Greene Ford Compares 2017 Ford Mustang VS 2017 Lexus RC Near Flowery Branch, GA

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2017 Ford Mustang

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2017 Lexus RC

Safety Comparison

Both the Mustang and the RC have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 20 times as many Ford dealers as there are Lexus 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 RC Turbo 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the RC’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 RC doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

Engine Comparison

The Mustang has more powerful engines than the RC:

 

Horsepower

Torque

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.

RC Turbo 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

241 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

RC 300 AWD 3.5 DOHC V6

255 HP

236 lbs.-ft.

RC 350 3.5 DOHC V6

306 HP

277 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford Mustang is faster than the RC 350 3.5 DOHC V6 (automatics tested):

 

Mustang V6

Mustang ECOBoost

RC

Zero to 60 MPH

5.5 sec

5.2 sec

6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.4 sec

14.4 sec

14.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.9 sec

6 sec

6.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.1 sec

13.9 sec

14.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

102 MPH

98 MPH

100 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Mustang uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on Mustang ECOBoost for maximum performance). The RC requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

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 RC 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 RC:

 

Mustang

Mustang GT

RC Turbo

RC 350/F Sport

Front Rotors

12.5 inches

15 inches

11.7 inches

13.1 inches

Rear Rotors

12.5 inches

13 inches

11.4 inches

12.2 inches

The Mustang stops much shorter than the RC:

 

Mustang

RC

 

70 to 0 MPH

149 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Mustang’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the RC (265/35R20 vs. 235/40R19).

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 RC’s optional 40 series front tires.

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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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 RC doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Mustang is .2 inches wider in the front and 2.7 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the RC.

The Mustang EcoBoost Fastback handles at .98 G’s, while the RC 350 pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Mustang may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 200 pounds less than the Lexus RC.

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 RC doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Mustang Fastback has 1 inch more front hip room, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.7 inches more rear legroom, 2.5 inches more rear hip room and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the RC.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Mustang Fastback has a much larger trunk than the RC (13.5 vs. 10.4 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Mustang Auto has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The RC doesn’t offer a remote starting 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 RC does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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 RC’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 6 of the last 12 years. The RC has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Mustang was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” three times - most recently in 2015. The RC has never been an “All Star.”

The Ford Mustang outsold the Lexus RC by over nine to one during the 2016 model year.

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