Which Dodge Muscle Car is Right for You: Charger or Challenger?

August 16th, 2019 by

You’re in the market for a muscle car and aren’t sure which one to choose. Dodge has you covered with two quality vehicles: the Charger and Challenger. How do you know which car suits your needs and lifestyle? They’re both built on the same platform and both utilize a range of similar engines, so deciding on which vehicle can be confusing. Keep reading to learn what sets these two vehicles apart from each other and why you should consider either the 2019 Charger or Challenger for your next muscle car.

Exterior
Despite a similar frame, as both vehicles measure within a half-inch of one another for length, the 2019 Charger and Challenger have some significant exterior differences. The most notable of these differences is that the Challenger, which U.S. News and World Report named the second-best sports car in its class, is only available in a two-door coupe while the Charger is a four-door sedan.

The Challenger features round headlights, a wide rectangular-shaped hood, and low roof. Its trunk lid is short, but the hood is longer. On the other hand, the Charger’s more traditional body style provides for a taller vantage point, giving you better visibility.

Performance
Since both vehicles use the same engines, their acceleration times are similar for all trim levels and powertrains. Most Dodge vehicles are known for their straight-line performances and not necessarily their handling. As a result, these vehicles can move with smooth and satisfying power.

The Charger’s base engine, which is a 292-horsepower V-6, earns the best gas mileage for this vehicle with 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. With the Challenger, 305-horsepower V-6 engine, expect to get similar mileage. If your vehicle is powered by an automatic 5.7-liter V-8 engine, you should get around 18 mpg combined.

Technology
Both vehicles come standard with a 7.0-inch touchscreen display for infotainment. This system is paired with Chrysler’s UConnect software. You can also opt to upgrade and receive an 8.4-inch screen as well as built-in navigation and a satellite subscription. Since the Charger is geared toward people carting around a car full of passengers, this vehicle has two additional USB ports and a 12-volt outlet in the back seat.

Safety
When it comes to safety, the Charger offers more than the Challenger for driver-assistance features. The Challenger includes blind-spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams. The Charger features these functions as well as lane-departure warning and automatic emergency braking. Also, both vehicles earned a five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

For the 2019 model years, you have five trim levels for the Charger and six trims for the Challenger. If you’re interested in checking out one of these trims for yourself, contact the professionals at Derrow Automotive LLC. They can help you figure out which one of these muscle cars is best for you and can help you drive off in the one that suits you best today.