Son's Automotive Group Compares 2017 Dodge Charger VS 2016 Porsche Panamera Near Tucker, GA

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2017 Dodge Charger

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2017 Dodge Charger

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2016 Porsche Panamera

Safety Comparison

The Charger has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Panamera doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Charger offers optional ParkSense which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Panamera doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

To help make backing safer, the Charger SXT/Rallye/R/T’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Panamera doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Charger SXT/Rallye/R/T has standard Uconnect 9-1-1, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Panamera doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Charger and the Panamera have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

Dodge’s powertrain warranty covers the Charger 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Porsche covers the Panamera. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Panamera ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 15 times as many Dodge dealers as there are Porsche dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Charger’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Charger R/T Scat Pack 6.4 V8 is faster than the Porsche Panamera V6:



Zero to 60 MPH

4.2 sec

5.5 sec

Quarter Mile

12.6 sec

14.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

113.8 MPH

99.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Charger R/T’s fuel efficiency. The Panamera doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Charger has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Panamera doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Charger stops shorter than the Panamera:



60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

109 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Charger Daytona’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Panamera (275/40R20 vs. 255/40R20).

The Charger has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Panamera, it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Charger’s wheelbase is 5.2 inches longer than on the Panamera (120.2 inches vs. 115 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Charger’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Panamera S E-Hybrid’s (37.7 feet vs. 39 feet). The Charger AWD’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Panamera’s (38.7 feet vs. 39.3 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Charger has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Panamera can only carry 4.

The Charger has .6 inches more front headroom, 7.6 inches more front shoulder room, 6.9 inches more rear legroom and 6.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Panamera.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Charger has a larger trunk than the Panamera with its rear seat up (16.5 vs. 15.7 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

On a hot day the Charger’s driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Panamera can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Charger has standard extendable sun visors. The Panamera doesn’t offer extendable visors.

When the Charger SXT/Rallye/R/T with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Panamera’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Charger owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Charger will cost $3040 to $14955 less than the Panamera over a five-year period.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Dodge Charger will be $44675 to $132771 less than for the Porsche Panamera.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Charger third among large cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Panamera isn’t in the top three in its category.

 The Charger is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The Panamera is not ranked.

The Dodge Charger outsold the Porsche Panamera by over nineteen to one during 2015.

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