2018 Dodge Challenger vs. Ford Mustang

2018 Dodge Challenger 

Introducing the 2018 Models the Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang

Both the Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang 2018 models are superior sports cars. However, differences in engineering design, handling, and quality of manufacturing set the two vehicles apart in terms of value for your hard-earned dollar. Before we begin to comparatively race the two cars against each other, let's consider a few critical facts regarding both cars.

The 2018 Dodge Challenger has a Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $27,295, with a horsepower (HP) of 305 to 808 depending on trim level, and demonstrates a fuel economy for miles per gallon (MPG) of 19 in the city and 30 on the highway. The trim levels for the Dodge Challenger include the SXT, GT, R/T, R/T 392, SRT 392, SRT Hellcat, and SRT Demon, which are all coupe configurations.

The Ford Mustang has an MSRP of $25,680, with HP of 310 to 460, and MPG of 21 in the city and 32 on the highway. The four trim levels of the Ford Mustang include the EcoBoost, EcoBoost Premium, GT, and GT Premium with coupe and convertible options.

Although at face value, one car may appear less expensive and more fuel-efficient compared to the other, we would advise the reader to pay attention to the model updates, interior, tech feature options before ultimately deciding which car should win the literal and figurative race to your driveway.

What's New for the 2018 Models of the Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang?

The 2018 Dodge Challenger has been redesigned and updated to include new features and technology, performance and handling upgrades, and more exterior and interior color options are available for customization. For example, Red Brembo brake calipers are a custom feature that will make your ride look like it just arrived fresh off the Daytona 500 racetrack. Minor details such as the color of brake calipers and external color options for the car make the Dodge Challenger a ride that all observers on the street will envy.

For the 5.7-liter V8 models, an updated Performance Handling package is an option that will make your car ride and handle with superiority on the street. The 5.7-liter V8 models include four-piston Brembo brakes and a finely tuned suspension ready for acceleration, quick turns, and sports braking.

Additionally, the all-wheel-drive Challenger GT has 19-inch wheels with colored pockets. The SXT and R/T trims of the Dodge Challenger 2018 include a Super Track Pak that features Nappa leather and microsuede sport seats. All trims include a top of the line 7.0-inch Uconnect touchscreen. A backup rearview camera is included to prevent collisions when in a parking lot or leaving your driveway. The exterior color options for the car now include F8 Green, Indigo Blue, B5 Blue, and Plum Crazy.

With the 2018 Ford Mustang, there is an updated front- and rear-end remodeling of the car's design that detracts from its previously aerodynamic aesthetic and makes it now appear to look more like a family sedan rather than a sports car. There have been a few minor changes to the cabin that are superficial and do not add a whole lot to the functionality of the vehicle.

The Ford Mustang suspension is competitive but fails to deliver when accelerating over rough patches of the road or in adverse weather conditions. There is a new 10-speed automatic transmission with the V6 model being retired from the 2018 lineup. The turbocharged four-cylinder engine has improved torque but still feels sluggish when going head to head with a Dodge Challenger from the base trim.

The V8 models of the Ford Mustang provide more of a sports car handling experience when driving with the re-engineered manual gearbox for the stick shift. The two-mode exhaust system offers reductions in emissions but seems to reduce the overall experience of going zero to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. Whereas, the Dodge Challenger 2018 goes zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, making it feel like the driver has broken the sound barrier.

Other updates on the Ford Mustang in 2018 include magnetic dampers in the suspension, which is an option for higher trim levels. The 2018 Ford Mustang also includes many modern comforts for drivers that appear attractive at first like the heated steering wheel and driver assistance features. However, these add weight over time many of these features may be difficult to repair or replace if the electronics system or sensors in the car are damaged in an accident or deteriorate due to aging.

Interior and Tech for the Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang in 2018 has a complicated interior with many buttons and levers that are not entirely straightforward in operation and feel cheaply manufactured and installed. Sometimes, the interior feels like you are inside the cockpit of a jumbo jet airplane and it can be overwhelming to figure out the functionality of switches without properly reading the manual. The lack of an intuitive design combined with the faux-metal toggle switches that are incredibly delicate make the Ford Mustang in 2018 difficult to appreciate and desire.

The 2018 Ford Mustang has a less spacious and roomy interior than its competitors and the rear seats are not very accommodating to individuals who are heavier in size. The rearview camera system works fine and does its job to help the driver avoid a collision. However, the Mustang's lack of simplicity and its dependence on interior electronic features makes it feel less like a sports car and more like a family sedan.

The Dodge Challenger 2018 has the aesthetic of a classic muscle car both with its exterior and in its interior. With a design adapted from its 1970s-era forerunners, the Dodge Challenger 2018 seeks to minimize unproductive distractions (e.g. excessive electronic components and driver assist features) and seeks to maximize comfortable accommodations with a spacious interior that is superior to other cars in its class such as the Chevy Camaro and the Ford Mustang. The 2018 Dodge Challenger's roomy front seats make cruising around town or going to the baseball game an addiction. The power-adjustable driver's seat is designed with simplicity and comfort in mind. The Dodge Challenger's engineering, design, and handling allow it to live up to its sports car classification.

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