|2016 Honda Civic Coupe||2016 Dodge Challenger|
|7.8 l/100km||City Fuel Efficiency||12.4 l/100km|
|5.7 l/100km||Highway Fuel Efficiency||7.8 l/100km|
|158 HP||Horsepower||305 HP|
|2,752 lbs.||Curb Weight||3,885 lbs.|
2016 Honda Civic Coupe vs 2016 Dodge Challenger
When you think about vehicles that are in competition with the Honda Civic, you might think of cars like the Toyota Corolla or Kia Forte. The last vehicle on your mind, is likes something like the Dodge Challenger. But in actuality, the Honda Civic Coupe and Dodge Challenger can be considered competitors. They’re both 2 door coupes, and while the Challenger might be a little bigger as a muscle car, we’re not sure exactly what segment it would slide into – be it compact or midsize or something else. So we thought we’d see how our favorite compact coupe stands up to the famous pony by comparing the 2016 Honda Civic Coupe vs 2016 Dodge Challenger.
Advantages of the 2016 Honda Civic Coupe
The 2016 Honda Civic Coupe is the sportiest Civic we’ve ever seen, but we aren’t afraid to admit it would still be hard to compete with a muscle car like the Challenger in terms of appealing, sporty aesthetic. However, as one might have expected and as the table above proves, the one area that the Civic can compete without a shadow of doubt, is fuel efficiency. Glancing up at the first row of the table, the Civic Coupe blows the Challenger out of the water when driving through the city, as it utilizes 4.4 l/100km less fuel. On the highway the advantage isn’t as drastic, but 2.1 l/100km is still a pretty big advantage.
Utilizing that much less fuel every 100 kilometres you drive means you’re going to save a pretty hefty amount of cash at the pump each time you run out of gas, and in the long run those savings will add up to be pretty impressive. So you have to ask yourself if the performance advantages are really worth spending that much extra on gas. Especially when you consider what we’re about to look at.
The Challenger offers 305 horsepower, nearly twice as much power as the standard Civic Coupe engine. That advantage is only cut by about 30 horsepower when upgrading to the more powerful engine option. However, the Civic Coupe weighs a little over 1,000 lbs. less than the Challenger pony. That’s a pretty sizeable advantage in curb weight. We’re not saying the Civic Coupe sounds as cool at a stop light, or will even beat the Challenger off the line, but that massive power boost is severely cut by the disadvantage in weight. And who knows, maybe the lighter Civic – which is able to cut corners and maneuver a lot easier than a big, meaty Challenger – delivers the more enjoyable driving experience?