A rivalry that spans the course of over 50 years, the Ford Mustang and the Dodge Challenger continue to go head-to-head for muscle car superiority. Since its introduction in 1964, the Mustang has been a North American icon and originated the “pony car” class of American Muscle cars for affordable two-door sports coupes. Meanwhile, the Dodge Challenger made its mark 5 years later with a longer wheelbase and bigger interior space compared to its Ford predecessor.
But which one takes the crown for the best modern-day muscle car? It’s a tough competition, but we at Kentwood Ford have the answer for you. We’ll be comparing between equally-performing trim models of the Mustang and Challenger to see which one of these classic coupes takes the crown.
|2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost 2dr Fastback||2018 Dodge ChallengerSXT 2dr RWD Coupe|
|Comparably Equipped price||$32,188||$34,940|
|Engine||2.3L I-4||3.6L V6|
|Transmission||6-speed manual||8-speed automatic|
|Fuel Efficiency – City/Hwy/Combined (L/100km)||11/7.7/9.5||12.4/7.8/10.3|
|Horsepower (hp)||310 @ 5,500RPM||305 @ 6,350RPM|
|Torque (lb-ft)||350 @ 3,000RPM||268 @ 4,800RPM|
The Mustang Advantage
While the Challenger proves itself a worthy competitor, there’s no denying both the star power, and literal power, of an original. The Ford Mustang remains one of the best-performing and most efficient pony cars in North America. Compared to the Challenger’s 3.6L V6 engine, the Mustang only rivals it with a 2.3L 4-cylinder engine, but here’s the catch—it’s an EcoBoost engine. With its direct injection technology, the Mustang’s EcoBoost engine allows it to produce even more horsepower and torque for its size, while emitting the least amount of fuel as possible. What you get is up to 310 horsepower and 350 lb-ft. of torque on the Mustang, at only 64% of the engine size.
Speaking of fuel emissions, the Mustang and the Challenger closely match each other for consumption rates, which is impressive for the latter’s V6 engine, but the former still takes the advantage, especially when you compare the two’s combined rates from 9.5L/100 km to 10.3 L/100 km.
And there you have it. With the Ford Mustang, you get best-in-class power in a performance coupe without having to sacrifice fuel efficiency at the same time. Looking to experience the Ford Mustang for yourself? Come to Kentwood Ford today and take it out for a test drive in-person!