2018 Dodge Charger

Starting Price: $27,295 | Price yours

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

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

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

 

2018 Ford Mustang

Starting Price: $25,585 | Price yours

Above Average: Faithful to the early Mustang design, convertible option, powerful base engine, 10-speed automatic transmission

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

Consensus: Continues to be the definitive pony car

 

The Mustang launched the pony car era when it made its surprise debut at the 1964 World’s Fair, and it’s the only pony that’s been in production continuously ever since. The current generation echoes the styling of 1967 models, and is available in fastback coupe and convertible body styles. Like all the pony cars, the Mustang offers upgrade engine and suspension options and the GT 350 model is essentially a sports car. Charger is another name that dates to the mid-1960s, when it made its debut as a coupe, but the current version has four doors. Though it lacks the sports-car agility of the Mustang is far more practical than the other ponies. Suspension options and upgrade Hemi V8s (6.4-liters, 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat) mitigate substantial mass, giving it 200-mph top speed capability.

Dodge Charger Advantages

Sedan usefulness and comfort, Hemi V8 engine options including 707-hp Hellcat, 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 cars offer high-performance editions, both offer multiple engine options, both offer chassis and suspension options, and sporty character is common to both cars

Final Recommendation

The contrast between the Mustang and Charger is apparent at a glance -- one car is a coupe (or convertible), the other is a sedan. Compared to the Charger, the Mustang is a sports car, particularly in GT 350 trim. The Charger is a sporty sedan, and the only car in this class offering a roomy rear seat. It’s not a track day star, but with the various Hemi V-8 engine choices it can be seriously fast -- over 200 mph with the Hellcat engine. It’s a unique combination of sedan practicality and speed.

  2018 Dodge Charger 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; 485-hp 6.4-liter V8; 707-hp 6.2-liter V8; 8-speed automatic 460-hp 5.0-liter V8; 526-hp 5.2-liter V8 (GT 350); 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 5 2+2
Wheelbase 120.2 inches 107.1 inches
Overall Length 198.4 inches 188.5 inches
Width 75.0 inches 75.4 inches
Height 58.5 inches 54.3 inches
Turning Diameter 37.7 feet 36.5 feet
Headroom, Front 38.6 inches 37.6 inches
Headroom, Rear 36.6 inches 34.8 inches
Legroom, Front 41.8 inches 45.1 inches
Legroom, Rear 40.1 inches 29.0 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 59.5 inches 56.3 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 57.9 inches 52.2 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 120.8 cu. ft. 82.8 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 16.5 cu. ft. 13.5 cu. ft.
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