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Published October 05, 2022

Most eligible muscle cars: Dodge Charger vs. Dodge Challenger

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Image shows a sublime green-colored Dodge Charger and Challenger at a low-angled aggressive stance on asphalt with dramatic lighting and skies in the background.

It’s not you, it’s them.

It’s true, the brawny, rowdy, retro-spirited Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger are driving off into the sunset at the end of 2023.

America first fell in love with them in the 1960s-70s. Even as other automakers switched to smaller and more efficient engines more recently, that gasoline-fueled love affair was revived in the 2000s as the Charger and Challenger were reinvented, inspiring nostalgia with old-school looks and monster performance.

The Charger and Challenger are produced at Stellantis’ Brampton Assembly plant in Ontario, Canada. The company says it has produced more than 3 million Dodge vehicles at the plant, including 1.5 million Chargers and more than 726,000 Challengers sold in the U.S., CNBC reported in August 2022.

Officials with Dodge parent company Stellantis are leaving the door open to getting back together with Charger and Challenger. Expect the same high performance, but with electrified motors.

In the meantime, let’s get to know the gas-powered Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger before they ghost us.

Dodge Charger: Sexy sedan

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Image shows a bright yellow Dodge Charger in motion with a blurred geometric grey industrial background.

About me: I’ve got a wide body, with two mighty V-8 options under the hood, but I’m pretty agile around corners for a big guy. No performance anxiety here–I have a base 3.6-liter V6 engine with 292 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque but I prefer to impress with a 5.7-liter V8 with 370 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque (R/T) or 6.4-liter V8 with 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque (Scat Pack). Buckle up, y’all.

On the outside I’m flashy, with colors like Plum Crazy, B5 Blue and Sublime Green-available for my last model year. On the inside, I’m simple, but interior styling with loads of retro charm goes a long way.

And size does matter. Up for a double date? The backseat passengers will have plenty of legroom. I’m looking for someone who wants to settle down and have a family–I’m a natural with kids, with four doors and a decent-sized trunk (but still turning heads in the school car-drop off-line–wink wink).

It’s easy to push my buttons–my infotainment system, Uconnect, is considered one of the most user-friendly on the market and comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Dream date: A long drive in the rain, since I’m available with all-wheel drive.

Fun fact: I’m the only V-8 powered sedan available today for under $40,000. And even less when you shop at EchoPark.

Dodge Challenger: The hot coupe

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Image shows a red Dodge Challenger parked on wet, reflective asphalt with a winding road in the background.

About me: Last call, y’all, to bring me home and call me yours. In fact, “last call” will be on a commemorative plaque going under the hood for both Charger and Challenger models.

It’s true, I’m a lot like my cousin, the Charger, from the engine options, spacious interior, available all-wheel drive and easy-to-use Uconnect infotainment system to the flashy final-year colors. But some would say I’ve got the sexier body. Two doors, baby. That’s hot.

Ponies like Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro may be able to handle life’s twists and turns more easily, but I put out some irresistible old-school vibes. Two lanes and road courses bore me. The street and the drag strip are where I shine. I was made for straight-line speed–hear my sexy baritone roar as I go 0-60 in 4.2 seconds with a 485-horsepower V-8.

Dislikes: Fuel efficiency

Dream date: Let’s get the Led out. A Jimmy Page guitar solo shreds on my Alpine audio system or 900-watt, 18-speaker Harman/Kardon setup (Car and Driver says).

The Hellcat: Only here for the fun
Image shows a menacingly white and black Dodge Hellcat in an aggressive stance bathed sunlight beaming in from grungy warehouse windows.

About me: Don’t hate me because I’m fast. Like, whiplash-inducing fast. Like “Buy a car from EchoPark” fast. So fast that Car and Driver calls it “ludicrous.” The same Hellcat supercharged engine options are available in both the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger:

  • 717-horsepower Hellcat
  • 797-horsepower Hellcat Redeye
  • 807-horsepower Challenger Hellcat Super Stock or Charger Hellcat Jailbreak

Words I live by: Hold on to your butts.

Dream date: Up for some tire shredding? Adrenaline junkies only. 

Fun fact: I’m available with two keys. How do you like your muscle – street legal or burning rubber? Unleash my full potential with the “red key” which enables all 797 horses, or limits me to a “mere” 500 horsepower (evil laugh) with the black key. Advanced software does the work while you sit back and hit the gas pedal.

Set up a date – er, test drive – with a used Charger or Challenger

Scheduling a speed date with a used Challenger or Charger at EchoPark is as easy as swiping left or right. We also believe in long-distance relationships - fall for a used sports car in another state and have it shipped to the EchoPark nearest you. Our Experience Guides love playing matchmaker and are here to help you find The One today

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