The Dodge Challenger is a plus-sized pony car when compared to the Mustang.
The Dodge's interior is larger, and its base V-8 offers more horsepower than the Mustang's only V-8.
However, because the Mustang is smaller and lighter, the performance difference isn't as lopsided as one might expect; plus, the Mustang is less expensive.
At the time this Bottom Line was produced, the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro hadn't yet gone on sale.
The V-6 Camaro will be thousands of dollars more expensive than the base Mustang and may compete performance-wise with the Mustang GT.
While not a direct competitor, the rear-wheel-drive Nissan 370Z (all-new for 2009) begins at just under $30,000.
At this price point, it's a competitor with the American pony cars.
Of course, the Nissan is a more focused sportscar, and accordingly, it gives up the practicality provided by small rear seats and a proper trunk.
The Mustang is currently available as a coupe or convertible, which won't be offered by Dodge and is still in the future for the Camaro and 370Z.
Additionally, the Mustang's optional glass roof, SYNC, and Sirius Travel Link further separate the Ford from these competitors.
|2010 Ford Mustang||2010 Chevrolet Camaro||2009 Dodge Challenger||2009 Nissan 370Z|
|$21,395Browse Used Listings||$22,680Browse Used Listings||$22,220Browse Used Listings||$29,930Browse Used Listings|
|14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|2-Door Coupe V6||2-Door Coupe LS||2-Door Coupe SE||2-Door Coupe Manual|
|Rear wheel drive||Rear wheel drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|2 Door Coupe||2dr Cpe||2 Door Coupe||2 door coupe|