2010 Ford Mustang vs. Its Competition

2010 Ford Mustang
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

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.

The interior of the new Camaro is also larger than the Mustang's, but not as large as the Dodge Challenger's.

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.

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MSRP From   
$21,395$22,680$22,220$29,930
Gas Mileage   
14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class   
CompactCompactMidsize sedanTwo-Seater
Style Name   
2-Door Coupe V62-Door Coupe LS2-Door Coupe SE2-Door Coupe Manual
Drivetrain   
Rear wheel driveRear wheel driveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
4452
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
2 Door Coupe2dr Cpe2 Door Coupe2 door coupe
Transmission   
ManualManualAutomaticManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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