Jones Auto Centers Compares 2022 Dodge Charger VS 2022 BMW 3 Near Buckeye, AZ

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2022 Dodge Charger

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2022 Dodge Charger

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2022 BMW 3

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Dodge Charger are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Charger and the 3 Series Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

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Dodge’s powertrain warranty covers the Charger 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the 3 Series Sedan. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 3 Series Sedan ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 7 times as many Dodge dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Charger’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Charger has a standard 730-amp battery. The 3 Series Sedan’s 720-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Charger third among large cars in their 2021 Initial Quality Study. The 3 Series Sedan isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2021 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Dodge vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Dodge second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ January 2021 Auto Issue reports that Dodge vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Dodge 2 places higher in reliability than BMW.

Engine Comparison

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The Charger has more powerful engines than the 3 Series Sedan:

Horsepower

Torque

Charger 3.6 DOHC V6

292 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Charger GT/SXT AWD 3.6 DOHC V6

300 HP

264 lbs.-ft.

Charger R/T 5.7 V8

370 HP

395 lbs.-ft.

Charger Scat Pack 6.4 V8

485 HP

475 lbs.-ft.

330i 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

255 HP

294 lbs.-ft.

M340i 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder hybrid

382 HP

368 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Charger Scat Pack 6.4 V8 is faster than the 330i 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder:

Charger

3 Series Sedan

Zero to 30 MPH

1.6 sec

1.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.9 sec

5.2 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

6.2 sec

8.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

9.1 sec

13.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

4.3 sec

6.4 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.2 sec

3.2 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

2.6 sec

3.9 sec

Quarter Mile

12.3 sec

13.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

115 MPH

100 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Charger R/T’s fuel efficiency. The 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Charger has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the 3 Series Sedan (18.5 vs. 15.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Charger has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Charger Daytona/Widebody’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the 3 Series Sedan:

Charger Daytona/Widebody

330i

M340i

Front Rotors

15.7 inches

13 inches

13.7 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

13.6 inches

The Charger stops much shorter than the 3 Series Sedan:

Charger

3 Series Sedan

70 to 0 MPH

150 feet

165 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

114 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Charger Scat Pack Widebody’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 3 Series Sedan (305/35R20 vs. 225/35R20).

The Charger has a standard space-saver spare (not available on R/T/Scat Pack) so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the 3 Series Sedan; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed. Some tire options on the 3 Series Sedan don’t have a run-flat feature, either.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Charger’s wheelbase is 8 inches longer than on the 3 Series Sedan (120.2 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Charger is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the 3 Series Sedan.

The Charger Scat Pack handles at .95 G’s, while the 330i xDrive pulls only .89 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Charger Scat Pack executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the 330i xDrive (25.3 seconds @ .8 average G’s vs. 26.6 seconds @ .66 average G’s).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Charger has 3.5 inches more front shoulder room, 4.9 inches more rear legroom and 3.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the 3 Series Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Charger has a much larger trunk than the 3 Series Sedan (16.5 vs. 13 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Charger’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Charger’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The 3 Series Sedan does not have an oil pressure gauge.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Charger to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Charger keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the Charger owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Charger with a number “1” insurance rate while the 3 Series Sedan is rated higher at a number “3” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Charger is less expensive to operate than the 3 Series Sedan because it costs $318 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Charger than the 3 Series Sedan, including $473 less for a water pump, $405 less for a starter, $298 less for fuel injection, $433 less for front struts, $582 less for a timing belt/chain and $265 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Dodge Charger and the BMW 3 Series Sedan, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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