2011 Dodge
Charger
vs. 2012 Nissan
Altima 2.5 S

2011 Dodge Charger

10.0

starting from

$26,220

Reasons to buy the Dodge Charger

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Spacious back seats
49.2 ft3
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Quite powerful
292 HP @ 6,350 RPM
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More airbags
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OK drivetrain traction
rear-wheel drive
2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S

8.6

starting from

$24,360

Reasons to buy the Nissan Altima 2.5 S

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Fantastic range in the city
460 miles
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Fantastic range on the highway
620 miles
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Average city fuel efficiency
23 mpg
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Average highway fuel efficiency
31 mpg
Luxury Features 7.2 vs 10.0
2011 Dodge Charger Winner: Charger
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Charger 's power seats; not available on the Altima 2.5 S
  • Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Charger
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Safety Features - vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Performance - vs -
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
Practicality - vs -
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  • Both can go pretty far on the highway on a single tank, however the Altima 2.5 S in particular gets exceptional range
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Entertainment System - vs -
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  • Neither offers satellite radio
Road Tests - vs -
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 8.6 vs 10.0

Luxury Features

Nissan
Altima 2.5 S
2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S
2011 Dodge Charger Dodge
Charger
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Standard Conveniently adjust your seat with the Charger 's power seats; not available on the Altima 2.5 S
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Optional Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Charger

Cost

Nissan
Altima 2.5 S
2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S
2011 Dodge Charger Dodge
Charger
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MSRP $24,360 vs $26,220 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 23 mpg vs 18 mpg The Altima 2.5 S has OK city mileage, while the Charger is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

Nissan
Altima 2.5 S
2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S
2011 Dodge Charger Dodge
Charger
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Unknown vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 6 The Charger has a good number of airbags, but the Altima 2.5 S is just OK (missing Knee)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs Uconnect

Performance

Nissan
Altima 2.5 S
2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S
2011 Dodge Charger Dodge
Charger
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Horsepower 175 HP @ 5,600 RPM vs 292 HP @ 6,350 RPM The Charger is fairly powerful, but the Altima 2.5 S is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both the Charger 's semi-automatic transmission and the Altima 2.5 S's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 17.6 lb/hp vs 13.6 lb/hp The Charger is a sporty car, while the Altima 2.5 S is just average
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive The Charger has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius Unknown vs 37.7 ft

Practicality

Nissan
Altima 2.5 S
2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S
2011 Dodge Charger Dodge
Charger
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 620 miles vs 516 miles Both can go pretty far on the highway on a single tank, however the Altima 2.5 S in particular gets exceptional range
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Cargo space 8.2 ft3 vs 15.4 ft3 The Charger has OK cargo room, while the Altima 2.5 S has very little
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front seats 52.6 ft3 vs 55.6 ft3 The Charger has roomy front seats and the Altima 2.5 S is OK
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Optional The Charger offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Altima 2.5 S
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Cupholders Unknown vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Altima 2.5 S
2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S
2011 Dodge Charger Dodge
Charger
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Number of speakers Unknown vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Unknown vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Unknown vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Unknown vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Charger ; but it's not available at all on the Altima 2.5 S

Road Tests

Nissan
Altima 2.5 S
2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S
2011 Dodge Charger Dodge
Charger
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0-60 mph 8.3 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 129 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 16.5 s @ 87 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.75 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Nissan
Altima 2.5 S
2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S
2011 Dodge Charger Dodge
Charger
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs Unknown

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