Driving a fast sports car is a dream that many people have. When you are in the market for a new sports car, the Dodge Challenger is a great option. The Challenger was introduced by Dodge with the 1970 model year. It was then produced each year through 1974 and then again from 1978 through 1983. After a 25 year hiatus, Dodge reintroduced the Challenger with the 2008 model and it has produced a new model each year. This includes the new 2021 Dodge Challenger, which has a variety of impressive features that will make it a hit with sports car buyers.
2020 vs 2021: What's the Difference?
For the most part, the 2021 model year is very similar to the prior model year. However, there have been some enhancements to various trim levels. One of these improvements includes the incorporation of the Widebody package into more trims. This package adds 3.5 inches to the width of the car and includes a variety of exterior feature improvements.
What Do the Various Trim Levels Offer?
The 2021 Challenger offers a variety of different trims. This includes the base SXT trim, the GT, the R/T and the SRT. The base SXT and GT trims come with the standard V6 engine but the GT offers more interior and tech features than the base SXT trim. When upgrading all the way to the SRT trim, you will have a variety of options and included upgrades including a higher performance V8 turbocharged engine, an advanced tech and luxury package and more safety features. All of these trims can also be modified to include all-wheel drive or a manual transmission.
Which Trim is Right for Me?
The 2021 Dodge Challenger has a variety of different trim options and picking the right one is based purely on personal preference. If you are satisfied with the V6 engine, you would be fine with the SXT or GT trim. However, if you want to have a more powerful engine, you should consider upgrading to the SRT. Further, those that would like to have a larger package of tech, safety and luxury features should consider the SRT trim as it will come equipped with all of the top features available.
What Kind of Technology Does it Have?
The 2021 Challenger comes equipped with a variety of different technology features with the base trim level. Some of these features include a standard 7-inch screen display, two USB ports and connectivity to Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Those that upgrade to some of the higher trims will also enjoy a larger touchscreen display, a navigation system, enhanced audio features and satellite radio.
How Does It Perform?
Engine performance continues to be one of the main selling points for anyone that would like to purchase a 2021 Dodge Challenger. The 2021 model comes with a standard V6 engine that produces just over 300 horsepower. However, there continue to be a variety of other engine options available for those that want even more performance. A couple of the higher trims come equipped with a 6.4-liter V8 engine that can produce 485 horsepower.
The top three engine options all produce over 700 horsepower, which any driver will find to be extremely powerful. This includes a V8 that produces nearly 720 horsepower, a supercharged Hemi engine that produces almost 800 horsepower and a supercharged Hemit that can produce over 800 horsepower. These will comes standard with an automatic transmission, but buyers do have a manual option.
Is It Safe and Reliable?
While the 2021 Challenger has a high-performance engine, it also has a variety of features that can make it safe to drive as well. The vehicle comes standard with a rearview camera, a variety of airbags and a quality set of brakes. Those that upgrade to some of the higher trims will also receive a variety of upgraded safety features including blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, rear parking sensors and automatic high-beam headlights. All trims come standard with rear wheel drive but can be upgraded to all wheel drive, which is ideal in some climates. Due to these features and a variety of other factors, the 2021 Challenger has received some very good ratings from both the IIHS and the NHTSA.
What's the Interior Like?
The interior of the 2021 Challenger is quite comfortable and offers more space than other sports cars in the same class. The Challenger will comfortably sit five passengers, who will enjoy the standard cloth upholstery. Other standard interior features include power seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Those that upgrade to higher trims will receive Nappa leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel and heated and ventilated seats. The 2021 Challenger also has the largest trunk in the class, which offers more than 16.2 cubic feet of space for storage.
What are the Alternatives to this Model?The 2021 Dodge Challenger is well-rated among other sports cars. The vehicle is well known for having a lot of features and among the best engine in the entire class. Some of the other vehicles in the same class that you could consider getting include the Ford Mustang, the Mazda Miata, and the Toyota 86. All of these vehicles have also released a new model for 2021.
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