The 2018 Dodge Charger vs 2018 Ford Taurus

 

Introduction

America is a nation of divers. No other country matches our passion for hitting the open road, and no place is that more evident than here in the Midwest. Everyone who enjoys road trips knows Kansas and Missouri are the crossroads of America, since it's an easy stretch of scenic driving from the heartland to anywhere else in the country.

Whether you're planning a serious road trip or just plying the highways and byways around Kansas City or Topeka, you want a large car that is both powerful and comfortable. A spacious, high quality interior is important, and so is the price tag. Right now, there are two major contenders for the best large car of the year: the 2018 Dodge Charger and the 2018 Ford Taurus. While both are excellent automobiles, one model has the obvious edge: the 2018 Dodge Charger. Your Kansas City Dodge dealer has them in stock, so come see for yourself!

Trim Levels

The new 2018 Dodge Charger boasts 11 different trim levels, ranging from the standard SXT all the way up to the 707-horsepower SRT Hellcat. With so many trim levels and additional packages to choose from, it's never been easier or more affordable to customize your car, inside and out. Here is a closer look at the seven most popular trims to get you started: Dodge Charger SXT is the base model with standard features this year and starts at $32,495 MSRP. On top of its other features, satellite radio, back-up safety cameras, and parking assist system all now come standard. The Charger SXT Plus takes the interior up a notch with a heated steering wheel, heated, power-adjustable front seats, automatic dual-zone climate control, and an enhanced Uconnect infotainment system with larger touchscreen.

Dodge Charger GT is this year's new trim. A 300-HP 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine comes standard, and it features advanced all-wheel drive with front axle disconnect and all-wheel suspension tuning. The upgraded Uconnect with 8.4-inch touchscreen comes standard, as does a leather-wrapped performance steering wheel.

Dodge Charger R/T is the 2018 trim that takes us into HEMI territory. The basic R/T comes with a 370-horsepower 5.7L HEMI V8 engine and upgrading to the R/T Scat Pack replaces that with a 485-horsepower 6.4L HEMI V8. This class of trim boasts adaptive cruise control and a sport suspension. The enhanced Uconnect 4C features integrated voice command, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and Bluetooth Streaming Audio. Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are ready to go on its 8.4-inch touchscreen.

Dodge Charger Daytona features the same impressive 370-horsepower 5.7L HEMI V8 engine as the R/T, as well as three-mode electronic stability control, active performance exhaust, and a performance suspension. The interior is enhanced with ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and high-quality leather upholstery.

Dodge Charger SRT boasts that powerful 485-horsepower 6.4L HEMI V8 engine as well as RT drive modes, performance pages, and an SRT-tuned Bilstein three-mode adaptive damping system. The six-piston Brembo front brakes, four-piston rear brakes, and blind-spot monitoring prove safety is as much of a concern as performance.

Dodge SRT Hellcat is the ultimate 2018 Dodge Charger trim, with a 707-horsepower supercharged 6.2L HEMI SRT Hellcat V8 engine. It is loaded with other features, but let's be realistic: that unreal engine is going to be the first and last word when it comes to this trim.

By comparison, the starting price for the 2018 Ford Taurus (for the SE trim) is just over $27,000, which is one of the lowest base prices in the class. When you calculate typical monthly payments, however, you won't see much of a savings, and of course you get what you pay for. The 2018 Ford Taurus only offers four trims, each with a V6 engine. Critics have complained that the 2018 Taurus suffers from "dated cabin materials" and a "cramped interior" that has led many to find another large car with fewer shortcomings.

Performance

When it comes to performance, there is no question that the 2018 Dodge Charger is the large car of the year. The entry-level SXT trim packs a V6 engine capable of hitting 292 horsepower, and it still gets up to 30 miles per gallon on the highway. Depending on how much power you crave, the 2018 Dodge Charger is available with three different HEMI V8 engines, blurring the line between sedan and muscle car. Of course, the supercharged HEMI Hellcat engine erases any doubts forever.

As for the competition, the 2018 Ford Taurus does offer two different V6 options, but they are nowhere near the same class as the 2018 Dodge Charger. With a standard engine that generates 288 horsepower, the 2018 Ford Taurus may not have trouble accelerating, but it does lag a little behind the Charger. The Taurus does offer twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6, but that only pushes it up to 365 horsepower, nowhere near the 2018 Dodge Charger's potential.

Exterior

The 2018 Dodge Charger looks every bit as sleek and muscular as it performs. Its head-turning design with double power bulge hood, scalloped side doors, and hallmark crosshair grille announces the presence of a truly iconic vehicle, and it's available in a dozen sharp colors. The 2018 Ford Taurus, by contrast, has been criticized by both industry experts and casual drivers for its boring, old-fashioned exterior.

Interior

The 2018 Dodge Charger proves there's no need to sacrifice space for performance. Five adults easily fit in its spacious, tastefully appointed interior, and it still boasts a massive trunk. With leather upholstery and soft-touch materials around the classy cabin, you don't have to sacrifice style for comfort, either.

Then there is the 2018 Ford Taurus. Critics have found the interior to feel a bit cramped. This impression isn't helped by the cabin's limited outward visibility.

Safety Features

Safety comes standard with the 2018 Dodge Charger: parking sensors, back-up cameras, and other high-tech safety features are included in all trims. Possible upgrades include collision warning, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and so much more. No wonder the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded it a five-star safety rating.

Safety is one of the only areas where the 2018 Ford Taurus does match the competition: the Taurus also earned a five-star safety rating from the NHTSA. While not all safety features are standard in all models, a back-up camera is offered in all trims.


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