Son's Automotive Group Compares 2017 Honda Accord Coupe VS 2017 Dodge Challenger Near Duluth, GA

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2017 Honda Accord Coupe

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2017 Honda Accord Coupe

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2017 Dodge Challenger

Safety Comparison

The Accord Coupe offers an optional Collision Mitigation Braking System, which uses forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Challenger offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature which would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The Accord Coupe’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Challenger doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Accord Coupe offers available parking sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, for the Accord Coupe Touring in front of the vehicle. The Challenger doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Accord Coupe and the Challenger have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and daytime running lights.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Honda Accord Coupe is safer than the Dodge Challenger:

 

Accord Coupe

Challenger

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Honda Accord Coupe is safer than the Challenger:

 

Accord Coupe

Challenger

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

GOOD

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

1 cm

8 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

22 cm

26 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

.3/.2 kN

2.8/.4 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

0%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Tibia index R/L

.48/.6

1.46/1.01

Tibia forces R/L

1.2/2.2 kN

4.8/2.4 kN

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) performs roof strength tests. In that test the Accord Coupe earned the top rating of “Good” because its roof supported over four times the Accord Coupe’s weight before being crushed five inches. The Challenger was rated lower at “Acceptable.”

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the general design of front seat head restraints for their ability to protect front seat occupants from whiplash injuries. The IIHS also performs a dynamic test on those seats with “good” or “acceptable” geometry. In these ratings, the Accord Coupe with standard seats is safer then the Challenger:

 

Accord Coupe

Challenger

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Restraint Design

GOOD

GOOD

Distance from Back of Head

30 mm

61 mm

Dynamic Test Rating

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Seat Design

Pass

Fail

Neck Force Rating

Low

Low

Max Neck Shearing Force

0

83

Max Neck Tension

430

456

(Lower numerical results are better in all tests.)

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Accord Coupe the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 103 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Challenger was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty Comparison

The Accord Coupe’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Challenger runs out after 60,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Accord Coupe have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of some of the engines in the Challenger.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Accord Coupe’s reliability will be 135% better than the Challenger.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 82 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 32nd.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Car and Driver the Accord Coupe V6 is faster than the Dodge Challenger V6 (automatics tested):

 

Accord

Challenger

Zero to 60 MPH

5.5 sec

6.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.8 sec

15.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.9 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.1 sec

14.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101 MPH

97 MPH

Top Speed

125 MPH

119 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Accord Coupe gets better fuel mileage than the Challenger:

 

 

Accord

Challenger

 

 

2.4 4 cyl./Manual

23 city/32 hwy

n/a

 

 

3.6 V6/Manual

18 city/28 hwy

n/a

 

 

 

n/a

15 city/23 hwy

R/T/Manual

 

 

n/a

14 city/23 hwy

392 HEMI/Manual

 

 

n/a

13 city/21 hwy

Hellcat/Manual

 

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/34 hwy

n/a

 

 

3.5 V6/Auto

21 city/32 hwy

19 city/30 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

 

 

n/a

16 city/25 hwy

R/T/Auto

 

 

n/a

15 city/25 hwy

392 HEMI/Auto

 

 

n/a

13 city/22 hwy

Hellcat/Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda Accord Coupe uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Challenger R/T manual requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Accord Coupe’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Challenger doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the Accord Coupe LX-S’ turning circle is .2 feet tighter than the Challenger SRT 392 HEMI’s (37.6 feet vs. 37.8 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Honda Accord Coupe may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 to 900 pounds less than the Dodge Challenger.

The Accord Coupe is 8 inches shorter than the Challenger, making the Accord Coupe easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

For excellent aerodynamics, the Accord Coupe has standard flush composite headlights. The Challenger has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

The Accord Coupe uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Challenger doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Accord Coupe EX-L V6 is quieter than the Challenger SRT Hellcat:

 

Accord Coupe

Challenger

At idle

39 dB

59 dB

Full-Throttle

83 dB

87 dB

70 MPH Cruising

71 dB

76 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Accord Coupe has .2 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more front hip room, .4 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, .6 inches more rear legroom, 1.1 inches more rear hip room and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Challenger.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

With its coupe body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the Accord offers cargo security. The Challenger’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

Ergonomics Comparison

When two different drivers share the Accord Coupe EX-L/Touring, the memory seats make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Challenger doesn’t offer memory seats.

The Accord Coupe has a lever hand brake in the console, easy to use while keeping both feet free and not impeding entry and exit. The Challenger’s foot pedal parking brake is not handy to use as a hill holding device with a manual transmission.

The Accord Coupe’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. Dodge does not offer a locking feature on the Challenger’s standard power windows.

The Accord Coupe’s standard driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Challenger’s power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully. The Accord Coupe EX/EX-L/Touring’s front power windows both open or close with one touch of the switches.

If the windows are left down on the Accord Coupe the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Challenger can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Accord Coupe has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Challenger doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Accord Coupe is less expensive to operate than the Challenger because it costs $126 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Accord Coupe than the Challenger, including $520 less for an alternator, $72 less for front brake pads and $241 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda Accord Coupe will be $2628 to $35759 less than for the Dodge Challenger.

Recommendations Comparison

The Honda Accord Coupe has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Accord Coupe

Challenger

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

The Accord was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 22 of the last 24 years. The Challenger has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Accord was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 4 years. The Challenger has never been an “All Star.”

The Honda Accord outsold the Dodge Challenger by over five to one during the 2016 model year.

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