Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Ford Mustang VS 2016 Dodge Challenger Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Ford Mustang

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2016 Dodge Challenger

Safety Comparison

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Both the Mustang and the Challenger 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 collision warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Mustang is safer than the Dodge Challenger:

Mustang

Challenger

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

19%

28%

Neck Stress

132 lbs.

195 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

121

209

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.7 inches

Leg Forces (l/r)

52/57 lbs.

190/375 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

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The Mustang’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Challenger runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 33 percent more Ford dealers than there are Dodge dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Mustang’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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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 some of the engines in the Challenger.

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 run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Challenger doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Mustang’s reliability will be 59% better than the Challenger.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 18th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 24th in reliability. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 26th.

Engine Comparison

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As tested in Car and Driver the Ford Mustang V6 is faster than the Dodge Challenger V6 (automatics tested):

Mustang

Challenger

Zero to 60 MPH

5.5 sec

6.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.4 sec

15.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.9 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.1 sec

14.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

102 MPH

97 MPH

Top Speed

124 MPH

119 MPH

In a Motor Trend race course test, the Ford Mustang GT Fastback was clocked 1.45 seconds faster than the Dodge Challenger Scat Pack (84.32 sec. vs. 85.77 sec.).

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

Mustang

Challenger

3.7 V6/6-spd. Manual

17 city/28 hwy

n/a

5.0 V8/6-spd. Manual

15 city/25 hwy

15 city/23 hwy

5.7 V8 (375 HP)/Manual

n/a

14 city/23 hwy

6.4 V8/Manual

2.3 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

21 city/32 hwy

n/a

5.0 V8/6-spd. Auto

16 city/25 hwy

16 city/25 hwy

5.7 V8 (372 HP)/Auto

n/a

15 city/25 hwy

6.4 V8/Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Mustang uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on Mustang ECOBoost for maximum performance). The Challenger R/T manual requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Mustang has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Challenger doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The Mustang stops much shorter than the Challenger:

Mustang

Challenger

70 to 0 MPH

149 feet

162 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

109 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The Mustang’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Challenger SRT’s 40 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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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 Challenger doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Mustang is 1.4 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Challenger.

The Mustang EcoBoost Fastback handles at .98 G’s, while the Challenger SXT pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Mustang GT Fastback executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the Challenger Scat Pack (24.4 seconds @ .82 average G’s vs. 25.5 seconds @ .81 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Mustang w/17” wheels’ turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Challenger SXT/R/T’s (36.5 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The Ford Mustang may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 750 pounds less than the Dodge Challenger.

The Mustang is 9.2 inches shorter than the Challenger, making the Mustang easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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

The Mustang ECOBoost uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Challenger doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Mustang EcoBoost Fastback is quieter than the Challenger Scat Pack:

Mustang

Challenger

At idle

43 dB

55 dB

Full-Throttle

82 dB

85 dB

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Mustang easier. The Mustang’s trunk lift-over height is 30 inches, while the Challenger’s liftover is 33.2 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

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When three different drivers share the Mustang Premium, the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Challenger doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Mustang Premium’s optional easy entry system 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 Challenger doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Mustang has a lever hand brake in the console, easy to use while keeping both feet free and not impeding entry and exit. The Challenger’s foot pedal parking brake is not handy to use as a hill holding device with a manual transmission.

The Mustang’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Challenger’s power windows’ switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the Mustang owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Mustang will cost $140 less than the Challenger over a five-year period.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Mustang will be $3121 to $12676 less than for the Dodge Challenger.

Recommendations Comparison

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

Mustang

Challenger

Kiplinger’s Award

TRUE

FALSE

Intellichoice

A “Best Value in Class”

no award

Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its December 2014 issue and they ranked the Ford Mustang GT Fastback first. They ranked the Dodge Challenger Scat Pack third.

The Mustang was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 6 of the last 12 years. The Challenger has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Mustang was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 3 of the last 21 years. The Challenger has never been an “All Star.”

The Ford Mustang outsold the Dodge Challenger by 83% during the 2015 model year.

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