Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Dodge Charger VS 2016 Ford Mustang Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 Dodge Charger

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2016 Ford Mustang

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 Ford Mustang doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Charger has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Mustang doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Charger SXT/Rallye/R/T offers optional Forward Collision Warning Plus, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Mustang offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature which would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Charger offers optional ParkSense which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Mustang doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

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

The Dodge Charger 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.

The Charger SXT/Rallye/R/T’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Mustang doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

Both the Charger and the Mustang have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability Comparison

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The battery on the Charger is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures which can degrade battery life. By keeping the Charger’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Mustang’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine Comparison

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The Charger has more powerful engines than the Mustang:

Horsepower

Torque

Charger R/T 5.7 V8

370 HP

395 lbs.-ft.

Charger R/T Scat Pack 6.4 V8

485 HP

475 lbs.-ft.

Mustang 3.7 DOHC V6

300 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

Mustang ECOBoost 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

310 HP

320 lbs.-ft.

Mustang GT 5.0 DOHC V8

435 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Charger R/T Scat Pack is faster than the Mustang GT Manual:

Charger

Mustang

Zero to 60 MPH

4.2 sec

4.6 sec

Quarter Mile

12.6 sec

12.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

113.8 MPH

110 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Charger V6 RWD gets better fuel mileage than the Mustang Auto V6 (19 city/31 hwy vs. 19 city/28 hwy).

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

The Charger has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Mustang ECOBoost’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 15.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Charger has 2.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Mustang V6/GT’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 16 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The Charger stops shorter than the Mustang:

Charger

Mustang

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

109 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Charger’s wheelbase is 13.1 inches longer than on the Mustang (120.2 inches vs. 107.1 inches).

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

Chassis Comparison

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To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Charger has liquid-filled engine mounts. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Mustang uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space Comparison

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Charger is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the Mustang Fastback is rated a Subcompact.

The Charger has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Mustang can only carry 4.

The Charger has 20.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Mustang Fastback (104.7 vs. 84.5).

The Charger has 1 inch more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front hip room, 3.2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.8 inches more rear headroom, 9.5 inches more rear legroom, 8.7 inches more rear hip room and 5.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Mustang Fastback.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Charger has a much larger trunk than the Mustang Fastback (16.1 vs. 13.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Charger’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children in the rear seat from operating them. Ford does not offer a locking feature on the Mustang’s standard power windows.

The Charger 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.

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 Mustang doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Charger SXT/Rallye/R/T detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Mustang doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

When the Charger SXT/Rallye/R/T with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Mustang’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Charger SXT/Rallye/R/T 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.

Both the Charger and the Mustang offer available heated front seats. The Charger SXT/Rallye/R/T also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Mustang.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Charger SXT/Rallye/R/T’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Mustang doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Charger 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 Charger 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 is only available on the Mustang Premium.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Charger has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Mustang doesn’t offer rear vents.

Recommendations Comparison

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Both the Dodge Charger and Ford Mustang won an award in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Charger first among large cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Mustang was rated second in its category.

 The Charger is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The Mustang is not ranked.

The Dodge Charger outsold the Ford Mustang by over three to one during 2015.

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