The Dodge Challenger was one of the more significant cars to come out of the 1960s and ’70s muscle car era. Four decades later, the Dodge Challenger is back. Featuring styling cues similar to the original model and a brawny V8 engine driving the rear wheels, the new Challenger is a true street fighter. But unlike its bare-knuckled brawler of an older brother, this Challenger is loaded with modern-day refinement and safety features.
It’s no surprise that the current Challenger offers strong acceleration with either available V8, but even the base V6 is no slouch. Also unsurprising is its bulky feel in tight corners, though its luxurious character on the highway more than compensates. The muscle car has seen a revival in recent years with the retro-ization of the Mustang and the resuscitation of the Camaro, but the Challenger certainly holds its own, and might be the most pleasant to drive on a daily basis.