Sports Cars That Won't Break the Bank

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Dodge Challenger

The Dodge Challenger, No. 4 on our sports car list, is a high-horsepower American cruiser. It ties with the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ. The Challenger comes with a base V6 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Three available V8 engines deliver lots of power, especially the top-trim-level SRT Hellcat.

Critics note that shifting gears with the manual transmission can be difficult due to the foot-operated parking brake’s close placement to the clutch. The car’s considerable weight can undermine its handling ability, making it less agile than competitors.

The Challenger achieves above-average fuel economy ratings at an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. At just under $27,000, the Challenger is pricier than rivals, but still a bargain considering the level of performance it can provide.

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