- Chevy Cobalt vs. Dodge Caliber
- Let's be honest - neither of these small cars are a threat to segment leaders like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. The Cobalt is more of a traditional small car offered in sedan and coupe variants, while the Caliber is a bit quirky with a five-door hatchback layout. Both also offer souped-up versions in the form of the Cobalt SS Turbo and Caliber SRT-4. Which would survive if GM and Chrysler merged? Likely the Cobalt, because Chevy will be replacing it with the more competitive 2011 Cruze, while Chrysler has no known plans for even redesigning the Caliber, let alone replacing it altogether with something better.
WINNER: Chevy Cobalt
Pontiac G6 vs. Dodge Avenger
- Pontiac G6 vs. Dodge Avenger
- The Dodge Avenger is an ugly duckling, but unfortunately the car's fit-and-finish, driving dynamics and fuel efficiency don't pick up the slack for its sorry face. The Avenger loses out to every car in this segment, so the Pontiac G6 just has to show up to win. It does more than that, though, and offers buyers an assortment of variants including a sedan, coupe and hard- or soft-top convertible, as well as a high-performance GXP variant. The Avenger just needs to go away, and if a GM-Chrysler merger accomplishes that, we're all for it.
WINNER: Pontiac G6
Pontiac G8 vs. Dodge Charger
- Pontiac G8 vs. Dodge Charger
- Credit goes to Chrysler for making rear-wheel-drive cars popular again with the Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300, but the Pontiac G8 is brand-new on the scene and a direct export from Australia where it's sold as the Holden Commodore. These two large, RWD sedans look completely different, but we like the G8 more for its athletic styling compared to the Charger's over-the-top interpretation of a modern day muscle sedan. We also prefer the G8 GT to the Charger R/T thanks to the former's Corvette-derived 6.0L V8. This is a close one and with much respect for the Charger, we narrowly give the win to the newer G8.
WINNER: Pontiac G8
Chevy HHR vs. Chrysler PT Cruiser
- Chevy HHR vs. Chrysler PT Cruiser
- Both of these quirky wagons were actually designed by the same guy, so it's no surprise that their retro styles look similar. The PT Cruiser is inspired by classic custom hot rods while the HHR supposedly harkens back to Suburbans from the '30s and '40s. We like hot rods more than Suburbans, so the PT Cruiser gets points for its appearance. The HHR, however, is more functional and has more variants, including a factory panel van and high-performance SS model. While the PT Cruiser is certainly more charming, the HHR wins on account of its wider appeal.
WINNER: Chevy HHR
Saturn VUE vs. Jeep Patriot
- Saturn VUE vs. Jeep Patriot
- Both the Saturn VUE and Jeep Patriot are average CUVs struggling for sales in an overcrowded segment. The recently redesigned VUE is a marked improvement over its predecessor and offers a high-performance Red Line version and two hybrids - the VUE Green Line and upcoming VUE 2 Mode Hybrid. While the Patriot lacks choice compared to the VUE, it offers what many buyers have always wanted - an efficient, comfortable Jeep. It's the spiritual successor to the classic Cherokee, and with a brand new interior for 2009, it narrowly wins out over the new VUE.
WINNER: Jeep Patriot
Chevy Traverse vs. Dodge Journey
- Chevy Traverse vs. Dodge Journey
- The Dodge Journey is a decent three-row CUV with clever storage solutions that set it apart from competitors. But the Chevy Traverse, General Motors' fourth CUV based on the Lambda platform, is a force to be reckoned with. It's larger with a more comfortable third-row, includes the powerful and fuel-efficient 3.6L direct-inject V6 and is a relative bargain compared to its own sister CUVs, the Saturn Outlook, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave. The Journey, meanwhile, is saddled with a questionable dash design and engines that are less powerful and less fuel efficient than the competition. The Traverse is the clear winner in this lopsided square off.
