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The 2016 Ford Mustang vs. 2016 Dodge Challenger

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The Ford Mustang and the Dodge Challenger are two of the longest-lived muscle car brands on the market today, with histories tracing back to the 1960s, but when it comes to the 2016 model year, the 2016 Ford Mustang edges out its competition with more raw power, better fuel economy, and a wider range of customization options. Plus, while both cars are legacy muscle car brands, only the Ford Mustang has been in continuous production for half-a-century!

Maybe that's why the 2016 Ford Mustang keeps winning accolades, including being named a Consumers Digest Best Buy recommendation and winning the Kelley Blue Book 5-Year Cost to Own Award for its class. The 2016 Ford Mustang is also built with a much lighter body than the 2016 Dodge Challenger, weighing only 3,705 lbs. for the GT manual while the Dodge Challenger clocks in at around 4,082 lbs. for the comparable R/T manual. That means a considerable boost in power-to-weight ratio, which translates to better performance on the road. Advantage: Ford Mustang.

Vehicle Power and Handling

When it comes to power and handling, the 2016 Ford Mustang is the car to beat. Unfortunately for them, nobody can! With three engine options packed into a lighter-weight body, the 2016 Ford Mustang offers better horsepower than the 2016 Dodge Challenger, along with a better power-to-weight ratio for better performance and more get up and go.

The 2016 Dodge Challenger offers its own selection of powerful engine options, but ultimately, if you want maximum power and performance, you want the 2016 Ford Mustang's new Shelby GT350. Able to push 526 horsepower from its flat-plane-crank V8 engine, the Shelby GT350 leaves even the top-end 2016 Dodge Challenger in the dust, even if the Challenger can manage an otherwise-respectable 485 horsepower at the top of its performance.

Not looking to maximize power? That's okay! Even the 2016 Ford Mustang's available 2.3 liter EcoBoost engine offers 310 horsepower to only 305 from the Dodge Challenger's 3.6 liter Pentastar, while also beating out the Challenger on gas mileage with an EPA-estimated 32 miles-per-gallon highway. Advantage: Ford Mustang.

Vehicle Design and Features

The Ford Mustang is one of the most iconic muscle cars on the road. Want proof? The Mustang has been in continuous production for 50 years. The Dodge Challenger, by comparison, may have a lengthy legacy, but the 2016 Dodge Challenger is only celebrating its seventh year of continuous production.

There's a reason why the Mustang is synonymous with muscle car performance and style, and the 2016 Ford Mustang taps into that legacy while also providing all the best in modern options and amenities. Selectable driving modes available from an easy-to-use toggle on the central stack give you greater control and precision in every condition. Choose from:

  • Normal, delivering a balance of handling and control for everyday driving.
  • Snow/Wet that gives better traction and confident handling in poor weather.
  • Sport, offering increased throttle response and a sportier feel.
  • And Track, which boasts a performance driving experience that gives you a direct connection to the road!

Performance car enthusiasts love to customize their rides, and the 2016 Ford Mustang gives you a variety of options to do just that, straight from the factory, including appearance packages, TrackApps, and available SYNC 3 technology! Advantage: Ford Mustang.

Our Conclusions: The Ford Mustang is the Better Car

When you get behind the wheel of a Mustang, you expect the very best. Fortunately, the 2016 Ford Mustang delivers! With three engine options to choose from including the 2.3 liter EcoBoost which can get an EPA-estimated 32 highway miles-per-gallon or the impressive Shelby GT350 which can hustle a massive 526 horsepower from a 5.2 L V8 with flat-plane crank, the 2016 Ford Mustang offers perfectly balanced power, performance, and control to give you a driving experience like no other.

Performance is about more than just power, and the 2016 Ford Mustang brings you driveability, handling, and control that can't be beat. With four available driving modes, as well as front and rear suspension systems that work in tandem to provide the best road performance possible, the 2016 Ford Mustang is a ride like no other. Double-ball-joint front suspension combined with fully independent rear suspension, pitch control during hard acceleration and braking, and a reduction of body roll all contribute to a better overall ride even than previous Mustangs.

The Mustang has always been a leader in the field, in continuous production for 50 years, and the 2016 Ford Mustang is no different. One of only 48 vehicles to be named a Consumers Digest Best Buy recommendation for the 2016 model year, the 2016 Ford Mustang was also selected by Kelley Blue Book as the winner of their 5-Year Cost to Own Award in its class in 2016, recognizing the lowest out-of-pocket expense that drivers are likely to incur while owning a vehicle.

Want to drive home in a new Ford Mustang, or sample the many new Ford cars and trucks available at your local Wichita Ford dealerships? Why not stop by Rusty Eck Ford in Wichita today, and let us show you the difference that a Ford can make!