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Many have already espoused the pros of the 5.7 RT, especially the 2019 models. I haven't driven one, I've only driven a 2015 Scat Pack, and I thought it handled its weight very well. I was coming from driving a 1986 Ramcharger and a 2001 Durango, so my standards were not all that high. Perhaps if I had driven a Mustang or Camaro beforehand it would have felt less nimble.
I guarantee you either the 5.7 or 6.4 Hemi are more reliable than the Chevy DI LT1 or the 2018-2019 DI 5.0 Coyote (the '15-'17 Coyotes are fairly reliable though, and can handle 800 horsepower on a stock block). Hard to beat the simple reliability of a single cam pushrod V8 with SMPI fuel injection. Only problem with the Hemis is they can't handle all that much boost in stock form, but that doesn't sound like an issue to you.
The ancillary systems of the Challenger are also more reliable than the Camaro or Mustang. You get what you pay for. Not to mention UConnect is vastly superior to SYNC 3 and Chevy MyLink. I think the interior of the Challenger is very comfortable, although that's interchangeable with the Mustang's comfort level to me. I hate how cramped the Camaro feels and how little visibility you have. You can also actually fit people in the back of your Challenger. It's got the old school looks to boot too.
Going back to handling, a lot of people underestimate the potential of the 2015+ LA platform. It may be based on old Mercedes tech, but throw on a set of coilovers, decent (wider) tires, subframe connectors, thicker sway bars, and maybe strut tower braces, and you've got yourself quite a capable handler. If you want to go even farther, there are adjustable control arms and delrin or polyurethane bushings that'll tighten up everything even more. And if you have a model with adaptive dampening suspension, that's even better.