2011 Dodge Challenger

The 2011 Dodge Challenger is basically a muscle car from the automobile giant Chrysler. It is a coupe with five seats. It is available in 3 trim levels as well. And then each trim is paired with a specific engine.

And yes, this definitely looks like a muscle car and feels like a muscle car when you are driving it. The model for this year also went through a lot of improvements and redesigning that aim to fix the faults that were criticized in the past. And this time, you can be assured that the Challenger can definitely keep up with its competitors on and off the road.

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Coupe Base Price: $24,895.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 19.1 gallons (72 liters) Miles Per Gallon: 18 city / 27 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 197.7 in. (502 cm) Width: 75.7 in. (192 cm)
Height: 57.1 in. (145 cm) Wheel Base: 116.0 in. (294 cm)
Curb Weight: 3834 lbs (1739 kg) Ground Clearance: 5.1 in. (12.9 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 16.2 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: V6 24-valve VVT DOHC Displacement: 3.6-liter
Horsepower: 305 HP Max RPM: 6350 RPM
Torque: 268 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic AutoStick®
0-60 mph: 6.3 seconds (Pentastar) 1/4 Mile: 14.7 seconds (Pentastar)
Available Trims & Engine
Option:Challenger Rallye MSRP: $26,895; MPG: 18 city / 27 hwy
Option:Challenger R/T MSRP: $29,895; MPG: 15 city / 24 hwy
Option:Challenger R/T Plus MSRP: $31,395; MPG: 15 city / 24 hwy

Performance

It is basically under the hood where you will see the big alterations and improvements made to this year’s model of the Challenger. The steering, brakes as well as suspension have been improved. And these improved features definitely made the Challenger keep up with its competitors like the Mustang even on curved roads.

The base engine for the 2011 Challenger is a 3.6 litersV6 engine. However, each trim has certain engine specifications. For the base trim, you can get as much as 305 horsepower. The R/T trim can give you 372 horsepower coupled with a V8 engine capable of 5.7 liters.

Reviewers and users are also impressed with the handling of this model. Actually, the reviews say that the handling is really god especially for a large car. However, there are still cars from other automobile companies which can give you better performance on the road.

Exterior

In terms of exterior design and styling, users and reviewers definitely love the retro-inspired look of the Challenger. However, this is not exactly a unique feature of this model. Its competitors like the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro also got inspiration from their muscle cars from the past.

However, there are also reviews that say that more than being retro inspired, the 2011 Challenger focuses more on the logical evolution of the looks or appearance of the original models.

Interior

On the other hand, the interior styling and design of the Challenger for this year seems to fall short of the high bar set by the exterior design. Most reviews actually echo the assessment that the interior of this model is quite plain or bland. Rearward visibility has also been compromised because of the design.

Nonetheless, there are still reviews which say that the materials used in this year’s Challenger are still of good quality. The interior can also be functional because of the added features. And although generally speaking, the seating capacity of muscle cars is not really great, this model still outshone its competitors with its roomy back seat.

Safety

When it comes to safety, you can still be assured that the Dodge Challenger has the standard safety features to keep you and your family away from harm as much as possible. All units come with traction as well as stability control. Active head restraints were also present. Airbags are also installed in standard areas inside the vehicle. And of course, there are anti-lock brakes.

Reliability

But when it comes to reliability, this model only garnered a mere 6 in a total of 10 in the Predicted Reliability rating released by J. D. Power. This model comes with a Powertrain warranty for 100,000 miles or 5 years; as well as a limited warranty that covers three years or 36,000 miles.

Overall, this model boasts of great engines and a good ride. The interior is also considered spacious and comfortable. The exterior has also made really excellent impressions. Nonetheless, the rear visibility of the vehicle has been compromised. And though the handling of the 2011 Dodge Challenger can be good, it is not really as excellent and sharp as its competitors.

Overall Rating
70 out of 100

What others say:

“The 2011 Dodge Challenger has retro style and blistering muscle-car performance in spades, but it's a surprisingly well-equipped, comfortable touring coupe to boot.”Car Connection

“Accurate steering is marred by excessive power assist. Though not as agile as a Mustang, Challenger handles well given its sheer size and heft. Body lean in fast turns is well controlled, and the brakes provide sure-footed stopping control.”Consumer Guide

“The 2011 Dodge Challenger may look like a muscle car and go like a muscle car, but its ability to also be a grand American touring coupe cements its status as the most livable of the reborn pony cars.”Edmunds

“The Challenger is based on the Chrysler 300 but is a large and heavy car that comes up short on sporty credentials. It is very quick in a straight line and is a fairly comfortable and effortless cruiser.”MSN-ConsumerReports