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2017 Dodge Challenger: What You Need to Know

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The 2017 Dodge Challenger combines the thrilling performance of a sports car with the some of the practicality of a daily driver. It boasts more rear-seat and trunk space than many other sports cars. However, it ranks in the middle of the class due to its limited agility and middling crash test scores.   

Is the 2017 Dodge Challenger a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2017 Dodge Challenger is a good used sports car. It offers a selection of robust engines, including the SRT Hellcat’s exhilarating 707-horsepower V8. This two-door coupe also boasts a surprisingly spacious back seat and trunk, as well as an above-average predicted reliability rating. However, its interior is plagued with low-rent materials in some trims.

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How Much Is the 2017 Dodge Challenger?

Challenger prices are slightly above average for the sports car class. You can expect to pay between $20,000 and $40,000 for a used 2017 model. The average list price is $26,800. These figures are based on about 1,100 listings for the 2017 Challenger on our site. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

How Much Does the 2017 Dodge Challenger Cost to Own?

The Challenger’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $31,176 – or about $6,235 per year. That’s higher than average for the class by nearly $2,600.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Challenger?

Starting prices for a new 2019 Challenger range from $27,295 up to $69,650. You can save thousands of dollars with a used Challenger, especially if you want a base model with few options. However, there are a few perks to buying new. The 2019 model adds a new SRT Hellcat trim, called Redeye, that features a 797 horsepower supercharged engine. It accelerates from zero to 60 mph in an eye-watering 3.4 seconds. The already ultra-powerful SRT Hellcat gets 10 additional horsepower.

The 2018 Challenger gained standard features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a larger infotainment touch screen. Dodge also introduced the Hellcat Widebody for 2018. If you’re looking to get behind the wheel of an SRT Demon, you’ll have to look for a 2018 model, as it is not available as a 2019 model. If these aren’t must-have items, opt for an older model.

There are many options if you’re looking for a less expensive new sports car with a similar price to a used 2017 Challenger. These options include the high-ranking 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata, which starts at $25,295. While the two-seat Miata doesn’t offer the interior space or engine power of the Challenger, its small stature helps it zip through twisty roads with ease. The interior is impressive as well, with supportive seats and a good amount of soft-touch materials.

Which Model Year of the Dodge Challenger Is Best?

The 2017 Dodge Challenger is part of a generation that launched for 2008 and includes the 2019 model. There were no major updates for 2016, so you may find similarly equipped 2015 Challengers with lower prices. Additions for 2017 include an all-wheel-drive GT model and the availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (standard for 2018). Because of its combination of features and price, we recommend the 2015 Challenger as the best value.

How Reliable Is the 2017 Dodge Challenger?

The 2017 Challenger has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

2017 Dodge Challenger Recalls

At the time of writing, there are three safety recalls for the 2017 Challenger. The first recall addresses an issue with the deactivation of the vehicle’s cruise control that could increase the risk of a crash. Another recall deals with an oil leak due to the failing of an engine oil cooler line, which could result in a fire. The last issue involves the transmission remaining in the park position, increasing the risk of an accident. Before buying a used 2017 Challenger, ensure any applicable recalls have been properly addressed.

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Which Used Challenger Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Challenger is offered in 14 different trims: SXT, SXT Plus, GT, T/A, T/A Plus, T/A 392, R/T, R/T Plus, R/T Shaker, R/T Plus Shaker, R/T Scat Pack, SRT 392, SRT Hellcat, and 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker.

The base model Dodge Challenger SXT has a 305-horsepower V6 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, Bluetooth, a 5-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, USB and auxiliary ports, dual-zone automatic climate control, and alloy wheels. For the best value in the lineup, look for the Challenger SXT Plus, which adds leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and the upgraded infotainment system.

The Challenger GT trim includes the same powertrain as the SXT trim, but it is the only Challenger that comes with standard all-wheel drive. Other highlights include steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, a Sport mode, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, an 8.4-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

The R/T trim adds a 375-horsepower V8 engine, and it comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, with the option to upgrade to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Challenger R/T Scat Pack adds a 392-cubic-inch Hemi that produces 485 horsepower. A high-performance suspension, upgraded brakes, and rear parking sensors are also included with these models. The Dodge Challenger SRT 392 adds an 18-speaker stereo, an adaptive suspension, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot monitoring.

The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat adds a supercharged 707-horsepower V8 mated to a six-speed manual gearbox (an optional eight-speed automatic transmission is available). It includes a Bilstein three-mode Competition Suspension system, six-piston Brembo high-performance front brakes, and heavy-duty engine cooling components.

Certified Pre-Owned Dodge Challenger Warranty

For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Dodge extends the original new-car powertrain warranty 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. Dodge has a decent CPO program compared with other affordable car manufacturers, but Chevy has a more comprehensive program.

