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Selected Style 2-Door Coupe Automatic Entry *Ltd Avail*
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Automatic Entry 22 29 $17,755 $18,495
2-Door Coupe Automatic Entry PZEV 22 29 $17,755 $18,495
2-Door Coupe Manual 22 31 $18,235 $18,995
2-Door Coupe Manual PZEV 22 31 $18,235 $18,995
2-Door Coupe Manual 2.5L 22 31 $19,003 $19,795
2-Door Coupe Manual 2.5L PZEV 22 31 $19,003 $19,795
2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.5L 22 29 $20,059 $20,895
2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.5L PZEV 22 29 $20,059 $20,895
2-Door Coupe Manual 2.5L w/Sun 22 31 $21,403 $22,295
2-Door Coupe Manual 2.5L w/Sun PZEV 22 31 $21,403 $22,295
2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.5L w/Sun 22 29 $22,459 $23,395
2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.5L w/Sun PZEV 22 29 $22,459 $23,395
2-Door Coupe Manual 2.0T Turbo 21 30 $22,459 $23,395
2-Door Coupe Manual 2.0T Turbo PZEV 21 30 $22,459 $23,395
2-Door Coupe Manual 2.5L w/Sun/Sound/Nav 22 31 $23,131 $24,095
2-Door Coupe Manual 2.5L w/Sun/Sound/Nav PZEV 22 31 $23,131 $24,095
2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.5L w/Sound/Nav PZEV 22 29 $23,294 $24,265
2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Turbo 22 30 $23,515 $24,495
2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Turbo PZEV 22 30 $23,515 $24,495
2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Black Turbo Launch Edition 22 30 $23,953 $24,950
2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Black Turbo Launch Edition PZE 22 30 $23,953 $24,950
2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T White Turbo Launch Edition 22 30 $23,953 $24,950
2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T White Turbo Launch Edition PZE 22 30 $23,953 $24,950
2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.5L w/Sun/Sound/Nav 22 29 $24,187 $25,195
2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.5L w/Sun/Sound/Nav PZEV 22 29 $24,187 $25,195
2-Door Coupe Manual 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Sound 21 30 $25,339 $26,395
2-Door Coupe Manual 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Sound PZEV 21 30 $25,339 $26,395
2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Sound 22 30 $26,395 $27,495
2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Sound PZEV 22 30 $26,395 $27,495
2-Door Coupe Manual 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Snd/Nav PZEV 21 30 $26,875 $27,995
2-Door Coupe Manual 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Sound/Nav 21 30 $26,875 $27,995
2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Turbo w/Sound/Nav PZEV 22 30 $27,038 $28,165
2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Snd/Nav PZEV 22 30 $27,931 $29,095
2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Sound/Nav 22 30 $27,931 $29,095
2-Door Coupe V6
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe V6 19 29 $21,245 $22,310
2-Door Coupe V6 Premium 19 29 $24,399 $26,310
2-Door Convertible V6 19 29 $25,845 $27,310
2-Door Coupe GT 17 26 $27,459 $29,710
2-Door Convertible V6 Premium 19 29 $28,899 $31,310
2-Door Coupe GT Premium 17 26 $31,059 $33,710
2-Door Convertible GT 17 26 $31,959 $34,710
2-Door Convertible GT Premium 17 26 $35,559 $38,710
2-Door Coupe Boss 302 17 26 $36,999 $40,310
2-Door Coupe Shelby GT500 15 23 $44,161 $48,810
2-Door Convertible Shelby GT500 15 23 $48,611 $53,810
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,755
$21,245
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$18,495
$22,310
Monthly Payment Estimate
$308 / month
$372 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line It's a tale of two Bugs: base Beetles are boring, but 2012 VW Beetle Turbos have us seeking out the nearest exit ramp. The 2012 Ford Mustang doles out all the tire-smoking pony-car thrills, but it's also grown to become quite a sophisticated car.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 22 mpg 19 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 29 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors 2 -
EPA Classification Subcompact car Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in) 49.0 51.6
Front Leg Room (in) 41.3 42.4
Passenger Volume (ft³) 85.0 83.3
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 53.4
Second Leg Room (in) 31.4 29.8
Front Head Room (in) 39.4 38.5
Passenger Capacity 4 4
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 46.8
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.3 55.3
Second Head Room (in) 37.1 34.7
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in) 58.5 55.6
Track Width, Rear (in) - TBD - 62.9
Wheelbase (in) 99.9 107.1
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.2 73.9
Track Width, Front (in) - TBD - 62.3
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.7 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 168.4 188.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 12.0 13.4
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) NA 11.8 x 0.8
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) - TBD - NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - TBD - 12.4 x 1.4
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 16.0
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.0 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.3 15.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.4 33.4
Tires
Spare Tire Size - TBD - NA
Front Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size 215/60R16 P215/60R17
Rear Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Front Tire Size 215/60R16 P215/60R17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 100
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) - TBD - 3453
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 17 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 17 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 170 @ 5700 305 @ 6500
Engine Type Gas I5 Gas V6
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 177 @ 4250 280 @ 4250
Engine Order Code NA 99M
Displacement 2.5L/151 3.7L/227
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 25 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 29 29
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1) - TBD - 3.84
Second Gear Ratio (:1) - TBD - 2.53
Trans Order Code NA 44X
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - TBD - 2.73
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) - TBD - 1.23
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - TBD - 0.70
First Gear Ratio (:1) - TBD - 4.23
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) - TBD - 1.66
Trans Type 6 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - TBD - 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Summary
Vehicle Name Volkswagen Beetle Ford Mustang
Body Style Coupe 2 Door Coupe
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Panhard rod
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front - TBD - MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA 0.9
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) NA 1.3
Suspension Type - Rear - TBD - 3-Link Solid Axle
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.3 8.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 5
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating
 
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