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Dodge Challenger vs. Ford Mustang

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Dodge Challenger

$629
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Ford Mustang

$745
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
Group 4
Group 4
Above Average
The Dodge Challenger Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 19th out of 24 for midsize cars. The average annual repair cost is $629 which means it has average ownership costs. While repairs tend to be more severe than average, the number of those issues is low, so major repairs are uncommon for the Challenger.
3
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Above Average
The Ford Mustang Reliability Rating is 3.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 22nd out of 24 for midsize cars. The average annual repair cost is $745 which means it has average ownership costs. While repairs tend to be more severe than average, these issues occur less often, so major repairs are infrequent for the Mustang.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$629
inexpensive
expensive
$745
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.28
not often
very often
0.32
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
14%
not urgent
urgent
14%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(0)
4 (2)
3
(0)
2
(0)
1
(0)
The Dodge Challenger SRT8 ranks highest in body and ranks lowest in drive train.
“This car is amazing as it combines raw power, luxury and the best looking American Muscle Car retro design as of today. Mine has had no mechanical problems. My only problem is a whine from the...”
“This car is amazing as it combines raw power, luxury and the best looking American Muscle Car...”
5 (9)
4 (23)
3 (19)
2 (2)
1 (1)
The Ford Mustang ranks highest in engine and ranks lowest in electrical.
“I really would hate to get rid of my car - I like the interior much better than the black and grey interiors of almost all cars today, and though the paint has cracks in the hood area, I love...”
“I really would hate to get rid of my car - I like the interior much better than the black and...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Dodge Challenger and the Ford Mustang are both muscle cars. The Challenger is available as a two-door coupe, which comes with rear-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. The Mustang comes as a two-door coupe and convertible, and has rear-wheel drive. 

Standard and optional power levels on the Dodge Challenger and the Ford Mustang are directly comparable. The Challenger has 305 horsepower standard, and the Mustang has 310. The Challenger’s top optional engine has 485 horsepower, with a maximum of 475 in the Mustang’s Bullitt special edition. Specialized higher-performance versions of both cars are also available, with even more horsepower.

The Challenger has an advantage in interior and trunk space, thanks to its wheelbase being nine inches longer than the Mustang’s. In practical terms, this gives the Challenger a rear seat, which is not the case with the Mustang. The larger Challenger also has a bigger trunk.

Another major difference is the relative age of the Dodge Challenger and the Ford Mustang platforms. The Challenger is essentially unchanged since the 2008 model year. The Mustang was all-new for 2015. If you prefer an old-school, larger muscle car with a usable back seat, go with the Challenger. If you would like something more engaging to drive and more contemporary, or if you definitely want a convertible, the Mustang is the best choice.

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