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When it comes to full-size sedans, a few select models have dominated the industry in recent years. Some of the most dominant have been muscle cars and sports cars that specialize in power. Two of the most popular large cars are the 2023 Dodge Charger and the Volkswagen Arteon. Here’s a look at the 2023 Charger and the top two advantages it has over the VW Arteon

1. The 2023 Dodge Charger is more affordable than the Volkswagen Arteon

For consumers looking for an affordable muscle car that doesn’t skimp on horsepower, the 2023 Dodge Charger brings the most bang for your buck. According to Car and Driver, the 2023 Charger starts at just $35,000. 

In comparison to the Charger, Car and Driver reports that the starting price of the Volkswagen Arteon is $42,045. While both the Arteon and Charger are sought after by car enthusiasts, the Charger is the more affordable option for the majority of consumers.  

2. The Charger has more powerful engine options than the VW Arteon

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Along with a lower price tag, the 2023 Dodge Charger draws a win in the engine department when facing off with the Volkswagen Arteon. The Dodge Charger is all about speed and performance. In addition, the Charger lineup offers a full range of powerful engine options with eight distinct models to choose from. 

According to Stellantis, the Dodge Charger is truly unrivaled regarding sheer horsepower. The award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine with up to 300 horsepower is available on the Charger SXT, SXT AWD, GT, and GT AWD models. The legendary 5.7-liter HEMI® V8 with 370 horsepower is available on the R/T models. 

In addition, the 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI SRT Hellcat V8 generates 717 horsepower, and the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI high-output V8 on the SRT Hellcat Redeye generates 797 horsepower. Overall, consumers looking to put their hands on the wheels of something powerful would be much better served with the Charger than the VW Arteon.

Where the VW Arteon scores better than the Dodge Charger 

While the Dodge Charger comes out on top regarding price and engine power, the Volkswagen Arteon takes the cake regarding warranty, fuel economy, and cargo space. According to Kelly Blue Book, the VW Arteon’s fuel economy is 22 mpg for city driving and 32 mpg for highway driving, equating to an average fuel economy of 25 mpg. In comparison, the Charger’s fuel economy is 19 mpg for city driving and 30 mpg for highway driving, equating to an average fuel economy of 23 mpg. 

In addition, Kelly Blue Book also highlights that Volkswagen Arteon provides a better warranty to consumers than the Dodge Charger. The VW Arteon’s basic warranty is four years or 50,000 miles. In comparison, the Dodge Charger’s basic warranty is three years or 36,000 miles. While both the Arteon and Charger can seat five passengers, the Volkswagen Arteon also pulls ahead regarding overall cargo space. The Charger only provides 16.5 cubic feet of cargo space, while the Arteon provides 27.2 cubic feet of cargo space due to its fastback design.

Overall, both the Arteon and Charger have a lot to offer consumers. However, if you’re looking for an affordable new car that brings the power, the 2023 Dodge Charger would be the better fit.    


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