PRLog - Nov. 18, 2011 - LEWISVILLE, Texas -- If you’re shopping for a comfortable, spacious affordable sports car, but also want a healthy dose of muscle-car flair, the 2012 Dodge Challenger is the only game in town. Reviewers agree that the Challenger’s bigger back seat and larger trunk give it an edge when compared with the Chevrolet Camaro or Ford Mustang. If you're looking for the muscle car that can take four adults on a road trip as easily as it leaves two long black stripes on the pavement, then it doesn't get any better than the 2012 Dodge Challenger.
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"The 2012 Dodge Challenger might look and move like a muscle car, but its ability to double as a grand touring coupe confirms its status as the most livable of the reborn muscle cars", says Edmunds.com review.
The 2012 Dodge Challenger ranks 4 out of 9 Affordable Sports Cars according to US News. It is a powerful contender to the rival muscle cars.
Test drivers say that with its aggressive styling, spacious interior and powerful engine choices, the 2012 Dodge Challenger can contend with rival muscle cars.
Dodge keeps pace with Chevy and Ford thanks to the Challenger’s bold exterior styling and powerful base V6.If you’re looking for even better muscle-car performance, the Challenger is available with an optional Hemi V8. With a Hemi under the hood and and an incredible design, this is one Challenger ready for a fight.
The 2012 Dodge Challenger is a five-seat coupe available in three trim levels that each correspond to a different engine: SXT, R/T and SRT8 392.
The SXT's standard equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry/ignition, full power accessories, cruise control, automatic climate control, rear A/C outlets, a tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel (with audio controls), a six-way power driver seat (with power lumbar adjustment), a 60/40-split-
The optional SXT Plus package adds foglights, automatic headlights, leather upholstery, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, illuminated visor mirrors, Bluetooth connectivity/
The SXT also offers a number of other packages. The Super Sport group includes 20-inch chrome wheels (with performance tires), a rear spoiler, a 3.06 rear axle ratio, performance-
The Challenger R/T gets a V8 engine, the SXT's Super Sport group (except with 18-inch alloy wheels), automatic headlamps, foglamps, heated mirrors, a USB/iPod interface, satellite radio and Bluetooth connectivity/
Individual option highlights for the SXT and R/T include the UConnect voice command system (includes Bluetooth and steering-wheel-
The Challenger SRT8 392 gets all the R/T's basic equipment, but adds xenon headlamps, unique 20-inch wheels, sport seats, an upgraded trip computer with real-time performance data, hydraulic power steering (versus electrohydraulic)
The 2012 Dodge Challenger SXT is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 305 hp and 268 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed automatic is standard. EPA fuel economy estimates stand at 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined.
The Challenger R/T gets a 5.7-liter V8 that when paired with the standard six-speed manual transmission cranks out 376 hp and 410 lb-ft. When hooked up to the available five-speed automatic, output drops slightly to 372 hp and 400 lb-ft. In testing conducted by Edmunds, a manual-equipped Challenger R/T went from zero to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds; the automatic raises that to 5.8 seconds. Fuel mileage estimates are 16/25/19 for the automatic with the manual getting about 1 mpg less.
The Challenger SRT8 392 gets a 6.4-liter V8 that produces 470 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic is standard and a six-speed manual is available with the Track Pak. A manual-equipped SRT8 392 went from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. Fuel mileage estimates are 14/22/16 for the automatic, with the manual getting about 1 mpg less.
The interior is quite functional and its materials are of good quality, with plenty of soft-touch surfaces. The gauges feature a cool cobalt-blue glow. A relatively small-diameter steering wheel that's well-contoured makes for a pleasant interface between the car and driver.
The front seats in most Challengers are wide and flat, which are exceptionally comfy for long-distance drives. The SRT8's have better bolstering and are also covered in leather and faux suede. The rear seats are surprisingly roomy for two adults, with good headroom and decent legroom. The backseat also features a 60/40 split-folding back, a fold-down armrest and a middle seat. At 16.2 cubic feet, the Challenger's trunk is positively enormous for this segment and bigger than those of many midsize sedans.
Every 2012 Dodge Challenger comes standard with antilock disc brakes (size and power differs based on trim and certain option packages), stability and traction control, active front head restraints, front side airbags and side curtain airbags.
The 2012 Dodge Challenger comes in either base SXT or V8-equipped R/T trim. SXT models come with a V6 engine and automatic transmission, while the Challenger R/T gets a manual transmission or optional automatic. For 2012, the Dodge Challenger sees a few minor changes. An 18-speaker Harman Kardon stereo is now available, and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters are now optional on automatic models.
The 2012 Dodge Challenger comes with a three-year/36,000-
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