Compare 2010 Ford Mustang vs 2009 Volkswagen Beetle vs 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit

2010 Ford Mustang
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2009 Volkswagen Beetle
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2009 Volkswagen Rabbit
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2-Door Coupe V6
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe V6 18 26 $19,906 $21,395
2-Door Coupe V6 Premium 18 26 $22,606 $24,395
2-Door Convertible V6 18 26 $24,406 $26,395
2-Door Coupe GT 16 24 $26,206 $28,395
2-Door Convertible V6 Premium 18 26 $27,106 $29,395
2-Door Coupe GT Premium 16 24 $28,906 $31,395
2-Door Convertible GT 16 24 $30,706 $33,395
2-Door Convertible GT Premium 16 24 $33,406 $36,395
2-Door Coupe Shelby GT500 14 22 $42,236 $46,725
2-Door Convertible Shelby GT500 14 22 $46,686 $51,725
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2-Door Manual S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Manual PZEV S 20 28 $17,371 $18,290
2-Door Manual S 20 28 $17,371 $18,290
2-Door Automatic PZEV S 20 29 $18,470 $19,390
2-Door Automatic S 20 29 $18,470 $19,390
2-Door Automatic Blush 20 28 $25,630 $26,990
2-Door Automatic PZEV Blush 20 28 $25,630 $26,990
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2-Door HB Manual S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door HB Manual PZEV S 21 30 $15,456 $16,300
2-Door HB Manual S 21 30 $15,456 $16,300
2-Door HB Automatic PZEV S 20 29 $16,555 $17,400
2-Door HB Automatic S 20 29 $16,555 $17,400
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV S 20 29 $18,781 $19,340
4-Door HB Automatic S 20 29 $18,781 $19,340
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,906
$17,371
$15,456
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,395
$18,290
$16,300
Monthly Payment Estimate
$357 / month
$305 / month
$272 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
7.0
8.0
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. The 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit is a high-quality compact vehicle throughout, though it's not particularly sporty or fuel-efficient.
TCC Likes
TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 20 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 28 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Sub-Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
53.4 - TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
29.8 33.5 35.3
Front Head Room (in)
38.5 38.2 39.3
Second Hip Room (in)
46.8 - TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.3 52.8 54.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
83.3 81 94.0
Second Head Room (in)
34.7 36.7 38.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
51.6 49.3 54.6
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 39.4 41.2
Passenger Capacity
4 4 5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.9 58.8 59.8
Wheelbase (in)
107.1 98.8 101.5
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
80.1 67.9 69.3
Track Width, Front (in)
62.3 59.4 60.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 4.6 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
188.1 161.1 165.8
Height, Overall (in)
55.6 59.0 58.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.4 12.0 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- - 15.1
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- - - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.5 x 1.18 11.03 x 0.87 11.34 x 0.98
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x 0.75 9.13 x 0.35 10.24 x 0.47
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16 14.5 14.5
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.04 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.7 15.6 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
33.4 35.8 35.7
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/60R17 P205/55HR16 195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/60R17 P205/55HR16 195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3400 2884 3072
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7 16 x 6.5 15 x 6
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7 16 x 6.5 15 x 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
12.5 10.0 10.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 140 140
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I5 Gas I5
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
240 @ 3500 170 @ 3750 177 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
99N NA NA
Displacement
4.0L/245 2.5L/151 2.5L/151
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
210 @ 5300 150 @ 5000 170 @ 5700
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 23 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 28 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 20 21
Transmission
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA - -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.19 2.12 2.12
Trans Order Code
44F NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.31 3.65 3.65
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.03 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA - -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.75 3.78 3.78
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.36 1.36
Trans Type
5 5 5
Drivetrain
Rear wheel drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.72 0.84 0.77
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.53 3.65 3.60
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 2 Door Coupe 2 Door HB
Vehicle Name
Ford Mustang Volkswagen New Beetle Coupe Volkswagen Rabbit
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut Independent Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA 0.71 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.13 0.91 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
3-link solid axle Torsion Beam Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Panhard rod NA Multilink
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.9 - -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 6 7

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