2019 Dodge Charger vs. 2019 Genesis G80

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 G80 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Compared to metal, the Charger’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Genesis G80 has a metal gas tank.

Both the Charger and the G80 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, 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.

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 Genesis G80:

 

Charger

G80

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

243 lbs.

394 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

692 lbs.

857 lbs.

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

Warranty

There are almost 7 times as many Dodge dealers as there are Genesis dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Charger’s warranty.

Engine

The Charger R/T Scat Pack/Daytona 392’s 6.4 V8 produces 65 more horsepower (485 vs. 420) and 92 lbs.-ft. more torque (475 vs. 383) than the G80 5.0’s optional 5.0 DOHC V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Charger 6.4 V8 is faster than the G80:

 

Charger

G80 3.8

G80 5.0

Zero to 60 MPH

4.2 sec

6.3 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter Mile

12.6 sec

14.6 sec

13.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

113.8 MPH

97 MPH

102.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Charger gets better fuel mileage than the G80:

 

 

 

MPG

Charger

 

RWD

3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/30 hwy

 

AWD

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/27 hwy

G80

 

RWD

3.8 DOHC V6

18 city/26 hwy

 

AWD

3.8 DOHC V6

18 city/24 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Charger R/T’s fuel efficiency. The G80 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 G80 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

The Charger R/T 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 G80 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Charger Daytona 392’s brake rotors are larger than those on the G80:

 

Charger R/T

Charger Scat Pack

Charger Daytona 392

G80 3.8

G80 3.3T Sport

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

14.2 inches

15.4 inches

13.6 inches

14.2 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

13.8 inches

12.4 inches

13 inches

The Charger stops much shorter than the G80:

 

Charger

G80

 

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

116 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Charger’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the G80 (275/40R20 vs. 245/40R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Charger R/T has standard 20-inch wheels. The G80’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Charger’s wheelbase is 1.7 inches longer than on the G80 (120.2 inches vs. 118.5 inches).

The Charger R/T Scat Pack handles at .92 G’s, while the G80 3.8 AWD pulls only .86 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 G80 5.0 (25.3 seconds @ .8 average G’s vs. 26.7 seconds @ .7 average G’s).

Passenger Space

The Charger has .5 inches more front hip room, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, 5.1 inches more rear legroom, 1.3 inches more rear hip room and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the G80.

Cargo Capacity

The Charger has a much larger trunk than the G80 (16.5 vs. 15.3 cubic feet).

The Charger’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The G80 doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Towing

The Charger has a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The G80 has no towing capacity.

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 G80 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

On a hot day the Charger’s driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the G80 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 G80 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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 G80 only offers an air-conditioned driver’s seat.

Economic Advantages

The Charger will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Charger will retain 47.3% to 55.65% of its original price after five years, while the G80 only retains 40.26% to 44.12%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Dodge Charger will be $8846 to $13461 less than for the Genesis G80.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Dodge Charger and the Genesis G80, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Dodge Charger outsold the Genesis G80 by over 10 to one during 2018.

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