2012 Dodge Challenger
- Starting price: $25,195
- What's retro: 1970s muscle-car styling
- What's modern: Optional cylinder shut-off to save fuel
The Chrysler Group revived the Dodge Challenger in 2008 as retro car. That is, the classic muscle car that was first introduced in 1970 and discontinued after 1974. That's not counting a mild-mannered four-cylinder car called the Dodge Challenger, which was built by then-partner Mitsubishi and imported in the late 1970s and early 1980s during the fuel crisis.
In the modern incarnation, the base model V-6 generates 305 horsepower but gets a respectable EPA-estimated 27 mpg on the highway. The optional 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 with a six-speed manual transmission generates up to 375 horsepower. With the optional five-speed automatic transmission and fuel-saver technology, it gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg highway. That's Chrysler's term for cylinder shut-off, where half the cylinders stop running at highway cruising speed.
The top-of-the-line SRT8 Yellow Jacket model has a 6.4-liter V-8 that produces 470 horsepower at a starting price of $46,620.