A pony car that utilizes an F-R layout, the 2012 Dodge Challenger features a standard 3.6-liter V6 engine, paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission, that produces 305 hp and 268 lb-ft of torque. Upgrading to the R/T trim level grants the driver a 5.7-liter V8 engine, paired with a 6-speed manual transmission, that yields a whopping 375 hp. Fuel mileage falls within an EPA estimated range of 15 mpg city and 27 mpg highway, depending on engine selection. For even more increased performance Dodge offers a SRT8 392 trim, featuring a 6.4-liter V8 engine that produces 470 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque, for a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds. SRT8 392 extras include a 6-speed TREMECA® manual transmission, high performance Brembo® brakes, 20-inch forged-aluminum wheels, dual full body stripes, and a functional hood scoop. Standard features include all-speed traction control, chrome fuel door, CD player with MP3 jack, touring suspension, leather-wrapped steering wheel, air conditioning, and keyless Enter 'n Go™ System. Safety is comprised of anti-lock braking, front/rear head airbags, dual front side-mounted airbags, emergency braking assist, engine immobilizer, stability control, traction control, electronic brake force distribution, and brake drying. The Challenger is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
Dodge has revised their trim names again and a new SXT entry-level trim was added. It comes with the 3.6L V6 engine and includes anti-lock brakes, 18-inch aluminum wheels, a power seat and keyless entry. Last year's base trim is now the uplevel SXT Plus. An R/T Plus trim is also new. It builds on the base R/T trim, and adds both heated mirrors and heated leather seats.
Classic muscle-car appearance; modern tech and entertainment features; smooth ride; responsive handling; cargo space
The 2012 Dodge Challenger is instantly recognizable and one of the most distinctive new cars at any price. With thoroughly modern underpinnings, the Challenger manages to maintain legitimate V8 muscle-car credibility while meeting modern expectations for ride comfort, handling and safety. New tech continues inside too--Dodge offers a completely modern hard-drive-based music jukebox system. Among coupes, the Challenger is surprisingly practical; Dodge says that it has best-in-class rear headroom and legroom; it's also best in class in trunk space.