Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Ford Mustang VS 2017 Mercedes AMG Near Phoenix, AZ

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2017 Ford Mustang

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2017 Mercedes AMG

Safety Comparison

To help make backing safer, the Mustang Premium’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The AMG C63 Coupe doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Mustang and the AMG C63 Coupe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty Comparison

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Mustang 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the AMG C63 Coupe. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the AMG C63 Coupe ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 13 times as many Ford dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Mustang’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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 AMG C63 Coupe doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 15th, below the industry average.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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 AMG C63 Coupe 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 AMG C63 Coupe doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Mustang’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the AMG C63 Coupe (265/35R20 vs. 255/40R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Mustang offers optional 20-inch wheels. The AMG C63 Coupe’s largest wheels are only 19-inches in the front and 20-inches in the rear.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Mustang is 2.4 inches wider in the rear than on the AMG C63 Coupe.

For better maneuverability, the Mustang w/17” wheels’ turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the AMG C63 Coupe’s (36.5 feet vs. 37.1 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Mustang may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 550 pounds less than the Mercedes AMG C63 Coupe.

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 AMG C63 Coupe doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Mustang Fastback has 2.5 inches more front legroom, 1.5 inches more front shoulder room and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the AMG C63 Coupe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Mustang Fastback has a much larger trunk than the AMG C63 Coupe (13.5 vs. 10.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Mustang’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The AMG C63 Coupe does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Mustang has standard extendable sun visors. The AMG C63 Coupe doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Recommendations Comparison

IntelliChoice recognized the Ford Mustang as a “Best Value of the Year” for the 2015 model year.

The Mustang was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 6 of the last 12 years. The AMG C63 Coupe 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 AMG C63 Coupe has never been an “All Star.”

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