Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Chevrolet Camaro VS 2016 Dodge Challenger Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Chevrolet Camaro

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2016 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.

Both the Camaro and the Challenger have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

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

Chevrolet pays for scheduled maintenance on the Camaro for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Chevrolet will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Dodge doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Challenger.

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

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 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 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 18th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 9th in reliability, above the industry average. With 69 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 26th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Car and Driver the Camaro SS is faster than the Dodge Challenger V6 (automatics tested):

Camaro

Challenger

Zero to 60 MPH

3.9 sec

6.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8.9 sec

15.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

4 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

12.3 sec

14.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

116 MPH

97 MPH

Top Speed

165 MPH

119 MPH

As tested in Car and Driver the Camaro SS Auto is faster than the Dodge Challenger SRT 392 Manual:

Camaro

Challenger

Zero to 60 MPH

3.9 sec

4.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8.9 sec

12.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

4 sec

4.8 sec

Quarter Mile

12.3 sec

12.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

116 MPH

113 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

Camaro

Challenger

SS/Manual

16 city/25 hwy

15 city/23 hwy

R/T/Manual

n/a

14 city/23 hwy

SRT 392/Manual

SS/Auto

17 city/28 hwy

16 city/25 hwy

R/T/Auto

n/a

15 city/25 hwy

SRT 392/Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Camaro uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The Challenger R/T manual requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Camaro 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 Challenger doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Camaro stops much shorter than the Challenger:

Camaro

Challenger

70 to 0 MPH

147 feet

162 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

104 feet

109 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Camaro has larger standard tires than the Challenger (245/50R18 vs. 235/55R18).

The Camaro’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Challenger SXT’s standard 55 series tires. The Camaro SS’ 275/35R20 rear tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Challenger SRT’s 40 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Camaro can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Challenger doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Chassis Comparison

The Chevrolet Camaro may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 700 pounds less than the Dodge Challenger.

The Camaro is 9.2 inches shorter than the Challenger, making the Camaro easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Camaro SS Coupe is quieter than the Challenger Scat Pack (49 vs. 55 dB).

Ergonomics Comparison

When two different drivers share the Camaro, the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Challenger doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Camaro offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Challenger doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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 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.

Recommendations Comparison

The Camaro was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2016. The Challenger has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Camaro as their 2016 Car of the Year. The Challenger has never been chosen.

The Camaro was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2013. The Challenger has never been an “All Star.”

The Camaro was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2010 Car of the Year. The Challenger has never been chosen.

The Chevrolet Camaro outsold the Dodge Challenger by 20% during the 2015 model year.

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