Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2011 Chevrolet Camaro VS 2011 Dodge Challenger Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2011 Chevrolet Camaro

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2011 Dodge Challenger

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the Chevrolet Camaro’s rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Dodge Challenger doesn’t offer height adjustable seat belts.

The Chevrolet Camaro has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Challenger doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Camaro LT/SS offers optional parking sensors to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind their vehicle. The Challenger doesn’t offer any parking assist system.

The Camaro has standard OnStar, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Challenger doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Camaro and the Challenger have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The Camaro comes with free roadside assistance for 5 years 100,000 miles. Chevrolet will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Dodge doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Challenger.

The Camaro’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Challenger’s (6/100,000 vs. 5/100,000).

There are over 43 percent more Chevrolet dealers than there are Dodge dealers, which makes it easier to get service under the Camaro’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Chevrolet Camaro V6’s reliability will be 83% better than the Challenger and the Chevrolet Camaro V8 will be 89% better than the Challenger.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2010 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 12th in initial quality. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 28th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of the owners of three-year-old cars provide the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 24th in reliability, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 27th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Camaro SS is faster than the Challenger R/T (manual transmissions tested):

Camaro

Challenger

Zero to 60 MPH

4.6 sec

5 sec

Quarter Mile

12.9 sec

13.5 sec

As tested in Motor Trend the Camaro V6 is faster than the Challenger SE V6 (automatics tested):

Camaro

Challenger

Zero to 60 MPH

6 sec

6.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

14.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96.3 MPH

94.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Camaro gets better fuel mileage than the Challenger:

Camaro

Challenger

V6/Manual

17 city/28 hwy

n/a

6.2 V8/Manual

16 city/24 hwy

14 city/23 hwy

6.4 V8

V6/Auto

18 city/29 hwy

18 city/27 hwy

6.2 V8/Auto

16 city/25 hwy

16 city/25 hwy

5.7 V8

6.4 V8/Auto

n/a

14 city/22 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Camaro uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on Camaro SS for maximum performance). The Challenger SRT-8 392 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Camaro’s brakes have 26% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Challenger with its standard brakes (659 vs. 523 square inches), so the Camaro has more braking power available.

The Camaro’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Challenger SE are solid, not vented.

The Camaro stops much shorter than the Challenger:

Camaro

Challenger

70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

160 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

118 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Camaro has larger standard tires than the Challenger (245/55R18 vs. 235/55R18).

The Camaro’s optional 245/40R21 front and 275/35R21 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Challenger SRT-8’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Camaro offers optional 21 inch wheels. The Challenger’s largest wheels are only 20 inches.

Chassis Comparison

The Camaro is 7.3 inches shorter than the Challenger, making the Camaro easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Camaro LT/SS offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts onto the windshield, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Challenger doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Camaro has a lever hand brake in the console, easy to use while keeping both feet free and not impeding entry and exit. The Challenger’s foot pedal parking brake is not handy to use as a hill holding device with a manual transmission.

The Camaro’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Challenger’s power windows’ switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

The Camaro has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Challenger only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

The Camaro LT/SS offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Challenger has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Camaro will be $384 to $14188 less than for the Dodge Challenger.

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