Corvette vs. Mustang: Which is better?

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Difference between Corvette and Mustang

Some things just seem to make for fierce–if not bitter–rivals and the world is full of stories of head-to-head comparisons between one product and another. In the automobile industry, one of the most hotly contested showdowns is the one between those two giants of the automotive world: Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Corvette. Both cars stand as some of the finest in the business. With new models of both lines having recently come into the market, it is high time for another look at the differences between both, and what’s hot about these classic cars.

Corvette
Mustang

Power and Performance

Mustang GT buyers will have two options to choose from: the 210-hp V6 model or the 300-hp V8 model. In terms of sheer bang-for-the-buck, the Mustang seems to have the edge over the Corvette. While it is definitely not as fast, it does excel at tricks like doughnuts and slides.

The Corvette on the other hand is pure power exemplified. Powered by a 6.0-liter V8 engine, the Corvette exhibits impressive acceleration that may be a bit too much for some to handle. Although coming in at a higher cost than the Mustang, we have to say that the sheer power exhibited by the Corvette makes it seem worth it.

Strong Points

In action, the Mustang is a marvel in stability, thanks in large part to the long-stroke suspension. Nevertheless, the Corvette has a slight advantage in this regard, with its four-wheel independent suspension. In any case, the Mustang does handle a wide range of driving situations excellently.

The Corvette on the other hand is a sports car to the core. If power is what you want, this is the one for you. Who can deny the undeniably sleek lines of any model Corvette?

Amenities and Features

One of the most striking features of the Mustangs is its nod to ’60s design. The round gauges with chrome bezels instantly transport you to those glory years of automotive history, and the decidedly retro feel is a marked contrast to all the power under the hood, as well as its host of innovative features. That being said, we weren't too enamored of the Mustang’s plastics components, which we felt were a bit on the cheap side.

Fast as it is, the Corvette performs remarkably well as a city roadster. It offers a very generous 22 cu. ft. of space in the trunk, and it has pretty decent gas mileage for such a powerhouse. All models in the Corvette line qualify as timeless in appearance.

Summary

Mustang

  • Offers tremendous bang-for-the-buck in terms of performance
  • Not as fast as the Corvette
  • Not really the best choice for the racetrack
  • Powerful engine capable of some pretty impressive stunts and tricks
  • Solid and stable chassis that has thoroughly been redesigned
  • Interior is reminiscent of mid-'60s Ford models
  • Surprisingly affordable 

Corvette

  • Amazingly fast and powerful; in fact, a bit too powerful for most people
  • Designed from the ground up as a true sports car
  • Offers superior cornering capability
  • Ideally suited for racetracks or mountain roads
  • Performs equally well as a street car
  • Surprisingly good gas mileage
  • Offers superior value for its cost 

Which has the best classic style?
  • Corvette
  • Mustang
 
 

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