2018 Dodge Challenger

Starting Price: $28,090 | Price yours

Above Average: Design faithful to 1970 original, Hellcat engine option, 840-hp Demon drag racing model, all-wheel-drive option

Below Average: Hefty by class standards, aging platform, ultra snug rear seat, tiny trunk

Consensus: Good looks, lots of performance options, 840-hp Demon edition is quickest street-legal U.S. production car in history and a surefire collectible


2018 Dodge Charger

Starting Price: $29,590 | Price yours

Above Average: The only 4-door muscle car, 707-horsepower Hellcat V8 option, available all-wheel drive

Below Average: Curb weight in excess of two tons, dated platform, expensive versus competing muscle machines

Consensus: Though not the best choice for track day excursions, the Charger is a handsome, roomy 4-door combining sedan usefulness with major league V8 engine options


The Charger dates to 1966, a fastback coupe that 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 V8 -- deliver plenty of go-power if desired. While the Challenger shares structure and many powertrain elements with the Charger, it’s the sportier of the two Dodge ponies, with a lineup that includes the aptly named Demon. Propelled by an 840-hp version of the supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat V8 engine and conceived for drag racing, it’s capable of covering a quarter-mile in less than 10 seconds. On the other hand, thanks to slightly superior aerodynamics the Charger Hellcat can exceed 200 mph.

Dodge Challenger Advantages

Most faithful of all retro designs, available all-wheel drive, powerful engine lineup, 840-hp Demon drag racer

Dodge Charger Advantages

Four doors, roomy interior, attractive aero efficient design, all-wheel-drive option, available supercharged Hellcat Hemi V8 engine


Both cars offer multiple engine options, both offer high-performance editions, both share the same platform, both offer all-wheel drive

Final Recommendation

The choice between Challenger and Charger comes down to doors and usefulness. The Charger has four doors and a roomy back seat. Both cars offer multiple engine choices, as well as performance models, and both belong to the Dodge “brotherhood of muscle.” However, the 840-hp Dodge Demon model -- the most powerful street-legal production car in the U.S. -- is exclusive to the Challenger.

  2018 Dodge Charger 2018 Dodge Challenger
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 3.6-liter V6 3.6-liter V6
Horsepower 300 hp @ 6,350 rpm 300 hp @ 6,350 rpm
Torque 264 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm 264 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 8-speed Automatic, 8-speed
Fuel Economy 23 mpg (20 city/30 hwy) 23 mpg (19 city/30 hwy)
Also Available 370-hp 5.7-liter V8; 485-hp 6.4-liter V8; 707-hp 6.2-liter V8; 8-speed automat 370-hp 5.7-liter V8; 455-hp 6.4-liter V8; 707-hp 6.2-liter V8; 840-hp 6.2-liter 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 5 2+2
Wheelbase 120.2 inches 116.2 inches
Overall Length 198.4 inches 197.9 inches
Width 75.0 inches 75.7 inches
Height 58.5 inches 57.5 inches
Turning Diameter 37.7 feet 37.7 feet
Headroom, Front 38.6 inches 39.3 inches
Headroom, Rear 36.6 inches 37.1 inches
Legroom, Front 41.8 inches 41.8 inches
Legroom, Rear 40.1 inches 33.1 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 59.5 inches 58.5 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 57.9 inches 53.9 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 104.7 cu. ft. 93.9 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 16.5 cu. ft. 16.2 cu. ft.
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