Dodge Avenger R/T
- Price: $25,290
- Gas mileage: 19 mpg city/29 mpg highway
Bankrate intentionally didn't look at American muscle cars like the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger for this list because moms could well be put off by their boy-racer reputations. However, the Avenger R/T doesn't shoulder all that mega-horsepower baggage. If you refrain from engaging all 283 horsepower from its 3.6-liter V-6 when she's riding with you, she may never be the wiser. There may be better overall values on this list, but for pure acceleration, the R/T is the one.
A six-speed, driver-shiftable automatic is the only transmission Dodge offers in the R/T.
Surprisingly well equipped, the R/T has automatic climate control, auto-on headlamps, remote start, trip computer, Bluetooth connectivity, Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment interface and a six-speaker Boston Acoustics-infused audio system with satellite radio capability and iPod interface.