Both the Mustang and the Corvette have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, available front seat side-impact airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes and traction control.
The Mustang’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Corvette’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).
For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Mustang have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engines in the Corvette.
The Mustang has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Corvette doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.
The Mustang has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Corvette; 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.
The front and rear suspension of the Mustang uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the Corvette, which uses transverse leafs springs. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Mustang is 0 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Corvette.
For better maneuverability the Mustang GT’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Corvette’s (38 vs. 39 feet). The Mustang Coupe V6’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the Corvette’s (36 vs. 39 feet).
To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Mustang V8 (except V6) has a liquid-filled front engine mount. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Corvette uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.
The Mustang has standard seating for 4 passengers; the Corvette can only carry 2.
The Mustang Coupe has 45.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Corvette (97.9 vs. 52.1).
The Mustang Coupe has .7 inches more front headroom and .1 inches more front shoulder room than the Corvette Coupe.
The Mustang Convertible has a much larger trunk with its top up than the Corvette Convertible with its top up (9.7 vs. 5.1 cubic feet).
The Mustang’s power windows raise and lower automatically with one touch, especially convenient at tollbooths or drive-up windows. The power windows on the Corvette don’t raise automatically.
The Mustang’s standard speed sensitive intermittent wipers speed up as the car does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Corvette’s intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
The Mustang’s standard steering wheel mounted cruise control is close at hand. The Corvette’s cruise control is on an over-crowded turn signal stalk.