What Are the Differences Between the Dodge Challenger R/T vs. SXT?


For over 100 years, Dodge has delivered powerful, reliable vehicles, cementing its place as an international manufacturer. This new lineup of 2019 Dodge vehicle models carries on a tradition of excellence with the Dodge Challenger R/T and SXT; trims that boast the very best of today’s automobile innovation. 

So what exactly can you expect from these two unique trims? Let’s compare and contrast the R/T and SXT to see what each has to offer. 


Neither the R/T nor the SXT are small vehicles by any means. Both can comfortably seat five and boast lengths of 197.9 inches. Turning diameter is 37.4 inches for both trims, and ground clearance is a comfortable 5.2 inches. However, when it comes to weight, you’ll notice a real difference. 

The R/T weighs 4,158 pounds with an automatic transmission and 4,177 pounds with a manual transmission. The SXT is only available with an automatic transmission and weighs 3,858 pounds.



As Dodge vehicles, both the R/T and SXT offer impressive performance. Which you ultimately decide to drive off the lot depends on whether you’re more interested in power or efficiency. 

When equipped with an automatic eight-speed transmission, the R/T brings the muscle with 372 horsepower. Its miles per gallon reach 16 in the city and 25 on the highway. If you opt for the manual six-speed transmission, the R/T boasts 375 horsepower, 15 city MPG, and 23 highway MPG. 

The SXT, on the other hand, has greater fuel efficiency. Possessing an automatic eight-speed transmission, this trim has 305 horsepower, 19 city MPG, and 30 highway MPG.



The R/T and SXT are both great choices for drivers who want a vehicle with all the bells and whistles. These trims each have the following feat       Illuminated cupholders

       Floor carpet

       Cellphone storage

       12-volt power outlet in the central console

       Humidity sensor

       Speed sensitive power locks

 However, the R/T takes luxury one step further with the inclusion of a universal garage door opener, bright pedals, and a leather-wrapped shift knob.



 Dodge builds cars you can trust for safety and security, and the R/T and SXT are great examples with features such as: 

       Rear backup camera

       Front, seat-mounted side and side-curtain airbags

       Theft-deterrent system

       Keyless entry

       Security alarm

       All speed traction control

 If you want a little extra technology when it comes to safety, the R/T also has a rear-park assist system and hill start assist.



 There’s a lot to like about the Challenger’s sleek exterior, regardless of the trim:

        Rear body-colored spoiler

       Illuminated door pull handles

       LED split tail lamps

       Satin chrome grille

       Solar control glass

       Heating element on exterior mirrors 

However, there are a few details that make the R/T and the SXT unique. 

The R/T wheels are granite crystal aluminum and measure 20 inches by 8 inches, with a 2-piece Rhombi wheel center cap. This trim features a shaker hood scoop, giving it a distinctive profile, and an SRT® front splitter is available. Drivers in areas with frequent fog can appreciate the front fog lamps in addition to the automatic projector headlamps. 

The SXT, by comparison, has a more traditional body shape. The wheels are made of satin carbon aluminum and measure 18 inches.

Set side-by-side, the R/T has a slight advantage over the SXT for a sheer number of features available. But how do those great additions affect the price? 

The R/T with an automatic transmission starts at $35,890, and the manual transmission option starts at $34,295. The SXT with rear-wheel drive starts at $27,845, and the all-wheel-drive version starts at $30,895.


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