Compare 2012 Volkswagen Beetle vs 2012 Ford Mustang

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2-Door Coupe Automatic Entry
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
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2-Door Coupe V6
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
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.4
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
City
22 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact car Compact
Number of Passenger Doors
2 -
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.1 34.7
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
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.7 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
168.4 188.1
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.0 13.4
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 16.0
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.3 15.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.4 33.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
215/60R16 P215/60R17
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
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 100
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- TBD - 3453
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
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
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
2.5L/151 3.7L/227
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
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
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
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.84
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 2.53
Trans Order Code
NA 44X
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 2.73
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
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
Summary
Body Style
Coupe 2 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Beetle Ford Mustang
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA 1.3
Suspension Type - Rear
- TBD - 3-Link Solid Axle
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 -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 5
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.3 8.3
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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