2018 Dodge Charger vs. 2018 Lincoln Continental

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 Continental 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 Continental doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Charger and the Continental 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, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

There are almost 3 times as many Dodge dealers as there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Charger’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Charger has a 730-amp battery. The Continental only offers a standard 650-amp battery.

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 Continental’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

The Charger has more powerful engines than the Continental:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Charger R/T 5.7 V8

370 HP

395 lbs.-ft.

Charger R/T Scat Pack 6.4 V8

485 HP

475 lbs.-ft.

Continental 3.7 DOHC V6

305 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

Continental 2.7 turbo V6

335 HP

380 lbs.-ft.

Continental 3.0 turbo V6

400 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Charger R/T Scat Pack 6.4 V8 is faster than the Lincoln Continental twin turbo V6:

 

Charger

Continental

Zero to 60 MPH

4.2 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter Mile

12.6 sec

14.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

113.8 MPH

99.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Charger gets better fuel mileage than the Continental:

 

 

Charger

Continental

 

2WD

3.6 V6 (292 HP)/Auto

19 city/30 hwy

17 city/26 hwy

V6

AWD

3.6 V6 (300 HP)/Auto

18 city/27 hwy

16 city/24 hwy

V6

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

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Dodge Charger, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Continental.

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 Continental doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Charger Daytona’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Continental:

 

Charger Daytona

Continental

Front Rotors

15.4 inches

13.9 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13.6 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 Continental are solid, not vented.

The Charger stops much shorter than the Continental:

 

Charger

Continental

 

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Charger Daytona’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Continental (275/40R20 vs. 255/45R19).

Suspension and Handling

The Charger has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Continental’s suspension doesn’t offer front gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Charger’s wheelbase is 2.3 inches longer than on the Continental (120.2 inches vs. 117.9 inches).

The Charger’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (52% to 48%) than the Continental’s (58.9% to 41.1%). This gives the Charger more stable handling and braking.

The Charger R/T Scat Pack handles at .92 G’s, while the Continental Black Label AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Charger R/T Scat Pack executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Continental Black Label AWD (25.3 seconds @ .8 average G’s vs. 26.7 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Charger’s turning circle is 4.1 feet tighter than the Continental’s (37.7 feet vs. 41.8 feet). The Charger GT’s turning circle is 3.1 feet tighter than the Continental’s (38.7 feet vs. 41.8 feet).

Chassis

The Dodge Charger may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 200 pounds less than the Lincoln Continental.

The Charger is 3 inches shorter than the Continental, making the Charger easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Charger has .3 inches more front hip room, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear hip room and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Continental.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Charger is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Continental. 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 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 Continental does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Charger 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 Continental doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Charger’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Continental’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Continental 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 Continental’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

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 Continental 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 Continental because it costs $270 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Charger than the Continental, including $843 less for a water pump, $190 less for a starter, $238 less for a fuel pump, $42 less for front struts, $302 less for a timing belt/chain and $810 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Dodge Charger will be $9022 to $12066 less than for the Lincoln Continental.

Recommendations

The Dodge Charger outsold the Lincoln Continental by over seven to one during 2017.

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