Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2018 Chevrolet Camaro VS 2018 Dodge Challenger Near Phoenix, AZ

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2018 Chevrolet Camaro

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2018 Dodge Challenger

Safety Comparison

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, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Chevrolet Camaro Coupe is safer than the Challenger:

 

Camaro

Challenger

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

GOOD

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

1 cm

8 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

21 cm

26 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

0%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Tibia index R/L

.55/.45

1.46/1.01

Tibia forces R/L

2.5/1.4 kN

4.8/2.4 kN

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the general design of front seat head restraints for their ability to protect front seat occupants from whiplash injuries. The IIHS also performs a dynamic test on those seats with “good” or “acceptable” geometry. In these ratings, the Camaro is safer then the Challenger:

 

Camaro

Challenger

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Restraint Design

GOOD

GOOD

Distance from Back of Head

10 mm

61 mm

Distance Below Top of Head

14 mm

28 mm

Dynamic Test Rating

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Seat Design

Pass

Fail

Neck Force Rating

Low

Low

Max Neck Shearing Force

0

83

Max Neck Tension

417

456

(Lower numerical results are better in all tests.)

Warranty Comparison

The Camaro’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and 40,000 miles longer than the Challenger’s (6/100,000 vs. 5/60,000).

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 (up to 2 oil changes). Dodge doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Challenger.

There are over 27 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

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Camaro has a 700-amp battery. The Challenger only offers a standard 625-amp battery.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 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 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 22nd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 83 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 32nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Chevrolet 11 places higher in reliability than Dodge.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Car and Driver the Camaro SS is faster than the Challenger 392 HEMI (manual transmissions tested):

 

Camaro

Challenger

Zero to 60 MPH

4.1 sec

4.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

9.2 sec

10.2 sec

Quarter Mile

12.4 sec

12.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

116 MPH

113 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Camaro ZL1 is faster than the Dodge Challenger (automatics tested):

 

Camaro

Challenger 392 HEMI

Challenger Hellcat

Zero to 60 MPH

3.5 sec

4.2 sec

3.7 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

5.2 sec

6.6 sec

5.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

7.4 sec

9.9 sec

7.7 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

1.4 sec

2.1 sec

1.4 sec

Quarter Mile

11.5 sec

12.6 sec

11.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

125 MPH

112.3 MPH

125.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Camaro

Challenger

 

 

2.0 Turbo/Manual

20 city/30 hwy

n/a

 

 

V6/Manual

16 city/28 hwy

n/a

 

 

SS/Manual

16 city/25 hwy

15 city/23 hwy

5.7 V8/Manual

 

 

n/a

14 city/23 hwy

6.4 V8/Manual

 

2.0 Turbo/Auto

22 city/31 hwy

n/a

 

 

SS/Auto

17 city/27 hwy

16 city/25 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto

 

 

n/a

15 city/25 hwy

6.4 V8/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

141 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

91 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 1LE/ZL1’s tires have a lower 30 series profile than the Challenger Hellcat Widebody’s 35 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 350 to 550 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.

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’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Challenger doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Camaro offers an optional heads-up display that 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.

When the Camaro with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Challenger’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Camaro is less expensive to operate than the Challenger because typical repairs cost much less on the Camaro than the Challenger, including $342 less for an alternator, $73 less for a timing belt/chain and $173 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Chevrolet Camaro, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

The Camaro was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 2 of the last 2 years. 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 13% during 2016.

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