard six-speed manual transmission (no automatic available). The Viper has astounding power, delivering instant and potent acceleration.

The Viper earns high praise for its handling, but not for its ride. The quick steering and outstanding cornering grip keep the Viper glued to the pavement in the turns. However, the Viper’s harsh ride transmits every road imperfection into the passenger cabin.

Does the 2017 Dodge Viper Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2017 Viper gets 12 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway, which is low even for the luxury sports car class.

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2017 Viper Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Viper Seat?

The 2017 Viper can be hard to get into because of its high and wide doorsills, and visibility is poor in this low-slung two-seater. It also has firm seats that become uncomfortable over long trips. However, one upside is that six-footers have enough legroom to ride in the Viper. Cloth upholstery comes standard, and upgraded leather upholstery is available in some models.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Dodge Viper?

The 2017 Viper does not have a LATCH system. We do not recommended using car seats in the front seats.

2017 Dodge Viper Features

The 2017 Viper is well equipped for a high-performance sports car. It has Dodge's user-friendly Uconnect infotainment system, which comes with a large and responsive 8.4-inch touch screen and excellent voice command software. The Viper also comes with Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD Radio, a USB port, and navigation. A 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system is standard, and an 18-speaker audio system is available. The Viper also has a standard 7-inch screen in the gauge cluster that displays performance data.

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2017 Dodge Viper Dimensions

Dodge Viper Cargo Space

At 14.7 cubic feet, the Viper’s cargo area is one of the roomiest in the segment. The 2017 Chevrolet Corvette's trunk is just a bit bigger at 15 cubic feet.

2017 Viper Length and Weight

The 2017 Dodge Viper measures 14.6 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,366 pounds to 3,415 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Dodge Viper Built?

The 2017 Dodge Viper was built by hand in Detroit.

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