Two of FCA US LLC’s major muscle cars led their segments in J.D. Power’s 2015 Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout (APEAL) Study™, with the Dodge Challenger and Charger leading the Midsize Sporty Car and Large Car sections, respectively. The APEAL Study has existed for two decades and is meant to determine which new vehicles are most satisfying to drivers, in terms of both buying and owning. The study measures 77 elements of each vehicle, and participants are surveyed after 90 days with each car.
Matt Liddane, Vice President – Quality of FCA-North America, said that FCA was “…proud to receive three APEAL awards in back-to-back years as customers continue to recognize that we’re delivering exciting and appealing vehicles which meet their needs.” The APEAL Study™ is noted for measuring not only driver satisfaction, but also owner satisfaction, making it especially important for drivers searching for long-term vehicles.
The Dodge Challenger was changed radically for 2015, receiving the highest Initial Quality Study (IQS) compared to other Midsize Sporty Car models four out of the past five years, and becoming the segment leader in 2014 and 2015. The 2015 Charger, also restyled for 2015, added new vehicles last year including the SRT Hellcat, R/T Scat Pack, and SRT 392.
The 2015 Dodge Challenger has several models as part of its lineup, including the Dodge Challenger SXT, which has a Pentastar V6 engine and TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, getting 300 hp and an EPA-estimated 30 mpg.
Other 2015 Challenger models include the SRT 392, with a 6.4L naturally aspirated HEMI engine, and the Challenger SRT Hellcat with a 6.2L HEMI V8 engine, getting 707 hp. The Hellcat was named the fastest muscle car ever by Ward’s Standard Specialty. The 6.4L HEMI Challenger Scat Pack and the Challenger R/T round out the Challenger selection.
The highly restyled, fastback 2015 Dodge Charger has TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission on each model, some of which are: the SE, the R/T Road & Track, the SXT, the SRT Hellcat, and more.
The Charger has many engine options, including the powerful 6.4L HEMI V8, pulling 485 hp; the much-admired 3.6L Pentastar engine; and the 6.2L supercharged HEMI Hellcat engine. The Charger is noted as one of the most powerful muscle cars available.