Comparison: 2018 Dodge Charger vs 2018 Ford Fusion

Comparison: 2018 Dodge Charger vs 2018 Ford Fusion

If you’re in the market for a new sedan with muscle car cred and a family-friendly interior, the new Charger is likely your best bet. But Boston area drivers are smart, so we know you want to compare models before deciding.

Below, we’ll highlight the differences between the 2018 Dodge Charger and the 2018 Ford Fusion, looking specifically at performance, features, and technology. Read on, then visit us in Newton for a test drive.

Performance

Dodge Charger

The Charger lineup – which includes the SE, SXT, R/T, R/T Scat Pack, SRT 392, and SRT Hellcat – features one of the most powerful engines in its class, so it’s almost unfair to compare its performance to that of the Fusion.

SE and SXT trims feature a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that produces 300 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque, while the Charger R/T has a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 that produces 370 horsepower and 395 lb-ft of torque. R/T Scat Pack and SRT 392 trims have a 382 Hemi V8 engine with Fuel Saver Technology, making an intense 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque. All mentioned trims have an 8-speed automatic transmission.

The most powerful Charger, the SRT Hellcat, features a supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 engine that churns out a class-leading 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, mated to an 8-speed high-performance automatic transmission. The Hellcat also features an SRT-tuned Bilstein three-mode Adaptive Damping System and performance-tuned steering.

Ford Fusion

The Fusion lineup – including the S, SE, Titanium, Platinum, and V6 Sport trims – has four gasoline engine options. Base models have a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine with 6-speed automatic transmission, making 173 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque.

Next up is a 1.5-liter EcoBoost inline-4 that makes 181 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque, or a 2.0-liter EcoBoost inline-4 that makes 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. The most powerful Fusion model features a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 that makes 325 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. All EcoBoost models have a 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission.

Features and Tech

Dodge Charger

The 2018 Charger comes standard equipped with a six-speaker audio system, dual USB port, Integrated Voice Command, Media Hub, and Uconnect 5.0 infotainment with Bluetooth wireless tech.

Premium audio options include the BeatsAudio Group with 10 speakers and subwoofer or a 19-speaker Harman Kardon system with GreenEdge amplifier. Upper trims also come available with Sirius XM Radio and the Uconnect 8.4 system, which includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 8.4-inch touchscreen display, and Bluetooth Streaming Audio.

Ford Fusion

The Fusion S features a 4-speaker audio system, AM/FM/CD, and SYNC Voice Recognition Communications and Entertainment System with a 4.2-inch color display, 911 Assist, AppLink, and USB port.

Audiophiles can upgrade to either an 11-speaker premium audio system or a Sony sound system with 12 speakers. Upper trims also feature the SYNC 3 system, which adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

The Charger’s cool factor is undeniable, but you have to see it to experience it. Visit us in Newton today for a test drive.

Pricing

Dodge Charger

Starting at $28,995 MSRP

Ford Fusion

Starting at $22,215 MSRP

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