2013 Dodge Challenger

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What's New for 2013:
  • Upgraded Uconnect navigation
  • Five additional exterior paint colors

Exterior Features
The 2013 Dodge Challenger is a 5-passenger, 2-door coupe sold in SXT, SXT Plus, Rallye Redline, R/T, R/T Plus, and R/T Classic trim levels. A performance-tuned version called the 392 SRT8 is also available, and is detailed in a separate article.

The Challenger SXT is equipped with standard 18-inch aluminum wheels, dual exhaust outlets, hood scoops, power exterior mirrors, and a racing-style fuel filler door.

Interior Features
Standard equipment on the Challenger SXT includes cloth seats, 8-way power driver's seat, power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, and a 6-speaker stereo with a CD player. Automatic climate control and a push-button ignition system are also included on the SXT trim.

Optional Features
Options for the Challenger SXT include a premium audio system with satellite radio and Uconnect Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming.

The Challenger SXT Plus is equipped with those two features plus leather seats, heated front seats, auto-dimming rearview mirror, USB port, iPod connection, and an auxiliary audio input jack. Rear park-assist sensors, automatic headlights, and fog lights are also standard on this trim level.

The SXT Plus trim is available with optional 20-inch wheels, power sunroof, remote engine starting, heated exterior mirrors, universal garage door opener, and Uconnect infotainment technology with a navigation system and real-time traffic and weather reports. A Super Sport Group option package is also offered for the Challenger SXT Plus, which includes performance suspension, performance brakes, 20-inch wheels, rear spoiler, transmission \"Sport\" mode, paddle shifters, and a 3.06 rear axle ratio for quicker acceleration.

The Challenger Rallye Redline debuted halfway through the 2012 model year, and returns for 2013 with the Super Sport Group equipment plus performance seats, Black Chrome wheels, and Redline Red body stripes and exterior accents.

The 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T trims feature the same standard equipment and options as the SXT lineup. The difference is that the R/T gets a 5.7-liter V-8 engine, 6-speed manual gearbox, performance suspension, performance brakes, performance steering, limited-slip rear differential, and a rear spoiler.

The Challenger R/T's options list is similar to the SXT and SXT Plus, but the R/T can also be outfitted with performance tires and R/T fender stripes. A Super Track Pak option includes 3-season performance tires, upgraded suspension and brake components, and the ability to turn off the stability control system.

The Challenger R/T Plus trim comes with the same luxury-themed features as the SXT Plus, along with a security alarm, universal garage door opener, and body-color exterior mirrors. Available options mirror the Challenger R/T, but high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights are also offered on this trim.

An upgraded version of the R/T Plus is called the R/T Classic, which adds 20-inch forged aluminum wheels, dual R/T side stripes, functional hood scoops, and HID headlights.

Under the Hood
The Challenger SXT trims and the Rallye Redline are equipped with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that generates 305 horsepower and 268 lb.-ft. of torque. A cold-air induction kit and a dual exhaust system are standard, along with a 5-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift mode.

The Challenger R/T comes with a 5.7-liter V-8 engine generating 375 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque. A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard with this engine, with a 5-speed automatic transmission and paddle shifters available as an option. The powertrain that includes an automatic transmission creates 372 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque, and includes a Fuel Saver mode that shuts down 4 of the 8 cylinders when cruising and when decelerating to conserve gas.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Dodge Challenger are:
  • Challenger V-6 with automatic transmission: 18/27/21 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Challenger V-8 with manual transmission: 16/25/19 mpg
  • Challenger V-8 with automatic transmission: 15/23/18 mpg

The 2013 Challenger is equipped with 7 air bags, including a knee air bag for the driver. Additional standard safety features include a traction and stability control system, hill-start assist system, and 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with brake assist, ready alert braking, and rain-brake support. Rear park-assist sensors are optional.

As this overview was written, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) had performed crash tests on the 2013 Dodge Challenger.

