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The Ford Mustang, the brainchild of Lee Iacocca, was introduced to the public 54 years ago on April 17, 1964 at the New York World’s fair. During the first 6 months of production the Mustang was referred to as the 1964 1/2 or also referred to as an early 1965 Mustang. All the serial numbers of the early cars started with “5” indicating a model year of 1965. The Mustang appeared on the covers of Time and Newsweek that year and was advertised in over 26,000 newspapers as well as appearing on major television networks. As a result, over 4 million people visited Ford showrooms and more than 22,000 Mustangs were ordered on the first day it debuted. Over the first year, total sales were over 417,000 which shattered all sales records for a single model of any car in the history of the automobile. You can no see why the Mustang is designated as one of the most popular cars ever introduced to the car buying public.
Over the last 54 years many changes have been made to this iconic car from Ford. From classic muscle cars of the early years to the sporty speed machines of today, the one thing that has remained constant is the brand loyalty by the car buying public who have stayed true to the Mustang through good years and bad. All totaled, the 54-year history resulted in six generations of the Mustang. The latest iteration comes with a whole host of features including new technical and design changes coupled with high performance based on several powerful engine options. It also includes, for the first time, a vast array of Ford driver-assist technologies and safety features that are sure to WOW even the most jaded drivers. If you have been passed by a Mustang lately you know that they have a very distinctive Gatling-gun V8 exhaust note. Couple that with incredible handling and an agelessly cool look and you can’t help but fall in love with the Mustang all over again.
Did you know that the original Ford Mustang was developed primarily to compete head-to-head against the Chevrolet Corvair? That was surprising because while the Corvair famously flopped, the Mustang went on to become one of the best-selling and most popular cars in the history of automobile sales.
So, we have learned about the origins of the Mustang and how it has evolved over 54 years and 6 generations but how does the latest generation stack up to the competition? Let’s take a look:
|Specifications||2018 Ford Mustang||2018 Chevrolet Cams||2018 Dodge Challenge||2018 Toyota 86||Winner|
|Body Style||Fa stback||Coupe||Coupe||Coupe|
|EPA Classification||Subcompact Cars||Compact||Mid-Size Cars||Minicompact Cars|
|ERA Fuel Economy Est - City fMPG)||21||20||19||21|
|EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwv fMPG)||31||30||30||23||Mustang|
|Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)||25||23||23||24||Mustang|
|Rear Leg Room (in)||30.6||- TBD -||33.1||29.9||Challenger|
|Front Head Room (in)||37.6||33.5||39.3||37.1||Challenger|
|Passenger Volume (ft3)||34.5||-TBD -||93.9||76.5||Challenger|
|Rear Head Room (in)||34.3||-TBD -||37.1||35||Challenger|
|Front Leg Room (in)||44.5||43.9||42||41.9||Mustang|
|Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)||75.4||74.7||75.7||69.9||Challenger|
|Length, Overall (in)||133.3||133.3||197.9||166.7||Challenger|
|Height Overall (in)||54.4||53.1||57.5||50.6||Challenger|
|Trunk Volume (ft3)||13.5||9.1||16.2||6.9||Challenger|
|Brake ABS System||4-Wheel||4-Wheel||4-Wheel||4-Wheel|
|Disc - Rear (Yes or No )||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Disc - Front (Yes or No)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Fuel Tank Capacity., Approx (gal)||15.5||-TBD -||13.5||13.2|
|Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)||36.5||-TBD -||37.4||36.1||Tovota 36|
|Rear Tire Size||P235/55WR17||P245/50R13||P235/55HR13||P215/45WR17|
|Front Tire Size||P235/55WR17||P245/50R13||P235/55HR13||P215/45WR17|
|Base Curb Weight (lbs)||3532||3354||3394||2774||Toyota 36|
|Fuel System||Gasoline Direct Injection||Direct Injection||Sequential MPI||Port/Direct Injection|
|SAE NetTorque (5) RPM||350 @ 3000||295 @ 3000-4500||263 @ 4300||156 @ 6400||Mustang|
|Displacement||2.3 17140||2.0L/122||3.6 7220||2.0 7122||Challenger|
|SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM||310 @ 5500||275 @ 5600||305 @ 6350||205 @ 7000||Mustang|
|Engne Type||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded 1-4||Gas 14||Regular Unleaded V-6||Premium Unleaded H-4|
|Transmission Description||Manual w/OD||Manual||Automatic w/OD||Manual w/OD|
|Drivetrain||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Suspension Type - Rear||Multi-Link||Multi-Link||Multi-Link||Double Wishbone|
|Suspension Type - Front||Strut||MacPherson Strut||Short And Long Arm||Strut|
|Tons/yr of C02 Emissions @ 15K mi/year||7.1 (Est)||7.7||7.6||7.4||Mustang|
As you can see from the table, the Mustang is not the leader in every category, but it leads the pack where it counts. If you measure your vehicles based on overall quality, attention to detail, workmanship, safety and coolness, then you cannot do better than the Ford Mustang.