The American muscle car has been the dream ride of many drivers since the 1950s and 1960s. And while many makes and models have come and gone throughout the decades, there are still a few giants that have attracted every generation of motorists since their inception. And Dodge makes two of them: The Challenger and the Charger. Over the years, Dodge has fine-tuned their best muscle cars to make them appeal to modern, tech-savvy drivers.

If you’re on the hunt for a new Dodge muscle car with a lot of spirit, you might be having a hard time deciding which model is for you. 

At Abbotsford Chrysler, we’ll help you decide!

Dodge Charger

First Generation Release

Release Date: January 1966

Cost: $3,122

Original Body: 

  • Two-door fastback
  • 4 bucket seats
  • 318-cid V-8 to 426-cid Hemi
  • 425 horsepower
  • Based on Dodge Coronet model
  • 7 available interior trim colours (blue, turquoise, tan, red, black, white, citron gold)
  • 17 available exterior colours (everything from Mauve Metallic to Citron Gold Metallic)

Famous Dodge Chargers

  • 1967 Dodge Charger in Big Fish (2003)
  • 1968 Dodge Charger R/T 440 in Bullitt (1968) 
  • 1969 Dodge Charger R/T 440 in Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974) 
  • 1969 Dodge Charger in Dukes of Hazzard (2005)
  • 1970 Dodge Charger R/T in The Fast and the Furious (2001)

2019 Dodge Charger Cons

  • Some drivers have claimed that the Charger presents low visibility.
  • The Dodge Charger may not offer the kind of luxury interior some drivers are expecting.
  • All that power under the hood makes for less-than-average fuel economy.

2019 Dodge Charger Pros

  • Plenty of head and legroom for front and backseat passengers.
  • Spacious well-built interior
  • 16.5 feet of cargo space
  • User-friendly Uconnect Infotainment system, which includes USB ports, six-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and a 7-inch touchscreen.
  • High rating of car handling for its size
  • More legroom and passenger space than the Challenger
  • Plenty of engine options

Pro Tip:

The most recent generation started in 2015 with just a few updates to the exterior design and inside trim in the 2019 release. You can save thousands of dollars by buying a used Charger from 2015–18.

Step into a Dodge Charger:

The modern iteration of the Dodge Charger barely resembles the two-door fastback it once was, but that doesn’t affect its popularity. What was once a speedy muscle car synonymous with power, performance, and style now offers plenty of options for those who want the dream without sacrificing on certain comforts, such as rear doors. Right now, you can buy 2019 brand-new Dodge Charger starting at $65,610 or finance at $413/biweekly from Abbotsford Chrysler. Get pre-approved here!

Dodge Challenger

First Generation Release

Model Year: Fall 1970

Cost: $3,023 (base trim)

Original Body: 

  • Two-door hardtop or convertible
  • Range of powertrain choices: from 225-cid I-6, 145 horsepower to 440-cid V-8, 390 horsepower
  • SE, R/T, T/A trims
  • Exterior paint colours: light and dark shades of blue, green, red, burnt orange, and monochromatic colours
  • High Impact exterior colours: Plum Crazy, Sublime, Go-Mango, Hemi Orange, Banana (Silver Poly, Green Go, and Panther Pink were available after February 24, 1970).
  • The signature vinyl stripes were originally available in white, red, and black.

Famous Dodge Challengers

  • 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440 in Vanishing Point (1971) 
  • 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 in Nightcrawler (2014) 
  • 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T from Furious 7 (2015)

Dodge Challenger Cons

  • As a two-door model, this is not as family-friendly as the Charger.
  • Like the Charger and other muscle cars, the Challenger has below-average fuel efficiency.
  • While you’re surrounded by tons of metal, the Challenger’s safety score is less than average.

Dodge Challenger Pros

  • Despite its coupe shape, the backseat can fit three passengers comfortably.
  • The front seat offers spacious legroom and plenty of visibility.
  • The interior’s cockpit vibe holds on to its attractive retro feel.
  • Comfortable seating
  • Above-average predicted reliability
  • Released in 2019, the SRT Hellcat Redeye‚ offers an insane amount of power: 0–60 in just 3.4 seconds with a whopping 797 horsepower (If you’re willing to dish out $100,000 for it).  
  • Just like the Charger, the intuitive infotainment system makes it easy to connect on the road.
  • The Challenger’s base model engine is a powerhouse: 305 horsepower with a 3.6-litre V6 engine.

Pro Tip

Like the Charger, you may end up saving thousands of dollars by searching for a used Dodge Challenger for sale from as far back as 2015. If you’re a sucker for the practical infotainment system, you will still be able to save a couple of thousands by looking at the 2017–18 models. 

Step into a Dodge Challenger

The Challenger’s engine, performance, and design give you plenty of bragging rights. If you’re the kind of driver that values style, there’s no better car than the Challenger. Now, you can buy a 2019 Dodge Challenger SXT for $41,225 or just $259/bw. Apply for financing today!

Our Thoughts

There are very few cars still sold today that carry such a long history and reputation for being true all-American muscle cars. Both the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger have undergone several makeovers throughout the years. While the Charger has developed more into a family-friendly vehicle, the Challenger still retains its pony car image. No matter how the body is shaped, both cars satisfy the driver’s need for speed. If you like to hear and feel the engine roar, you can’t go wrong with either of these options. Our advice? Test out both models at different trim levels to decide which one suits your budget and your lifestyle.     


Test Out a Dodge Muscle Car at Abbotsford Chrysler!

Still can’t decide between a Challenger and a Charger? We don’t blame you! Come and try both models at Abbotsford Chrysler. Contact us to schedule a test drive today!