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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

 

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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.

Similarities

Both offer multiple engine options, both offer high performance editions, both are coupes, and sporty character is common to both cars.

Final Recommendation

The 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 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
Popular Powertrains    
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
Specs    
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.
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