WINNER: Chevy Traverse
Chevy Tahoe vs. Dodge Durango
- Chevy Tahoe vs. Dodge Durango
- The Chevy Tahoe and Dodge Durango are not direct competitors, but Chrysler doesn't make a true full-size SUV. The Durango, however, has grown in size over the years and now offers three rows of seating like the Tahoe. That said, the Tahoe practically invented the modern day full-size SUV. Both now offer hybrid models, which in fact use the same drivetrain developed jointly by GM, Chrysler and BMW. The Tahoe, however, can be had with a new slick-shifting and efficient six-speed automatic. It's also larger and, frankly, just looks better than the Durango. If you still need a large SUV to haul your family and tow heavy toys, the Tahoe is your clear choice here.
WINNER: Chevy Tahoe
Chevy Silverado vs. Dodge Ram
- Chevy Silverado vs. Dodge Ram
- Make no mistake, both GM and Chrysler know how to make good pickups. The Silverado is the annual second best-selling vehicle in the U.S. behind the Ford F-150, and the current model is only two years old and keeps getting better. The new 2009 Ram, however, is an innovator. Dodge now offers a version with a coil-sprung rear suspension that makes the ride more comfortable while not impacting towing one bit. The clever RamBox storage compartments in each bed rail are also exclusives and make Dodge's truck more inviting for the average man than the Chevy. If you're building a house, pick the Silverado. For the rest of us, the new Ram wins.
WINNER: Dodge Ram
Chevy Colorado vs. Dodge Dakota
- Chevy Colorado vs. Dodge Dakota
- Not many segments in the auto industry have shrunk faster than mid-size pickups. At this point, buyers can upgrade to a larger half-ton pickup with heavy incentives for the same price. Both the Chevy Colorado and Dodge Dakota are also now aged designs with old powertrains that are in need of replacement. We'd nix both of them, but if forced to choose would keep the Dakota. It was the original mid-size pickup when other brands were selling pint-sized mini trucks like the Chevy S-10. Dodge stuck to its guns and kept evolving the Dakota into a competent mid-size truck for the person who can't stand a big rig like the Ram.
WINNER: Dodge Dakota
HUMMER H3 vs. Jeep Wrangler
- HUMMER H3 vs. Jeep Wrangler
- While any connection to the military-spec HUMVEE is long gone, modern day HUMMERs are still amazing machines that can go where 98% of all vehicles can't. Jeeps, however, can go a few extra places that HUMMERs can't. The H3 is our favorite HUMMER because of its reasonable size, comfortable interior and available 5.3L V8. The Wrangler, however, is the Wrangler, and it has a much larger and more dedicated fan base than the H3. It's also the vehicle we'd choose if stranded in a jungle, the desert or any other hostile environment on earth. The new H3T pickup is a good addition for HUMMER, but the also new four-door Wrangler Unlimited model has done much more Wrangler sales. Don't be sad, HUMMER. There's no shame in coming in second to a Jeep.
WINNER: Jeep Wrangler
Chevy Camaro vs. Dodge Challenger
- Chevy Camaro vs. Dodge Challenger
- There will be a large number of you who disagree with our choice here regardless, so let's just get it out there in the open. The Camaro should stay and the Challenger should go. While Dodge nailed the Challenger's retro styling better than both Ford and Chevy, the fact remains that it's over-priced and has a family sedan interior that doesn't match its muscle car body. The Camaro is the only pony car with a chance against the Mustang in the marketplace, and it brings sexy styling, a true retro interior, great engines across all models and the proven rear-wheel-drive Zeta platform to the table. The Challenger just can't compete with that.
WINNER: Chevy Camaro
Chevy Corvette vs. Dodge Viper
- Chevy Corvette vs. Dodge Viper
- The final battle is definitely the most difficult. The Corvette is legendary and has long held the honor of being America's budget supercar slayer, while the Viper is at the pinnacle of its career with the track-oriented ACR model holding firmly onto a production car lap record at the famed Nurburgring in Germany. We love the Viper and its "no apologies" attitude toward comfort and convenience, but in the end that limits its appeal to a wider audience. The Corvette, meanwhile, comes in three different flavors: the standard Corvette, extra quick Z06 and mind numbingly fast ZR1. The 'Vette just offers more for less than any other performance car in the world, and it's brand power stretches back through time and across continents. We declare the Corvette a winner with a heavy heart, as no one wants to see the Viper go away.
WINNER: Chevy Corvette