Compare 2017 Ford Mustang vs Dodge Charger

2017 Ford Mustang vs 2017 Dodge Charger
2017 Ford Mustang 2017 Dodge Charger
  300 hp 292 hp
  44.5 in. 41.8 in.

2017 Ford Mustang vs 2017 Dodge Charger

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The Ford Mustang is an automotive icon, and for good reason. It is the longest running nameplate in the world of American muscle cars, and it has done so by combining performance, fuel efficiency, everyday driving dynamics, and overall refinement better than others. One of them, the Dodge Charger, debuted in the same year as the Ford Mustang. But it did so as a show car, and the nameplate has been applied on several bodystyles and sporadic production cycles. For 2017, the Charger is a muscle car, just like the Mustang has always been. Besides consistency, the 2017 Ford Mustang overpowers its Dodge counterpart in crucial aspects of day-to-day driving.

Fuel Economy

Muscle cars are performance-oriented; they have never been designed with fuel efficiency being a top priority. However, customers are more conscious about saving gas money than ever before–even when driving well-known gas guzzlers. To get the most out of the Mustang, you'd need to get the aptly-named Ecoboost model in the fastback bodystyle. It is named after its small, 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, which, when hitched to a 6-speed manual transmission, produces a fuel economy estimated at 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. On the Charger, the most fuel-efficient powertrain configuration is the combination of the larger, 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with an 8-speed automatic transmission. As a result, peak city fuel economy on the Charger is 19 mpg, which is 2 mpg less than what the Mustang.


According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), frontal crashes are the most common type of crashes resulting in fatalities. Consequently, the organization's crashworthiness tests that involve front crashes are the most crucial. One of them is Small Overlap Front, which is meant to replicate what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another or an object such as a tree or utility pole. The IIHS gave the 2017 Ford Mustang an “Acceptable” rating, which makes it better than average in preventing injury or death when there's a small-front-corner crash. On the other hand, the 2017 Dodge Charger gets a “Marginal” rating in the Small Overlap Front test; the IIHS is not as impressed with the Charger as it is with the Mustang.


Considering the advantages that the 2017 Ford Mustang has over the 2017 Dodge Charger–not to mention its overall value as a muscle car–it is amazingly affordable in comparison. A base-level 2017 Mustang has a starting manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $25,185. That's almost $3,000 less than the 2017 Charger; at the base level, the car has a starting MSRP of $27,995.

Ready to take the 2017 Ford Mustang for a ride, rather than the 2017 Dodge Charger? Give us a call at our Ford dealership. Located in Seneca, SC, we are experts in all things Ford–and that includes the legendary Mustang. Set up an appointment with one of our sales specialists, who will be more than willing to guide you on your journey in buying your next vehicle.