Car Comparison: Dodge Charger and Ford Mustang

January 19th, 2016 by

The 2016 Dodge Charger SE and the 2016 Ford Mustang V6 Fastback are both highly regarded and affordable sports cars. For those on the market for a modern American muscle car, the Charger and the Mustang are both great options. While both cars have many similarities, there are also several differences. Below is a side by side comparison of the two automobiles in several key areas.

The Basics

Both automobiles offer powerful V6 engines. The Dodge Charger SE comes with a 3.6-liter V6 292-horsepower engine coupled with an TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. The Ford Mustang V6 Fastback is slightly more powerful. It comes with a 3.7-liter V6 engine that can generate up to 300 horsepower, but it comes as a six-speed manual transmission which makes it unappealing to many American drivers.

Both vehicles are five passenger vehicles, but the Dodge Charger has four doors and the Ford Mustang has two.


The Dodge Charger has a fairly better fuel economy, especially when driven on the highway. The Charger has an estimated fuel economy of 19 MPG city and 31 MPG highway, while the Mustang is estimated to get 17 MPG city and 28 MPG highway.


The Dodge Charger SE has a five-inch touchscreen display, AM/FM/CD audio, push button start, power locks/windows/mirrors, and Unconnect which offers roadside assistance, 911, voice texting, WiFi, and theft protection. USB and SD card ports are also standard. The Ford Mustang V6 Fastback comes stock with power windows/mirrors/locks, AM/FM/CD sound system, push-button start, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, and USB ports.


In safety testing both cars rated well. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rated the 2016 Charger SE as “good” in four out of five tests and rated it as “superior” in the front crash test. The IIHS has not yet released a full report for the 2016 Mustang model year however, it has scored “good” on three tests and received a “basic” rating for the front crash test.


In terms of price, the Dodge Charger SE is priced slightly higher than the Mustang. The Charger SE has a starting MSRP of $27,995 and the Ford Mustang V6 Fastback has a starting MSRP of $25,445.


Both Ford and Dodge cover their cars with very similar warranties.  Both cars have a 3-year or 36,000-mile limited warranty, 5-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty. The Charger comes with 5-years of unlimited roadside assistance and the Mustang is eligible for 5 years or 60,000 miles of roadside assistance.

Where can you get one?

For more information about the 2016 Dodge Charger, click here. We have a great selection of Dodge Chargers on the lot at Rob Lambdin’s University Dodge. Also, since we also accept trade ins and used cars, we are also pretty likely to have a Ford Mustang on the lot as well. You can schedule a test drive here or visit us in the store — we’re located in South Florida.