1971 Dodge Challenger vs. 2009 Dodge Avenger

To start off, 2009 Dodge Avenger is newer by 38 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 3,685 cc (6 cylinders), 1971 Dodge Challenger is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2009 Dodge Avenger (173 HP @ 6000 RPM) has 50 more horse power than 1971 Dodge Challenger. (123 HP @ 4000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2009 Dodge Avenger should accelerate faster than 1971 Dodge Challenger.

Because 1971 Dodge Challenger is rear wheel drive (RWD), it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, it will be much easier to do with 1971 Dodge Challenger. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2009 Dodge Avenger, being front wheel drive (FWD), will offer much better control with better grip. 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, 1971 Dodge Challenger (233 Nm @ 2400 RPM) has 8 more torque (in Nm) than 2009 Dodge Avenger. (225 Nm @ 4400 RPM). This means 1971 Dodge Challenger will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2009 Dodge Avenger.

Compare all specifications:

1971 Dodge Challenger 2009 Dodge Avenger
Make Dodge Dodge
Model Challenger Avenger
Year Released 1971 2009
Body Type Convertible Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3685 cc 2360 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 123 HP 173 HP
Engine RPM 4000 RPM 6000 RPM
Torque 233 Nm 225 Nm
Torque RPM 2400 RPM 4400 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Number of Seats 4 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Length 4870 mm 4860 mm
Vehicle Width 1940 mm 1830 mm
Vehicle Height 1290 mm 1500 mm
Wheelbase Size 2800 mm 2770 mm


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