2011 Dodge
Challenger
vs. 2011 Dodge
Charger

2011 Dodge Challenger

10.0

starting from

$25,720

Reasons to buy the Dodge Challenger

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Average power
305 HP @ 6,350 RPM
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OK performance
12.6 lb/hp
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Good cargo space
16.2 ft3
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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
5.1"
2011 Dodge Charger

10.0

starting from

$26,220

Reasons to buy the Dodge Charger

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Very spacious back seats
49.2 ft3
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Passenger power seats
Optional
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More airbags
6
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Child door locks
Standard
Performance 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Dodge Challenger Winner: Challenger
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  • The Challenger 's power-to-weight ratio is around 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 12.6 lb/hp vs 13.6 lb/hp
  • Almost the same, 305 HP @ 6,350 RPM vs 292 HP @ 6,350 RPM
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Inexpensive
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both have power seats
  • Neither offers a sun roof
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a good number of airbags for safety but the Charger is particularly good (including Knee)
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Fantastic highway range
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • People mover
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system
  • Neither offers satellite radio
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 10.0

Performance

Dodge
Challenger
2011 Dodge Challenger
2011 Dodge Charger Dodge
Charger
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Horsepower 305 HP @ 6,350 RPM vs 292 HP @ 6,350 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 5 vs 5 Fewer gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission The Charger 's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available 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 12.6 lb/hp vs 13.6 lb/hp The Challenger has OK performance while the Charger gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 38.1 ft vs 37.7 ft Caution: these vehicles make wide turns

Cost

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Challenger
2011 Dodge Challenger
2011 Dodge Charger Dodge
Charger
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MSRP $25,720 vs $26,220 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 18 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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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

Luxury Features

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Challenger
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Charger
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to leather

Crash Test Ratings

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Challenger
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2011 Dodge Charger Dodge
Charger
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

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Challenger
2011 Dodge Challenger
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 Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 6 Both have a good number of airbags for safety but the Charger is particularly good (including 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 Not Available vs Standard Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Charger ; optional upgrade on the Challenger
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Roadside assistance system Uconnect vs Uconnect

Practicality

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Challenger
2011 Dodge Challenger
2011 Dodge Charger Dodge
Charger
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Passengers 5 vs 5 People mover
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Highway driving range 516 miles vs 516 miles Fantastic highway range
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Cargo space 16.2 ft3 vs 15.4 ft3 Both have lots of cargo room
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front seats 55.6 ft3 vs 55.6 ft3 Both have spacious front seats
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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 Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 4 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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Challenger
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Charger
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Number of speakers 6 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No 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 Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system

Road Tests

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Challenger
2011 Dodge Challenger
2011 Dodge Charger Dodge
Charger
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0-60 mph 6.4 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 118 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 14.8 s @ 94 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.85 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 137 mph vs Unknown

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