While we’re cooped up self-isolating and not going outside, let’s engage in a little fun in anticipation of better times ahead. Let’s compare two pony cars that got their start in the 1960s; the Ford Mustang and the Dodge Challenger.
Both Ford and Dodge have vehicles that will make you feel like you’re in a sports car, but without need for a roll-cage and a fire extinguisher. The 2020 Ford Mustang and 2020 Dodge Challenger offer affordable fun while satisfying the closet road racer that lurks in all of us.
So roll your windows down and crank up the tunes. See how these two relatively affordable sports cars stack up against each other. We’ll look at the Mustang EcoBoost Premium at $39,115 and the Challenger GT with the Driver Convenience Group at $38,090.
Both the Mustang and Challenger are exceptions in this day and age with standard rear-wheel drive, unlike most vehicles with front or all-wheel drive. Challenger is offered in all-wheel drive in upper trim levels. This might interest drivers who don’t want to manage a rear-wheel drive vehicle in the midst of winter’s grip. Both have independent rear suspension (thank you Ford, it only took about 50 years, but good things come to those who wait), no spare tire to save weight, and the requisite dual exhaust, and chin spoiler. The interior on both vehicles is rather spartan, but speaks to their primary purpose, to go fast. Not a lot of frills are necessary. Gauges for oil pressure, oil temperature and voltmeter reinforce the sports car look. Items like proximity key, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto are available to keep driver and passenger alike connected. Standard safety features include a full complement of air bags, tire pressure monitoring, reverse sonar, and a security system.
Automobl Value Comparison
Mustang at this trim level is $1,025 more expensive than Challenger, but, followers of Automobl know that this doesn’t mean that price alone will carry the day. Mustang comes with leather seating surfaces, heated and cooled climate controlled from seats (just the thing to help keep you cool while you carve corners on that lonely mountain road), and LED headlights to light the way. A 10-speed automatic transmission should provide a smoother driving experience over Challenger’s 8-speed. Brake cornering assist applies stopping power to individual wheels to keep Mustang on line in corners.
Horsepower is almost a draw between the two cars. But Mustang’s pulling power with 350 ft-lb of torque should give a more satisfying acceleration experience over Challenger’s 268 ft-lb.
You can choose Challenger’s naturally aspirated 3.6L V-6 engine over Mustang’s turbo four cylinder if you prefer a more traditional acceleration curve. But Mustang’s torque grunt at 3,000 rpm should feel really solid over Challenger’s 4,800 rpm. Other Challenger amenities include rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring and active from head restraints.
As we go through the Automobl Value Difference, you can see that Mustang caters to those who want a little more luxury with lots of power to go fast. Premium ambient lighting, a capless fuel system and active noise control all contribute to driver ease and comfort. Challenger is a little more bare bones with a 4-way manual passenger seat, and auto down only on the front windows versus auto up/down on the Mustang.
The Measurements comparison tells a little different story. Challenger is a much larger vehicle, with 232mm (almost 10 inches!) of additional wheelbase. More front headroom, more rear legroom, more room in the passenger compartment overall and a larger trunk demonstrate how much larger Challenger is than Mustang.
Despite the price disadvantage, Mustang comes out on top in our Automobl Value Comparison. With more than $3,000 in Automobl Value, it easily overcomes Challenger’s price advantage.
Have fun with different trim levels for these two vehicles using the Automobl Comparison Tool. You’ll be surprised at the features that come in on different models, and determine for yourself which vehicle is best for you.