Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Nissan GT-R VS 2013 Ford Mustang Near Phoenix, AZ

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2014 Nissan GT-R

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2013 Ford Mustang

Safety Comparison

The GT-R has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Mustang doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the GT-R and the Mustang have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Engine Comparison

The GT-R’s 3.8 turbo V6 produces 240 more horsepower (545 vs. 305) and 183 lbs.-ft. more torque (463 vs. 280) than the Mustang’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6. The GT-R’s 3.8 turbo V6 produces 125 more horsepower (545 vs. 420) and 73 lbs.-ft. more torque (463 vs. 390) than the Mustang GT’s standard 5.0 DOHC V8. The GT-R’s 3.8 turbo V6 produces 101 more horsepower (545 vs. 444) and 83 lbs.-ft. more torque (463 vs. 380) than the Mustang Boss 302’s standard 5.0 DOHC V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan GT-R is faster than the Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca:

GT-R

Mustang

Zero to 30 MPH

1.1 sec

1.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

2.8 sec

4 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

4.6 sec

6.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

7 sec

9.5 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

1.4 sec

1.7 sec

Quarter Mile

11.1 sec

12.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

124.8 MPH

113.9 MPH

In a Car and Driver race course test, the Nissan GT-R Premium was clocked 9.6 seconds faster than the Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca (173.2 sec. vs. 182.8 sec.).

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The GT-R has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Mustang (19.5 vs. 16 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

GT-R

Mustang V6

Mustang

Front Rotors

15.4 inches

12.4 inches

14 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

11.8 inches

11.8 inches

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The GT-R has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Mustang doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The GT-R stops much shorter than the Mustang:

GT-R

Mustang

80 to 0 MPH

189 feet

204 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

162 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

101 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the GT-R has larger tires than the Mustang (F:255/40R20 & R:285/35R20 vs. 215/65R17).

The GT-R’s 255/40R20 front and 285/35R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Mustang V6 Auto’s standard 65 series tires. The GT-R’s tires are lower profile than the Mustang’s optional 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the GT-R has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Mustang V6 Manual. The Mustang’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the GT-R 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

For superior ride and handling, the Nissan GT-R 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.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GT-R’s wheelbase is 2.3 inches longer than on the Mustang (109.4 inches vs. 107.1 inches).

The GT-R Premium handles at 1.05 G’s, while the Mustang V6 Coupe pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The GT-R Premium goes through Road & Track’s slalom 6.2 MPH faster than the Mustang V6 Coupe (75.4 vs. 69.2 MPH).

The GT-R Premium performs Car and Driver’s emergency lane change maneuver 17.8 MPH faster than the Mustang V6 Coupe (74.3 vs. 56.5 MPH).

The GT-R Premium executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3 seconds quicker than the Mustang V6 Coupe (23 seconds @ .91 average G’s vs. 26 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The GT-R is 4.2 inches shorter than the Mustang, making the GT-R easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Nissan GT-R amounts to more than styling. The GT-R has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .26 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Mustang (.36). A more efficient exterior helps the GT-R go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the GT-R get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Road & Track, the interior of the GT-R Premium is quieter than the Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca:

GT-R

Mustang

At idle

52 dB

61 dB

50 MPH Cruising

74 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

79 dB

85 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The GT-R has 2.2 inches more front legroom and 1.3 inches more front hip room than the Mustang Coupe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

With its coupe body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the GT-R offers cargo security. The Mustang’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

Ergonomics Comparison

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the GT-R has a 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.

The GT-R’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. Ford does not offer a locking feature on the Mustang’s power windows.

Intelligent Key standard on the GT-R allows the driver to unlock the doors, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the car in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Ford Mustang doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The GT-R 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.

The GT-R’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Mustang’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The GT-R has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Mustang only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

The GT-R’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Ford charges extra for heated mirrors on the Mustang.

The GT-R has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Mustang doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The GT-R has a 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. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Mustang.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the GT-R has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Mustang doesn’t offer rear vents.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the GT-R, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Mustang.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The GT-R will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the GT-R will retain 58.28% of its original price after five years, while the Mustang only retains 46.22% to 57.52%.

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