2021 Chevy Camaro vs 2021 Dodge Challenger

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  • 2021 Chevy Camaro

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    2021 Dodge Challenger

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    25Fuel Economy (mpg combined)23
    WirelessApple CarPlay and Android AutoWired
    6-MT & 10-ATAvailable Transmissions6-MT & 10-AT

    There is just something special about muscle cars that have drawn auto enthusiasts to them. Perhaps it is that these iconic machines enjoy an interesting history, or maybe it's because muscle cars have such wonderful personalities. Whatever the reasons, when a Camaro or Challenger screams down the road, people tend to stop what they are doing and pay attention. While many people will argue the best attribute of a muscle car is the style, others will swear that it's the powerful drivetrain that draws them in. We will say that it is a combination of several features that make muscle cars a popular choice, even after all of these years. That said, two top models include the Chevy Camaro and the Dodge Challenger. Brand loyalty aside, these two stack up very well, but is one actually better than the other? The only way to find out is to make a head-to-head comparison by pitting the 2021 Chevy Camaro vs 2021 Dodge Challenger.

  • Performance

    A grey 2021 Chevy Camaro SS is shown driving down a misty road after winning a 2021 Chevy Camaro vs 2021 Dodge Challenger showdown.

    Muscle car enthusiasts have no doubt heard the term there is no replacement for displacement. In other words, the larger the engine, the more power you have to enjoy. If you were to purchase a Camaro from the 1960s, the clear choice if you are interested in horsepower would be the big block 396, which offered more horsepower than the small block 327 and 350. If you are interested in a powerful Challenger from the same era, you would obviously opt for the 440.

    2021 Camaro Engine Options

    While Chevy no longer offers the likes of the 327 and 396, it is still true that bigger is better. So, as you would expect, the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 offers more horsepower than the standard 2.0-liter I-4. Now, there will be a percentage of muscle car enthusiasts who will opt for the biggest and baddest engine possible. At 650 horsepower, the 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 engine will explode off of the line and make you grip that steering wheel even harder.

    Of course, enthusiasts who tend to gravitate towards style or other aspects of muscle cars will not necessarily need the most powerful drivetrain. This group of people will be quite happy with the standard 2.0-liter turbocharged option, which still offers ample power while boasting better fuel economy than its bigger brothers.

    Camaro vs Challenger

    That said, the Challenger also offers several engine choices. We aren't going to try to sugarcoat this, but the 6.2-liter supercharged High-Output HEMI that pours out 807 horsepower in the Challenger SRT Super Stock obviously trumps the Camaro in terms of sheer power. Of course, that model costs nearly $20,000 more than the Camaro ZL1, putting it far out of reach of most buyers. In addition, you can actually see the gas gauge spiral down to empty when you get heavy on the accelerator. So you can have the most powerful drivetrain, but it comes at a considerable cost.

    Unless you plan on taking your newly acquired muscle car down to the local drag strip, there isn't any other reason to opt for anything over these two cars' standard V8 options. The LT1 V8 under the hood of the Camaro LT1 will get you from 0 to 60 miles per hour in an impressive 4.0 seconds for just $34,000.* With such power, you don't have any excuses for being late for work.

  • Interior & Exterior

    A grey 2021 Dodge Challenger is shown from the side parked near rock formations.


    There are auto manufacturers that spend so much time and energy on the powertrain that they skip out on other essential features. Just as important as the powertrain is the interior, namely in terms of comfort and function. Chevy didn't skimp on the interior, making it comfortable and fully functional.

    Standard Features of the Camaro

    When in the market for a muscle car, many would expect the base model to lack in certain aspects. But this is just not the case with the Camaro; even the base model is fitted with the latest version of Chevy's Infotainment 3 System, which includes goodies like wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. While just including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is nice, including the wireless version is a sweet perk, to be sure. You are also sure to enjoy other standard features, including Bluetooth, dual USB ports, and a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot to better surf the internet.

    The 2021 model enjoys several improvements to the interior. Chevy thought it best to upgrade the materials, so the interior now has a sleek and modern look to it. In addition, the seats are comfortable, even more so if you opt for the heated and ventilated ones. You can also opt for power seats that include a Memory Package so you can return your seat to the most comfortable position with the touch of a button.

    Does the Challenger Compare?

    Climb behind the wheel of the Challenger, and the first thing you notice is that it feels a bit sparse. There might be enough space, and the seats are relatively comfortable, but you just don't get the feeling you are sitting in a muscle car. And while the convenience features in both models are similar, the Camaro includes them at a lower cost. Lastly, the Challenger gets a few dings for poor outward vision and blind spots.


    Style, especially in a muscle car, is highly subjective. That said, there is no denying that the aggressive exterior styling of the Camaro is quite stunning and totally familiar. If you were to compare the 2021 models with earlier models from the 1960s, you would notice several common cues. And just like the Camaros of the past, the new model offers numerous design packages and trim options. This is a huge factor as you will, without a doubt, want your Camaro to have that custom look.

    The Camaro Is Dressed to Impress

    Not the type to mince words, the Camaro has a downright menacing look with its aggressive exterior style. Another positive point is that the 2021 Camaro has retained its overall look. This just means that when people see one traveling down the road, it is obvious that it is a Camaro. Even those who are unfamiliar with most makes and models of cars on the road know right away they are gazing at a Camaro.

    You might be impressed with the large, low grille that the Camaro sports; it fits perfectly with the sleek design. But this isn't all about style, not by a long shot; the overall design elements of the Camaro, including the low grille, allow for a cooler-running engine and reduced drag while speeding through the streets.

    A Classic? Or Just Outdated?

    Dodge did much the same as Chevy when designing the Challenger. The Dodge Challenger is based on the iconic Challenger of the 1970s; there are also hints of the Charger as well. The 2021 Challenger is sleek and aggressive, and it will definitely turn heads when driving down the street. However, the Challenger hasn't seen a platform update since Bush was president and, as such, doesn't handle nearly as well as the tighter and lighter Camaro. In addition, if both muscle icons are sweet-looking, wouldn't you opt for the one that is more affordable?

  • Options

    A close up shows the an alloy wheel on a 2021 Chevy Camaro.

    Without a doubt, when you are in the market for a muscle car, you will want one that sets itself apart from all of the others. Chevy understands this better than any manufacturer and inspires buyers with plenty of packages, options, and other goodies. Chevy boasts over 300 accessories you can choose from when ordering your Camaro. And this is in addition to several trim levels and design packages.

    Customize Your Ride

    From Camaro floor mats with silver edging to forged wheels with Camaro shield center caps, it's all of these small details that make your Camaro a one-of-a-kind buy. If you want splash guards or a spoiler, there are options for that. There are also interior novelties, exterior emblems, and three grilles from which to choose. You will probably have just as much fun choosing the accessories you desire as you will driving it.

    The Challenger also boasts plenty of design packages and accessories, ensuring that drivers get what they want in their custom ride. However, one of the biggest disappointments is the fact that Dodge does not offer a convertible Challenger. One other note that seems to come up quite a bit is price. You can get all sorts of upgrades to the Challenger, but they all come at a high cost. When all is said and done, you can get a well-equipped, unique Camaro for a lot less.

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