Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Dodge Charger VS 2016 Acura RLX Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 Dodge Charger

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2016 Acura RLX

Safety Comparison

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Charger offers optional ParkSense which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The RLX doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Charger and the RLX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 11 times as many Dodge dealers as there are Acura dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Charger’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Charger’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The RLX’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the RLX’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Charger has a standard 160-amp alternator (180-amp - Charger SXT/Rallye/R/T). The RLX’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Charger has a standard 730-amp battery. The RLX’s 550-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

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 Charger’s reliability will be 17% better than the RLX.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Dodge vehicles are better in initial quality than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Dodge 18th in initial quality. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 26th.

Engine Comparison

The Charger has more powerful engines than the RLX:

Horsepower

Torque

Charger R/T 5.7 V8

370 HP

395 lbs.-ft.

Charger R/T Scat Pack 6.4 V8

485 HP

475 lbs.-ft.

RLX 3.5 SOHC V6

310 HP

272 lbs.-ft.

RLX Sport Hybrid 3.5 SOHC V6

377 HP

341 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Charger R/T Scat Pack is faster than the Acura RLX V6:

Charger

RLX

Zero to 60 MPH

4.2 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter Mile

12.6 sec

14.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

113.8 MPH

99 MPH

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Charger’s brake rotors are larger than those on the RLX:

Charger SE/SXT

Charger R/T Scat Pack

RLX

RLX Sport Hybrid

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

14.2 inches

12.3 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

12.2 inches

12.2 inches

The Charger AWD/R/T’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the RLX are solid, not vented.

The Charger stops much shorter than the RLX:

Charger

RLX

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Charger R/T has standard 20-inch wheels. The RLX’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The Charger 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 RLX, it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Charger’s wheelbase is 8 inches longer than on the RLX (120.2 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

The Charger’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (52% to 48%) than the RLX’s (57% to 43%). This gives the Charger more stable handling and braking.

The Charger R/T Scat Pack handles at .92 G’s, while the RLX pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Charger R/T Scat Pack executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2 seconds quicker than the RLX (25.3 seconds @ .8 average G’s vs. 27.3 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Charger’s turning circle is 2.8 feet tighter than the RLX’s (37.7 feet vs. 40.5 feet). The Charger AWD’s turning circle is 1.8 feet tighter than the RLX’s (38.7 feet vs. 40.5 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

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

The Charger has 2.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the RLX (104.7 vs. 102.1).

The Charger has 1 inch more front headroom, .3 inches more front hip room, 1.3 inches more rear legroom, 1.6 inches more rear hip room and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the RLX.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Charger has a much larger trunk than the RLX (16.1 vs. 14.9 cubic feet).

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

Ergonomics Comparison

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 RLX does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The power windows standard on both the Charger and the RLX 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 RLX prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Charger to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The RLX doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Charger owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Charger will cost $1410 less than the RLX over a five-year period.

The Charger will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Charger will retain a greater percentage of its original price after three and five years than the RLX.

Charger

RLX

Five Year

34% to 43%

27%

Three Year

45% to 56%

40%

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Dodge Charger will be $15021 to $15056 less than for the Acura RLX.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Charger first among large cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The RLX isn’t in the top three in its category.

 The Charger is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The RLX is not ranked.

The Dodge Charger outsold the Acura RLX by over 37 to one during the 2015 model year.

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