2016 Dodge Challenger vs. Its Competition

2015 Dodge Challenger ‘Shaker’
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

The Dodge Challenger is equipped to fight the continuing muscle-car battle with its traditional rivals, the Camaro and Mustang.

The Camaro is new this year, but that doesn't correct its limited headroom and poor outward visibility, though it should be much more nimble than the Challenger.

The Mustang has quick moves as well but less space than the Challenger.

Both the Nissan 370Z and the Hyundai Genesis Coupe are completely different kinds of vehicles, but we're including them here as alternatives because like the Challenger, they provide a lot of performance, on a budget, while largely eschewing luxury pretense.

You probably wouldn't ever call the Hyundai Genesis Coupe a pony car, but it offers rear-wheel drive, and its V-6 model, while a different kind of car completely, does face off in pricing against the Challenger.

You'll find sharper driving dynamics and better handling in the much lighter and rawer Nissan 370Z coupe, but it is starting to age.

Finally, one wild-card alternative versus the Challenger is the Honda Accord V-6 Coupe.

It's a very different, polar-opposite take on the idea of a mid-size coupe.

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Quick Specs
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Big and heavy, the 2016 Dodge Challenger offers touring comfort you won't find in the other muscle coupes. A variety of models lets owners choose a comfortable daily driver, a dragstrip menace, and everything in between.
8.4
The 2016 Chevy Camaro finally shuffles off its muscle-car coil and earns true sports-car credentials.
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The Ford Mustang keeps its newfound finesse and pony-car attitude, blasting past its 50th year with a rorty new Shelby GT350 variant plus more ways to stand out from the crowd.
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The 2016 Nissan 370Z offers a wide range of performance options in two body styles, all of which represent good value in a segment of the sports-car world with few other similarly priced options.
MSRP From   
$26,995$25,700$24,145$29,990
Gas Mileage   
13 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Regular Unleaded V-6Gas I4Regular Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class   
Mid-Size CarsCompactSubcompact CarsTwo-Seaters
Style Name   
2-Door Coupe SXT2-Door Coupe LT w/1LT2-Door Fastback V62-Door Coupe Manual
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5442
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
CoupeCoupeFastbackCoupe
Transmission   
Automatic w/ODManualManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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