Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2021 Dodge Charger VS 2021 Toyota Camry Near Phoenix, AZ

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2021 Dodge Charger

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2021 Toyota Camry

Safety Comparison

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Both the Charger and the Camry have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

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 Charger is safer than the Toyota Camry:

Charger

Camry

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

164

289

Spine Acceleration

44 G’s

48 G’s

Hip Force

243 lbs.

752 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

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There are almost 2 times as many Dodge dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Charger’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Charger has a standard 730-amp battery. The Camry’s 600-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

The battery on the Charger is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Charger’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Camry’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Charger second among large cars in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The Camry isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Dodge vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Dodge first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 41 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 19th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

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The Charger has more powerful engines than the Camry:

Horsepower

Torque

Charger 3.6 DOHC V6

292 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Charger 3.6 DOHC V6

300 HP

264 lbs.-ft.

Charger R/T 5.7 V8

370 HP

395 lbs.-ft.

Charger Scat Pack 6.4 V8

485 HP

475 lbs.-ft.

Camry AWD 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder

202 HP

182 lbs.-ft.

Camry 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder

203 HP

184 lbs.-ft.

Camry XSE AWD 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder

205 HP

185 lbs.-ft.

Camry XSE 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder

206 HP

186 lbs.-ft.

Camry 3.5 DOHC V6

301 HP

267 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Charger Scat Pack 6.4 V8 is faster than the Toyota Camry V6:

Charger

Camry

Zero to 60 MPH

4.2 sec

6 sec

Quarter Mile

12.6 sec

14.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

113.8 MPH

98.4 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Charger Scat Pack 6.4 V8 is faster than the Toyota Camry 2.5:

Charger

Camry

Zero to 60 MPH

4.2 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

12.6 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

113.8 MPH

90.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Charger R/T’s fuel efficiency. The Camry doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Charger has 4.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Camry AWD’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 14.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Charger has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Camry FWD’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 15.8 gallons).

The Charger 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 Camry doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

Charger SXT

Charger Daytona/Widebody

Camry

Camry TRD

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

15.7 inches

12 inches

12.9 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

11.06 inches

11.06 inches

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

The Charger stops much shorter than the Camry:

Charger

Camry

70 to 0 MPH

150 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Charger Scat Pack Widebody’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Camry (305/35R20 vs. 235/45R18).

The Charger Scat Pack Widebody’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Camry XSE/TRD’s 40 series tires.

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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Charger 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 Camry’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Charger has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Camry doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Charger’s wheelbase is 9 inches longer than on the Camry (120.2 inches vs. 111.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Charger is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Camry.

The Charger’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (52% to 48%) than the Camry’s (59.5% to 40.5%). This gives the Charger more stable handling and braking.

The Charger Scat Pack handles at .95 G’s, while the Camry LE pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Charger Scat Pack executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2 seconds quicker than the Camry XLE (25.3 seconds @ .8 average G’s vs. 27.3 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Passenger Space Comparison

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

The Charger has 4.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Camry (104.7 vs. 100.4).

The Charger has .3 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more front hip room, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room, 2.1 inches more rear legroom, 1.4 inches more rear hip room and 2.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Camry.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Charger has a much larger trunk than the Camry (16.5 vs. 15.1 cubic feet).

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Charger’s trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The Camry’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

The Charger’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Camry TRD doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

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When two different drivers share the Charger, the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle and radio stations. The Camry doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Charger’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and 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 Camry doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 Camry does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Charger’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Camry’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

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 Camry doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

When the Charger 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 Camry’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Charger’s optional rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Camry offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Charger and the Camry offer available heated front seats. The Charger also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Camry.

The Charger has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable and it can provide a boundary between children. The Camry TRD doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Charger has a 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. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Camry and isn’t available on the Camry Nightshade.

Both the Charger and the Camry offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Charger has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Camry doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the Charger owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Charger with a number “1” insurance rate while the Camry is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Charger is less expensive to operate than the Camry because it costs $237 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Charger than the Camry, including $166 less for a water pump, $333 less for a starter, $261 less for fuel injection, $168 less for front struts, $884 less for a timing belt/chain and $458 less for a power steering pump.

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