Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger: Similarities and Differences

June 10th, 2016 by

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When discussing two different car models, there is a lot more to look at then the interior and their separate features. Like trims, the features may vary between a basic trim versus a high-end trim, but here are some things that stay the same regardless of the trim. Today, we’re comparing the car models themselves, from the exterior to the features inside.

Exterior and Build

Let’s start with the exterior and build of each. The Charger is a full-size sedan, the Challenger is a muscle car, and there are key differences between the two aside from aesthetics.

Doors

Doors are a main difference at first glance. The Charger has four doors, making it more easily accessible to seat additional passengers. Being a sedan, it is more often than not that the driver has a family or friends whom they frequently drive with.

Having four doors allows everyone to hop in at once, whereas with two doors, it requires a little maneuvering. However, having only two doors isn’t a bad thing if the driver likes to cruise around solo, or with a friend on occasion. Both cars can seat up to five people, so it really comes down to personal preference.

Horsepower and MPG

The Dodge Charger and the Dodge Challenger don’t differ very much in terms of horsepower and MPG, which is surprising given the different types of performance one would expect from a sedan vs a sports car.

The Charger has an available engine configuration that produces up to 707-horsepower, with its base trim engine configuration reaching up to 292.

The Challenger also has an available engine configuration that produces up to 707-horsepower, with its base trim engine configuration reaching 305.

In the city, both car’s base engine get up to 19 MPG. On the highway, the Charger gets 31 mpg and the Challenger gets 30 mpg.

Pricing

Price is also a surprising characteristic between the two. The most basic trims for each are only $1000 apart, with the Charger starting at $27,995 and the Challenger sitting at $26,995. However, as the trims lean towards the high-end of the spectrum, the Charger escalates at about $1-2000* at a time, whereas the Challenger inflates anywhere between $6-15,000 at a time.

Aesthetics

Now we’ll look at the personal preferences one may have based on how each car looks. Given the type of car, each one respectively looks like it should.

The Charger is a full-size sedan, has four doors, a standard car hood where the lip meets the grill, and the grill sits in the middle bumper from the lip of the hood down to the bottom of the bumper. There are four headlights, one on the top and one on the bottom of each side of the grill. There are four full-size windows, a standard size windshield and back window, and a sun roof. There are four small taillights in the back, and the trunk stretches from the back window and down to the bumper.

The Challenger is a muscle car, has two doors, a car hood that ends just before the front bumper, and a split grill with one row at the top of the bumper and another, smaller grill at the bottom. There are six headlights, with two on each side of the grill at the top and one on each side at the bottom. There are four windows, with the rear passenger windows being half the size of a regular window, a windshield about the same as a standard size, but the rear windows are a fraction smaller. In the back are six taillights, two large ones at the top of the back bumper and two smaller ones at the bottom. The trunk also stretches from the back window to just about down to the bumper.

Interior and Features

The interior of each car at first glance is roughly the same. You have a dashboard, the steering wheel, a stereo system, air conditioning, the on-board console, etc. In the back, both have two standard size seats with one smaller seat in the middle that can be pulled down.

The key difference here is the Dodge Charger middle seat can be pulled down completely, whereas in the Dodge Challenger, the middle seat has a compartment that can be pulled down versus the entire seat.

Seating

The fabric of the two cars differ, as do their features. In the Charger, the standard seats can be covered in sedoso and torque sport cloth with tungsten accent stitching, or leather with metallic bolsters and perforated inserts. The sports seats come standard with various leathers, bolsters, stitching, and a variety of embroidered logos.

The fabric of the Challenger varies greatly between each choice, from sedoso and houndstooth (or tungsten torque) premium cloth to leather with perforated inserts and various stitching. The sports seats all come standard in leather with the option of cloth, large side bolsters, and a variation of perforated inserts, stitching, and embroidered logos.

Both models have heated, ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel.**

Technology

The plethora of technology between the two is so large, that we’re going to cover what the two models share versus all of the differences.

The Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger both have:

– 1-year SiriusXM Radio Service**

– 6 speaker/premium speaker system**

– Touchscreen display**

– GPS Navigation**

– Media Hub with SD, USB, and Auxiliary ports

– SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 1-year radio subscription**

– Steering wheel mounted audio controls**

– Various forms of Uconnect (5.4, 8.4, and 8.4 NAV)**

There are smaller, more defined similarities the two share with minor differences in between, but these are usually the major technologies one would look for in a modern car.

Safety Features

Both models have airbags in the front and along the side of the cabin.

Both models have active front head restraints, crumple zones to absorb the majority of energy during an impact to reduce the risk of injury, and a solid frame.

Both cars have all-speed traction control, electronic stability control, hill start assist, and adaptive cruise control with automatic speed adjustment and stops without driver intervention.

Warranty

Both models have a 5-year/60,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty, a 3-year/36,000-mile Basic Limited Warranty, and a 5-year/100,000-mile Roadside Assistance.

This about wraps it all up. What do you look for in a car? What other features would you like to know about? Let us know in the comments below.

*$10,000+ for SRT models.
**Not available in every trim
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