In fact, while the SRT8 feels more planted in corners, drivers may feel that the base SXT model turns more easily thanks to the lighter engine up front. The engines are also a major choice, ranging from 305 HP to 470 HP, leading to fuel economy numbers of 14 to 18 MPG in the city. The Dodge Challenger may not be the most costly muscle car off the lot, but it can hit hard at the tank.
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Nice features for the purist with a modern bent include the leather wrapped steering wheel with sound controls and gear shift in automatics. There are five seats, but Challenger owners may only want to use the middle seat for small children on short trips. In addition, there is a voice activated navigation and multimedia system that keeps eyes on the road without missing out on music or the next turn. In case of the worst, traction control can help the Challenger on the road during a skid, and the full complement of airbags helps protect occupants if it can’t.
The Ford Mustang GT has better braking and is faster to 60 MPH, but no power seats, navigation and a live rear axle can make the cabin uncomfortable. The Chevrolet Camaro has similar interior issues, as well as just two cupholders, but also brakes better. The Nissan 370Z doesn’t have the classic cachet of the Challenger, but is an all-around better handling car, though front-seat occupants might find a tight fit. The Hyundai Genesis Coupe is weaker throughout the entire power band, but doesn’t feel as heavy in turns and has similar amenities.
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