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  • Name SXT (2dr Cpe) Transmission Manual MSRP 26295.00 Engine 3.6L/220 City/Hwy MPG 18/27
  • Name SXT Plus (2dr Cpe) Transmission Manual MSRP 26295.00 Engine 3.6L/220 City/Hwy MPG 18/27
  • Name Rallye Redline (2dr Cpe) Transmission Manual MSRP 26295.00 Engine 3.6L/220 City/Hwy MPG 18/27
  • Name R/T (2dr Cpe) Transmission Automatic MSRP 29995.00 Engine 5.7L/345 City/Hwy MPG 16/25
  • Name R/T Plus (2dr Cpe) Transmission Automatic MSRP 29995.00 Engine 5.7L/345 City/Hwy MPG 16/25
  • Name R/T Classic (2dr Cpe) Transmission Automatic MSRP 29995.00 Engine 5.7L/345 City/Hwy MPG 16/25
  • Name SRT8 (2dr Cpe) Transmission Automatic MSRP 44195.00 Engine 6.4L/392 City/Hwy MPG 14/23
  • Name SRT8 Core (2dr Cpe) Transmission Automatic MSRP 38995.00 Engine 6.4L/392 City/Hwy MPG 14/23
  • Cloth low-back bucket seats
  • 6-way pwr driver seat
  • Pwr 4-way driver lumbar
  • Active head restraints
  • Rear 60/40 split-folding bench seat
  • Rear seat armrest w/cupholder
  • Floor console w/armrest
  • Floor carpet
  • Luxury front & rear floor mats
  • Tilt & telescopic steering column
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Steering wheel audio controls
  • Instrument cluster w/display screen
  • 140-MPH speedometer
  • Vehicle info center
  • Traveler/mini trip computer
  • Pwr accessory delay
  • Pwr windows w/front 1-touch down
  • Speed-sensitive pwr locks
  • Satin silver lock knobs
  • Keyless entry
  • Keyless go
  • Remote proximity keyless entry
  • Speed control
  • Tip start
  • Pwr trunklid release
  • Sentry Key theft deterrent system
  • Air conditioning w/auto temp control
  • Front & rear climate control outlets
  • Rear window defroster
  • Illuminated cupholders
  • Illuminated door pull handles
  • Instrument panel mini carbon bezel
  • Cell phone storage
  • 12V pwr outlet
  • Rearview mirror
  • Driver side visor w/mirror
  • Passenger side visor w/mirror
  • Passenger assist handle
  • Front reading/map lights
  • Rear courtesy lamps
  • Illuminated entry
  • Trunk lamp
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Cargo compartment dress-up
  • Leather-trimmed bucket seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror w/microphone
  • Visors w/illuminated mirrors
  • Steering wheel mounted shift control
  • 160-MPH speedometer
  • Instrument panel mesh finish bezel
  • Bright pedals
  • Temp & compass gauge
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Security alarm
  • Premium leather-trimmed bucket seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Instrument cluster w/performance display screen
  • 180-MPH speedometer
  • Silver metal brush center stack bezel
  • 18" x 7.5" aluminum wheels
  • P235/55R18 all-season performance BSW tires
  • Compact spare tire
  • Body-color fascias
  • Satin chrome grille
  • Halogen headlamps
  • Solar control glass
  • Fold-away pwr mirrors
  • Body-color mirrors
  • Variable-intermittent wipers
  • Bright fuel filler door
  • Body-color door handles
  • Automatic headlamps
  • Fog lamps
  • 20" x 8.0" black chrome clad aluminum wheels
  • P245/45R20 all-season performance BSW tires
  • Red center stripe
  • Rear body-color spoiler
  • Fold-away pwr heated mirrors
  • 20" x 8.0" painted aluminum wheels
  • Functional hood scoop
  • Dual black R/T side stripe
  • HID headlamps
  • 20" x 9.0" aluminum wheels
  • P245/45ZR20 all-season performance tires
  • Spare tire delete
  • Tire service kit
  • Dual black center stripes
  • Rear spoiler
  • Rear black spoiler
  • Body color/accent color grille
  • 3.6L V6 VVT engine
  • 5-speed automatic transmission
  • Engine oil cooler
  • Autostick automatic transmission
  • Hill start assist
  • 2.65 axle ratio
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Heavy duty engine cooling
  • 730 CCA maintenance-free battery
  • 160-amp alternator
  • Independent touring suspension
  • Rear stabilizer bar
  • Pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Electro hydraulic pwr steering
  • 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • Dual rear exhaust
  • Dual bright exhaust tips
  • Sport mode
  • 3.07 axle ratio
  • Independent performance suspension
  • Performance pwr rack & pinion steering
  • 4-wheel anti-lock performance disc brakes
  • 5.7L Hemi VVT V8 engine
  • 6-speed manual Tremec transmission *When ordered w/AFC electronics convenience group, remote start will not be included*
  • 3.73 axle ratio
  • 4-wheel anti-lock HD disc brakes
  • 6-speed manual Tremec transmission *Deletes remote start system*
  • 3.92 axle ratio
  • 6.4L SRT Hemi V8 engine
  • 6-speed manual Tremec transmission
  • Anti-spin rear differential
  • Sport mode 3
  • Severe duty II engine cooling
  • 220-amp alternator
  • Independent high performance suspension
  • Performance tuned pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Adaptive dampening suspension
  • Custom painted brake calipers
  • Black brake calipers
  • Electronics convenience group -inc: fold-away pwr heated exterior mirrors, remote start system, security alarm, temp & compass gauge, tire pressure monitor display, universal garage door opener
  • Brake/park interlock
  • All-speed traction control
  • Electronic stability control
  • Brake assist
  • Hydraulic assist brake booster
  • Rain brake support
  • Ready alert braking
  • Knock back mitigation
  • Advanced multi-stage front airbags -inc: passenger airbag cutoff
  • Supplemental front side airbag
  • Supplemental side airbag
  • Supplemental front & rear side-curtain airbags
  • (5) 3-point seat belts
  • Front passenger seat belt alert
  • Child seat upper tether anchorages
  • Tire pressure monitor warning lamp
  • Dual-note electric horns
  • ParkSense rear park assist system
  • Tire pressure monitor display
  • SRT track experience
  • Uconnect 130 -inc: AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player
  • (6) speakers
  • Aux audio input
  • Rear window antenna
  • SiriusXM satellite radio -inc: (1) year service
  • (6) Boston Acoustics speakers
  • Remote USB port
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • 276-watt amplifier
  • Uconnect hands-free communication -inc: Bluetooth streaming audio, remote USB port, auto-dimming rearview mirror w/microphone
  • Uconnect 430 -inc: AM/FM stereo w/CD/DVD/MP3 player, USB port, 40GB hard drive w/28GB available, 6.5" touch screen

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