2018 Chevrolet Camaro vs. 2018 Dodge Challenger Comparison
2018 Chevrolet Camaro
Starting Price: $26,900 | Price yours
Above Average: High chassis rigidity, contemporary styling, all-around dynamics, performance packages
Below Average: Restricted sightlines in rear and rear quarters, penalty box rear seat, small trunk
Consensus: Higher agility index than its Dodge rival, high fun to drive factor, good interior features
2018 Dodge Challenger
Starting Price: $28,090 | Price yours
Above Average: Design is attractively faithful to 1970 original, hottest in class engine options
Below Average: Portly at the scales, aging structural foundations, pricier than Camaro
Consensus: Great street cruiser, unique Hellcat V8 engine options
A latecomer to the pony car derby, the Challenger entered the starting gate in 1970, and ran only through the 1974 model year. The Challenger name was revived for the renewed muscle car segment in 2008, a year before Chevrolet returned to the game with an all-new Camaro, ending a 7-year absence.
Re-engineered from the ground up, the Camaro rolled back onto the playing field with the best chassis of the pony car revivalists, whereas the Challenger’s foundations date to the mid-1990s, with Mercedes augmentations during the Chrysler-Daimler-Benz alliance, which concluded in 2007. As a consequence, the Camaro is the agility champ among the modern muscle cars, and best suited to track day outings, especially when equipped with handling packages and upgrade engines. Bigger and heavier than Camaro, the Challenger isn’t as quick on its feet. But it’s a bit roomier, with more cargo space, and an inventory of optional megapower V8 engines.
While the Camaro’s specifications and features are unchanged for the current model year, a number of updates are scheduled when the 2019 models reach showrooms this fall.
Chevrolet Camaro Advantages
Sure-footed, seductively sinister styling, convertible model, track-oriented performance packages.
Dodge Challenger Advantages
All-wheel-drive option, available supercharged Hellcat Hemi V8 engines, quickest quarter-mile production car (Demon) on earth.
Both offer multiple engine options, both offer high performance editions, both are coupes, and sporty character is common to both cars.
The Chevrolet Camaro is the track athlete, and the deliciously wicked design projects lots of attitude. And of the two it’s the only one with a convertible option. While the Dodge Challenger is more cruiser than athlete, it’s the king of the retro ponies in terms of styling, and its Hellcat engine options give it a big edge in the 0-to-60 department.
|2018 Chevrolet Camaro||2018 Dodge Challenger|
|Engine||2.0-liter I4||3.6-liter V6|
|Horsepower||275 hp @ 5,600 rpm||305 hp @ 6,850 rpm|
|Torque||295 lb-ft @ 3,000-4,500 rpm||268 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm|
|Transmission||Manual, 6-spd||Manual, 6-spd|
|Fuel Economy||23 mpg (20 city, 30 hwy)||23 mpg (19 city, 30 hwy)|
|Also Available||335-hp 3.6-liter V6; 455-hp 6.2-liter V8; 8-speed automatic||372-hp 5.7 liter V8; 485-hp 6.4-iter V8; 707-hp 6.2-liter supercharged V8; 840-hp 6.2-liter supercharged V8; 8-speed automatic|
|Warranty||3 years or 36,000 miles||3 years or 36,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Max Seating Capacity||2+2||5|
|Wheelbase||110.7 inches||116.2 inches|
|Overall Length||188.3 inches||197.6 inches|
|Width||74.7 inches||75.7 inches|
|Height||52.9 inches||57.5 inches|
|Turning Diameter||38.1 feet||37.4 feet|
|Headroom, Front||38.5 inches||39.3 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||33.5 inches||37.1 inches|
|Legroom, Front||43.9 inches||42.1 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||29.9 inches||33.1 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||55.0 inches||58.5 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||N/A||53.9 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||93.0 cu. ft.||110.1 cu. ft.|
|EPA Cargo Volume||9.1 cu. ft.||16.2 cu. ft.|