I had the unique pleasure of owning all three of the Pony Cars since their return to the streets. The Mustang was nice, but had horrible quality materials and cornered dangerously (my Dad always said to stay away from #3 - Ford). The Camaro is vastly superior on all fronts, but while big on the outside is small on the inside.
The Challenger, while big on the outside, is huge on the inside and made of quality materials. It rides smoother and handles better than the other two due to its longer wheelbase and quality suspension. Surprisingly the Challenger is not only faster than the Mustang it is about as fast as the Camaro, and better on gas than both, and retains its heritage better than the others as well. Clearly the Challenger is best.
2011 Dodge ChallengerHEMIGPA - Huntington Beach, Ca07/27/2011
This Challenger is the BEST investment I have made. The comfort and ride is better then the Mustang and the Camaro. I'm 6'4" and have plenty of leg and head room which I don't in the new Mustangs and Camaros. The looks bring back memories of the 70's with more power and better gas milage.
I love everything about this car except for the fuel mileage. It's supposed to get 18 city but I'm averaging 13, and I'm really not that much of a lead-foot. I don't care though because it looks great, drives great, is great.
2011 Dodge Challenger Overview
The Dodge Challenger has been significantly updated for 2011 to be a top performer. Thanks to the powerful engine, exciting drive and refreshed interior, the 2011 Challenger's latest overhaul delivers a significant improvement over previous incarnations and gives a respectful nod to its muscle car lineage.
Features & Specs
With many different feature packages to maximize personalization options, the 2011 Dodge Challenger outfits each trim level quite nicely. For anyone looking for a lot of convenience features, look to the SRT Plus trim. It is equipped with heated steering wheel, nappa leather seats, ventilated front seats, 8.4in Uconnect, rear parking sensors, backup camera and a garage door opener.
Design & Performance
The Dodge Challenger has been improved significantly for the 2011 model year. Specifically, it has refined exterior style, new engine options, an upgraded suspension and an improved interior as well. The Challenger fully lives up to muscle car expectations and packs big V6 and V8 engines under the hood alongside rear-wheel drive. The handling is controlled and the steering is composed. Although it is more fuel efficient than its predecessors, the 2011 Challenger still struggles to stack up when it comes to fuel efficiency. Higher trim levels with bigger engines will run dry much quicker than the likes of the base model.
Powertrain & Engine
The 2011 Dodge Challenger received two new engine options. The standard powertrain on the 2011 Challenger is a 3.6L V6 engine that is capable of producing 305-horsepower. It can be swapped out for the 5.7L V8 engine or the 6.4L V8 engine, both of which significantly increase the Challenger's capabilities. In fact, the SRT-8 trim level comes the 6.4L V8 engine standard. All three engines can be connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission with a six-speed manual option. All trim levels of the 2011 Challenger offer available rear-wheel drive.
Body Style & Interior Comfort
The 2011 Challenger was already an intimidating presence on the road. After taking design cues from the classic 1971 Challenger, the front end of the vehicle is significantly more retro-inspired than its immediate predecessors. On the inside, the 2011 Challenger meets driver expectations, featuring modern amenities, comfortable seating and a quiet cabin. Pulse-quickening engine revs can be enjoyed when pushing the 2011 Challenger to accelerate quickly.
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