2019 Dodge Challenger vs. 2019 Infiniti Q60

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The Challenger 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 Q60 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Compared to metal, the Challenger’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Infiniti Q60 has a metal gas tank.

Both the Challenger and the Q60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, collision warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.


There are over 11 times as many Dodge dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Challenger’s warranty.


To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Challenger has larger alternators than the Q60:




Standard Alternator

160 amps

150 amps

Optional Alternator

180 amps

170 amps

2nd Optional Alternator

220 amps


To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Challenger has a standard 730-amp battery. The Q60’s 600-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

The battery on the Challenger is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Challenger’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Q60’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.


The Challenger has more powerful engines than the Q60:




Challenger 3.6 DOHC V6

305 HP

268 lbs.-ft.

Challenger R/T automatic 5.7 V8

372 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

Challenger R/T manual 5.7 V8

375 HP

410 lbs.-ft.

Challenger R/T Scat Pack 6.4 V8

485 HP

475 lbs.-ft.

Challenger SRT Hellcat 6.2 supercharged V8

717 HP

656 lbs.-ft.

Challenger Hellcat Redeye 6.2 supercharged V8

797 HP

707 lbs.-ft.

Q60 3.0t 3.0 turbo V6

300 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Q60 Red Sport 400 3.0 turbo V6

400 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Dodge Challenger is faster than the Q60 Red Sport 400 (automatics tested):


Challenger R/T Scat Pack

Challenger SRT Hellcat


Zero to 60 MPH

4.2 sec

3.7 sec

4.8 sec

Quarter Mile

12.6 sec

11.7 sec

13.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

112.3 MPH

125.4 MPH

107.2 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Challenger R/T Scat Pack 6.4 V8 is faster than the Q60 (automatics tested):



Q60 3.0t

Q60 Red Sport 400

Zero to 60 MPH

4.2 sec

5.4 sec

4.8 sec

Quarter Mile

12.6 sec

13.9 sec

13.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

112.3 MPH

101.5 MPH

107.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Challenger 5.7/6.4 V8 Auto’s fuel efficiency. The Q60 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.


The Challenger offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The Q60 doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Dodge Challenger, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Q60.

The Challenger’s optional 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 Q60 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Challenger’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Q60:


Challenger R/T/AWD

Challenger Scat Pack



Q60 Red Sport 400

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

14.2 inches

15.4 inches

12.6 inches

14 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

13.8 inches

12.1 inches

13.8 inches

The Challenger stops much shorter than the Q60:





70 to 0 MPH

151 feet

164 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

110 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Challenger Widebody’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Q60 (305/35R20 vs. 255/35R20).

The Challenger has a standard space-saver spare (not available on R/T Scat Pack/Hellcat) so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Q60; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed. Some models of the Q60 don’t even offer run-flats.

Suspension and Handling

The Challenger has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Q60’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Challenger’s wheelbase is 4 inches longer than on the Q60 (116.2 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Challenger is 3.1 inches wider in the front and 2.2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Q60.

The Challenger Hellcat Redeye handles at .95 G’s, while the Q60 Red Sport 400 AWD pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Challenger SRT Hellcat executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Q60 Red Sport 400 (24.7 seconds @ .85 average G’s vs. 25.5 seconds @ .76 average G’s).

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Challenger a Compact car, while the Q60 is rated a Subcompact.

The Challenger has 8.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Q60 (93.7 vs. 85.4).

The Challenger has 1.4 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front hip room, 3.9 inches more front shoulder room, 2.6 inches more rear headroom, .7 inches more rear legroom and 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Q60.

Cargo Capacity

The Challenger has a much larger trunk than the Q60 (16.2 vs. 8.7 cubic feet).

The Challenger’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Q60’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.


The Challenger has a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The Q60 has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The Challenger has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Q60 doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.


The Challenger’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 Q60 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

Keyless Enter-N-Go standard on the Challenger allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Infiniti Q60’s Infiniti Intelligent Key doesn’t unlock the trunk.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Challenger keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Q60 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Challenger has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Q60 doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

Both the Challenger and the Q60 offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Challenger has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Q60 doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Economic Advantages

The Challenger will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Challenger will retain 50.85% to 56.29% of its original price after five years, while the Q60 only retains 42.74% to 44.56%.


J.D. Power and Associates rated the Challenger first among midsize sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Q60 was rated second in its category.

The Dodge Challenger outsold the Infiniti Q60 by over seven to one during 2018.

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