Chevrolet Camaro vs. Dodge Challenger vs. Ford Mustang
America has had a lot of sports cars over the years and for 2019 we are looking at the latest from Chevrolet, Dodge, and Ford. When choosing which vehicle has the most to offer it is best to know which car can give it to you and the best bang for your buck and which one has the most power to offer. Let’s take a look.
2019 CHEVROLET CAMARO: The Camaro’s base engine is a 275-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder, but you can upgrade to a 335-horsepower V6, a 455-horsepower V8, or a 650-horsepower supercharged V8. Every engine provides eager acceleration and enough power for driving around town or on the highway, but the high-performance V8s deliver track-worthy muscle. The turbo-four engine gets the best ratings in the lineup, earning 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.
2019 DODGE CHALLENGER: At the core of every Challenger is a 3.6-liter V6 engine with 305 hp. Other engine options include the 375-horsepower R/T, 485-horsepower R/T Scat Pack, and 717-horsepower Hellcat. The discontinued Hellcat Demon’s vicious V8, which has now been re-tuned for the Challenger Redeye with 797 horsepower and 707 pound-feet of torque with a quarter-mile time of 10.8 seconds (at 131 mph) and a top speed of 203 mph.
2019 FORD MUSTANG: A 310-horsepower four-cylinder and a 460-horsepower V8 are the two chief engines powering the 2019 Mustang. Both come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, while a 10-speed automatic is an available option. Standard launch control and electric line-lock can bolster this 2.3-liter engine for the 310 hp four-cylinder under acceleration, however, it’s the 5.0-liter V8 that is the crown jewel.
2019 CHEVROLET CAMARO: There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats. The Camaro provides about 9 cubic feet of trunk space in coupe models and a little over 7 cubic feet in convertible models.
2019 DODGE CHALLENGER: The Challenger seats five people because it has room for three in its rear seat. The Challenger’s front seats have great all-day comfort and provide better visibility than the Chevrolet Camaro. There are three complete sets of LATCH child-seat connections in the Challenger rear seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Challenger’s LATCH system, the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use.
2019 FORD MUSTANG: Most mainstream Mustang models have seating for four people and some track-focused editions (such as the Shelby GT305R) only have front seats and room for two. The front seats are generally pleasant for a full day of driving and like most other two-door sports cars, it’s a tight squeeze to get into and sit in the back seat. Both rear seats have a full set of LATCH connections, which includes two lower anchors and one tether anchor.
2019 CHEVROLET CAMARO: Standard features include the Infotainment 3 system with a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, two USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Available features include a sunroof, wireless smartphone charging, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, and satellite radio.
2019 DODGE CHALLENGER: Nestled in the Challenger’s vintage-styled dash is a high-tech infotainment system. The Uconnect system – found in many Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) models- which draws lots of praise for its straightforward and user-friendly interface. As a bonus, every trim level comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for integration to your smartphone.
2019 FORD MUSTANG: The infotainment systems in the Mustang are high-tech yet very approachable. The screens are crisp, the menus are easy to navigate, and the overall layout is user-friendly. Other tech options include a 12-inch all-digital instrument cluster that gets lots of praise and a voice-activated navigation system.
2019 CHEVROLET CAMARO: A rearview camera comes standard in the Camaro. Available driver assistance features include a head-up display, forward collision alert, blind spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, Chevy’s Rear Camera Mirror, and rear cross traffic alert. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the system a Marginal rating for ease of use.
2019 DODGE CHALLENGER: A rearview camera comes standard in the Challenger. Challenger’s optional safety features are available on every trim level. Options include forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
2019 FORD MUSTANG: Standard safety features in the Mustang include a rearview camera and the Ford MyKey system. MyKey lets you limit the vehicle’s top speed, add extra reminders to fasten a seat belt, block explicit satellite radio stations, and activate the low-fuel warning earlier than normal.
An impressive amount of advanced safety technology is available in uplevel models, including rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert with brake support, pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection and active braking, automatic high beams, blind spot, monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
2019 CHEVROLET CAMARO: The 2019 Chevy Camaro coupe begins at $25,000 (plus destination fee) for a base model with a 275-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder, while the ZL1 variant with its 650-horsepower supercharged V8 will set you back more than $64,000 (plus destination fee). As with the Mustang, the Camaro is also available as a convertible.
2019 DODGE CHALLENGER: A base SXT with a 305-horsepower V6 begins at $27,295 (plus destination fee), and ascends to once-unimaginable horsepower for a mainstream American muscle car. At the other end of the spectrum is the new Challenger Hellcat Redeye, with a 797-horsepower supercharged V8 screaming under the hood and a $71,695 starting price (plus destination fee).
2019 FORD MUSTANG: The base for the 2019 Ford Mustang coupe with a 310-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder begins at $26,395 (plus destination fee). At the other end of the spectrum, the Shelby GT350R with its 526-horsepower supercharged V8 tops $67,000.
So there you have it. Three of America’s distinctively sports cars and what they have to offer. If you’re interested in test-driving a Dodge Challenger model, make sure to check them out at the Cape Coral Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM dealership.