The 2022 Dodge Challenger Is King of the Year, Outsells the Mustang and Camaro
The Dodge Challenger isn’t long for the muscle car segment; Dodge announced it would discontinue the substantial coupe before the 2024 model year. While that’s bittersweet news for fans of the brutish Mopar, muscle car shoppers still preferred it over the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. For one of its last model years on sale, the 2022 Dodge Challenger sold well compared to Camaros and Mustangs from 2021 and 2022.
How many Dodge Challengers sold in 2022?
Dodge sold 55,060 Challengers in 2022. While that figure is impressive by itself, it also represents the victor of the muscle car segment, beating out the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang. Moreover, the Challenger experienced a 1% sales increase over the 54,313 units Dodge sold in 2021.
This isn’t the first time the Challenger outsold its segment counterparts, either; the Dodge model has a history of outselling comparable vehicles.
The 2022 Dodge Challenger outsold the Ford Mustang
According to Motor1.com, the Dodge Challenger outsold the Ford Mustang in 2021 and 2022. Although the Mustang fought back against the Challenger in the first quarter (Q1) of 2022, the massive Mopar won in the end. Specifically, Ford sold 47,566 pony cars last year, which fell short of Dodge’s muscle coupe by around 7,494 units.
At the end of Q1, Ford was ahead of the Dodge model by 2,862 units, but that lead didn’t last for the remainder of 2022. The Mustang not only failed to topple to Challenger, but it also failed to outsell its 2021 record. The Ford Mustang experienced a 9.2% drop in sales year over year, considering the Blue Oval moved 52,414 Mustangs in 2021.
Does the Mustang outsell the Camaro?
In 2022 and 2021, the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger outsold the Chevrolet Camaro by a wide margin. In 2022, the Mustang outsold the Camaro by 22,914 units. Considering Chevy sold 24,652 Camaros in 2022, that’s not far from half as many Mustangs.
However, this trend isn’t unique to 2022; the Ford Mustang and the Dodge Challenger have dominated the segment for years, leaving little room for the Camaro to compete in terms of sales. For instance, in 2021, Ford sold 52,414 Mustangs, while Chevrolet sold just 21,893 Camaros. It’s not all bad, though; the Camaro’s 2022 sales figures represented a 12.6% increase over 2021.
Still, the sales disparity is not far off from the story of the first-gen cars. Ford outsold the Camaro year after year without much hope for the Camaro to compete. Moreover, it took 10 years from its release for the Camaro to outsell the Mustang.
Will there be a 2023 Dodge Challenger?
Fortunately for fans of Dodge’s long-lived Mopar coupe, there will be a 2023 Dodge Challenger. However, it will be the model’s last iteration before Stellantis and Dodge discontinue it. Still, Dodge will release some limited-run “Last Call” models of the Charger and Challenger before they disappear entirely.
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