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Used Chevy Camaro vs Used Dodge Challenger: The Rivalry Continues

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The staff at our dealerships love cars. We’re real driving enthusiasts. So we often debate which cars for sale are better. In this review we’ll take a look at two muscle cars often available at our American sports car dealership. If you love the sporting life, you are sure to want to test drive a used Chevy Camaro or a used Dodge Challenger in Phoenix, AZ. Here’s what you should know.

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Used Challenger Has More Muscles, but a Used Chevy Camaro is Sexier

Now this is a debate that could rage on forever. A used Chevy Camaro is definitely on the sleeker, more modern side. It weighs less than a used Challenger, which is bulkier and has a decidedly retro look. Despite its throwback styling, however, the Challenger is just as contemporary in terms of technology, features and amenities as the Camaro.

Bright colors are common for both, but you are more likely to find Phoenix AZ Challengers in neon colors of green, yellow and orange. Both offer stripes, but the Challenger has many different ways to dress up, and that makes the used Challenger market very interesting. The throwback Challenger style is also evident in the cabin where you may find Houndstooth cloth upholstery and other elements that reference the Challenger’s past.

Camaros have one distinct advantage in this category. They have a convertible style which you can’t find with a Challenger in Phoenix, AZ. An open-air muscle car is definitely fun, and many shoppers have chosen Camaros as a result.

Size and Safety

A used Dodge Challenger has a big backseat. Adults can actually get back there and be somewhat comfortable. A preowned Camaro’s backseat is for brief trips not long drives. The Challenger’s larger size has helped it earned five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration more often than the Camaro. This changes year to year, but you can check on your favorite model to see how it’s rated.


Many used Challengers will have the UConnect touch screen system which is universally used for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram. It has earned star reviews since its introduction and continues to be a good system.

Camaros have the ChevyLink system. Reviews for it have been good, but not quite as good as the UConnect system. The slight difference shouldn’t matter too much, and both let you use touch and voice to get what you want. A 2018 Chevrolet Camaro is likely to have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Another Chevy tech advantage is its ability to offer WiFi on many of its later model vehicles. This is due to the fact that OnStar offers WiFi connectivity. You’ll need to ask which preowned models have this capability.

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Now this is where it really matters. Without power, these cars are just small and sexy. How they perform is essential. The Chevy Camaro may not always have as much power as the Challenger, but keep in mind that it is always lighter. Since it doesn’t have a big backseat, it weighs less and can do more with every horse under the hood.

You’ll find V6 and V8 engines under the hood of these two rivals. Be sure to ask about horsepower because Dodge and Chevrolet constantly update these engines to stay competitive. If you love speed, but you still keep an eye on your gas gauge, certain used Camaros can earn 27 miles per gallon on the highway. Certain used Challengers can earn 27 or even 30 miles per gallon.

Rear-wheel drive is common to both models. However, you will sometimes find a Dodge Challenger with all-wheel drive for a more European-style of cruising. Many have automatic transmissions, but you can find a manual transmission, if you like to be totally in charge of the drive. If you do choose an automatic, ask if it has paddle shifters so you can get a little manual fun when you want it.

Why Buy Used?

Whether you choose the Camaro or Challenger, you can get a more affordable deal by buying used. These classic cars are icons in American life, and they often come with big pricetags. Buying preowned brings the price down. It may require a lower downpayment or have lower monthly payments. You’ll still have all the fun of owning a muscle car.

You can also take the money you are saving and choose a model with a high-performance engine. If you don’t need more horsepower for your money, you may opt for more luxury, choosing a car with leather seats and navigation system.

Find it at Earnhardt

You’ll find a selection of used Camaros and Challengers at Earnhardt Auto Centers. Our large volume dealerships allow us to provide variety and savings to used car buyers in Phoenix, AZ.

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