Chrysler 300 SRT8/Dodge Charger SRT8
Base Price: $49,990/$46,990
Output: 470 hp, 470 lb-ft
Why It Made the List: An American muscle car for the entire family.
Full-size family sedans are, in general pretty boring. Luckily, Chrysler offers two rear-wheel-drive sedans, the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger, which might change that perception. Both the 300 and the Charger have handsome styling (note especially the LED “racetrack” taillights on the Charger) with interiors that are well put together and attractive, and they offer a range of powerplants to appeal to different buyers. There is one powerplant in particular, however, that transforms these otherwise mild-mannered cars into real sleeper sport sedans: a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 – found in the range-topping SRT8 models – that’s good for 470 hp.
Thanks to their shared 120.2-inch wheelbase and 106.3 cubic feet of passenger space, the 300 and Charger SRT8 have room for the whole family. There’s also room for everyone’s stuff, as the capacious trunk has a cargo capacity of 16.3 cubic feet. As we found in our Four Seasons 2012 Dodge Charger, the seats are quite comfortable – the SRT8 model ups the ante with ever more cosseting performance chairs, all the better to keep the brood planted as these sedans blast from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds.