The 2022 Dodge Charger is the fastest version so far of the classic muscle car. In contrast, the brand-new 2022 Toyota GR86 bills itself as a budget-friendly sports car. While the GR86 starts at a lower price than the base trim of the 2022 Charger, determining which is the better value for your money is a bit more complicated. If you’re unsure which of these two midsize sports cars has what you need, Huffines Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram (CJDR) Plano is here to help. Check out our car comparison between the 2022 Dodge Charger and the 2022 Toyota GR86 below.
Engine and Transmission
The 2022 Dodge Charger’s starting powertrain is a 3.6-liter V-6 engine with 292 horsepower, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The GT and SXT trim levels with all-wheel drive have a 300-horsepower rating for the V-6 engine. A 5.7-liter V-8 with 370 horsepower, a 6.4-liter V-8 with 485 horsepower, and a 6.2-liter V-8 with 717 or 797 horsepower are also options on different trim levels. Choosing all-wheel drive instead of rear-wheel drive requires sticking with the V-6, but otherwise, you can choose the powertrain you like, from impressive to barely street legal.
The Dodge name is synonymous with pure, powerful engine output, and the zero to 60 acceleration times demonstrate this. On the top-tier Charger Jailbreak, the muscle car hits 60 mph in only 3.4 seconds. The starting Charger SXT has a time of 6.4 seconds, the GT has 6.9, the RT 5.2, and the Scat Pack and Scat Pack Widebody are both at 4.3 seconds.
When fitted with the manual transmission, the Toyota GR86 can go from zero to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds, which is impressive for a decently priced sports car. With the automatic transmission, that time increases to 6.6 seconds. When comparing these two cars, especially on models within the same price range, the Dodge Charger is more powerful under the hood.
Performance Features and Speed
The 2022 Toyota GR86 comes with a dual chrome-tipped exhaust to better handle increased displacement and higher output. This cat-back exhaust system uses mandrel bends for smoother airflow and stronger pipe integrity. The automatic transmission GR86 has steering wheel paddle shifters and comes standard with intelligent dynamic rev management.
You’ll find a wealth of similar performance optimization features on the Dodge Charger. Six-piston Brembo brakes come standard on Charger SRT models, while an advanced adaptive suspension is available on the Scat Pack. With 20×11-inch Pirelli tires on the Dodge Charger Widebody, you can easily outperform the competition thanks to maximized straight-line and lateral pavement grip. These and other exclusive benefits on the various trim levels more than justify the 2022 Charger’s higher starting price.
Top speed is a key point in muscle car performance. The 2022 SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody and Jailbreak have reported top speeds of 203 mph, while the starting Charger SXT is in second place among the trim levels at 196 mph. Meanwhile, the 2022 Toyota GR86’s top speed is 145 mph, two points lower than the 2022 Charger GT trim level at 147 mph.
Fuel economy is another important detail when judging a car’s value for money, particularly for sports cars using premium fuel. The Toyota GR86 can achieve 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway when equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission. With a six-speed manual transmission, it drops to 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
The new Dodge Charger achieves 18 mpg in the city, 23 mpg on the highway, and 30 mpg overall. Since the 2022 Charger comes in a wide range of models, fuel efficiency numbers can vary. Between the different trims, the Charger ranges from 12-16 mpg in the city, 21-25 mpg on the highway, and 15-19 mpg combined. The GR86 is generally the more efficient car, although there isn’t much difference if you pick one of the lower Charger trim levels.
Turbine-style air vents and a standard automatic climate control system with LCD control toggles are just a couple of the GR86’s highlights. A redesigned dashboard and center console with silver toggles and optional aluminum sport pedals raise the quality further. You can fold the back seats to make room for tools and extra track tires. The 8-inch touch screen in the GR86 is pre-configured to support both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Voice commands let you keep your hands on the wheel as you get directions, hear new texts on your phone, and even send back replies.
The aesthetic of the 2022 Charger cockpit makes it truly stand out. Along with dual-zone automatic climate control, a power 12-way driver’s seat with two-way power lumbar adjustment is standard, as are a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob. There are more than a dozen fabric options for the leather-faced, heated, and ventilated seats. With features such as the driver information digital cluster display, push-button start/stop, remote vehicle start, Uconnect 4C NAV, SiriusXM Guardian, and a performance shifter, you can navigate any road with ease.
The 7-inch display included standard on the 2022 Dodge Charger offers instant access to performance data and an available navigation system. The steering wheel-mounted controls make it simple to customize the display and do all the functions found on the GR86. Finding the ideal interior match for your exterior color is an easy and fun part of shopping for a new Dodge Charger.
With the 2022 Toyota GR86, you’ll get less of everything that makes the Charger great in an admittedly more affordable starting package. The GR86 also comes in your choice of coupe or convertible body styles, but other new Dodge models, such as the Challenger, offer a convertible top. You don’t want to rush through the process of buying the right sports car for you, and our team at Huffines CJDR will help you find the right fit with no pressure or sales tactics. Check out our inventory frequently to see the best local discounts on new CJDR vehicles.