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2019 Ford Mustang vs. 2019 Dodge Challenger

2019 Ford Mustang
2019 Dodge Challenger

Muscle Car Comparison: 2019 Ford Mustang vs. 2019 Dodge Challenger

If you are shopping for a new sports car you have probably considered the Ford Mustang and the Dodge Challenger. See how these popular sports cars compare to one another.

Cost Comparison

These two muscle cars are offered with several trim options and powertrains and both have a starting MSRP around $27,000. The entry level Mustang Fastback is less expensive than the base level Challenger SXT with the Fastback offered at $26,395 and the SXT starting at $27,845. Top end pricing for these two models start at $59,140 for the Mustang Shelby GT350 and $77,695 for the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody.

Recent Updates

The Mustang and the Challenger are both stars in their respective lineups and both have many devoted fans. Over the last few years both of these models have received retro revisions and updates. While Dodge has focused primarily in making the Challenger more powerful than ever before Ford has developed more improvements for the Mustang’s handling and everyday efficiency.

Exterior Design

While the Challenger has had many upgrades under the hood the exterior design remains the same as it has for years. The newest Challenger model uses the same basic design as it did 12 years ago.
The Ford Mustang was fully redesigned in 2015 and received a few new upgrades for 2019. The Mustang also offers a convertible option that is not available with the Challenger.

Powertrains

The Mustang is offered with either a 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder or 5.0-liter V8 engine.  The highly efficient turbocharged engine delivers 310 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque and has an estimated EPA of 25 miles per gallon. The Mustang’s V8 engine delivers 460 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque with an estimated 19 mpg combined.

The Challenger offers more engine types to choose from although none are as advanced as the Mustang’s options. At the low end is a 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 305 hp and 268 lb-ft of torque with an estimated 23 miles per gallon. More powerful Challenger models are available with a 6.4-liter V6 engine that delivers 485 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque with an estimated 17 mpg combined.

For drivers who require even more power, the Mustang and the Challenger are available with additional high-output engines such as those found on the Mustang Shelby and the Challenger Hellcat Redeye.

Safety

The Mustang out performs the Challenger in the Insurance Institute in Highway safety crash testing. Likely a result of the Challenger’s aging design, the vehicle receives only a score of Marginal in the driver-side small front-overlap test, while the Mustang receives an Acceptable. The Challenger also comes up short in the roof strength and head restraint categories.

Further Your Research

Both the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger are remarkable vehicles that most drivers would be proud to park in their driveways. We are, of course, a bit partial to the Mustang for its stunning good looks, variety of model options and affordable price. We invite you to continue your research by coming in for a test drive soon.