Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2007 Chevrolet CORVETTE VS 2007 Ford Mustang Near Phoenix, AZ

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2007 Chevrolet CORVETTE

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2007 Ford Mustang

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Chevrolet Corvette 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 Ford Mustang doesn’t offer height adjustable seat belts.

The Corvette has standard four-wheel antilock disc brakes for quicker stops and controlled steering ability, especially under poor traction conditions. Antilock brakes cost extra on the Ford Mustang.

The Corvette has a standard Active Handling System, which uses the antilock brake hardware along with powerful software and additional sensors to detect the beginning of a skid. The Active Handling System then intervenes by automatically applying the brake at one appropriate wheel, preventing a skid. The Mustang doesn’t offer skid prevention. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study showed that skid control systems reduced single-vehicle car crashes by 30%.

The Chevrolet Corvette has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Mustang doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

Compared to metal, the Corvette’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Ford Mustang has a metal gas tank.

The Corvette offers optional OnStar®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Mustang doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies.

Both the Corvette and the Mustang have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, available front and rear side-impact airbags and head airbags.

Warranty Comparison

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Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Corvette 40,000 miles longer than Ford covers the Mustang. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years and 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Mustang ends after only 5 years 60,000 miles.

The Corvette’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Mustang’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Engine Comparison

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The Corvette’s standard 6.0 LS2 V8 produces 190 more horsepower (400 vs. 210) and 160 lbs.-ft. more torque (400 vs. 240) than the Mustang’s standard 4.0 SOHC V6. The Corvette’s 6.0 LS2 V8 produces 100 more horsepower (400 vs. 300) and 80 lbs.-ft. more torque (400 vs. 320) than the Mustang GT’s standard 4.6 SOHC V8. The Corvette Z06 Coupe’s standard 7.0 LS7 V8 produces 205 more horsepower (505 vs. 300) and 150 lbs.-ft. more torque (470 vs. 320) than the Mustang GT’s standard 4.6 SOHC V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Corvette 6.0 LS2 V8 is faster than the Ford Mustang (automatics tested):

Corvette

Mustang V6

Mustang GT

Zero to 30 MPH

2 sec

2.4 sec

1.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

4.8 sec

7.3 sec

5.1 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

7.7 sec

12.1 sec

8.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

11.2 sec

20.2 sec

13.7 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

15.5 sec

13.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

110.4 MPH

89.9 MPH

99.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Corvette gets better fuel mileage than the Mustang:

Corvette

Mustang

6.0 LS2 V8/Manual

18 city/28 hwy

17 city/25 hwy

V8/Manual

6.0 LS2 V8/Auto

17 city/27 hwy

17 city/23 hwy

V8/Auto

The Corvette has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Mustang (18 vs. 16 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Corvette’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Mustang:

Corvette

Corvette Z06 Coupe

Mustang

Mustang GT

Front Rotors

12.8 inches

14 inches

11.5 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12 inches

13.4 inches

11.8 inches

11.8 inches

The Corvette’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Mustang are solid, not vented.

The Corvette with its standard antilock brakes stops much shorter than the Mustang with antilock brakes:

Corvette

Mustang

80 to 0 MPH

194 feet

233 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

144 feet

189 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

100 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Corvette has larger standard tires than the Mustang (F:245/40R18 & R:285/35R19 vs. 215/65R16). The Corvette Z06 Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Mustang (F:275/35R18 & R:325/30R19 vs. 235/55R17).

The Corvette’s standard 245/40R18 front and 285/35R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile (height to width ratio), which provides a stiffer sidewall than the Mustang’s standard 65 series tires. The Corvette Z06 Coupe’s 275/35R18 front and 325/30R19 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the Mustang GT’s optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Corvette has standard 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Mustang. The Mustang’s largest wheels are only 18 inches.

The Corvette has a standard tire pressure monitoring system, which will alert the driver to a drop in tire pressure before damage to the tire or an accident might occur. The Mustang doesn’t offer a low tire pressure warning system.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the Corvette can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Mustang doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For superior ride and handling, the Chevrolet Corvette has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Ford Mustang has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The Corvette has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Corvette flat and controlled during cornering. The Mustang base model’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Corvette offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Mustang’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Corvette has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Mustang doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Corvette’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (49.9% to 50.1%) than the Mustang’s (53% to 47%). This gives the Corvette more stable handling and braking.

The Corvette Z06 Coupe handles at 1.01 G’s, while the Mustang Coupe pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Corvette Convertible handles at .95 G’s, while the Mustang GT Convertible pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Corvette Coupe goes through Road & Track’s slalom 7 MPH faster than the Mustang Coupe (70.2 vs. 63.2 MPH).

The Corvette Convertible goes through Motor Trend’s slalom 2.2 MPH faster than the Mustang GT Convertible (65.6 vs. 63.4 MPH).

Chassis Comparison

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The Chevrolet Corvette may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 450 pounds less than the Ford Mustang.

The Corvette is shorter than the Mustang, making the Corvette easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Corvette

Mustang

Shortest

174.6 inches

187.6 inches

Longest

175.6 inches

188 inches

For excellent aerodynamics, the Corvette has standard flush composite headlights. The Mustang has recessed headlights which spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

As tested by Popular Mechanics while cruising at 60 MPH, the interior of the Corvette Coupe is quieter than the Mustang GT Coupe (85.2 vs. 85.9 dB).

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Corvette Convertible is quieter than the Mustang GT Convertible:

Corvette

Mustang

At idle

52 dB

55 dB

Full-Throttle

84 dB

84 dB

70 MPH Cruising

71 dB

74 dB

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Corvette Coupe has a much larger trunk than the Mustang Coupe (22.4 vs. 12.3 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Corvette offers a power telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Mustang doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

When two different drivers share the Corvette, the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations. The Mustang doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Corvette’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 Mustang doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Corvette offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts onto the windshield, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Mustang doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Corvette has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Mustang doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Consumer Reports rated the Corvette’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Mustang’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

The Corvette has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Mustang doesn't offer automatic headlights.

To improve comfort and visibility, the Corvette has standard pull-out visor extensions that block glare better. The Mustang doesn’t offer any similar feature.

The Corvette’s outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Mustang doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

The Corvette offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Mustang has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Corvette’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Mustang doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The Corvette’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Mustang doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Corvette’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Mustang doesn’t offer a filtration system.

To help keep the driver’s hands on the wheel, the Corvette offers optional steering wheel controls for the radio. The Mustang doesn’t offer steering wheel audio controls.

With optional voice command, the Corvette offers the driver hands free control of the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Mustang doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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The Corvette will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Corvette will retain a greater percentage of its original price after two and four years than the Mustang.

Corvette

Mustang

Four Year

54% to 60%

42% to 50%

Two Year

71% to 76%

61% to 66%

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