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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.
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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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