Greene Ford Compares 2005 Ford Mustang VS 2005 Dodge Stratus Near Cumming, GA

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2005 Ford Mustang

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2005 Dodge Stratus

Safety Comparison

To maximize occupant safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford Mustang have pretensioners to eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Dodge Stratus Coupe doesn’t offer pretensioners.

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Mustang deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Stratus Coupe’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

To prevent power induced skids and loss of control on slick surfaces, the Ford Mustang offers optional full range traction control. The Stratus Coupe’s available traction control is for speeds under 25 MPH only. Low traction conditions at higher speeds are more dangerous, making the need for full range traction control important.

Both the Mustang and the Stratus Coupe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, available front seat side-impact airbags and four-wheel antilock brakes.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new cars. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Mustang Coupe is safer than the Stratus Coupe:


Stratus Coupe



5 Stars

4 Stars

Head Injury Index



Chest forces

37 g’s

54 g’s

Leg injuries (L/R)

144 / 463

1325 / 816



5 Stars

4 Stars

Head Injury Index



Chest forces

40 g’s

50 g’s

Leg injuries (L/R)

623 / 284

762 / 833

More stars indicate a better overall result. Lower numbers indicate better individual test results.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 38.5 MPH side impact tests on new cars. In this test, results indicate that the Mustang is safer than the Stratus Coupe:


Stratus Coupe

Front Seat


4 Stars

3 Stars

Thoracic Trauma



Pelvis Deceleration

45 G’s

83 G’s

Rear Seat

Pelvis Deceleration

49 G’s

65 G’s

More stars indicate a better chance of avoiding serious injuries. Lower numbers indicate better actual numeric test results.

Instrumented handling tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and analysis of its dimensions indicate that the Mustang, with its five-star roll-over rating, is 1.3% less likely to roll over than the Stratus Coupe, which received a four-star rating.

Warranty Comparison

The Mustang comes with free roadside assistance for 3 years 36,000 miles. Ford will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump-start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Dodge doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Stratus Coupe.

The Mustang’s 5-year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Stratus Coupe runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 33 percent more Ford dealers than there are Dodge dealers, which makes it easier to get service under the Mustang’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Mustang’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Stratus Coupe’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt, which eventually needs to be replaced. If the Stratus Coupe’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

The Mustang has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Stratus Coupe doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of the owners of three-year-old cars provide the long-term dependability statistics, which show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 16th in reliability, above the industry average. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 24th.

Engine Comparison

The Mustang has more powerful engines than the Stratus Coupe:



Mustang 4.0 SOHC V6

210 HP

240 lbs.-ft.

Mustang GT 4.6 SOHC V8

300 HP

320 lbs.-ft.

Stratus Coupe (Auto) 2.4 SOHC 4 cyl.

142 HP

155 lbs.-ft.

Stratus Coupe (Man) 2.4 SOHC 4 cyl.

147 HP

158 lbs.-ft.

Stratus Coupe 3.0 SOHC V6

200 HP

205 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Mustang uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Stratus Coupe with the 3.0 SOHC V6 engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 25 to 50 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Mustang’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Stratus Coupe:


Mustang GT

Stratus Coupe

Stratus Coupe R/T

Front Rotors

11.4 inches

12.4 inches

10.1 inches

10.9 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

11.8 inches

9” drums

10.3 inches

The Mustang’s brakes have 81% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Stratus Coupe with its standard brakes (495 vs. 273.8 square inches), so the Mustang has more braking power available. The Mustang’s brakes have 27% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Stratus Coupe R/T (495 vs. 388.3 square inches).

The Mustang GT’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Stratus Coupe are solid, not vented.

The Ford Mustang has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power. Rear drums are standard on the Stratus Coupe. Drums can heat up and make stops longer.

The Mustang with optional antilock brakes stops much shorter than the Stratus Coupe with antilock brakes:


Stratus Coupe

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

146 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Mustang has larger standard tires than the Stratus Coupe (215/65R16 vs. 205/60R16). The Mustang GT’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Stratus Coupe (235/55R17 vs. 215/50R17).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Mustang’s wheelbase is 3.4 inches longer than on the Stratus Coupe (107.1 vs. 103.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Mustang is 2.8 inches wider in the front and 3.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Stratus Coupe.

The Mustang’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (53% to 47%) than the Stratus Coupe’s (60% to 40%). This gives the Mustang more stable handling and braking.

The Mustang Coupe handles at .87 G’s, while the Stratus Coupe R/T pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability the Mustang GT’s turning circle is 4.3 feet tighter than the Stratus Coupe’s (38 vs. 42.3 feet). The Mustang Coupe V6’s turning circle is 6.3 feet tighter than the Stratus Coupe’s (36 vs. 42.3 feet).

Chassis Comparison

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Mustang V8 (except V6) has a liquid-filled front engine mount. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Stratus Coupe uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Mustang Coupe is rated a Mid-size car by the EPA, while the Stratus Coupe is rated a Compact.

The Mustang Coupe has 11.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Stratus Coupe (97.9 vs. 86.4).

The Mustang Coupe has .1 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom, 1.7 inches more front hip room, 3.1 inches more front shoulder room and 1 inch more rear shoulder room than the Stratus Coupe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Mustang’s trunk lid uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The Stratus Coupe’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Mustang. The Stratus Coupe doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

The engine computer on the Mustang disables the starter while the engine is running. The Stratus Coupe’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

The Mustang’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Stratus Coupe does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Mustang’s power windows raise and lower automatically with one touch, especially convenient at tollbooths or drive-up windows. The power windows on the Stratus Coupe don’t raise automatically, and only the driver’s window lowers automatically.

The Mustang’s standard speed sensitive intermittent wipers speed up as the car does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Stratus Coupe’s intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Mustang’s standard power mirror controls are mounted on the door for easy access. The Stratus Coupe’s power mirror controls are on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

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