2014 Dodge Challenger Coupe
There are basically two ways to assess the 2014 Dodge Challenger: You can view it as an homage to classic muscle cars, or you can compare it to other contemporary coupes. Either way, this two-door behemoth generally hits the spot. Pugnacious yet practical, rowdy yet refined, the Challenger possesses a surprisingly diverse skill set. Its sheet metal may be unabashedly retro, but the Challenger has a lot more to offer than just nostalgia.
Don’t get us wrong: If you’re drawn to the Dodge Challenger simply because you miss laying patches in your high school parking lot, you won’t be disappointed. We’d avoid the base V6 for this purpose, but either of the two available V8s should do the trick. The R/T’s 5.7-liter version delivers up to 376 horsepower and great value, while the SRT8’s 6.4-liter, 470-hp monstrosity is an even worthier heir to the big-block V8s of yesteryear. Particularly with the pistol-grip six-speed manual shifter in hand, a V8-powered Challenger hits all the right Woodward Avenue notes.
Supple, quiet ride; room for four adults; glorious V8 engines; huge trunk; distinctive exterior styling.
Bland interior; mediocre handling; outdated touchscreen electronics interface; past-its-prime automatic transmission.
Aside from some minor equipment adjustments, the 2014 Dodge Challenger is unchanged.