Greene Ford Compares 2017 Ford Mustang VS 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Near Cumming, GA

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2017 Ford Mustang

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2017 Chevrolet Corvette

Safety Comparison

The Mustang Premium offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The Corvette doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The Mustang Premium’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Corvette doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Mustang Premium’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Corvette doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Mustang and the Corvette have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras and available rear parking sensors.

Warranty Comparison

The Mustang’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Corvette’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Mustang have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engines in the Corvette.

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 run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Corvette doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Mustang’s reliability will be 130% better than the Corvette.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Mustang stops shorter than the Corvette:

 

Mustang

Corvette

 

60 to 0 MPH

102 feet

104 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Mustang offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Corvette’s largest wheels are only 19-inches in the front and 20-inches in the rear.

The Mustang offers an optional space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Corvette, it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The front and rear suspension of the Mustang uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the Corvette, which uses transverse leafs springs. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

The Mustang’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Corvette doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Mustang is 3 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Corvette.

For better maneuverability, the Mustang w/17” wheels’ turning circle is 1.2 feet tighter than the Corvette’s (36.5 feet vs. 37.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Mustang ECOBoost uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Corvette doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Mustang EcoBoost Fastback is quieter than the Corvette Z06 Coupe:

 

Mustang

Corvette

At idle

43 dB

60 dB

Full-Throttle

82 dB

93 dB

70 MPH Cruising

73 dB

77 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Mustang has standard seating for 4 passengers; the Corvette can only carry 2.

The Mustang Fastback has 32.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Corvette (84.5 vs. 52).

The Mustang Fastback has 1.5 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more front hip room and 1.1 inches more front shoulder room than the Corvette Coupe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Mustang Convertible has a much larger trunk with its top down than the Corvette Convertible (11.4 vs. 10 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Mustang easier. The Mustang’s trunk lift-over height is 30 inches, while the Corvette’s liftover is 41.2 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

On a hot day the Mustang’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Corvette can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Mustang’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Corvette’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Mustang Premium’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

The Mustang’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Corvette’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Mustang Premium offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Contr4ol, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Corvette doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Mustang owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Mustang will cost $2425 less than the Corvette over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Mustang is less expensive to operate than the Corvette because it costs $459 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Mustang than the Corvette, including $182 less for a water pump, $592 less for an alternator, $396 less for front brake pads, $410 less for a starter, $157 less for fuel injection, $2611 less for a fuel pump, $48 less for front struts and $1608 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Mustang will be $27836 to $30658 less than for the Chevrolet Corvette.

Recommendations Comparison

IntelliChoice recognized the Ford Mustang as a “Best Value of the Year” for the 2015 model year.

The Mustang was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” three times - most recently in 2015. The Corvette hasn’t been picked since 2009.

The Ford Mustang outsold the Chevrolet Corvette by almost four to one during the 2016 model year.

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