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2015 Dodge Viper Review

Despite its ridiculous off-the-line engine power, the 2015 Dodge Viper sits near the bottom of our rankings due to its below-average reliability, jarring ride quality, and uncomfortable seating. 

Pros & Cons


  • Face-melting engine power



  • Below-average reliability
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Harsh ride


New for 2015

  • New GT trim level
  • Harman Kardon audio system and rearview camera now standard
  • 5 horsepower gain
  • New Viper TA 2.0 package

Rankings & Research

The 2015 Dodge Viper's #14 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Luxury Sports Cars category. Currently the Dodge Viper has a score of 7.0 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 16 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 7.2
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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2015 Dodge Viper Overview

Is the 2015 Dodge Viper a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Dodge Viper is a great luxury sports car to whip around a track, with its taut suspension and harbinger-of-doom powertrain. However, this American-built snake is a bad car to live with day to day, unless you like a claustrophobic interior and experiencing every bump in the road. 

Used 2015 Dodge Viper Performance and Interior

The 2015 Dodge Viper is powered by a V10 engine that makes 645 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. It’s pointless to tell you the Viper is fast – its capabilities under the hood make it more of a racecar than a street-legal vehicle. The Viper only comes with a six-speed manual transmission, and it takes more effort to shift gears than other cars with smoother gearboxes. Unsurprisingly, the Viper's fuel economy places at the bottom of the class: just 12 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.

Driving the mid-front Viper SRT isn’t for the faint of heart. It rides very roughly over most surfaces and can wallow even when going straight at high speeds. Like shifting, steering is a little labor-intensive, and the unresponsive brakes don’t instill the most confidence. Some Viper models may have a driver-selectable suspension with street and track modes.

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The Viper SRT seats two people on standard six-way manual Sabelt sport seats wrapped in vinyl and nylon. Other models may have power-adjustable seats with Nappa or Laguna premium leather. Despite these quality materials, the seats are too stiff and uncomfortable for long drives. Expansive side bolstering also makes them feel too narrow for most people.

Standard features in the 2015 Viper include automatic climate control, Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD Radio, navigation, a USB port, a rearview camera, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster, and an 8.4-inch touch-screen infotainment system. An 18-speaker Harman Kardon system is also available. The Uconnect infotainment system is straightforward and user-friendly, with large on-screen menus and quick response times. There are physical buttons and knobs to control functions like audio volume and temperature. 

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Used 2015 Dodge Viper Prices

Average prices for a 2015 Viper range from around $54,000 for a base model to above $68,000 for a Viper GTS. Exact prices depend on the car's features, mileage, and condition, and they can fluctuate with demand.

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We Did the Research for You: 16 Reviews Analyzed

To help you make an informed buying decision about your next used car, we wade through car news and research what others are saying about different vehicles. We analyzed 16 professional reviews along with reliability data, cost of ownership estimates, and more for this 2015 Dodge Viper review.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Dodge Viper?

Each Dodge Viper is hand-built, which you would think increases its reliability. Unfortunately, this isn't the case; J.D. Power and Associates gives the 2015 Viper SRT a predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five, which is below average. A score of three out of five is considered average for all cars on the market.

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How Safe Is the Viper?

The 2015 Dodge Viper did not undergo any crash testing, but that's common for luxury and performance cars. A standard rearview camera is the only driver assistance feature found in the Viper. 

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Should I Consider Another Used Viper?

The 2015 Viper SRT is part of the sports car's final generation, which spans the 2013 through 2017 model years. While you might be able to save money by shopping for an older Viper in the same generation, a 2015 model is the better choice because of its newly standard rearview camera. Other improvements for 2015 include a 5 horsepower gain, a new midrange Dodge Viper GT trim, and new performance and appearance packages.

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Which Used Dodge Viper Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Dodge SRT Viper is available in three trim levels: base, GT, and GTS. With a small price range, numerous standard features, and only one powertrain, it's easy to balance your budget against value. The sweet spot is the midrange Viper GT. It adds Nappa leather seats and a two-mode adjustable suspension, and it can be found with a few appearance packages.

Because of the Viper's low predicted reliability rating, you may want to consider a certified pre-owned model. For certified pre-owned 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 Viper and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Dodge Viper or 2015 Nissan GT-R?

The 2015 Nissan GT-R features standard all-wheel drive, composed and responsive handling, two available brutish engines, and slightly above-average reliability. Whether on the street or on the track, the GT-R has better performance than the Viper. Expect to pay tens of thousands of dollars more for a GT-R. Still, if you plan to drive the car a lot, you'll appreciate its comfortable seats and ample room for even tall drivers.

Which Is Better: 2015 Dodge Viper or 2015 Chevrolet Corvette?

The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette trounces nearly every other car in its class when it comes to overall performance. Both of the Vette's available engines deliver monstrous power, and its agile cornering and strong brakes make it a blast to drive. An adaptive suspension also keeps things calm for everyday driving. The Corvette has plenty of standard features, like a touch-screen infotainment system and a Wi-Fi hot spot, and you'll enjoy long drives thanks to comfortable standard leather seats. The Corvette is the much better choice between the two.

Which Is Better: 2015 Dodge Viper or 2015 Dodge Challenger?

If you're looking for a performance-oriented Dodge vehicle, the 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat compares favorably to the Viper. With its 707 horsepower, the Challenger Hellcat rockets off the line, but it's a much more compliant daily driver than the Viper. The Challenger also seats five with plenty of passenger and cargo space, so you don't have to choose between fun and practicality. On top of all that, average prices for a Challenger Hellcat are lower than the Viper’s, so you’ll save money and get a better car.

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