Engineering a New World

2013 Dodge Challenger SE Review


I’ve always been a fan of muscle cars, and their essentially-illogical value proposition. They don’t particularly make any sense to buy in any context except for if you (a) want something that goes fast, (b) like the way it looks, and (c) like the way it sounds. And (a+b+c) above need to be enough to outweigh any practical shortcomings the car has.

Well, the car I got from Enterprise was a 2013 Challenger SE V6. It’s the base model, available only with a 5-speed automatic and not a whole lot in the way of equipment. Some folks really like the way the Challenger looks. I’m personally more of a Camaro guy, but I can at least understand the allure. But, unfortunately, the “A+B+C” noted above wasn’t, in this vehicle’s case, enough to win me over.

My summary of the car:



All told, this car pretty much sits at the bottom of every car I’ve taken on my road trip from DC to Tennessee.    I’m sure, had I had the R/T or SRT model, the big Hemi V8 would have changed my perceptions a bit.