Both cars have multiple high-performance V8 engines available.
Although one is a coupe and the other is a sedan, the Dodge Charger and the Chevy Camaro actually have a lot in common. They’re both rear-wheel-drive cars that can be efficient and affordable at the entry-level and become high-performance muscle cars as you work your way up their respective model ranges.
However, there’s also a lot that sets these two American icons apart. Let’s take a closer look at the differences and similarities between the Chevy Camaro and the Dodge Charger and see which one is right for you.
The most noticeable difference between the Camaro and the Charger is that the former has two doors and the latter has four. The Camaro is available as either a coupe or a convertible and the Charger is exclusively a sedan. If you like the idea of the Charger, but would rather have it in coupe form, then consider the similar Dodge Challenger. See the 2019 Dodge Charger models for sale near you
Both of these cars have muscular exteriors with design cues borrowed from the past, but both still look distinctly modern. The "coke bottle" shaped body of the Camaro is decidedly retro, but the front and rear fascias look more like they’re from the 21st century. As the new Charger has evolved over the years, it’s gotten a little more modern than retro and despite riding on a rather old platform, it’s still a good looking sedan in 2019 with a lot of presence and personality. See the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro models for sale near you
Another big difference between the Charger and the Camaro is the interior. To put it bluntly, the back seat of the Camaro is pretty much useless. There are two seats back there that are a pain to get in and out of and aren’t comfortable for anyone, including most children. The Charger, on the other hand, is a roomy sedan with three seats in the back with plenty of legroom and headroom. If you’re going to be using the back seat with any regularity, your passengers would greatly appreciate the Charger over the Camaro.
That said, if you’re not planning on using the back seats often, the Camaro has a nice, driver-centric interior with a design that reminds you you’re in a performance car. The same can be said about the Charger, which has interior styling that mimics the exterior in its muscular nature. Neither of these cars is particularly upscale, but you’ll enjoy driving them so much that you won’t care.
Here’s where things get interesting. The 2019 Camaro has a turbocharged 4-cylinder, a V6 and two V8 options under the hood. The Charger has a standard V6 and three V8 engines to choose from. Every Camaro is equipped with RWD while the Charger is available with all-wheel drive, but only with the base V6 engine. The Camaro is available with your choice of an automatic or manual transmission and the Charger is automatic-only.
2019 Dodge Charger Engines
3.6-liter V6; up to 300 horsepower, 264 lb-ft of torque; 19 miles per gallon in the city and 30 mpg on the highway
5.7-liter V8; 370 hp, 395 lb-ft of torque; 16 mpg city/25 mpg hwy
6.4-liter V8; 485 hp, 475 lb-ft of torque; 15 mpg city/25 mpg hwy
6.2-liter supercharged V8; 707 hp, 650 lb-ft of torque; 13 mpg city/22 mpg hwy
2019 Chevrolet Camaro Engines
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four; 275 hp, 295 lb-ft of torque; 22 mpg city/31 mpg hwy
3.6-liter V6; 335 hp, 284 lb-ft of torque; 19 mpg city/29 mpg hwy
6.2-liter V8; 455 hp, 455 lb-ft of torque; 16 mpg city/27 mpg hwy
6.2-liter supercharged V8; 650 hp, 650 lb-ft of torque; 14 mpg city/20 mpg hwy
As you can see by the numbers, the 4- and 6-cylinder engines in these cars serve up a nice blend of performance and fuel economy while the more brawny V8 engines kick the performance up a notch or two while sacrificing fuel economy. They can get a little pricey on the top of the food chain like the Camaro ZL1 and the Charger SRT Hellcat, but they’re still good performance values considering their massive horsepower and torque ratings. The milder V8 engines are more than enough to satisfy most muscle car enthusiasts and are available for more affordable prices while being better on gas. With both of these muscle cars, there’s an engine for everyone who loves driving.
The Charger and the Camaro both come with some of the best infotainment systems in the business. For 2019, the Camaro gets Chevy’s Infotainment 3 system, which has a 7-in touchscreen, Wi-Fi hot spot, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and two USB ports all as standard equipment. The Charger also gets a standard 7-in screen with its Uconnect infotainment system, which also included Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Charger has four standard USB ports and it’s upgradable to an 8.4-in screen. Navigation and premium audio are available in both cars.
Both cars are a little light on standard safety tech. They both come standard with a backup camera and the Charger includes standard rear parking sensors. Rear parking sensors are available on the Camaro along with forward-collision warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. All of the above are available in the Charger plus adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and lane-keeping assist.
Since the Camaro is smaller and has a base engine with fewer cylinders, it has a more affordable base price than the Charger. The Camaro got a price cut for 2019 and now has a starting MSRP of $25,000 while the 2019 Charger starts at $29,470. They can both get well into the high-$60k range on the high end of their model ranges. If you’re looking for an affordable V8, the Camaro SS starts at $37,995 and the Charger R/T starts at $36,245.
Which of these American muscle cars is right for you mainly depends on one thing: How badly do you need a usable back seat? If you need a practical family sedan that also prioritizes performance, then the Charger is a muscular alternative to a more pragmatic full-size sedan like the Chevy Impala or the Toyota Avalon. Its available AWD is a nice perk, too. However, if you don’t have any kids to tote around and you don’t need or want AWD, the Camaro with its almost-useless back seat is a thrill to drive and the SS model is one of the best performance car values on the market. We also love that you can still get a Camaro with a good old fashioned stick shift, which unfortunately can’t be said about the Charger. Find a Dodge Charger for sale or Find a Chevrolet Camaro for sale