How Safe Is the Challenger?

The 2017 Dodge Challenger received mixed crash safety ratings. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Challenger a perfect five-star rating overall, with five stars in the side impact test as well as four stars in front and rollover testing. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Challenger the highest rating of Good for side and moderate overlap front crash safety. The Challenger earned the second-highest rating of Acceptable for roof strength and seat safety. It received the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the small overlap front crash test.

The 2017 Challenger is available with several advanced safety features. The Driver Convenience package – available in all but the Hellcat and SRT 392 trims – adds blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rear parking sensors. An optional Technology package adds forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. A rearview camera is available in all trims.

2017 Dodge Challenger Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Dodge Challenger or 2017 Dodge Charger?

Despite being a large sedan, the 2017 Dodge Charger has a lot in common with the Challenger. The Charger features most of the same engine options as the Challenger, including the potent 707-horsepower Hellcat variant. However, for roughly the same average price, it has more rear seat legroom and slightly better safety scores than the Challenger. On the flip side, the Charger has the lowest possible predicted reliability rating, which makes it difficult to recommend unless you prefer the practicality of a four-door car.

Which Is Better: 2017 Dodge Challenger or 2017 Chevrolet Camaro?

The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro’s engine lineup isn’t as powerful as the Challengers’, but it offers a similarly exhilarating driving experience. While the Challenger is certainly easy to drive, the Camaro can outrun the Dodge on curvy roads. The Camaro also has better crash test scores than the Challenger. However, the Dodge wins out with a better interior. It has seating for up to five people (one more than the Camaro), an adult-friendly back seat, and an extra-large trunk. Both vehicles are good picks, so your choice coming down to personal preference. 

Which Is Better: 2017 Dodge Challenger or 2017 Ford Mustang?

The 2017 Ford Mustang has better performance than the Challenger, thanks to its tighter handling and silky smooth transmissions. Though it can’t match the Dodge for horsepower, the Mustang has a nicer interior and is available as a convertible. However, the Challenger offers more passenger and trunk space, and it’s the only sports car that offers all-wheel drive. If space and power are your priorities, the Challenger should be your pick. Otherwise, go for the Mustang.

2017 Challenger Performance

How Does the 2017 Dodge Challenger Drive?

The 2017 Challenger is available with several powertrains, starting with the base 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This 305-horsepower engine delivers a respectable mix of power and fuel economy.

Under the hood of most R/T and T/A trims, a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 cranks out 372 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque when paired with the automatic transmission, or 375 horsepower with the manual transmission. Unlike V6-equipped models, a six-speed manual transmission comes standard in all V8-powered Challengers. The available eight-speed automatic delivers prompt shifts, but the manual gearbox feels less refined.

The R/T Scat Pack has a 392-cubic-inch, 6.4-liter Hemi V8 that delivers 485 horsepower. The Challenger SRT Hellcat is the only model that comes with the monstrous supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 that puts out 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque.

The Challenger’s ride is quiet and smooth. Its brakes are strong, and the steering is responsive. However, this Dodge coupe isn't as agile in corners as some rivals. Rear-wheel drive is standard in all but the Challenger GT trim, which comes with all-wheel drive.

Does the 2017 Dodge Challenger Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Challenger’s V6 engine returns 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which is good for a sports car. The Challenger’s V8 engines have much lower fuel economy, ranging from 13-16 mpg in the city to 21-25 mpg on the highway, depending on the configuration.

2017 Challenger Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Challenger Seat?

The 2017 Dodge Challenger can seat up to five people. Its front seats are especially roomy, while back-seat riders still have enough space to stretch their legs. However, the car’s sleek roofline hinders side and rear visibility. 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.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Dodge Challenger?

The Challenger has three full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the vehicle’s LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use. Some of the anchors are hard to access and difficult to maneuver around.

2017 Dodge Challenger Features

Every 2017 Challenger comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, a 5-inch touch-screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a six-speaker audio system. An upgraded Uconnect 8.4-inch touch-screen is available. It features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, and HD Radio. Both versions of the touch-screen system are user-friendly, with quick response times and a sleek interface.

Navigation and an 18-speaker Harman Kardon sound system are also available, as well as a long list of safety features, including 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.

2017 Dodge Challenger Dimensions

Dodge Challenger Cargo Space

The 2017 Challenger has 16.2 cubic feet of trunk space, which is large for the sports car class. The rear seats fold in a 60/40 split, allowing longer items to fit in the trunk.

2017 Challenger Length and Weight

The 2017 Challenger is around 16.5 feet long. Depending on the engine and trim level, the Challenger’s curb weight ranges from 3,894 to 4,455 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Dodge Challenger Built?

Dodge built the 2017 Challenger in Canada.

Read the full 2017 Dodge Challenger review on U.S. News & World Report for more details, photos, specs and prices.

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