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 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 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
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2-Door HB Automatic S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Rabbit 2-Door HB Automatic S 20 29 $16,555 $17,400
Rabbit 2-Door HB Automatic S PZEV 20 29 $16,555 $17,400
Rabbit 2-Door HB Manual S 21 30 $15,456 $16,300
Rabbit 2-Door HB Manual S PZEV 21 30 $15,456 $16,300
Rabbit 4-Door HB Automatic S 20 29 $18,781 $19,340
Rabbit 4-Door HB Automatic S PZEV 20 29 $18,781 $19,340
Pricing
Invoice Price
$30,706
$25,630
$16,555
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,395
$26,990
$17,400
Monthly Payment Estimate
$557 / month
$450 / month
$290 / 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 20 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
24 mpg 28 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Mini-Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
45.0 42.1 54.6
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 39.4 41.2
Passenger Capacity
4 4 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.4 - TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
29.8 31.5 35.3
Front Head Room (in)
38.8 40.7 39.3
Second Hip Room (in)
45.2 - TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.3 52.8 54.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
81.0 78 94.0
Second Head Room (in)
36.5 37.2 38.5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
56.1 59.1 58.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.6 58.5 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)
62.0 59.3 60.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 4.7 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
188.2 161.1 165.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
9.6 5 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- - - TBD -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- - 15.1
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x 0.75 9.1 x 0.3 10.24 x 0.47
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.4 x 1.18 11.0 x 0.9 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
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)
37.7 35.8 35.7
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/50WR18 P225/45HR17 195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/50WR18 P225/45HR17 195/65HR15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 NA NA
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3651 3248 3138
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8 17 x - TBD - 15 x 6
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8 17 x - TBD - 15 x 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact - TBD - Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
14.2 10.0 10.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 140 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
315 @ 6000 150 @ 5000 170 @ 5700
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas I5 Gas I5
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
325 @ 4250 170 @ 3750 177 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
99H NA NA
Displacement
4.6L/281 2.5L/151 2.5L/151
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 20 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 23 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 28 29
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA & Tiptronic
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.38 3.19 3.19
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA - -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.00 2.37 2.37
Trans Order Code
44F NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.55 3.87 3.89
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.16 1.16
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.67 0.67
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA - -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.38 4.04 4.04
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.32 1.56 1.56
Trans Type
5 6 6
Drivetrain
Rear wheel drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.62 0.85 0.85
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Convertible 2 Door Convertible 2 Door HB
Vehicle Name
Ford Mustang Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible Volkswagen Rabbit
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Panhard rod Torsion Beam Multilink
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut Independent Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.87 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)
1.34 0.91 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
3-link solid axle Independent Independent
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.8 - -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 6 7

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