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UPDATED: Aug 27, 2019

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The 2011 Dodge Challenger, which comes in two available trims, is the most spacious 2-door retro-styled muscle car on the market, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Its main competitors are the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro. The Mustang is around $2,600 cheaper than the Challenger, and it delivers superior handling and stronger fuel economy stats.

The V8 Mustang GT also delivers more power than the V8 Challenger R/T, and costs less, too. The Camaro is also a bit more affordable than the Challenger, and it offers better fuel economy as well.

However, the Challenger can seat five and has 15.4 cubic feet of trunk space. Both the Camaro and the Mustang can only seat four, and have smaller cargo areas than the Challenger.

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The 2011 Dodge Challenger

The Challenger has been retuned for the 2011 model year, with improved handling and 55 additional horsepower in the base model SE. The 2011 Challenger SE now features a 3.6 liter 6-cylinder engine that puts out a total of 305 horsepower.

The Challenger R/T is even more powerful, since it’s equipped with a 5.7 liter V8 engine that generates 372 horsepower.

Its fuel economy is boosted to 18 city mpg/27 highway mpg for the base model V6, and the automatic V8 gets 16 city mpg/25 highway mpg.

How much is auto insurance for a Dodge Challenger?

Most Dodge Challenger drivers can expect to pay about $1,110 per year for auto insurance, according to estimates from the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA). At that rate, you’ll pay $5,552 in auto insurance premiums over five years.

For drivers with only three to six years of behind-the-wheel experience, premiums are projected to total $10,431 over five years, which breaks down to an annual rate of nearly $2,100.

Drivers with fewer than three years’ experience should expect rates of nearly $16,000 over five years, or $3,178 per year.

2011 Challenger Insurance Rate Comparison

The 2011 Challenger’s $1,110 estimated annual auto insurance rate is typical for an affordable sports car.

Auto insurance premiums for a Mazda MX-5 Miata are anticipated to be slightly lower than the Challenger’s, at $1,038 per year, and the $1,106 auto insurance rate estimate for the Hyundai Genesis Coupe is also somewhat lower than the Challenger’s.

However, Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro auto insurance is expected to cost about $1,137 annually, according to NADA estimates, and the yearly rate for Mitsubishi Eclipse auto insurance is projected to be $2,149.

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Dodge Challenger Repair Costs

Like most of its competitors, the Dodge Challenger is warranted for three years or 36,000 miles. This means that most drivers don’t pay anything for repair costs during years one and two of ownership, but they’ll be liable for roughly $442 worth of repairs during year three.

They’ll owe $737 for repairs during both year four and year five of ownership, for a total 5-year repair bill of $1,916.

Both the Mitsubishi Eclipse and the Hyundai Genesis Coupe feature longer warranties than the Challenger, at five years or 60,000 miles. They are also both easier on the wallet when it comes to repair costs, with estimated 5-year bills of $1,727 and $1,500, respectively.

However, most other competing sports cars have lower repair bills than the Challenger, too, even if they have the same warranty.

For instance, the NADA predicts that it will only cost $1,422 to repair a Mazda MX-5 Miata over five years, and $1,627 to repair a Ford Mustang. Projected repair costs for the Chevy Camaro are closer to the Challenger’s, at $1,835 for five years.

Dodge Challenger Maintenance Costs

For the first two years that you own your Dodge Challenger, your total routine maintenance bill is likely to cost no more than $400. For the third year, your maintenance costs are likely to be just over $500, and the fourth-year maintenance bill for the Challenger is around $1,645 for most owners.

The fifth-year bill is less than half of this cost, though, at just $650. The NADA projects that your total 5-year maintenance costs will add up to just over $3,200.

Just as the repair costs for the Dodge Challenger are higher than those for most other affordable sports cars, its maintenance costs are also high. The Mitsubishi Eclipse should cost owners about $200 less to maintain for five years than the Challenger costs, and the Hyundai Genesis Coupe should be about $80 cheaper to maintain.

You’ll save almost $1,000 on routine maintenance expenses if you purchase a Mazda MX-5 Miata instead of a Challenger, and you’ll save over $1,000 if you opt for a Chevrolet Camaro or a Ford Mustang.

Dodge Challenger Crash Test Results

Neither the insurance industry’s ratings agency nor the federal government has fully crash-tested the 2011 Dodge Challenger yet, but the 2010 model earned solid 4-star ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for front impacts, side impacts, and rollovers.

If you’re in the market for a muscle car that’s been more thoroughly tested, consider the Dodge Avenger. It was selected as a “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, since it earned the institute’s highest rating in all four crash tests that were conducted.

The Ford Mustang, another Dodge Challenger competitor, has also been tested by the IIHS, but it didn’t perform as well as the Avenger. It only earned an “Average” rating for side-impact performance, and its rollover performance was not tested at all.

Although it hasn’t been thoroughly safety tested, the 2011 Challenger does feature a standard menu of protective equipment like antilock brakes and active head restraints to reduce whiplash.

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