2021 Dodge Challenger FAQ Review
The 2021 Dodge Challenger finds itself in a U.S. car market that used to be filled with high-horsepower two-doors offering style along with a reasonable level of 5-passenger practicality — cars like the Pontiac GTO and Oldsmobile 442. But times and tastes change, so the once very vibrant market segment is now a shadow of its former self.
That doesn't mean there is no market at all for V8-powered American performance. While the 2021 Dodge Challenger is not a "pony car" like the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro, those are the coupes that are most similar to it. Another competitor is the Dodge Charger, which in many ways is a 4-door version of the Challenger.
The Dodge Challenger uses the classic American-car configuration of front engine and rear drive. The base engine is a naturally aspirated V6, but the Challenger hangs its hat on traditional high-displacement V8 power. Dodge also mixes in healthy doses of technology, especially in the Challenger's infotainment systems.
The Challenger has the looks, performance, and heritage to warm the heart of many a Baby Boomer who remembers the car from "back in the day." But at the same time, its appearance, acceleration, and practicality mark it as a car that resonates with many younger buyers who want a daily driver that sets them apart.
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