Top Five “Back To School” Cars
The fall semester has officially begun, and for all those commuters out there, that means you might be in need of a new reliable vehicle to get you to and from campus on time. If you’re in the market to find the perfect ride for this school year, we’ve got you covered. Here are our picks for the top five “back to school” cars.
At a starting price of $27,295*, the 2018 Dodge Challenger SXT is an ideal choice for college students. The brand new base trim seats four passengers comfortably and is loaded with some pretty cool entertainment features. Some of those standard features include Uconnect 4 with a 7-inch touchscreen display, a media hub with two USB connections, Apple CarPlay/Google Android Auto capabilities, and Bluetooth with integrated voice command. The Dodge Challenger SXT is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 305 horsepower and 268 lb-ft of torque and is paired to a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission.
Additionally, the Dodge Challenger SXT is surprisingly fuel efficient and gets up to 30 miles per gallon on the highway. Standard safety features include all-speed traction control, hill-start assist, electronic roll mitigation, a ParkView rear backup camera, and electronic stability control (ESC).
#4 2018 Dodge Challenger GT AWD
For those students who go to school up north, it may be wise to purchase a vehicle that has All-Wheel Drive (AWD), which makes the 2018 Dodge Challenger GT AWD is a perfect choice. The Challenger shares much of the same standard safety and technology features as the base Challenger SXT trim level, so power and fuel-efficiency are part of the package. The Challenger GT AWD model, contrary to the base SXT trim, features the ParkSense Rear Park-Assist System as a standard. Furthermore, an 8.4-inch touchscreen display that includes the 4th generation of the Uconnect entertainment system is also offered standard. Additional tech features include a shark fin antenna, an Alpine six-speaker system, and one year of complimentary SiriusXM satellite radio. Lastly, the 2018 Dodge Challenger GT AWD has a starting price of $33,995*.
With 485 horses and that big ol’ scoop in the hood, the 2018 Dodge Challenger 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker might take some getting used to. But, you can rest assured that you’ll never be late to class. Matched to the 6.4-liter engine is a six-speed manual transmission and an anti-spin differential rear axle. The 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker is loaded with the same standard tech features as the Dodge Challenger GT AWD. Now, exterior style doesn’t count when it comes to grades, but a little street cred around campus couldn’t hurt, right? Additionally, compared to other cars equipped with this amount of power, the Dodge Challenger 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker’s starting price of $42,795* is a sweet deal.
The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody is another guarantee that you’ll never be late to class again. Although parking might be a slight pain in the butt, the Hellcat Widebody is a more mature car than the others previously listed. This high-performance baby will draw some serious attention from whoever looks at it, especially when the Hellcat Widebody’s 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8 SRT engine gives a loud rawr. Matched to a six-speed manual transmission, the Hellcat Widebody can produce 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque.
Standard safety features include blind-spot and rear cross-path detection plus advanced SRT multistage front airbags. Aside from the three previously mentioned Dodge Challenger models, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody offers a five-year complimentary subscription to SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link Service. Plus, an 18-speaker system and a Harman Kardon GreenEdge Amplifier are included in the interior cabin. At a pricey $71,995* starting price, college students can qualify for great financing deals that will help build their credit.
#1 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
From the moment the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon was first released, it has been a seriously hot commodity. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “a Dodge Demon as a college car?” but hear me out. Yes, this car is stupid fast, about 840 horses and 770 lb-ft of torque to be exact. Forget being late to class because that isn’t even relevant at this point, think of the opportunity to show off some serious Dodge Swag at the beginning of the semester – “new car who dis?” The powerful 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8 SRT engine is paired to a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission.
Straight from the factory, the Challenger SRT Demon is available with only one seat to preserve the overall weight of the car. Fear not – for an additional $1, consumers can add a passenger seat and back seat. Considering this is a pretty fast car, safety is of the utmost importance. Standard safety features include a remote-start system (N/A with manual transmission), ParkView Rear Backup Camera, and a security alarm. Additionally, the Dodge SRT Demon comes standard with advanced SRT multistage front airbags, supplemental front seat-mounted side airbags, and supplemental side-curtain front and rear airbags.
Whether you choose the base Dodge Challenger SXT model or the monster Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, you’ll definitely turn some heads this school year. Test drive any of the Dodge model listed above at University Dodge today!
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