Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2018 Dodge Charger VS 2018 Infiniti Q50 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2018 Dodge Charger

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2018 Infiniti Q50

Safety Comparison

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The Charger has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Q50 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Charger and the Q50 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, 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 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Dodge Charger is safer than the Infiniti Q50:

 

Charger

Q50

 

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

95

225

Neck Compression

41 lbs.

45 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

96

153

Chest Compression

.7 inches

1 inches

Neck Injury Risk

33%

48%

Neck Compression

42 lbs.

85 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

267/469 lbs.

541/294 lbs.

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

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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Dodge Charger is safer than the Infiniti Q50:

 

Charger

Q50

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

164

196

Spine Acceleration

44 G’s

46 G’s

Hip Force

243 lbs.

415 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

15 inches

19 inches

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

Warranty Comparison

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

Reliability Comparison

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Charger has larger alternators than the Q50:

 

Charger

Q50

Standard Alternator

160 amps

150 amps

Optional Alternator

180 amps

170 amps

2nd Optional Alternator

220 amps

n/a

The battery on the Charger is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures which can degrade battery life. By keeping the Charger’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Q50’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Dodge vehicles are better in initial quality than Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Dodge 22nd in initial quality. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 23rd.

Engine Comparison

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The Charger has more powerful engines than the Q50:

 

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 R/T Scat Pack 6.4 V8

485 HP

475 lbs.-ft.

Q50 2.0t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

208 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

Q50 3.0t 3.0 turbo V6

300 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Q50 Hybrid 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid

360 HP

n/a

Q50 Red Sport 400 3.0 turbo V6

400 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Charger R/T Scat Pack 6.4 V8 is faster than the Q50 Hybrid 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid:

 

Charger

Q50

Zero to 60 MPH

4.2 sec

4.9 sec

Quarter Mile

12.6 sec

13.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

113.8 MPH

103.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Charger R/T’s fuel efficiency. The Q50 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

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 Q50 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Charger Daytona’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Q50:

 

Charger Daytona

Q50

Q50 Sport

Front Rotors

15.4 inches

12.6 inches

14 inches

The Charger stops shorter than the Q50:

 

Charger

Q50

 

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

115 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Charger Daytona’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Q50 (275/40R20 vs. 245/40R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Charger R/T has standard 20-inch wheels. The Q50’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Charger has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Q50’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Charger’s wheelbase is 8 inches longer than on the Q50 (120.2 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Charger is 2.9 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Q50.

The Charger R/T Scat Pack handles at .92 G’s, while the Q50 pulls only .87 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Charger R/T Scat Pack executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Q50 (25.3 seconds @ .8 average G’s vs. 26.3 seconds @ .71 average G’s).

Passenger Space Comparison

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Charger is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the Q50 is rated a Mid-size.

The Charger has 3.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Q50 (104.7 vs. 101.5).

The Charger has 3 inches more front hip room, 2.8 inches more front shoulder room, 5 inches more rear legroom, 3.6 inches more rear hip room and 1.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Q50.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Charger has a much larger trunk than the Q50 (16.5 vs. 13.2 cubic feet).

The Charger’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Q50 Pure/Red Sport 400/Hybrid doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

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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 Q50 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The power windows standard on both the Charger and the Q50 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 Q50 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 Q50 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Both the Charger and the Q50 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 Q50.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Charger keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Q50 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

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 Q50 is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

The Charger will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Charger will retain 39.74% to 48.61% of its original price after five years, while the Q50 only retains 37.69% to 40.56%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Charger is less expensive to operate than the Q50 because it costs $252 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Charger than the Q50, including $436 less for a water pump, $238 less for a starter, $231 less for fuel injection, $250 less for a fuel pump, $420 less for front struts, $618 less for a timing belt/chain and $737 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Dodge Charger will be $6755 to $8682 less than for the Infiniti Q50.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Charger is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The Q50 is not ranked.

The Dodge Charger outsold the Infiniti Q50 by over two to one during the 2016 model year.

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