Greene Ford Compares 2005 Ford Mustang VS 2005 Hyundai Tiburon Near Cleveland, GA

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2005 Ford Mustang

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2005 Hyundai Tiburon

Safety Comparison

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 Tiburon’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

To prevent wheel spin and loss of control under poor traction conditions, full range traction control is optional on the Ford Mustang. The Hyundai Tiburon doesn’t offer traction control.

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

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 2% less likely to roll over than the Tiburon, which received a four-star rating.

Warranty Comparison

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

There are almost 7 times as many Ford dealers as there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much 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 Tiburon’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt, which eventually needs to be replaced. If the Tiburon’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

The engines in the Mustang have a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the Tiburon have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

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 Tiburon 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 Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 16th in reliability, above the industry average. With 99 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 32nd.

Engine Comparison

The Mustang’s standard 4.0 SOHC V6 produces 72 more horsepower (210 vs. 138) and 104 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 136) than the Tiburon’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Mustang’s 4.0 SOHC V6 produces 38 more horsepower (210 vs. 172) and 59 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 181) than the Tiburon GT/SE’s standard 2.7 DOHC V6. The Mustang GT’s standard 4.6 SOHC V8 produces 128 more horsepower (300 vs. 172) and 139 lbs.-ft. more torque (320 vs. 181) than the Tiburon GT/SE’s standard 2.7 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Mustang V6 5-speed manual gets better fuel mileage than the Tiburon V6 6-speed manual (19 city/28 hwy vs. 19 city/26 hwy).

The Mustang has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Tiburon (16 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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


Mustang GT


Front Rotors

11.4 inches

12.4 inches

11 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

11.8 inches

10.2 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 Tiburon are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Mustang has larger standard tires than the Tiburon (215/65R16 vs. 205/55R16). The Mustang GT’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Tiburon (235/55R17 vs. 215/45R17).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Mustang’s wheelbase is 7.5 inches longer than on the Tiburon (107.1 vs. 99.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Mustang is 3.4 inches wider in the front and 4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Tiburon.

The Mustang’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (53% to 47%) than the Tiburon’s (62.5% to 37.5%). This gives the Mustang more stable handling and braking.

The Mustang Coupe handles at .87 G’s, while the Tiburon GT pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

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 Tiburon is rated a Subcompact.

The Mustang Coupe has 16 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Tiburon (97.9 vs. 81.9).

The Mustang Coupe has .6 inches more front headroom, 2 inches more front hip room, 1.5 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, .4 inches more rear legroom, 2.1 inches more rear hip room and 2.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Tiburon.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Mustang. The Tiburon 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 Tiburon’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 Tiburon 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 Tiburon 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 Tiburon’s intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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