2019 Nissan GT-R vs. 2019 Dodge Challenger

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the GT-R. But it costs extra on the Challenger.

The GT-R has standard Front and Rear Sonar System to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Challenger doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the GT-R and the Challenger 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 and rearview cameras.

Warranty

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

Reliability

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

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 19th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 33 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 7 places higher in reliability than Dodge.

Engine

The GT-R has more powerful engines than the Challenger:

 

Horsepower

Torque

GT-R 3.8 turbo V6

565 HP

467 lbs.-ft.

GT-R NISMO 3.8 turbo V6

600 HP

481 lbs.-ft.

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.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan GT-R (base engine) is faster than the Dodge Challenger (automatics tested):

 

GT-R

Challenger R/T Scat Pack

Challenger SRT Hellcat

Zero to 60 MPH

2.9 sec

4.2 sec

3.7 sec

Quarter Mile

11.2 sec

12.6 sec

11.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

123.4 MPH

112.3 MPH

125.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the GT-R gets better fuel mileage than the Challenger Hellcat Auto (16 city/22 hwy vs. 13 city/22 hwy).

The GT-R has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Challenger (19.5 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

The GT-R offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Challenger doesn’t offer an SMG.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the GT-R’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Challenger:

 

GT-R

Challenger

Front Rotors

15.35 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

12.6 inches

The GT-R’s brakes have 40% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Challenger R/T/GT (719 vs. 513 square inches), so the GT-R has more braking power available.

The GT-R’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Challenger SXT are solid, not vented.

The GT-R stops shorter than the Challenger:

 

GT-R

Challenger

 

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

109 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the GT-R has larger tires than the Challenger (F:255/40R20 & R:285/35R20 vs. 235/55R18).

The GT-R’s 255/40R20 front and 285/35R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Challenger SXT’s standard 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the GT-R has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Challenger SXT.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the GT-R can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Challenger doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The GT-R NISMO handles at 1.02 G’s, while the Challenger Scat Pack pulls only .89 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The GT-R NISMO executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.6 seconds quicker than the Challenger Scat Pack (22.9 seconds @ .92 average G’s vs. 25.5 seconds @ .81 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the GT-R’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Challenger SXT/GT/R/T’s (36.6 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The GT-R’s turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the Challenger SRT Hellcat’s (36.6 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis

The GT-R is 1 foot shorter than the Challenger, making the GT-R easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Nissan GT-R amounts to more than styling. The GT-R has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .26 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Challenger (.337 to .398). A more efficient exterior helps the GT-R go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the GT-R get better fuel mileage.

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

The GT-R (except Pure) 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.

Cargo Capacity

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

Ergonomics

The GT-R’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 GT-R’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Challenger’s power windows’ switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

The GT-R 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.

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