2018 Dodge Charger vs. 2017 Honda Accord Sedan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 Accord Sedan doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Charger offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

To help make backing safer, the Charger’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 Accord Sedan doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Charger 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 Accord Sedan 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 Accord Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.

The Dodge Charger weighs 415 to 1225 pounds more than the Honda Accord Sedan. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

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

 

Charger

Accord Sedan

 

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

95

132

Neck Injury Risk

26%

29%

Neck Compression

41 lbs.

51 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

96

211

Chest Compression

.7 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

33%

35%

Neck Stress

155 lbs.

173 lbs.

Neck Compression

42 lbs.

53 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

267/469 lbs.

409/437 lbs.

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

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Dodge Charger is safer than the Honda Accord Sedan:

 

Charger

Accord Sedan

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

164

303

Spine Acceleration

44 G’s

58 G’s

Hip Force

243 lbs.

569 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

15 inches

16 inches

HIC

270

289

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

Warranty

There are over 2 times as many Dodge dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Charger’s warranty.

Reliability

The camshafts in the Charger’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Accord Sedan EX-L V6/Touring 3.5 SOHC V6’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the Accord Sedan’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Charger has a standard 730-amp battery. The Accord Sedan’s 550-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

The battery on the Charger is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures which can degrade battery life. By keeping the Charger’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Accord Sedan’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

The Charger has more powerful engines than the Accord Sedan:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Charger 3.6 DOHC V6

292 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Charger 3.6 DOHC V6

300 HP

264 lbs.-ft.

Charger R/T 5.7 V8

370 HP

395 lbs.-ft.

Charger R/T Scat Pack 6.4 V8

485 HP

475 lbs.-ft.

Accord Sedan 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

185 HP

181 lbs.-ft.

Accord Sedan Sport 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

189 HP

182 lbs.-ft.

Accord Sedan EX-L V6/Touring 3.5 SOHC V6

278 HP

252 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Charger R/T Scat Pack 6.4 V8 is faster than the Accord Sedan EX-L V6/Touring 3.5 SOHC V6 (automatics tested):

 

Charger

Accord Sedan

Zero to 60 MPH

4.2 sec

5.7 sec

Quarter Mile

12.6 sec

14.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

113.8 MPH

98.6 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Charger R/T Scat Pack 6.4 V8 is faster than the Accord Sedan Sport 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

Charger

Accord Sedan

Zero to 60 MPH

4.2 sec

7.7 sec

Quarter Mile

12.6 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

113.8 MPH

90.7 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Charger R/T Scat Pack 6.4 V8 is faster than the Honda Accord Sedan 2.4 (automatics tested):

 

Charger

Accord Sedan

Zero to 60 MPH

4.2 sec

7.7 sec

Quarter Mile

12.6 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

113.8 MPH

90.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The Charger has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Accord Sedan (18.5 vs. 17.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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 Accord Sedan doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

The Dodge Charger comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Accord Sedan.

The Charger Rallye, R/T Road and Track, and Scat Pack’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Charger’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Accord Sedan:

 

Charger SXT

Charger Daytona

Accord Sedan LX

Accord Sedan Sport/Touring

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

15.4 inches

11.1 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

11.1 inches

11.1 inches

The Charger GT/R/T’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Accord Sedan are solid, not vented.

The Charger stops much shorter than the Accord Sedan:

 

Charger

Accord Sedan

 

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Charger has larger standard tires than the Accord Sedan (215/65R17 vs. 205/65R16). The Charger Daytona’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Accord Sedan (275/40R20 vs. 235/40R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Charger SXT has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Accord Sedan LX. The Charger R/T’s 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Accord Sedan Sport/Touring.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Charger’s wheelbase is 10.9 inches longer than on the Accord Sedan (120.2 inches vs. 109.3 inches).

The Charger’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (52% to 48%) than the Accord Sedan’s (58.8% to 41.2%). This gives the Charger more stable handling and braking.

The Charger R/T Scat Pack handles at .92 G’s, while the Accord Sedan EX-L pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Charger R/T Scat Pack executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3.1 seconds quicker than the Accord Sedan EX-L (25.3 seconds @ .8 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .54 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Charger’s turning circle is .4 feet tighter than the Accord Sedan LX/EX’s (37.7 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The Charger GT’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Accord Sedan Sport/Touring’s (38.7 feet vs. 39.6 feet).

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Charger is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the Accord Sedan is rated a Mid-size.

The Charger has .6 inches more front hip room, .9 inches more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear legroom, 1.4 inches more rear hip room and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Accord Sedan.

Cargo Capacity

The Charger has a larger trunk than the Accord Sedan (16.5 vs. 15.8 cubic feet).

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Charger’s trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The Accord Sedan’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

The Charger’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Accord Sedan’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Servicing Ease

The Charger uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Accord Sedan 4 cyl. uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

The engine in the Charger is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Accord Sedan. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

The Charger’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Charger’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Accord Sedan does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The power windows standard on both the Charger and the Accord Sedan have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Charger is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Accord Sedan prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Charger’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Accord Sedan’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. The Accord Sedan EX/EX-L/Touring’s rear windows don’t close automatically.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Charger to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

When the Charger 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 Accord Sedan’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Charger offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Accord Sedan offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Charger keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Charger SXT/Rallye/R/T’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Charger owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Charger with a number “1” insurance rate while the Accord Sedan is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Charger is less expensive to operate than the Accord Sedan because typical repairs cost much less on the Charger than the Accord Sedan, including $289 less for a starter, $290 less for fuel injection, $232 less for a fuel pump, $125 less for front struts and $403 less for a power steering pump.

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