This is my review of the 2017 Dodge Challenger SXT. There's more details below, but I just wanted to quickly say thank you for watching this video. Please comment below and share your thoughts on the new Challenger or just take a second and say 'Hey!'. I'd love to hear from you. Cheers.
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► About this car:
+ MSRP: $26,995, but Dodge's site lists an "estimated selling price" of $23,031 after $2,250 of promotions.
+ Year: 2017
+ Make: Dodge
+ Model: Challenger
+ Configuration: SXT
+ Color: Go Mango Exterior Paint
+ Powertrain: 3.6-Liter V6 24-Valve VVT with the TorqueFlite 8-Speed Automatic Transmission.
+ Horsepower: 305
+ MPG: 19 city / 30 highway
+ Tank Size: 18.5 gallons
+ Wheels: 18-Inch Satin Carbon Aluminum Wheels
+ Seats: 2 (Dodge claims you can get three people in the back, but that's only true if they don't have legs.)
+ Towing Capacity: Please don't tow something with your challenger.
+Touch Screen: Standard UConnect 5.0. You can get a larger touch screen (8.4 inches) for an extra $,1095. I'd do it. The standard touch screen is garbage.
► Additional Info:
Go to: www.dodge.com. A word of warning, the site was incredibly slow for me. It look forever to "build" a car.
+ Blindside detection is available if you pay an additional $1,295 for the "driver convenience group" package. That's a bit pricey in my opinion. You can do it yourself using a kit for about $200 plus installation.
+ A sunroof is also available for an additional $1,195. I think I'd add it. This car feels like it should be a convertible so, at the very least, it should have a sunroof.
+ A "compact spare tire" is an additional $295. Come on Dodge, that ain't cool.
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►About this Rental:
Rental Car Number: 41
Days Driven: 2
Miles Driven: 142
►Other Reviews ("the critics"):
Motor Trend: 4/5
The Car Connection: 3.4/5
►Safety Ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (www.nhtsa.gov)
Overall Safety: 5 out of 5
Frontal Crash: 4 out of 5
Side Crash: 5 out of 5
Rollover: 4 out of 5
* Honestly, all the cars I've driven in the last 3 months have nearly the exact same score. I've only seen on 3 out of 5 and that was for rollover on the Ford Expedition. Everything else has been 4s or 5s...no matter how crappy the car.
Available Recommended Safety Technology (either standard, optional, or not available):
+ Rearview Video System: Optional
+ Forward Collision Warning: Optional
+ Lane Departure Warning: Not available
►Safety Ratings from the Insurance Institute on Highway Safety (www.iihs.org)
(1) Crashworthiness (scores are good, acceptable, marginal and poor):
+ Small overlap front: Marginal (worst rating I've seen in a while)
+ Moderate overlap front: Good
+ Side: Good
+ Roof strength: Acceptable
+ Head restraints & seats: Acceptable
(2) Crash Avoidance & Mitigation:
+ Front crash prevention: Basic with optional equipment (worst I've seen in a while)
+ Headlights: not rated.
(3) Child Seat Anchors Ease of Use: Acceptable. (Honestly, I didn't even check the child seat anchors on this car. The back seat is so small I wouldn't even both trying to load my kid in the back. This is NOT a kid friendly car. Grow up and by a minivan...the Chrysler Pacifica is super nice, btw.