2011 Ford Mustang vs. Its Competition

2011 Ford Mustang 2-door Coupe Premium Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

With its new engine, the Ford Mustang V-6 is no longer the rental cruiser as before; it’s now a worthy rival to the likes of the Nissan 370Z and Hyundai Genesis, although the 370Z still feels lighter, sharper, and more like an all-out sports car.

As for the V-8 Mustang GT, it now feels like more of a serious performance coupe and less of a mere muscle machine.

It’s just as quick as the Camaro SS—perhaps faster by some measures—and we like its rev-happy character and wonderful sound a bit better.

Factor in the improvements in fuel economy, the value for the money, and the reasonably comfortable cabin—plus features like SYNC and MyRide—and the 2011 Ford Mustang looks like a much stronger contender in every way.

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8.4
The 2011 Ford Mustang lives up to all those juvenile, tire-smoking pony-car expectations; at the same time, it’s an unexpectedly capable, sophisticated coupe.
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For $22,000, the 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0t represents a heck of a performance value.
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A great performance car that starts just under $30,000, the 2010 Nissan 370Z comes close enough to Porsche performance to make you wonder.
MSRP From   
$22,145$22,680$22,000$30,410
Gas Mileage   
15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V6Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6
EPA Class   
CompactCompactSubcompactTwo-Seater
Style Name   
2-Door Coupe V62-Door Coupe LS2-Door 2.0T Manual2-Door Coupe Manual
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel DriveRear wheel driveRear Wheel driveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
4442
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
2 Door Coupe2dr Cpe2 Door Coupe2 door coupe
Transmission   
ManualManualManual w/ODManual