New Dodge Challenger's Interior Sucks

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
new dodge challengers interior sucks

I'm not quite sure this is news, as you'd have to be a rivet counter to spot ANY difference between the new Dodge Challenger interior and any other of the crap interiors Chrysler is currently wrestling with its supplier to shoehorn into its lackluster range of car, minivans, cod Jeeps and pickup trucks to avoid bankruptcy long enough to sell the whole kit and caboodle to the Chinese. But here it is, courtesy proof positive that Chrysler thinks it's OK for the cabin of a retro muscle car to look and feel like a nasty ass rental car. Honest to God folks, how hard could it have been to do SOMETHING unique here? Can you imagine the SMELL? If not, smell ANY of Chrysler's other products. While I'm sure the Challenger will sound authentic enough in SRT8 trim, I wouldn't pay a plug nickel to live inside this plastic Hell. But it looks like the boys over at Autoblog would: "The Mustang and Camaro might have more exciting designs, but the ergonomics and controls in the revived Dodge ponycar look well thought out." Oy.

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  • on Feb 06, 2008

    Samir: Warn us when you post a link like that. I hadn't had my coffe yet this morning. Please tell me that was not the most recent interior and that the one in the article is what they are going with.

  • Windswords Windswords on Feb 06, 2008

    Orian, You need to look up your sales figures buddy. Last year the Ram sold 326k, the last full year of the OLD generation and an off year of sales for them. A few SHORT years ago, they sold 450k. The new one will, barring a recession, sell more. A lot more.

  • Nrd515 Nrd515 on Mar 01, 2008

    I like the Challenger's interior, and I like the LX interiors in general. I had several friends that owned Chrysler 300's, and my next door neighbor had a Magnum and then a Charger. Except for the pitifully weak engine both had, 2.7 L, they were ok cars, nothing the hemi, or the 3.5 couldn't have fixed. I guess I don't understand what people are complaining about. Just the fact it's not grey should get it a break from the "craptastics" comments. It's miles ahead of the concept's interior, now that really was "craptastic". The comment about the wheel looking thin and flimsy was funny. It's very solid, and is a decent thickness too. The Mustang has the ugliest wheel I have seen in some time, hands down. If I was buying a car a couple of years from now, a Challenger (with a 5.7) would be it, in black.

  • Jeff Hunt Jeff Hunt on Sep 13, 2010

    Nope. Total and absolute FAIL. Don't even give me that "its a muscle car, interior doesn't matter" BS. Camaro and Mustang both put the effort in. "Nobody will pass on it just because of the interior"? Untrue. I worked on a lot that sold both Challenger and Stang and let me tell you, sit in one right after the other, and the differnce is HUGE. The inside of the Challenger is bland, cheap, and looks obviously plastic. Nobody wants to spend 35K on a car and then feel like they are sitting in a cheap car when they sit in it. I'm not asking for lavish lexus or Mercedes interior here, but something that looks like they tried.