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Used Car: 2013 Dodge Challenger Review

Review Last Updated: 4/15/15

The automotive press agreed that the 2013 Dodge Challenger isn't as athletic as its rivals, but they liked its spacious rear seats and powerful available V8 engines.

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Test drivers said that the base V6-powered Dodge Challenger's acceleration is not overwhelming, but feels plenty peppy for a base muscle car engine. Most agreed that the V8-powered R/T and SRT8 models have strong acceleration and a delightful exhaust note. V6 models are only available with an automatic transmission while V8 models are available with either a manual or automatic. The V6 Challenger has an EPA fuel economy estimate of 18/27 mpg city/highway, which is comparable with that of other V6-powered sports cars. Most test drivers agreed that the 2013 Challenger's heft and large size means it isn't as nimble as cars like the Ford Mustang, though its handling is composed. Reviewers said the Dodge Challenger rides comfortably and feels stable on the highway.

Reviewers thought the 2013 Dodge Challenger's cabin has a fairly bland appearance, and some added that the materials are a bit cheap. The Challenger has seating for five, which is one more than rivals like the Mustang or Camaro can seat. Auto journalists were pleased with the Challenger's supportive and comfortable front seats and mentioned that the Challenger's back seat is spacious for adults to sit comfortably, which is rare in this class. The 2013 Challenger has 16.2 cubic feet of trunk space, which is also outstanding for the class. An auxiliary input jack is standard, and available features include leather seats, the Uconnect infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touch screen, navigation, a Boston Acoustics or Harman Kardon audio system and Bluetooth. Some critics found that the Uconnect system makes some stereo adjustments more complicated than necessary, while others wrote that overall, the controls are intuitive.

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Reviewers were impressed with the 2013 Nissan 370Z's potent V6 engine, which some said gives comparable acceleration to a V8 muscle car. Some test drivers also said that the 370Z's two-seat cabin is built with attractive, first-rate materials.

Test drivers agreed that the 2013 Ford Mustang has poised handling and ample power from its base V6 engine. Though not as roomy as the Challenger's trunk, the Mustang still offers a good amount of trunk space for the class.

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