2018 Dodge Charger vs. 2018 Ford Mustang

 

Introduction

The Mustang is synonymous with muscle cars, so it doesn't seem possible that anything else on the road could compete. But the 2018 Ford Mustang may have met its match in the new 2018 Dodge Charger. Dodge is known for putting out high-performance vehicles, and the Dodge Charger has a reputation as America's only four-door muscle car, one that the new 2018 model does justice to, and then some. So if you want to get behind the wheel of one of the most powerful cars on the road, check out the 2018 Dodge Charger at your Kansas City, Missouri Dodge dealer today!

Price

Of course, when you're shopping for muscle, price probably isn't your first concern. Still, there's no reason to spend more than you need to in order to get the power and performance that you demand. At a glance, the 2018 Ford Mustang certainly boasts the lower starting MSRP, but that's for a 2.3-liter model with rear-wheel drive. The 2018 Dodge Charger's steeper starting MSRP of around $32,495 for the all-wheel-drive GT gives you 300 horsepower from the word go. Plus, trim levels are available that can boost the Charger's already impressive stats, including the Daytona, R/T, SRT 392, and, of course, the SRT Hellcat, with up to 707 horsepower!

Styling & Options

Driving a muscle car is part lifestyle, part pleasure, part statement, so when you get behind the wheel, you want a car that looks as powerful as it drives. For 2018, the Ford Mustang has lowered the hood and grille of its by-now familiar design for a front end that honestly looks a little bit like it's trying to imitate a Charger. Unfortunately for the Mustang, there's no competing with the iconic crosshair grille and wraparound headlamps of the 2018 Dodge Charger. While the Mustang is available as either a convertible or a coupe and comes in eleven colors, the 2018 Dodge Charger is content to let its power speak for itself through an aggressive, chiseled body style—though you can still pick from twelve bold and beautiful paint colors!

Performance

This is what it's all about: stepping on the gas and hearing that engine roar! Of course, both the 2018 Ford Mustang and the 2018 Dodge Charger are built for performance. In fact, the new Mustang is the first one in years without a 6-cylinder engine option, leading with a 5.0-liter V-8. The 2018 Dodge Charger doesn't necessarily need those extra cylinders to burn up the road, however, and its 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 delivers up to 300 horsepower and up to 30 highway miles per gallon. Want more power? There's always more potent engines available at the higher trim levels, including the imposing 707 horsepower Supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 in the SRT Hellcat!

Use of Space

The 2018 Ford Mustang or 2018 Dodge Charger may not be what you use to haul the kids to and from school, unless, of course, you want to be the coolest mom or dad on the block. If you do, the Charger has an impressive 16.5 cubic feet of interior space in addition to an ample trunk and seating for five. The rear seats feature a 60/40 split that lets you fold them down for even more cargo space in the trunk. By comparison, the 2018 Ford Mustang only has about 13.5 cubic feet of interior space and will only seat four. And even then, your passengers may end up feeling a little cramped.

Comfort

A muscle car should be tough, but you shouldn't have to "toughen up" in order to drive one. You want comfort when you get behind the wheel, from the wheel itself to the seats to ample leg and head room, plus all the latest in amenities and technology at your fingertips. Fortunately, you can find all that when you drive the 2018 Dodge Charger, whether you're picking from an available heated leather-wrapped steering wheel that you can set to automatically kick on if it's too cold outside or heated seats available in the front and rear. Of course, both the 2018 Ford Mustang and the 2018 Dodge Charger have a wealth of driver-assist and infotainment technologies available to make sure that your drive is as comfortable as it is powerful.

Gas Mileage

Sure, there's always a tradeoff for more power, but performance underneath the hood doesn't necessarily have to mean a big bite gets taken out of your pocketbook at the gas pump. With its 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine and TorqueFlite automatic transmission, the 2018 Dodge Charger uses variable line pressure to help improve fuel economy, getting a rating of around 30 miles per gallon on the highway. With a massive 18.5-gallon fuel tank, this means you can potentially go more than 500 miles on a single tank of gas! Compare that to the 2018 Ford Mustang's comparatively small 15.5-gallon tank and decent but hardly awe-inspiring 21 miles per gallon in the city.

Safety and Security

With safety standards improving across the industry, both the 2018 Dodge Charger and the 2018 Ford Mustang have risen to the challenge of increasing the safety of both drivers and passengers alike. For the Mustang, that takes the form of new standard safety features such as side-mounted airbags and traction control, while the 2018 Dodge Charger offers a forward collision warning system and blind spot monitoring as well as standard ParkSense Rear Park Assist and ParkView Rear Back Up Cameras that make it easier and safer than ever when you throw your Dodge Charger into reverse.

Summary

If you want to get behind the wheel of some real power this year with plenty of performance, handling, fuel economy, and comfort to back it up, then our money is on the 2018 Dodge Charger over the Ford Mustang. Whether you spring for the 707 horsepower Hellcat or something a little more middle-of-the-road, the 2018 Dodge Charger is the muscle car to beat.

You can see for yourself by test driving a 2018 Dodge Charger at Stateline Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Kansas City today!

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