Dodge Challenger: Which Should You Buy, 2021 or 2022? | News

Main changes: The 2022 has an upgraded alarm system, optional or standard, depending on trim level. At the top, there’s a new SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody Jailbreak trim level that allows buyers to customize their car through an a la carte menu of colors, trim, graphics and wheels.

Prices: The base SXT starts at $31,275 including destination. That’s a $230 boost over the 2021 entry-level price for the Challenger if you want one in black or white. For 2022, all other colors are $95 to $395 additional. Higher trim levels get starting price increases from $505 to $1,230.

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Which one should you buy, 2021 or 2022? The cheaper 2021 Challenger is more affordable for essentially the same car – unless you feel the need to make a custom SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody Jailbreak.

American muscle cars may be an endangered species, but the Challenger coupe enters 2022 with as much muscle – up to 807 horsepower – and in-your-face bravado as ever. The current Challenger dates back to when the name was revived for the 2008 model, with retro styling inspired by the 1970 original, but in almost complete two-door form.

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The 2022 edition carries over from the 2021 with one new feature: an upgraded alarm system, standard on higher, more powerful trim levels and optional on tamer versions. Whether that matters may depend on where you park your car overnight. There is also a new Jailbreak Package ($995) for the SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody model that unlocks the full grille colors, exterior and interior trim, graphics and wheels; it also adds more factory-specific options to create a unique Challenger. For added bragging rights, the Jailbreak version also gets a horsepower boost from 797 horsepower to 807.


Not that the rest of the lineup is short of choices. Multiple trim levels offer regular and more aggressive Widebody versions, with thicker tires and fender flares, as well as other upgrades. There are more than a dozen paint colors, ranging from mild to wild, although by 2022, anything but black and white will now cost an additional $95 to $395. There are also accessory stripes, panel graphics and a range of rims to choose from. Even the hood comes in regular one and two scoop variations, including one with a center opening for the signature Shaker air intake sticking out. Since the Shaker is mounted on the motor, it moves with the vibrations of the motor, hence the name.

Power from tame to fierce

Power choices carry over and start with a 303-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 with an eight-speed automatic transmission in the base SXT and GT trim levels. All-wheel drive is an option ($2,605 for the SXT, $3,000 for the GT) only for these V-6 trim levels.

Higher trim levels all have Hemi V-8 muscle and rear-wheel drive. The R/T has a 5.7-liter V-8 that produces 372 or 375 horsepower, depending on the transmission. The regular R/T Scat Pack and Widebody models have a 485 horsepower, 392 V-8 (392 cubic inches or 6.4 liters). These engines are offered with a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic.

At the top of the line are the SRT-branded performance challengers with supercharged 6.2-liter V-8s. Power in the SRT Hellcat and SRT Hellcat Widebody is 717 horsepower with a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic. It’s 797 horsepower in the SRT Hellcat Redeye and SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody models and rose to 807 in the Jailbreak and dragstrip optimized SRT Super Stock, all with the eight-speed automatic.

Safety is still optional

While even many economy cars today have standard bundles of electronic safety and driver assistance features, the Challenger offers only a limited selection – and all of them remain optional. They include collision warning (but without automatic emergency braking), adaptive cruise control, automatic high beam and a blind spot monitor with rear intersection warning.

Challenger Prizes for 2022

These are the Challenger prizes for 2022, including the $1,595 destination fee. Prices below include a $1,000 federal Gas Guzzler Tax for Scat Pack versions; $1,700 for Hellcat models and the Hellcat Redeye; and $2,100 for the Hellcat Redeye Widebody, Hellcat Redeye Widebody Jailbreak, and Super Stock.

  • SXT: $31,275 ($230 increase)
  • GT: $34,550 ($505 raise)
  • R/T: $38,825 ($1,080 increase)
  • R/T Scat Package: $44,600 ($780 raise)
  • R/T Scat Pack Widebody: $50,595 ($780 increase)
  • SRT Hellcat: $64,675 ($1,230 increase)
  • SRT Hellcat Widebody: $70,675 ($1,230 increase)
  • SRT Hellcat Redeye: $76,275 ($1,230 increase)
  • SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody: $82,675 ($1,230 increase)
  • SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody Jailbreak: $82,075
  • SRT Super Stock: $85,675 ($1,230 increase)

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