Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 Dodge Charger VS 2013 Infiniti M Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2013 Dodge Charger

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2013 Infiniti M

Safety Comparison

The Dodge Charger 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 M Series doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

To help make backing safer, the Charger’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The M Series doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Compared to metal, the Charger’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Infiniti M Series has a metal gas tank.

Both the Charger and the M Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all-wheel drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Dodge Charger is safer than the Infiniti M Series:

Charger

M Series

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

141

250

Leg Forces (l/r)

645/568 lbs.

796/778 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

42%

70%

Neck Stress

127 lbs.

211 lbs.

Neck Compression

41 lbs.

71 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

353/381 lbs.

579/391 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Dodge Charger is safer than the Infiniti M Series:

Charger

M Series

Front Seat

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Movement

1.3 inches

1.5 inches

Hip Force

425 lbs.

441 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

116

407

Spine Acceleration

45 G’s

46 G’s

Hip Force

308 lbs.

529 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

15 inches

19 inches

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Instrumented handling tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and analysis of its dimensions indicate that the Charger, with its five-star roll-over rating, is 1.2% less likely to roll over than the M Series, which received a four-star rating.

Warranty Comparison

Dodge’s powertrain warranty covers the Charger 30,000 miles longer than Infiniti covers the M Series. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the M Series ends after only 70,000 miles.

There are almost 19 times as many Dodge dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Charger’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Charger has a standard 160-amp alternator (180-amp - Charger optional). The M Series’ 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

The battery on the Charger is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures, which can degrade battery life. By keeping the Charger’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The M Series’ battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Car and Driver the Charger R/T 5.7 V8 is faster than the M37 3.7 DOHC V6:

Charger

M Series

Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

5.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

12.7 sec

13.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.4 sec

5.8 sec

Quarter Mile

13.8 sec

14.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

104 MPH

101 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Charger gets better fuel mileage than the M Series:

Charger

M Series

RWD

3.6 V6 (292 HP)/8-spd Auto

19 city/31 hwy

18 city/26 hwy

V6/Auto

3.6 V6 (292 HP)/5-spd Auto

18 city/27 hwy

n/a

5.7 V8/Auto

16 city/25 hwy

16 city/24 hwy

V8/Auto

AWD

3.6 V6 (292 HP)/8-spd Auto

18 city/27 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

V6/Auto

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Charger R/T’s fuel efficiency. The M Series doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Dodge Charger uses regular unleaded gasoline (mid-grade octane recommended on Charger R/T for maximum performance). The M Series requires premium, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

The Charger has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the M Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (19.1 vs. 17.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Charger has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The M Series doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Charger stops much shorter than the M Series:

Charger

M Series

80 to 0 MPH

209 feet

214 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

163 feet

171 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

Having a flat tire is dangerous, inconvenient and expensive. The self-sealing tires available on the Charger can automatically seal most punctures up to 3/16 of an inch, effectively preventing most flat tires. The M Series doesn’t offer self-sealing tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Charger has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The M Series’ suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Charger’s wheelbase is 6 inches longer than on the M Series (120.2 inches vs. 114.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Charger is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 2.1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the M Series.

The Charger R/T handles at .85 G’s, while the M37 pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Charger R/T goes through Road & Track’s slalom 1.1 MPH faster than the M56 (67.8 vs. 66.7 MPH).

The Charger R/T executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the M Hybrid (25.8 seconds vs. 26.9 seconds).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Road & Track while under full throttle, the interior of the Charger R/T is quieter than the M56 (67 vs. 78 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Charger is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the M Series is rated a Mid-size.

The Charger has 1.9 inches more front hip room, 1.1 inches more front shoulder room, 3.9 inches more rear legroom, 2.6 inches more rear hip room and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the M Series.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Charger has a much larger trunk than the M Series (16.5 vs. 14.9 cubic feet).

The Charger’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The M Series doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Charger offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The driver can also remotely turn on the heater or air conditioner. The M Series doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Charger’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge –, which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The M Series does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The power windows standard on both the Charger and the M Series have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Charger is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The M Series prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

Consumer Reports rated the Charger’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the M Series’ headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Charger SXT/R/T detect other vehicles, which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The M Series doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Both the Charger and the M Series offer available heated front seats. The Charger SXT/R/T also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the M Series.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Charger owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Charger with a number “3” insurance rate while the M Series is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Charger is less expensive to operate than the M Series because typical repairs cost much less on the Charger than the M Series, including $163 less for a starter, $121 less for fuel injection, $139 less for a fuel pump, $257 less for front struts and $240 less for a power steering pump.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Dodge Charger will be $11887 to $18365 less than for the Infiniti M Series.

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