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2-Door Conv GT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Mustang 2-Door Conv GT 17 26 $31,959 $34,710
Mustang 2-Door Conv GT Premium 17 26 $35,559 $38,710
Mustang 2-Door Conv Shelby GT500 15 23 $48,611 $53,810
Mustang 2-Door Conv V6 19 29 $25,845 $27,310
Mustang 2-Door Conv V6 Premium 19 29 $28,899 $31,310
Mustang 2-Door Coupe Boss 302 17 26 $36,999 $40,310
Mustang 2-Door Coupe GT 17 26 $27,459 $29,710
Mustang 2-Door Coupe GT Premium 17 26 $31,059 $33,710
Mustang 2-Door Coupe Shelby GT500 15 23 $44,161 $48,810
Mustang 2-Door Coupe V6 19 29 $21,245 $22,310
Mustang 2-Door Coupe V6 Premium 19 29 $24,399 $26,310
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2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.5L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.5L 22 29 $20,059 $20,895
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.5L PZEV 22 29 $20,059 $20,895
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.5L w/Sound/Nav PZEV 22 29 $23,294 $24,265
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.5L w/Sun 22 29 $22,459 $23,395
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.5L w/Sun PZEV 22 29 $22,459 $23,395
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.5L w/Sun/Sound/Nav 22 29 $24,187 $25,195
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.5L w/Sun/Sound/Nav PZEV 22 29 $24,187 $25,195
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Automatic Entry 22 29 $17,755 $18,495
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Automatic Entry PZEV 22 29 $17,755 $18,495
Beetle 2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Black Turbo Launch Edition 22 30 $23,953 $24,950
Beetle 2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Black Turbo Launch Edition PZEV 22 30 $23,953 $24,950
Beetle 2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Turbo 22 30 $23,515 $24,495
Beetle 2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Turbo PZEV 22 30 $23,515 $24,495
Beetle 2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Turbo w/Sound/Nav PZEV 22 30 $27,038 $28,165
Beetle 2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Snd/Nav PZEV 22 30 $27,931 $29,095
Beetle 2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Sound 22 30 $26,395 $27,495
Beetle 2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Sound PZEV 22 30 $26,395 $27,495
Beetle 2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Sound/Nav 22 30 $27,931 $29,095
Beetle 2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T White Turbo Launch Edition 22 30 $23,953 $24,950
Beetle 2-Door Coupe DSG 2.0T White Turbo Launch Edition PZEV 22 30 $23,953 $24,950
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Manual 22 31 $18,235 $18,995
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Manual 2.0T Turbo 21 30 $22,459 $23,395
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Manual 2.0T Turbo PZEV 21 30 $22,459 $23,395
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Manual 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Snd/Nav PZEV 21 30 $26,875 $27,995
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Manual 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Sound 21 30 $25,339 $26,395
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Manual 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Sound PZEV 21 30 $25,339 $26,395
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Manual 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Sound/Nav 21 30 $26,875 $27,995
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Manual 2.5L 22 31 $19,003 $19,795
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Manual 2.5L PZEV 22 31 $19,003 $19,795
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Manual 2.5L w/Sun 22 31 $21,403 $22,295
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Manual 2.5L w/Sun PZEV 22 31 $21,403 $22,295
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Manual 2.5L w/Sun/Sound/Nav 22 31 $23,131 $24,095
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Manual 2.5L w/Sun/Sound/Nav PZEV 22 31 $23,131 $24,095
Beetle 2-Door Coupe Manual PZEV 22 31 $18,235 $18,995

Pricing

Invoice Price

$31,959
$20,059

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$34,710
$20,895

Monthly Payment Estimate

$579 / month
$348 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

8.4
8.0

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2012 Ford Mustang doles out all the tire-smoking pony-car thrills, but it's also grown to become quite a sophisticated car. It's a tale of two Bugs: base Beetles are boring, but 2012 VW Beetle Turbos have us seeking out the nearest exit ramp.

TCC Likes

TCC Dislikes

Fuel Economy

City

17 mpg 22 mpg

Highway

26 mpg 29 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Compact Subcompact car

Number of Passenger Doors

- 2

Interior Dimensions

Second Hip Room (in)

45.2 - TBD -

Front Shoulder Room (in)

55.3 55.3

Passenger Volume (ft³)

81.0 85.0

Second Head Room (in)

36.5 37.1

Second Shoulder Room (in)

45.0 49.0

Front Leg Room (in)

42.4 41.3

Passenger Capacity

4 4

Front Hip Room (in)

53.4 - TBD -

Second Leg Room (in)

29.8 31.4

Front Head Room (in)

38.8 39.4

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

62.0 - TBD -

Min Ground Clearance (in)

- TBD - 5.7

Length, Overall (in)

188.2 168.4

Height, Overall (in)

56.0 58.5

Track Width, Rear (in)

62.6 - TBD -

Wheelbase (in)

107.1 99.9

Liftover Height (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

73.9 71.2

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

9.6 12.0

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 0.8 - TBD -

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)

13.2 x 1.4 - TBD -

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

16.0 14.5

Steering

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

15.7 16.3

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

33.4 35.4

Steering Type

Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

- TBD - 3.0

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - - TBD -

Tires

Rear Tire Order Code

NA - TBD -

Front Tire Size

P235/50WR18 215/55R17

Spare Tire Size

Compact - TBD -

Front Tire Order Code

NA - TBD -

Spare Tire Order Code

NA - TBD -

Rear Tire Size

P235/50WR18 215/55R17

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

100 - TBD -

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

150 - TBD -

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

1000 - TBD -

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

1000 - TBD -

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3718 - TBD -

Wheels

Front Wheel Size (in)

18 x 8.0 17 x - TBD -

Spare Wheel Size (in)

18 x 4.5 - TBD -

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

18 x 8.0 17 x - TBD -

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

Aluminum - TBD -

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

- TBD - - TBD -

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- TBD - - TBD -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

- TBD - - TBD -

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

390 @ 4250 177 @ 4250

Engine Order Code

99F NA

Displacement

5.0L/302 2.5L/151

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

412 @ 6500 170 @ 5700

Engine Type

Gas V8 Gas I5

Fuel System

Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

26 29

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

17 22

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

20 25

Transmission

Clutch Size (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.69 - TBD -

Trans Type

6 6

Drivetrain

Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.00 - TBD -

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

3.32 - TBD -

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.43 - TBD -

Trans Order Code

44X NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.31 - TBD -

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.32 - TBD -

Trans Description Cont.

Manual Automatic

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.65 - TBD -

First Gear Ratio (:1)

3.66 - TBD -

Summary

Vehicle Name

Ford Mustang Volkswagen Beetle

Body Style

2 Door Convertible Coupe

Suspension

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

1.3 NA

Suspension Type - Rear

3-Link Solid Axle - TBD -

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

w/Panhard rod NA

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front

MacPherson Strut - TBD -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

0.9 NA

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

w/Coil Springs NA

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

4 6

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

9.1 7.3

Crash Test Ratings

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

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