2020 Dodge Challenger vs 2020 Dodge Charger
The Dodge nameplate has evolved quite a bit over the years. For nearly 3 decades, Dodge was as much of a Truck brand as it was Chrysler’s mid-priced passenger vehicle brand. Following the 2008 financial crisis, which hit automakers especially hard, the Dodge brand was bought out of bankruptcy by Fiat Automotive. The financial hardship forced Fiat to focus in on what Dodge vehicles do well. The newly named Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), decided to spin off Dodge trucks into the new marquee, RAM. As a result of this move, the Dodge brand took on a new identity as the performance and passenger vehicle brand in the group. While Dodge continues to produce several passenger vehicles (Grand Caravan, Durango, and Journey), there’s no question that the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger are the forces behind Dodge’s performance reputation.
The Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger are both iconic American muscle cars that have a long history over multiple generations of production. The Dodge Challenger was originally released in 1969 at the height of the American “pony car” craze. The Challenger immediately became known as a performance vehicle, originally available in 8 engine configurations including the Hemi V8. The Charger took a little longer to gain traction in the market. Originally released in the 1960’s, it underwent several configurations before finding its popularity as Dodge’s 4-door performance vehicle. While both vehicles have undergone multiple redesigns, it is the current lineup that shapes the Dodge brand. In this article, we will compare the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger and help you determine which the best fit is for you.
The primary distinction between the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger is the size of the two vehicles. The 2020 Dodge Challenger is built on a smaller platform, has 2-doors and is therefore considered a coupe. The 2020 Dodge Charger is built on the same platform as the Chrysler 300, which is longer than the Challenger, has 4-doors and is a sedan. Despite both vehicles being built on different platforms, the overall length of each vehicle is nearly the same. This is because the Charger makes room for the extra doors and the Challenger reserves this extra space for under the hood.
While the size difference between the Challenger and the Charger may cause you to consider one over the other, there are also numerous style distinctions between the two cars. The 2020 Challenger, for example, dons the look of the retro sports car that was originally released in the 1969. It has an aggressive looking split grille, complete with two sets of round headlights and the ‘Challenger’ signature script badge. The 2020 Charger, on the other hand, does not sport the retro look of the Challenger. The Charger showcases a rounded, but still aggressive, front grille, headlights and badge. Both the Challenger and Charger feature various engine, hood, and badging configurations as you go up in trim level. Typically, the higher the trim, the more aggressive the look. The more powerful trims also come with a wide body option.
While the exterior of the Charger and Challenger are certainly different, the interiors are actually quite similar. Both models offer a bold all-black interior look. And both models boast Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment system complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a ton of available technology features. As for comfort, both the Charger and Challenger offer performance and standard seats, seating for 5 passengers and loads of available comfort features like heated and ventilated front seats and dual-zone automatic temperature control.
While many of the features on interiors are similar, there are a few key differences to be aware of. The Dodge Challenger actually offers more front seat headroom and legroom than the Charger. However, if you plan to ride with passengers in the back, you’ll want to know that the Charger offers way more rear leg room – a whole 7 inches! Both cars have similarly cargo room in their trunks.
Now for the section that everyone came here for – performance. The Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger, as we’ve mentioned before, are both known for the power under the hood. Now let’s take a look at each cars performance characteristics.
There are a lot of similarities in the engine types of both vehicles. Both come with options all the way from the 3.6L V6 to a screaming 6.2L HEMI Hellcat. The 2020 Dodge Charger has horsepower options ranging from 300 hp in the V6 all the way to 707 hp in the Supercharged V8 SRT Hellcat. Both models have two available mid-tier V8 engines: the 5.7L V8 Hemi and the 392 Hemi V8.
The 2020 Dodge Challenger holds one REALLY BIG advantage over the 2020 Charger. That is the available Supercharged 6.2L Hellcat Hemi Redeye that is only available on the Challenger. This engine packs an incredible 797 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque!
It’s important to note that both the 2020 Dodge Challenger and Charger offer several available trim levels, two different drivetrains, and loads of available features. Both the Challenger and Charger come in the SXT, GT, RT, RT Scat Pack, RT Scat Pack Widebody, and SRT Hellcat trims. On top of that, the Challenger offer customers an SRT Hellcat Widebody as well as the SRT Hellcat Redeye and Widebody. This makes the Challenger the car of choice for those looking for maximum power and performance behind the wheel. Both the Challenger and Charger offer RWD and AWD on select trim levels.
Pricing at the base level (SXT Trim, RWD) is pretty comparable between both vehicles. The Challenger gains the edge here with starting MSRP of $27,995 compared to $29,895 for the base Charger. Trim levels in the Dodge Charger work their way up to the SRT Hellcat Widebody which starts at an MSRP of $71,745. The Challenger maxes out with the SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody which starts at $78,295. All and all, pricing between the Challenger and Charger is quite similar for comparable trims and engine configurations with the Charger being slightly more expensive due to the larger size.
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We hope you enjoyed reading our article on the ‘2020 Dodge Challenger vs 2020 Dodge Charger’. We may be biased, but we think each vehicle stands out for different reasons. The Challenger is Dodge’s performance machine while the Charger is the perfect blend of power and comfort. Are you interested in the learning more about these vehicles? Our Dodge-certified sales staff would be happy to answer any questions you may have. You can give us a call at (859) 268-3000 or stop by our Dodge dealership located at 1560 E. New Circle Rd in Lexington, KY. We stock a wide-ranging inventory of New and Used Vehicles, including the Dodge Durango, Dodge Grand Caravan, and Dodge Journey. We look forward to hearing from you soon!