With most comparable car makes, you will likely be making a clear-cut choice. You can choose the more sporty model that will make you the envy of onlookers, or you can choose a practical sedan that will give you the interior space and functionality that you need daily in a vehicle. The Dodge Charger and the Dodge Challenger give you just enough of both to make the decision complicated. Both cars are both practical and sporty, with a few slight differences, of course.
How many people can fit into each car model?
Although the Challenger offers access to its back row seating through two doors, both the Challenger and the Charger can seat five passengers. The Challenger has slightly less room in the back seat, so three average size adults may feel a tight fight when crawling in for the ride. Drivers who get easily annoyed at having to release the seat forward to give back-seat passengers access may shy away from the Challenger. Since the difference in space is minimal, you may have to base your decision on your tolerance level for shifting to let passengers into your car.
What kind of engines do the Dodge Challenger and Charger have?
Just as with sitting room, the bold engines of the Challenger and Charger are very similar. The base SXT trim of both models has a 3.6-liter V-6 engine. However, you will notice a difference in the horsepower. The Challenger coupe has 305 horsepower while the Charger sedan has 292 horsepower. The horsepower in the GT moves to 300, while the horsepower in the Challenger GT is the same as in the SXT.
For drivers who want to supercharge their engines, Dodge offers a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8, a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8, and a Supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 on the elite Hellcat trim. Those drivers are getting 707 horsepower. For the truly daring driver, the Dodge Challenger Demon offers an extraordinary 840 horsepower.
What's special about the Dodge Challenger?
Car enthusiasts who have followed the evolution of the Dodge Challenger will notice that not much has changed in the body style of the car since the 1970s. In fact, most people who buy this car love that the retro look can be matched with sleek modern detailing. Buyers can choose the all-wheel-drive option, which is a true confidence builder in rough weather or over rugged terrain. It's not that a Challenger driver needs much confidence, but it's nice to know that the all-wheel-drive choice can beef up your showmanship game, all the same. This car shares many powertrain elements with the Charger. However, it has huge collector's item appeal simply because its 840 horsepower Demon edition is known for drag racing. It's the fastest street-legal car in U.S. history and can cover a quarter of a mile in less than 10 seconds.
What's special about the Dodge Charger?
The Dodge Charger wins the race for roominess and for being the only 4-door muscle car. Although its horsepower doesn't quite touch the Demon edition of the Challenger, it still runs with an impressive 707 horsepower in the Hellcat V8 edition. Both the Charger and the Challenger have massive body styles. However, the Charger wraps a healthy dose of practicality in all the layers of its sporty charm. Like the Challenger, it, too, can come in an all-wheel-drive option. While it is not as sporty as the Challenger, the Charger has slightly superior aerodynamics and can go faster than 200 mph.
What things are not impressive on a Dodge Challenger?
Even with all of its splendid speed and power, the Dodge Challenger still has a few shortcomings. The model's big body is an attraction for some drivers, but many may have some uneasiness about this feature. The Challenger is considered one of the heftiest cars in its class. Additionally, the charming retro platform comes off as aged to some Dodge fans who want to see the look of the car really step into the 21st century. Add these minor faults to the limited rear seat and trunk room, and you've got some serious things to weigh before making a purchase.
What things are not impressive on a Dodge Charger?
One of the things that jump out about the Dodge Charger is its curb weight. Without passengers or cargo, the Charger weighs two tons. For some drivers, this adds new meaning to the term "massive." Like the Challenger, its platform is considered dated by many Dodge enthusiasts. The Charger also comes in top of the line when it comes to pricing. Some buyers may opt to go with another less powerful muscle car simply because of the price tag. Die-hard Charger lovers won't mind the cost, which is about a $1500 difference. If that sacrifice is too much for you, though, you can still come close with the Challenger.
Final Verdict: Charger or Challenger?
We said this would be a tough choice, and it is. The Dodge Charger muscle car dates back to 1966 when it appeared initially as a 2-door coupe. There also have been periods when both models were not in production. Iconic cultural trends like the appearance of the 1969 Dodge Charger "General Lee" in the television series "The Dukes of Hazzard" have ensured the car never fades away for good. There is also the love of power, boldness and defiant retro platforms that has always brought new iterations of the car back to life. The best car for you, in this case, may come down to this: How many doors do you need on a car and how much room do you need in your back seat?