When it comes to muscle cars, we, the Americans, get all hyped up, because this is our true, from-the-ground-up, 100% US-made product, something to be proud of. The Europeans have the sports cars and that luxury stuff (Bentleys, Lamborghinis, Rolls-Royces, Bugattis – you name it), the Japanese are strong with sprinters as well, plus they practically invented the markets of subcompact cars and hybrids, so, it’s that much more fun to have our own unique thing.
And musclers have been around for a long time – more than 5 decades – which means we can call them legendary now. Hands down, the Mustang is THE best model in the segment, simply because it’s the most popular and loved one, has been for all these years.
However, that doesn’t mean that the competition isn’t strong – it’s furious. You’ve got Chevy breathing down Ford’s neck with the Camaro and Dodge attacking from both sides with the Charger and the Challenger. I’ll keep the reviews coming, but for now let’s focus on the Ford Mustang 2016 vs Dodge Challenger 2016 comparison, because to me these two have a unique kind of bond with our culture and, even though the Camaro did star in the Transformers franchise, it doesn’t get any more American than the mighty Mustang and the Challenger – it just doesn’t. The only things close enough are Super Ball and Coca-Cola.
Comfortable Seating In A Muscle Car? Why Not!
They’ve been at each other’s throats for as long as I can remember, and that is why this review has a very special task, mission, if you will: to tell y’all about all the pros and cons of each model and give you a clear picture of what’s going on with both musclers behind closed doors. So, as usual, let’s start with the comfort level. Yep, I know we’re talking about rough-tough muscle cars, that bad-boy stuff, and that’s exactly why I wanna get the “boring stuff” out of the picture so that we can focus on what’s really important in a car like that.
On the other hand, the excitement from the first “I want that car no matter what” thought might (and will) wear off quite soon, and you’ll end up with a cramped, fuel-swallowing, not-tech-packed-at-all and large piece of junk that you won’t be able to fit in any parking lot out there. I know I’m exaggerating a bit, but you never know, right? So, comparing the Ford Mustang 2016 vs Dodge Challenger 2016 in terms of comfort I can tell you that folks in the rear seat will have a lot more leg-/head-room to mess around if you go with the Challenger, because it’s got clever planning/design working beautifully, as opposed to the Mustang’s “I don’t care about the rest” attitude. Bottom line is, the Dodge muscler manages to offer the passengers in the back a lot to be thankful for while still being able to compete with the rival in everything else. I call that a victorious act, plain and simple.
Ford Mustang 2016 Vs Dodge Challenger 2016 – Size Matters
Oh, and yes, the two cars have equal room in the cabin, so, there you have it. On the other hand, the Dodger can take in more passengers (5 vs 4), so, if you’ve got a noisy, buzzy and fun company that doesn’t even care if they will be cramped in the back (maybe they’ll even like it :)), that one more available seat is vital, trust me.
Next up the list of important “features” to know about are the dimensions, and I want y’all to know that despite the fact that the two hustlers look and feel equal in length/width, you’ll have tons of fun parking the Mustang in pretty much every tight parking spot, while the Challenger might just make you crazy when you’re going for the 3rd round around the block, hoping to find a new space to stop.
So, in this round of the Ford Mustang 2016 vs Dodge Challenger 2016 comparison, the Detroit giant takes the medal. Wait, they’re both pretty major, and they’re both from the D, so, it’s kinda confusing, isn’t it? Well, yeah, so I’ll say it like this: go with the Mustang if you want to enjoy your movie/appointment/shopping spree as opposed to drive in circles and look stupid :). Alright, my friends, I wanna thank you for trusting me with the “narrative” and tell you that now it’s time to talk about that fun stuff, the powertrain battles. There’s no other way to say this, so, here you go: the latest Mustang is significantly weaker when it comes to the horses. How can that be? Read on and you’ll find out!
Beating The Legend At Its Own Game
Aha, the legendary muscle car that is sometimes called the American Pony Car (Ferrari is the European Pony Car, by the way), can’t really seem to gather around enough horses under that shiny hood. Ok, let’s keep it professional and compare the Ford Mustang 2016 vs Dodge Challenger 2016 in details: the entry-level 3.7-lit V6 is good for 300 Horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, while the ultimate 5.0-lit V8 is pumping out 435HP and 400 pound-feet of torque.
And what about the Challenger? The entry-level 5.7-lit V8 is capable of 375HP and 410 lb-ft of torque, while the mighty (and supercharged) 6.2-lit V8 that comes with the Hellcat edition cranks out impressive 707HP and 650 pound-feet of torque.
So, yeah, I’m not even going to comment on that. Furthermore, the standard-level V8 on the Dodge car is almost as fuel-efficient as the V6 on the Mustang: you’ve got it returning 25 miles per gallon on the highway and 16MPG in the city (19MPG combined) vs 28MPG hwy/17MPG city) (22MPG combined). The only advantage of the Pony is it has a smaller turning radius and feels lighter, quicker and more responsive on the road, as opposed to the slow roll of the rival. Regardless, this round of the Ford Mustang 2016 vs Dodge Challenger 2016 is a catastrophic one for the Mustang, because the first thing folks look at when picking a muscle car is the engine/powertrain.
Ford Mustang 2016 Vs Dodge Challenger 2016 – Comparing The Price
Alright, we’ve got one final stop before we hit the sack, people, and that is price-tags. The starting price on the latest Challenger is 27K MSRP, while the basic Mustang can be yours for 24.1K. The ultimate Dodge model, the SRT Hellcat, will cost you 64.2K, while the Mustang GT Premium Convertible is worth 42K. Wait, I gotta make a confession: even though the Shelby GT350R is officially being marketed as a separate model, we all know that it’s still a Mustang at heart, and that means all that talk about Ford failing to give the rival a good fight might as well be scratched, as the R edition is good for 526HP and 429 lb-ft of torque.
True, that’s not even close to 700HP+ and 650 sharp, but it’s something, right? Alright, that’s all there is to know about the two legendary muscle cars, my friends. Obviously, we could go into details about all the available packages, the entry-level features/equipment, the optional stuff, et cetera, et cetera, but I believe we already talked about the most important stuff and so this is the end of it. Besides, when it comes to race-track champs like these two, you don’t really care about cruise control, blind-spot monitoring or the number of speakers you get. It’s all about that attitude, baby! Take care, drive safe and don’t ever call the Mustang the mightiest muscler out there anymore…
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