2018 Dodge Challenger

Starting Price: $28,090 | Price yours

Above Average: Smooth good looks, available Hemi power including 707-hp Hellcat and 840-hp Demon, upgrade suspension packages

Below Average: Hefty curb weights, tight rear seat, small trunk

Consensus: Not as quick on its feet as Mustang, but a true muscle car

 

2018 Ford Mustang

Starting Price: $26,580 | Price yours

Above Average: Definitive retro styling, 10-speed automatic transmission, powerful base engine

Below Average: Cramped rear seat, retro-style instruments hard to read

Consensus: Still the mother of all pony cars

 

The Mustang hardly needs any introduction. It launched the pony car era when it made its surprise debut at the 1964 World’s Fair, and has been a staple in the Ford lineup ever since. Available in fastback coupe and convertible body styles, the Mustang offers upgraded engine options, and the GT 350 model can be accurately portrayed as a sports car. The Challenger’s clean styling is faithful to the 1970 model, and it’s the personification of the muscle-car era with the Hellcat and Demon engines.

Dodge Challenger Advantages

The most faithful of all retro designs, Hemi V8 engine options including Hellcat, 840-horsepower Demon edition, Dodge and Mopar performance packages

Ford Mustang Advantages

Legendary heritage continuous since 1964, design faithful to 1967 fastback, 350-hp base engine, 10-speed automatic, more safety features, available convertible model

Similarities

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

Final Recommendation

The Mustang can reasonably be called a sports car, particularly in GT 350 trim. Of the two it gives a better account of itself at track days, and is also available as a convertible. But if power is a priority, the sporty Challenger has it double in spades, including the Demon, which ranks as the quickest street-legal U.S. production car.

  2018 Dodge Challenger 2018 Ford Mustang
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 3.6-liter V6 2.3-liter turbo I4
Horsepower 300 hp @ 6,350 rpm 350 hp @ 5,500 rpm
Torque 264 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm 350 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 8-Spd Manual, 6-spd
Fuel Economy 23 mpg (19 city/30 hwy) 25 mpg (21 city/31 hwy)
Also Available 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 460-hp 5.0-liter V8; 526-hp 5.2-liter V8 (GT350); 10-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 2+2
Wheelbase 116.2 inches 107.1 inches
Overall Length 197.9 inches 188.5 inches
Width 75.7 inches 75.4 inches
Height 57.5 inches 54.3 inches
Turning Diameter 37.7 feet 36.5 feet
Headroom, Front 39.3 inches 37.6 inches
Headroom, Rear 37.1 inches 34.8 inches
Legroom, Front 41.8 inches 45.1 inches
Legroom, Rear 33.1 inches 29.0 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 58.5 inches 56.3 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 53.9 inches 52.2 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 93.9 cu. ft. 82.8 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 16.2 cu. ft. 13.5 cu. ft.
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