2018 Ford Mustang vs Dodge Charger

September 7th, 2018 by

2018 Ford Mustang vs Dodge Charger

With their muscular powertrains and chiseled good looks, the 2018 Ford Mustang and Dodge Charger leave competitors in the proverbial dust. Before you make a final decision, check out our comparison guide. We’ll help you figure out which muscle car is the best fit for your daily drive.

Best Standard Performance Lineup: 2018 Ford Mustang

Every Mustang comes standard with a long list of performance features, so you don’t have to spend a ton of money to get up to speed. If your Mustang has the manual transmission, then it also comes with launch control for a quick start. An electric line-lock is also standard equipment, providing you with an easy way to facilitate burnouts. (When you’re at the track, of course.)

With the Dodge Charger, performance equipment is available as you climb the trim levels or add performance-based packages, such as the Super Track Pak package. Still, driving enthusiasts with deeper pockets can boost their Charger experience with items like the upgraded performance suspension or Brembo high-performance brakes.

2018 Ford Mustang Exterior

Sleekest Silhouette: 2018 Ford Mustang

As far as style goes, the Ford Mustang is king. The Mustang’s sleek fastback roofline and imposing grille strike a chord with anyone who loves a good muscle car. In this iconic American automobile, everyone will see you coming.

The Dodge Charger has come a long way since its days on the Daytona circuit. Today, the Charger looks part muscle car, part family sedan. The Dodge is certainly handsome, but doesn’t scream speed in the same way that the Mustang does.

Roomiest Cabin: 2018 Dodge Charger

It probably comes as no surprise that the Charger is the roomier of the two models. If you’re looking for a speedy way to cart your friends and family around, the Dodge Charger is the safest bet. Because of its performance leanings, the ride feels more firm than comfortable, but its big backseat is its main advantage over the Mustang.

The Mustang front seats offer impressive head and leg room. As with many muscle cars, though, the backseats aren’t as roomy as what you see in sedans like the Charger. Still, you’ll be impressed by the excellent seat comfort and smooth ride. This new generation of Mustangs boasts an independent rear suspension, which has made all the difference in terms of ride comfort.

2018 Ford Mustang on the Road

Safest Ride: 2018 Ford Mustang

The Mustang wins this category by a hair. In government crash tests, the Ford Mustang earned five out of five stars across the board. The Dodge Charger earned perfect scores in all but the frontal crash test, where it scored only four of the five stars. Both of these muscle cars offer the full gamut of driver safety aids, including forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. That means both models actively monitor the road for danger, keeping you on your toes in heavy traffic.

The 2018 Ford Mustang and Dodge Charger are both built for driving enthusiasts. However, the 2018 Ford Mustang is our overall pick, because it adds sporty style, rich interior comfort, and a long list of standard performance features into the mix.

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