Midsize Sporty Car: Dodge Challenger
The Dodge Challenger ranked highest among the Midsize Sporty Car category with the Chevrolet Camaro following in second place. The entry-level Challenger sports the American automaker’s 3.6-liter V6 powerplant with 305 hp and 268 lb-ft of torque. The more powerful Challenger R/T has a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 under the hood with 372 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque or when mated to a manual transmission, gets 375 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. Those that are really hungry for performance can go with the Challenger SRT which is powered by a 6.4-liter V8 with 470 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy for the 3.6-liter V6 engine comes in at 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway while the 5.7-liter V8 gets 15 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway with a manual transmission – the automatic is good for 25 mpg on the highway. As for the 6.4-liter V8, expect 14 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. NHTSA has awarded the Challenger a five-star overall safety rating.