Greene Ford Compares 2017 Ford Mustang VS 2017 Honda Accord Near Cumming, GA

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2017 Ford Mustang

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2017 Honda Accord

Safety Comparison

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 Accord Coupe doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Mustang has standard 911 Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Accord Coupe doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Mustang and the Accord Coupe 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, available collision warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Mustang is safer than the Honda Accord Coupe:



Accord Coupe


Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Abdominal Force

136 G’s

162 G’s

Hip Force

224 lbs.

294 lbs.


Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

675 lbs.

861 lbs.


Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

15 inches

Spine Acceleration

34 G’s

36 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need 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 Accord Coupe EX-L V6/Touring 3.5 SOHC V6’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the Accord 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 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 Accord 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’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Mustang has more powerful engines than the Accord Coupe:




Mustang 3.7 DOHC V6

300 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

Mustang ECOBoost 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

310 HP

320 lbs.-ft.

Mustang GT 5.0 DOHC V8

435 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

Accord Coupe 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

185 HP

181 lbs.-ft.

Accord Coupe EX-L V6/Touring 3.5 SOHC V6

278 HP

252 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Mustang GT 5.0 DOHC V8 is faster than the Accord Coupe EX-L V6/Touring 3.5 SOHC V6 (manual transmissions tested):



Accord Coupe

Zero to 60 MPH

4.4 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter Mile

12.8 sec

13.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

112.2 MPH

101.4 MPH

As tested in Car and Driver the Mustang ECOBoost 2.3 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Accord Coupe EX-L V6/Touring 3.5 SOHC V6 (automatics tested):



Accord Coupe

Zero to 30 MPH

1.8 sec

2.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

5.5 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

8.7 sec

8.8 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.1 sec

3.3 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

3.9 sec

4.2 sec

Quarter Mile

13.9 sec

14.1 sec

Top Speed

149 MPH

125 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Mustang has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Accord Coupe doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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



Mustang GT

Accord Coupe LX-S

Accord Coupe Touring

Front Rotors

12.5 inches

15 inches

11.1 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

12.5 inches

13 inches

11.1 inches

12.3 inches

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

The Mustang stops much shorter than the Accord Coupe:



Accord Coupe


70 to 0 MPH

149 feet

169 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

102 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Mustang has larger standard tires than the Accord Coupe (235/55R17 vs. 215/55R17). The Mustang’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Accord Coupe (265/35R20 vs. 235/45R18).

The Mustang’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Accord Coupe Touring’s 40 series tires.

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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Mustang is 2.4 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Accord Coupe.

The Mustang’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (53.5% to 46.5%) than the Accord Coupe’s (60.3% to 39.7%). This gives the Mustang more stable handling and braking.

The Mustang EcoBoost Fastback handles at .98 G’s, while the Accord Coupe EX-L V6 pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Mustang EcoBoost Fastback executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.8 seconds quicker than the Accord Coupe EX-L V6 (24.2 seconds @ .79 average G’s vs. 27 seconds @ .66 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Mustang w/17” wheels’ turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the Accord Coupe LX-S’ (36.5 feet vs. 37.6 feet).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Mustang EcoBoost Fastback is quieter than the Accord Coupe EX-L V6 (82 vs. 83 dB).

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 Accord Coupe’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

The Mustang Fastback’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Accord Coupe’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Mustang Premium’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Accord Coupe doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 Accord Coupe does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Mustang’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Accord Coupe’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. The Accord Coupe EX/EX-L/Touring’s rear windows don’t close automatically.

Standard air conditioned seats in the Mustang Premium keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Accord Coupe doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Mustang is less expensive to operate than the Accord Coupe because typical repairs cost much less on the Mustang than the Accord Coupe, including $202 less for an alternator, $331 less for a starter, $275 less for fuel injection, $77 less for a fuel pump, $107 less for front struts and $331 less for a power steering pump.

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 Accord hasn’t been picked since 2014.

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