Compare 2010 Ford Mustang vs 2009 Volkswagen Beetle

2010 Ford Mustang
2009 Volkswagen Beetle
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2-Door Conv GT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Mustang 2-Door Conv GT 16 24 $30,706 $33,395
Mustang 2-Door Conv GT Premium 16 24 $33,406 $36,395
Mustang 2-Door Conv Shelby GT500 14 22 $46,686 $51,725
Mustang 2-Door Conv V6 18 26 $24,406 $26,395
Mustang 2-Door Conv V6 Premium 18 26 $27,106 $29,395
Mustang 2-Door Coupe GT 16 24 $26,206 $28,395
Mustang 2-Door Coupe GT Premium 16 24 $28,906 $31,395
Mustang 2-Door Coupe Shelby GT500 14 22 $42,236 $46,725
Mustang 2-Door Coupe V6 18 26 $19,906 $21,395
Mustang 2-Door Coupe V6 Premium 18 26 $22,606 $24,395
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2-Door Automatic Blush
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
New Beetle Convertible 2-Door Automatic Blush 20 28 $25,630 $26,990
New Beetle Convertible 2-Door Automatic Blush PZEV 20 28 $25,630 $26,990
New Beetle Convertible 2-Door Automatic S 20 28 $24,686 $25,990
New Beetle Convertible 2-Door Automatic S PZEV 20 28 $24,686 $25,990
New Beetle Coupe 2-Door Automatic S 20 29 $18,470 $19,390
New Beetle Coupe 2-Door Automatic S PZEV 20 29 $18,470 $19,390
New Beetle Coupe 2-Door Manual S 20 28 $17,371 $18,290
New Beetle Coupe 2-Door Manual S PZEV 20 28 $17,371 $18,290

Pricing

Invoice Price

$30,706
$25,630

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$33,395
$26,990

Monthly Payment Estimate

$557 / month
$450 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

8.4
7.0

TCC’s Bottom Line

Nostalgia is still a big part of the appeal, but the 2010 Ford Mustang is now every bit a modern, refined sport coupe. People flock to the 2009 Volkswagen New Beetle for its looks—but performance, safety, and interior space are not its best attributes.

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Fuel Economy

City

16 mpg 20 mpg

Highway

24 mpg 28 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Compact Mini-Compact

Interior Dimensions

Second Hip Room (in)

45.2 - TBD -

Front Shoulder Room (in)

55.3 52.8

Passenger Volume (ft³)

81.0 78

Second Head Room (in)

36.5 37.2

Second Shoulder Room (in)

45.0 42.1

Front Leg Room (in)

42.4 39.4

Passenger Capacity

4 4

Front Hip Room (in)

53.4 - TBD -

Second Leg Room (in)

29.8 31.5

Front Head Room (in)

38.8 40.7

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

62.0 59.3

Min Ground Clearance (in)

- TBD - 4.7

Length, Overall (in)

188.2 161.1

Height, Overall (in)

56.1 59.1

Track Width, Rear (in)

62.6 58.5

Wheelbase (in)

107.1 98.8

Liftover Height (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

80.1 67.9

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

9.6 5

Brakes

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA NA

Brake ABS System

4-Wheel 4-Wheel

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

11.8 x 0.75 9.1 x 0.3

Brake Type

Pwr Pwr

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

12.4 x 1.18 11.0 x 0.9

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

16 14.5

Steering

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

15.7 15.6

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

37.7 35.8

Steering Type

Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

- TBD - 3.04

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - - TBD -

Tires

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

Front Tire Size

P235/50WR18 P225/45HR17

Spare Tire Size

Compact Compact

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P235/50WR18 P225/45HR17

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

100 NA

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

150 NA

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

1000 NA

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

1000 NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3651 3248

Wheels

Front Wheel Size (in)

18 x 8 17 x - TBD -

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact - TBD -

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Alloy

Rear Wheel Size (in)

18 x 8 17 x - TBD -

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Alloy

Spare Wheel Material

- TBD - - TBD -

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

14.2 10.0

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- TBD - - TBD -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

- TBD - 140

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

325 @ 4250 170 @ 3750

Engine Order Code

99H NA

Displacement

4.6L/281 2.5L/151

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

315 @ 6000 150 @ 5000

Engine Type

Gas V8 Gas I5

Fuel System

Electronic Fuel Injection SMPI

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

24 28

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

16 20

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

19 23

Transmission

Clutch Size (in)

- TBD - NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.32 1.56

Trans Type

5 6

Drivetrain

Rear wheel drive Front Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.62 0.85

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

3.38 3.19

Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA -

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.00 2.37

Trans Order Code

44F NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.55 3.87

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.00 1.16

Trans Description Cont.

Manual Automatic w/OD

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA 0.67

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

NA -

First Gear Ratio (:1)

3.38 4.04

Summary

Vehicle Name

Ford Mustang Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible

Body Style

2 Door Convertible 2 Door Convertible

Suspension

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

1.34 0.91

Suspension Type - Rear

3-link solid axle Independent

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

w/Panhard rod Torsion Beam

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front

MacPherson strut Independent

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

0.87 0.71

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

NA MacPherson Strut

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

4 6

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

9.8 -

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