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2018 Chevrolet Camaro

Starting Price: $26,900 | Price yours

Above Average: Best-in-class chassis, uninhibited 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 Charger

Starting Price: $29,590 | Price yours

Above Average: The only sedan in the muscle quartet, Hellcat V-8 engine option, available all-wheel drive

Below Average: Curb weight runs over two tons, dated platform, expensive versus competing muscle machines

Consensus: Roomy, handsome, comfortable cruiser with major league V-8 engine options

 

The Charger made its debut in 1966 as a fastback coupe, which became the star of “The Dukes of Hazzard” TV series. It was the heyday of the pony car era, and it wasn’t until much later that the current 4-door body style arrived. There were gaps in the Charger’s history; the most recent revival dates to 2011, when generation seven made its appearance. Its platform was also adapted for the Challenger coupe. The Charger is a big car, massive by pony car standards, but its array of engine options -- up to and including the supercharged 707-horsepower Hellcat V-8 -- deliver plenty of go-power if desired. Re-engineered from the ground up, the Camaro rolled back onto the playing field in 2009 with the best chassis of the pony car revivalists. In contrast to the Charger, the Camaro delivers eager responses. Though the Charger isn’t as handy, its roomy interior actually provides adult-size rear seat accommodation, and with the available Hellcat V-8 is the only member of the muscle quartet capable of exceeding 200 mph. The Camaro is basically unchanged for the current model year, but multiple updates are planned for 2019 models, due in showrooms this fall.

Chevrolet Camaro Advantages

Sure-footed, seductively sinister styling, convertible model, track-oriented performance packages

Dodge Charger Advantages

Roomy interior, attractive aero efficient design, all-wheel-drive option, available supercharged Hellcat Hemi V-8 engine

Similarities

Both offer multiple engine options, both offer high-performance editions

Final Recommendation

The Camaro is the track athlete, and the deliciously wicked design projects lots of attitude. Of the two it’s the only one with a convertible option, whereas the Charger offers sedan comfort for more than just two passengers, and available Hellcat speed.

  2018 Chevrolet Camaro 2018 Dodge Charger
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.0-liter I4 3.6-liter V6
Horsepower 275 hp @ 5,600 rpm 300 hp @ 6,350 rpm
Torque 295 lb-ft @ 3,000-4,500 rpm 264 lb-ft @ 4800
Transmission Manual, 6-spd Automatic, 8-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 370 hp @ 5250 rpm; 485 hp 6.4-liter V8; 707-hp 6.2-liter 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 120.2 inches
Overall Length 188.3 inches 198.4 inches
Width 74.7 inches  75.0 inches
Height 52.9 inches 58.5 inches
Turning Diameter 38.1 feet  37.7 feet
Headroom, Front 38.5 inches 38.6 inches
Headroom, Rear 33.5 inches 36.6 inches
Legroom, Front 43.9 inches 41.8 inches
Legroom, Rear 29.9 inches 40.1 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 55.0 inches 59.5 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear N/A 57.9 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 93.0 cu. ft. 120.8 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 9.1 cu. ft. 16.5 cu. ft.
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