2012 Dodge Challenger vs. Its Competition

2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Yellow Jacket
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The musclecar wars are in full effect, and the Challenger's pitch-perfect performance and styling have their equal at Chevy and Ford.

The latest Camaro is a thrilling straight-line performer, and the 580-hp ZL1 coupe and convertible promise Corvette performance in the Camaro's more distinctive retro body.

Like the Challenger, though, the Camaro's interior is disappointing, it's even tighter on space, and handling is more steamroller than scalpel.

The latest Mustang soldiers on with scrappy performance in Shelby and Boss 302 form, and a more user-friendly interior with nearly as many tech features as the Challenger, and more customizing options, too.

For a fresh take on the rear-drive pony car, there's the Hyundai Genesis Coupe, with turbo four or V-6 power and available track packages to sharpen up its handling.

And finally, Nissan's 370Z is the most compact of all these sports cars, and its sharp steering and snappy looks still resonate, even when you're tired of its too-loud exhaust note and its sometimes jarring ride.

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Quick Specs
A comfortable touring coupe most of the time, the retro-themed 2012 Dodge Challenger can turn in blistering musclecar performance when it's got a HEMI.
The 2012 Chevy Camaro isn't practical, but it's stunning to look at and offers scorching performance--even without the ZL1 package.
The 2012 Ford Mustang doles out all the tire-smoking pony-car thrills, but it's also grown to become quite a sophisticated car.
Performance per dollar, the 2012 Nissan 370Z is a bargain, and it's quick enough in absolute terms to reach toward the domain of much more expensive sports cars.
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Gas Mileage   
14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
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Style Name   
2-Door Coupe Rallye Redline2-Door Coupe 1LS2-Door Coupe V62-Door Coupe Manual
Rear Wheel DriveRear wheel driveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
2 Door CoupeCoupe2 Door Coupe2 Door Coupe
AutomaticManualManualManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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