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The Dodge Challenger officially dethroned the Ford Mustang as the best-selling muscle car in the U.S. The Mustang’s streak (starting circa 2015) reached its demise when Dodge sold 54,314 units of its Challenger model. With a 3 percent increase in sales over its 2020 numbers, Dodge is headed in the right direction for 2022. On the other hand, Ford sold a total of 52,414 units of its Mustang model, marking a record decline of 12.4 percent when compared to its figures in 2020. 2021 was Mustang’s worst sales performance in the model’s history.
Both the Challenger and Mustang were affected by production issues due to supply shortages, while the factory where the Mustang is assembled also took a hit and experienced some downtime due to a nearby gasoline leak. Their common competitor, the Chevrolet Camaro, was left far behind, selling only 21,893 units throughout 2021. Dodge is looking to reign supreme again in 2022 and the automaker is confident that it will, thanks to the recently launched Never Lift campaign. Dodge’s Never Lift campaign focuses on the brand’s performance vehicles and will see several special edition trims debut prior to the introduction of Dodge’s all-electric muscle car in 2024.
2022 Dodge Challenger
For the 2022 model year, Dodge decided to keep it simple and didn’t make any big changes to the Challenger lineup. In fact, the sole difference between the 2021 and 2022 Dodge Charger lineup is the availability of a deluxe security alarm for the R/T Scat Pack trim. Dodge also added its new deluxe security alarm feature to its Convenience Group Package. Car enthusiasts recommend the R/T Scat Pack mode because of its powerful HEMI V8 engine that puts out a whopping 485 horsepower. The engine is paired with the automatic eight-speed transmission. Adaptive dampers are also recommended as they greatly improve the overall ride quality.
Dodge offers the Plus Package that adds all the bells and whistles to the interior, including ambient lighting, nicer materials on the dashboard and doors, and faux-suede seat inserts. The Plus Package is paired with the Driver Convenience Group as well, adding rear-cross-traffic alerts, high-intensity-discharge headlights, and blind-spot monitoring. The Dodge Challenger makes major use of its 1970s roots and pairs that with both comfortable and modern accommodations. Other pony cars are no match for the Dodge Challenger’s roomy cabin and backseats that actually fit adults comfortably. Dodge also offers an additional seven cubic feet when compared with the Camaro, allowing the Challenger to carry two extra luggage bags than its competition. The 2022 Dodge Challenger also offers drivers an enormous center console that doubles as a useful spot to place smartphones.
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