A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Dodge Challenger

The 2012 Dodge Challenger has high performance, great features, and good pricing. It is comfortable for every day driving while still providing enough space for four people and their cargo.

Key Features

Under the hood of the vehicle is a 3.6 liter V6 with 305hp. A five speed automatic transmission along with 18 inch aluminum wheels, six way power driver’s seat, and cruise control come standard on the Challenger.

Changes for 2012

The Dodge Challenger has some optional features for 2012 which include an 18 speaker Harman/Kardon audio system and zinc paddle shifters on the steering wheel. The SRT8 392 trim has a two mode suspension damping system that is adjustable and heated steering wheel.

What We Like

The Dodge Challenger is fun and comfortable to drive. The speaker system offers amazing sound without drawing a lot of power. Furthermore, the vehicle gets reasonable fuel economy so it is perfect for an everyday car.

What Concerns Us

The Challenger does not have as much horsepower as a Ford Mustang GT or a Chevy Camaro ZL1. If you are looking for something with a little more sport and power, you may need to go with a BMW 3 Series or the cars above.

Available Models

The Dodge Challenger SXT model has a 3.6 liter V6 five speed automatic with 305hp. It will get you 18 mpg while driving in the city and 27 mpg when driving in the city. The R/T Coupe has a 5.7 liter V8 six speed manual transmission that has 375hp. It gets 15 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. The SRT8 392 model has a 6.4 liter V8 six speed manual transmission that offers 470hp. Expect to get 14 mpg for city driving and 23 mpg on the highway.

Major Recalls

In 2014, the Challenger was recalled because the alternator may suddenly fail. This can cause the vehicle to stall without warning. In 2013, it was recalled because the wrong sized terminal crimps on the side airbag were installed. This could cause the side airbags to malfunction and set off the warning light.

Common Issues

Consumer complaints include the alternator going out, the check engine light going on, vehicle not starting, rotors warped, the ABS and traction control not working, lights out on the dash, aux jack cuts out, bad radio reception, the heater blows cold air, chrome bubbling, drive shaft bolts break constantly, and the shifting can be rough.

Dodge Challenger 2012 Interior


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