The Dodge Challenger and Charge are two of the most exciting new cars on the market. They are powerful, stylish, fast and sophisticated. When it comes to American-made muscle, these two automobiles are becoming very popular. But, some buyers have trouble understanding the differences between these two similarly-named models. This article will give a basic rundown of their most important features so you can distinguish between the two and decide which is the best for you.
The Dodge Challenger
The Challenger is a full blooded muscle car. It has two doors and big engine. The most expensive model (the 2015 SRT Hellcat) is priced at $60,000 while the cheapest (the SXT) is $26,000. Both models have the same body, with the differences being in the features and size of the engine. The Hellcat boasts a 6.2L Supercharged Hemi V8 engine while the SXT has a much smaller 3.6L V6. There are over 10 different Challenger models, with the average 305 horsepower. With the bigger engine you get more power, but reduced MPGs. The SXT, for example gets about 18 MPG in the city, while the Hellcat gets just 13. Of course, when you invest in muscle like the Challenger, MPGs are probably not at the top of your list. Most buyers are likely to be more attracted to the Challenger's silhouette than its poor gas mileage.
The Dodge Charger
Compared to the Challenger, the Charger is more a family car. It is larger, with all models offered in 4 doors. However, this is not to say that the Charger does not have a ton of power. The average Charger model has 292 horsepower (not far of the Challengers 305). The most expensive Charger runs at $64,000 and has the same Hellcat engine at the Challenger. The $28,000 SE has the same 3.6L as the Challenger SXT. The Charger has a full size backseat, so it is a suitable family sedan. Obviously though, it has a bigger engine and more power than most full-sized sedans. While the more muscly models are fun to drive, they might not be practical for daily commutes to work.
The Challenger and Charger both have a run of models that have comparable specifications and prices. The main difference between the two cars is the extra capacity and family-friendly convenience of the 4-door Charger.
In the end, the Charger is clearly the more practical car. It is suitable for families, safe and very fun to drive. However, if you are looking for pure muscle, you want to be in the Challenger.