Would You Swap a Dodge Challenger for a Hyundai Genesis Coupe?
Here's the exact question posted. Because it's a closed Facebook page, I'm not going to share his identity but I will present the entire text of his post as written: "ssome guy is willing to trade his 2010 challenger for my 2010 genesis coupe.. hmmm.. what are your thoughts? both cars are stock, other than some exterior body mods.. my car is slightly faster too but not by alot. i have 55k on my genny and he has 67k on his. opinions????!!"
Based on his posting – and from what others said – it would appear because his Genesis Coupe is faster he's driving the 3.8-liter V6. The Dodge Challenger would also appear to be a V6, too. A side-by-side comparison explains why this isn't necessarily an easy question (unless you're a Hyundai Genesis coupe fan).
The Dodge Charger V6 is rated at 250 horsepower from its V6 engine and is mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. The 3.8-liter V6 Hyundai Genesis is rated at 306 horsepower. So, in the horsepower race the winner is the V6 Hyundai Genesis.
But for performance, you also need good torque, right? The Dodge Charger has 250 lb. ft. of torque @ 3800 rpm. The Hyundai Genesis is rated at 266 lb. ft. @ 4,700 rpm. So, the edge in torque also goes to the Hyundai Genesis.
There also has to be some consideration for weight to power ratio, too. The Dodge Challenger's curb weight is 3720 lbs. The Genesis is slimmer at 3389 lbs. Again, the edge goes to the Hyundai Genesis.
Edmunds.com gives the Hyundai Genesis a 0-60 time of 6.4 seconds. The Dodge Challenger's time was 8.0 seconds, according to Edmunds. C'mon, the Genesis blows the Challenger out of the water in this comparison.
Let's us turn to Edmunds for a value comparison. As cited above, the Challenger has 67,000 miles on it. I'm going to assume both have some modifications on them and will put them in clean condition for the sake of comparison with 18-inch wheels. The Dodge Charger has a private party value of $14,991. The Hyundai Genesis Coupe has a private party value of $15,069. At less than $100 difference I'm going to call that one a tie.
And, most gearheads don't like this as a source of hot car comparisons, but I also turned to Consumer Reports to see what it had to say. The Hyundai Genesis gets half of a black circle, which is not good. Consumer Reports says the 2010 model has expected problems with the transmission (minor) and the electrical system. Neither portend well. The 2010 Dodge Challenger doesn't fare any better and also gets half of a black circle. Consumer Reports says you can expect problems with the drive system and engine (minor) as well as problems with the fuel system. In this case, neither car is a winner.