2020 Toyota 86 vs. 2020 Dodge Challenger

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Safety

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Both the 86 and the Challenger have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Toyota 86 is safer than the Dodge Challenger:

86

Challenger

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

25%

28%

Neck Compression

28 lbs.

31 lbs.

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Toyota 86 is safer than the Challenger:

86

Challenger

Overall Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

MARGINAL

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

8 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

22 cm

26 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Lower Leg Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

POOR

Tibia index R/L

.97/.72

1.46/1.01

Tibia forces R/L

4.8/2.1 kN

4.8/2.4 kN

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) performs roof strength tests. In that test the 86 earned the top rating of “Good” because its roof supported over four times the 86’s weight before being crushed five inches. The Challenger was rated lower at “Acceptable.”

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the general design of front seat head restraints for their ability to protect front seat occupants from whiplash injuries. The IIHS also performs a dynamic test on those seats with “good” or “acceptable” geometry. In these ratings, the 86 with standard seats is safer than the Challenger:

86

Challenger

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Restraint Design

GOOD

GOOD

Distance from Back of Head

22 mm

61 mm

Distance Below Top of Head

24 mm

28 mm

Dynamic Test Rating

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Seat Design

Pass

Fail

Neck Force Rating

Low

Low

Max Neck Shearing Force

0

83

(Lower numerical results are better in all tests.)

Warranty

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The 86’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Challenger runs out after 60,000 miles.

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the 86 for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Dodge doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Challenger.

Reliability

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the 86 have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of some of the engines in the Challenger.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the 86’s reliability 31 points higher than the Challenger.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 70 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 28th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Dodge is ranked 21st.

Engine

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The flat cylinder configuration of the boxer engine in the 86 lowers its center of gravity, enhancing handling stability (That’s why Porsche uses boxer engines.). The Challenger doesn’t offer a boxer engine configuration.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the 86 2.0 4 cyl. (200 HP) gets better fuel mileage than the Challenger RWD V6 (24 city/32 hwy vs. 19 city/30 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping

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The 86’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 86 stops much shorter than the Challenger:

86

Challenger

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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The 86’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Challenger SXT’s standard 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The 86 handles at .96 G’s, while the Challenger SXT pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the 86’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Challenger SXT/GT/R/T’s (36.1 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The 86’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Challenger Widebody’s (36.1 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis

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The Toyota 86 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1100 to 1650 pounds less than the Dodge Challenger.

The 86 is 2 feet, 6.8 inches shorter than the Challenger, making the 86 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The 86 is 6.8 inches narrower on average than the Challenger, making the 86 easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The design of the Toyota 86 amounts to more than styling. The 86 offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .27 to .29 Cd (depending on bodystyle and options). That is significantly lower than the Challenger (.337 to .398). A more efficient exterior helps the 86 go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the 86 get better fuel mileage.

For excellent aerodynamics, the 86 has standard flush composite headlights. The Challenger has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the 86 is quieter than the Challenger SRT Hellcat:

86

Challenger

At idle

41 dB

59 dB

Full-Throttle

80 dB

87 dB

70 MPH Cruising

71 dB

76 dB

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the 86 easier. The 86’s trunk lift-over height is 25.8 inches, while the Challenger’s liftover is 33.2 inches.

Ergonomics

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The 86 has a lever hand brake in the console, easy to use while keeping both feet free and not impeding entry and exit. The Challenger’s foot pedal parking brake is not handy to use as a hill holding device with a manual transmission.

The 86’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 power windows.

The 86’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 86 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.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 86 is less expensive to operate than the Challenger because typical repairs cost much less on the 86 than the Challenger, including $356 less for a muffler, $236 less for front brake pads, $37 less for a fuel pump and $467 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota 86, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The 86 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2013. The Challenger has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The 86 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 7 years. The Challenger has never been an “All Star.”

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