• Oct 21st 2010 at 7:58PM
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Dodge has big things headed our way for the 2011 model year, not the least of which is a thoroughly updated Challenger that seems to be much better equipped to go up against the likes of the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. Up to this point, even those who loved the last generation's styling and optional Hemi engine had to admit that lower level models powered by the old 3.5-liter V6 engine were simply unable to match up against its lifelong mortal enemies from Chevrolet and Ford.

As we've come to find out straight from the horse's pony's mouth, Dodge intends to bring its base-model muscle car up to modern specifications courtesy of a brand spankin' new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine. As a reminder, here's how the new V6 engine compares to the competitors' options:

Base Price Engine Size Horsepower Torque MPG Weight
Dodge Challenger $23,245* 3.6 liters 305 @ 6350 268 @ 4800 N/A*** 3819 lb*
Chevy Camaro $22,680** 3.6 liters 312 @ 6400 278 @ 5200 17 / 28 3741 lb
Ford Mustang $22,145** 3.7 liters 305 @ 6500 280 @ 4250 19 / 31 3453 lb
* 2010 model ** Plus destination *** Not yet rated

As you can see, the Dodge very nearly matches up with its main rivals on paper, with slight deficiencies in torque and overall weight, though we don't quite know what the 2011 model's final poundage figure will be. We're also unsure of the Challenger's pricing for the new model year, but we can't imagine it will go up too much from its current spot as it's already the priciest of the three competitors, albeit barely.

In any case, we have ourselves one obvious burning question to consider: Does the new V6 engine improve the Challenger enough in your eyes to go head-to-head with the best six-pot pony cars from The Blue Oval and the Golden Bowtie? Or, to put it another way for you Mopar fans, is the 2011 Challenger V6 Sublime or is Chrysler just plain Plum Crazy? Make your voice heard in our completely unscientific, informal poll below.

2011 Dodge Challenger V6 vs. Ford Mustang vs. Chevy Camaro
2011 Dodge Challenger V6 2892 (14.9%)
2011 Ford Mustang V6 12853 (66.1%)
2011 Chevrolet Camaro V6 3709 (19.1%)

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Mark Statkus
      • 4 Years Ago
      Challenger really nailed the design. I like the fact the car looks closely to the higher priced models even though I'm sitting in a 305HP V6 thats getting 27MPG+. You can actually fit grown adults in the back seat and have the trunk/cargo space for a nice trip to Costco. She is a big beast though. Doors are pretty big and in a tight parking situation I think I'd tap out for some place else if I was in the city. On the open road/country and normal parking situations zero complaints. Gotta make sure your buying the right tool. If you've got ambitions of hitting the track or just looking for a good cruiser I think all 3 of these are great. Just do your self a favor and go sit in each one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      For me, it's been "MoPaR or NO car" since 1973...and that love affair started out with a 340 Plymouth 'Cuda. In fact, over the years, I've had the pleasure of owning four E-Body and two B-Body (Roadrunners) cars. Ohhhh....and yeah, I still have one of the '69 Roadrunners I bought in 1974.

      Right now I'm driving an '01 Dodge Ram and an '05 Jeep Liberty, so I don't see a new car in my immediate future. But should that picture change and Dodge is still offering the Challenger, I will most certainly buy one...simply because they LOOK like fun to drive!
      • 3 Years Ago
      i'm an ase certified master tech work at a dealership that sells ford doge chevy and toyota from 2009 till current model year we at the shop have been tracking makes and repair cost by brand these are not general maintence but part or seystem failures here are the results so far. keep in mind trucks where included. make cost avr. dodge 307 $405.00 chevy 896 $1200.00 ford 1100 $2200.00 toyota 2500 $1987.00
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am probably wrong, but if i buy a V6 version of these cars, i am probably not thinking of performance first, but rather appearence. Then its subjective styling preference, and I love the looks of the Challenger. And unless its a complete dog on road, i really dont care that the other two are faster and lighter. Fuel economy and comfort would be more important to me as well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      holy crap the mustang is killing it in this poll!!!

      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey, here is a concept, if you can't get to a track to use the potential of the lighter Mustang, then as a daily driver, 5 person capacity in a pinch, I prefer the ride and the look of the Challenger. Plus it's not on every street corner.

      Just bought a 2010 RT one and I can't get out of the parking lot with some wanting to talk about the car...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I found out today that my 1999 Plymouth Voyager minivan actually weighs less than either the Camaro or the Challenger. Haha, joke’s on you, modern safety requirements!
      • 4 Years Ago
      No contest. Mustang every day of the week.

      Hell, I'd take the V6 Mustang over the V8 Challenger
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mustang! Always and forever.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Two major gripes with the '11 Challenger V6:
      1. No manual transmission (unless it's buried somewhere in the specs...haven't seen it)
      2. Worst power-to-weight ratio

      If I could get it with a manual, then I'd be looking real hard at buying one. Otherwise my $$ would go to the Mustang because it's the best overall performer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A tough choice made easier by the superiority of the Mustang.

      Even without consideration of the Challenger's bloaterific weight, the Ford has better handling and a much higher quality interior. Engines aside the Mustang simply has a better package.

      As for the Camaro...only in SS please.
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