Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Ford Mustang VS 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2014 Ford Mustang

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette

Safety Comparison

The Mustang’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver’s blind spots. The Corvette doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

Both the Mustang and the Corvette have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The Mustang’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Corvette’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

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.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Mustang first among midsize sporty cars in their 2013 Initial Quality Study. The Corvette isn’t in the top three in its category.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

Mustang

Corvette

Corvette

Front Rotors

14 inches

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Mustang’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Corvette (255/40R19 vs. 245/40R18).

The Mustang V8 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.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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.

The Mustang’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Corvette doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Mustang is 1.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Corvette.

For better maneuverability, the Mustang’s turning circle is 4.3 feet tighter than the Corvette’s (33.4 feet vs. 37.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Mustang V6 Coupe is quieter than the Corvette Stingray Coupe:

Mustang

Corvette

At idle

41 dB

55 dB

Full-Throttle

84 dB

92 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Mustang has standard seating for 4 passengers; the Corvette can only carry 2.

The Mustang Coupe has 31.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Corvette Coupe (83.3 vs. 52). The Mustang Convertible has 29 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Corvette Convertible (81 vs. 52).

The Mustang Coupe has .6 inches more front headroom and .1 inches more front shoulder room than the Corvette Coupe.

The Mustang Convertible has .9 inches more front headroom and .1 inches more front shoulder room than the Corvette Convertible.

Ergonomics Comparison

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Mustang’s available exterior keypad. The Corvette doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its OnStar ® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Mustang’s power mirror controls are mounted on the door for easy access. The Corvette’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Mustang owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Mustang will cost $355 to $3755 less than the Corvette over a five-year period.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Mustang has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

Mustang

Corvette

Consumer Reports® Recommends

Top Pick

n/a

Kiplinger’s Award

TRUE

FALSE

The Ford Mustang outsold the Chevrolet Corvette by over four to one during 2013.

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