Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Dodge Challenger VS 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Near Phoenix, AZ

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2014 Dodge Challenger

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2014 Chevrolet Camaro

Safety Comparison

The Challenger has standard reactive head restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the reactive head restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Camaro doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

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

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

Challenger

Camaro

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Compression

10 lbs.

26 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

433/667 lbs.

855/579 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

200

224

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.5 inches

Neck Stress

161 lbs.

167 lbs.

Neck Compression

26 lbs.

100 lbs.

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

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

Challenger

Camaro

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Head Injury Index

186

661

Chest forces

38 g’s

53 g’s

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Head Injury Index

569

626

Chest forces

36 g’s

49 g’s

More stars indicate a better overall result. Lower numbers indicate better individual test results. Not comparable with post-2010 results.

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, results indicate that the Dodge Challenger is safer than the Chevrolet Camaro:

Challenger

Camaro

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

125

134

Chest Movement

.7 inches

.9 inches

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

156

278

Hip Force

307 lbs.

366 lbs.

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

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Challenger has a standard 160-amp alternator (220-amp - Challenger SRT8 392). The Camaro’s standard 150-amp alternator and largest (ZL1) 155-amp alternator aren’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Road & Track the Challenger SRT 6.4 V8 is faster than the Camaro ZL1 6.2 supercharged V8 (manual transmissions tested):

Challenger

Camaro

Zero to 30 MPH

1.8 sec

2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

4.6 sec

4.7 sec

As tested in Road & Track the Challenger SRT 6.4 V8 is faster than the Camaro LS/LT 3.6 DOHC V6 (manual transmissions tested):

Challenger

Camaro

Zero to 60 MPH

4.6 sec

5.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

10.8 sec

14.6 sec

Quarter Mile

13 sec

14.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

109.8 MPH

99.4 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Dodge Challenger V6 is faster than the Camaro LS/LT 3.6 DOHC V6 (automatics tested):

Challenger

Camaro

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

6.6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.2 sec

10.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16.5 sec

16.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

14.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.8 MPH

94.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Challenger R/T automatic 5.7 V8 (372 HP) gets better highway fuel mileage than the Camaro SS Automatic 6.2 V8 (25 hwy vs. 24 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Challenger stops much shorter than the Camaro:

Challenger

Camaro

80 to 0 MPH

198 feet

212 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

160 feet

173 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

112 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Challenger has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Camaro’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Challenger SRT Premium has a standard automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Camaro doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Challenger’s wheelbase is 3.7 inches longer than on the Camaro (116 inches vs. 112.3 inches).

The Challenger SRT handles at .90 G’s, while the Camaro LT Coupe pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Road & Track skidpad test.

The Challenger SRT goes through Road & Track’s slalom 2.3 MPH faster than the Camaro SS Coupe (68.7 vs. 66.4 MPH).

The Challenger SRT executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Camaro LT Coupe (25.6 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 26.6 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Road & Track while cruising at 50 MPH, the interior of the Challenger SRT is quieter than the Camaro ZL1 Coupe (71 vs. 73 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Challenger is rated a Mid-size car by the EPA, while the Camaro Coupe is rated a Compact.

The Challenger has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Camaro can only carry 4.

The Challenger has 1.9 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front shoulder room, 2.1 inches more rear headroom, 2.7 inches more rear legroom and 3.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Camaro Coupe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Challenger has a much larger trunk than the Camaro Coupe (16.2 vs. 11.3 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Challenger easier. The Challenger’s trunk lift-over height is 33 inches, while the Camaro’s liftover is 34.7 inches.

The Challenger’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Camaro Coupe’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Ergonomics Comparison

On a hot day the Challenger’s driver can lower the front windows using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Camaro can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Keyless Enter-N-Go standard on the Challenger allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Chevrolet Camaro doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Challenger’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Camaro’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Challenger has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Camaro doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Challenger’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Camaro doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Challenger has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Camaro doesn’t offer rear vents.

With optional voice command, the Challenger offers the driver hands free control of the radio, cell phone and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Camaro doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Challenger owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Challenger with a number “1” insurance rate while the Camaro is rated higher at a number “3” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Challenger is less expensive to operate than the Camaro because typical repairs cost less on the Challenger than the Camaro, including $137 less for a water pump, $53 less for front brake pads, $49 less for a starter, $102 less for fuel injection and $90 less for front struts.

Recommendations Comparison

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its February 2011 issue and they ranked the Dodge Challenger SXT higher than the Chevrolet Camaro LT Coupe.

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