2009 Ford Mustang vs. Its Competition

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Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Since 2002 when the last of the Chevrolet Camaros and Pontiac Firebirds rolled off the assembly line, the Ford Mustang has had no pony/muscle car foes to compete against.

Some may be tempted to compare the Mustang to front-wheel-drive coupes like the Pontiac G6 or the Scion tC, but those are apples-to-oranges comparisons.

With the introduction of the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8, finally, the Mustang has a rear-wheel-drive foe to battle, even if the Dodge only competes with the expensive Shelby GT500 and GT500KR models—for now.

This year (2009), Mustang will compete against a full lineup of Dodge Challenger models (with V-6 and V-8 powerplants), as well as the 2010 Camaro.

The ‘60s are back with a vengeance, and as an added benefit, these muscle machines can take on the twisties as well as they devour pavement in a straight line.


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Quick Specs
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SubcompactCompactMidsize sedan
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2-Door Coupe2-Door Coupe LS2-Door Coupe SE
Rear Wheel DriveRear wheel driveRear Wheel Drive
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2 Door Coupe2dr Cpe2 Door Coupe
Detailed Spec Comparison
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