1971 Dodge Challenger vs. 2004 Dodge Dakota

To start off, 2004 Dodge Dakota is newer by 33 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1971 Dodge Challenger. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1971 Dodge Challenger would be higher. At 3,687 cc (6 cylinders), 2004 Dodge Dakota is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2004 Dodge Dakota (210 HP @ 5600 RPM) has 87 more horse power than 1971 Dodge Challenger. (123 HP @ 4000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2004 Dodge Dakota should accelerate faster than 1971 Dodge Challenger. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2004 Dodge Dakota weights approximately 397 kg more than 1971 Dodge Challenger. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 2004 Dodge Dakota is four wheel drive (4WD), it will have significant more traction and grip than 1971 Dodge Challenger. In wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2004 Dodge Dakota will offer significantly more control. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control. Let's talk about torque, 2004 Dodge Dakota (319 Nm) has 86 more torque (in Nm) than 1971 Dodge Challenger. (233 Nm). This means 2004 Dodge Dakota will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1971 Dodge Challenger.

Compare all specifications:

1971 Dodge Challenger 2004 Dodge Dakota
Make Dodge Dodge
Model Challenger Dakota
Year Released 1971 2004
Body Type Convertible Pickup
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3685 cc 3687 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 123 HP 210 HP
Engine RPM 4000 RPM 5600 RPM
Torque 233 Nm 319 Nm
Drive Type Rear 4WD
Number of Seats 4 seats 6 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 1470 kg 1867 kg
Vehicle Length 4870 mm 5470 mm
Vehicle Width 1940 mm 1830 mm
Vehicle Height 1290 mm 1750 mm
Wheelbase Size 2800 mm 3340 mm


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