2020 Dodge Charger vs. 2020 Kia Stinger

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Safety

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Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Charger offers optional ParkSense that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Stinger doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Charger and the Stinger 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, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The Charger’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Stinger runs out after 100,000 miles.

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

Reliability

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From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Dodge vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Dodge 1 place higher in reliability than Kia.

Engine

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The Charger has more powerful engines than the Stinger:

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 Scat Pack 6.4 V8

485 HP

475 lbs.-ft.

Stinger GT-Line 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

255 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Stinger GT 3.3 turbo V6

365 HP

376 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Charger Scat Pack 6.4 V8 is faster than the Stinger GT 3.3 turbo V6:

Charger

Stinger

Zero to 60 MPH

4.2 sec

5.2 sec

Quarter Mile

12.6 sec

13.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

113.8 MPH

104.8 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Charger Scat Pack 6.4 V8 is faster than the Stinger GT-Line 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder:

Charger

Stinger

Zero to 60 MPH

4.2 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

12.6 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

113.8 MPH

95.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Charger has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Stinger (18.5 vs. 15.9 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 Stinger doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Charger Daytona/Widebody’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Stinger:

Charger Daytona/Widebody

Stinger GT-Line

Stinger GT

Front Rotors

15.4 inches

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

12.4 inches

13.4 inches

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Charger has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Stinger doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The Charger stops much shorter than the Stinger:

Charger

Stinger

70 to 0 MPH

150 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Charger Scat Pack Widebody’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Stinger (305/35R20 vs. 225/40R19).

The Charger Scat Pack Widebody’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Stinger GT’s 40 series front tires.

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

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Charger’s wheelbase is 5.8 inches longer than on the Stinger (120.2 inches vs. 114.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Charger is 1.3 inches wider in the front than the average track on the Stinger.

The Charger Scat Pack handles at .95 G’s, while the Stinger AWD pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Charger Scat Pack executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the Stinger (25.3 seconds @ .8 average G’s vs. 26.8 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

Chassis

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To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Charger has liquid-filled engine mounts. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Stinger uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space

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

The Charger has 10.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Stinger (104.7 vs. 93.8).

The Charger has .3 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front hip room, 3.1 inches more front shoulder room, 3.7 inches more rear legroom and 3.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Stinger.

Towing

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

Ergonomics

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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 Stinger 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 Stinger can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 Stinger’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 Stinger doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Economic Advantages

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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 45.05% to 56.91% of its original price after five years, while the Stinger only retains 36.32% to 37.7%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Dodge Charger will be $6029 to $12728 less than for the Kia Stinger.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Dodge Charger, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Kia Stinger isn't recommended.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Charger second among large cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Stinger was rated third in its category.

The Dodge Charger outsold the Kia Stinger by almost seven to one during 2019.

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