Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Dodge Challenger VS 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Dodge Challenger

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2015 Chevrolet Camaro

Safety Comparison

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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 Z28 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Challenger offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The system also pre-charges the brakes to begin deceleration more quickly. The Camaro Z28 doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The Challenger offers optional ParkSense to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind their vehicle. The Challenger also offers an optional backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle. The Camaro Z28 doesn’t offer any parking assist system.

The Challenger’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Camaro Z28 doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Challenger’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 Camaro Z28 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Challenger and the Camaro Z28 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, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and daytime running lights.

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 Z28:

Challenger

Camaro Z28

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

209

224

Neck Injury Risk

29%

31%

Neck Compression

73 lbs.

100 lbs.

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

Reliability Comparison

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Challenger has a standard 160-amp alternator (180-amp - Challenger optional and 220 6.4). The Camaro Z28’s 155-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Challenger first among midsize sporty cars in their 2015 Initial Quality Study. The Camaro Z28 isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine Comparison

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The Challenger SRT Hellcat’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 202 more horsepower (707 vs. 505) and 169 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 481) than the Camaro Z28’s 7.0 LS7 V8.

As tested in Road & Track the Challenger SRT Hellcat 6.2 supercharged V8 is faster than the Chevrolet Camaro Z28 (manual transmissions tested):

Challenger

Camaro Z28

Zero to 60 MPH

3.9 sec

4.1 sec

Quarter Mile

12 sec

12.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

124.8 MPH

115.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Challenger R/T manual 5.7 V8 (375 HP) gets better fuel mileage than the Camaro Z28 (15 city/23 hwy vs. 13 city/19 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Challenger 5.7/6.4 V8 Auto’s fuel efficiency. The Camaro Z28 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The Challenger stops shorter than the Camaro Z28:

Challenger

Camaro Z28

70 to 0 MPH

151 feet

155 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Challenger offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Camaro Z28’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The Challenger has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Camaro Z28, it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Challenger has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Camaro Z28’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Challenger offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Camaro Z28’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Challenger’s wheelbase is 3.9 inches longer than on the Camaro Z28 (116.2 inches vs. 112.3 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Challenger SXT/R/T’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Camaro Z28’s (37.4 feet vs. 39 feet). The Challenger Scat Pack’s turning circle is .2 feet tighter than the Camaro Z28’s (38.8 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Challenger has liquid-filled engine mounts. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Camaro Z28 uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Challenger Scat Pack is quieter than the Camaro Z28 Coupe:

Challenger

Camaro Z28

At idle

55 dB

61 dB

Full-Throttle

85 dB

92 dB

70 MPH Cruising

72 dB

77 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Challenger has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Camaro Z28 can only carry 4.

The Challenger has 1.9 inches more front headroom, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.8 inches more rear headroom, 3.2 inches more rear legroom and 3.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Camaro Z28.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Challenger has a much larger trunk than the Camaro Z28 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 33.2 inches, while the Camaro Z28’s liftover is 34.7 inches.

The Challenger’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Camaro Z28 doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Challenger Automatic 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 climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Camaro Z28 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Challenger’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 Camaro Z28 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

On a hot day the Challenger’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Camaro Z28 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 Z28 doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Challenger’s standard 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 Z28’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Challenger’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Challenger detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Camaro Z28 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Challenger has standard extendable sun visors. The Camaro Z28 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Challenger’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Camaro Z28 doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

The Challenger’s standard rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Camaro Z28 doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

The Challenger offers optional heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the Camaro Z28.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Challenger keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Camaro Z28 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Challenger’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Camaro Z28 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Challenger has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Camaro Z28 doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Challenger’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Camaro Z28 doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

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 Z28 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 Z28 doesn’t offer rear vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Challenger offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Camaro Z28 doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Optional UConnect Apps for the Challenger allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, searching the internet and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Camaro Z28 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The Challenger’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Camaro Z28’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

With optional voice command, the Challenger offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Camaro Z28 doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Recommendations Comparison

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Dodge Challenger and the Chevrolet Camaro Z28, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Challenger first among midsize sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Camaro Z28 isn’t in the top three.

 The Challenger is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The Camaro Z28 is not ranked.

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