2016 Ford Mustang vs 2016 Dodge Charger-Akins Ford
2016 Ford Mustang 2016 Dodge Charger
300-hp 3.7-liter V6 Base Engine 292-hp 3.6-liter V8
22 city/32 highway Best Fuel Economy 19 city/31 highway
Coupe or convertible Body Styles Sedan
526 Max Horsepower 707

2016 Ford Mustang vs 2016 Dodge Charger

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The 2016 Ford Mustang vs 2016 Dodge Charger is technically a cross-class comparison. The Mustang is clearly a sports car, whereas the Charger has always been classified as a family sedan. But despite this classification, the Dodge Charger has always strived to provide sports car performance. So how well does the Charger stand up when compared to one of the staples of the sports car class?

Things do not start off well for the Charger. Both cars utilize V6 engines on their base models, but the 3.7-liter offered on the Mustang is able to outperform the 3.6-liter that comes standard on the Charger by eight horsepower.

The Mustang is then able to outperform the Charger in one of the categories where a family car is supposed to excel: fuel economy. When equipped with the available EcoBoost turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine, the Mustang earns an estimated 22 city/32 highway miles per gallon, while still offering 310 horsepower. The most fuel efficient engine on the Charger is the base V6, which checks in at 19 city/31 highway miles per gallon.

2016 Ford Mustang Maximum Horsepower

The Dodge Charger does have an edge with pure engine power. The Charger offers four engine options. This includes the Charger Hellcat trim, which comes equipped with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 707-horsepower. However, this high trim comes with a higher price tag that may put the Charger Hellcat out of most budgets.

The highest power number available on the Mustang comes with the performance-oriented Shelby GT350 model. This stellar sports car comes with a powerful 5.2-liter V8 engine that produces 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. Despite still trailing the Charger Hellcat in the horsepower category, the Shelby Mustang is able to match its acceleration, jumping from zero to sixty in the same amount time.

While the 2016 Dodge Charger is capable of producing high horsepower numbers, it still is not a sports car. It takes more than just a big engine to match the performance of the standbys of the sports car segment. With both of the cars at their best, the Charger is only able to match the performance numbers of the Mustang, despite holding a significant horsepower advantage. The body surrounding the Mustang also has the benefit of offering sports car styling. Both coupe and convertible body styles are available, while the Charger does not stray from its four-door family sedan design.

The 2016 Dodge Charger is a very capable sedan that works great for anyone looking to get a little more power and fun out of their family car. But don’t call it a sports car. That title should be reserved for cars committed to providing the ultimate in performance, like the 2016 Ford Mustang.

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