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Dodge Challenger vs. Chevrolet Camaro

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Dodge Challenger

$629
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Chevrolet Camaro

$582
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
Above Average
The Dodge Challenger Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 19th out of 24 for midsize cars. The average annual repair cost is $629 which means it has average ownership costs. While repairs tend to be more severe than average, the number of those issues is low, so major repairs are uncommon for the Challenger.
3
1
2
Above Average
The Chevrolet Camaro Reliability Rating is 3.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 21st out of 24 for midsize cars. The average annual repair cost is $582 which means it has average ownership costs. While repairs are more likely to be severe than other cars, these issues occur less frequently, so major repairs are uncommon for the Camaro.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$629
inexpensive
expensive
$582
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.28
not often
very often
0.31
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
14%
not urgent
urgent
17%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(0)
4 (2)
3
(0)
2
(0)
1
(0)
The Dodge Challenger SRT8 ranks highest in body and ranks lowest in drive train.
“This car is amazing as it combines raw power, luxury and the best looking American Muscle Car retro design as of today. Mine has had no mechanical problems. My only problem is a whine from the...”
“This car is amazing as it combines raw power, luxury and the best looking American Muscle Car...”
5 (2)
4 (15)
3 (9)
2 (3)
1
(0)
The Chevrolet Camaro ranks highest in drive train and ranks lowest in electrical.
“At 12k, my master cylinder went out. At 28k, a dealership replaced parts for my clutch. At 49k, the top part of my engine was replaced because it was using a quart of oil every 600 miles. ...”
“At 12k, my master cylinder went out. At 28k, a dealership replaced parts for my clutch. At 49k,...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Dodge Challenger and the Chevrolet Camaro are both muscle cars. The Challenger comes as a two-door coupe, and is available with rear-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. The Camaro can be had as either a two-door coupe or a convertible, and has rear-wheel drive. 

Comparing standard power outputs, the Challenger’ 305-horsepower rating comes in behind the Camaro’s 335. But the Challenger gets it back with its top-rated 485-horsepower optional engine, which comes out ahead of the Camaro’s 455-horsepower upgrade. Even higher performance levels are available with specialized models of both cars, which have been optimized for the track or the drag strip.

The Dodge Challenger is a larger car than the Chevrolet Camaro, and this shows up in both interior and trunk space. The Challenger offers a usable back seat, so, if you’ll be transporting more than two people regularly, the Challenger is a better choice. The Camaro’s extremely low roofline also limits outward visibility, so try before you buy — or opt for the convertible. 

The Dodge Challenger is an old-school muscle car in many ways, including its actual age. It’s built on a platform that has been unchanged since 2008. The Chevrolet Camaro is a much more modern vehicle, and was all-new in 2016. The Challenger is larger and roomier, and has the all-wheel drive option. The Camaro is more fun to drive, especially on winding roads.

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