2018 Ford Mustang vs 2018 Dodge Challenger Comparison

Specs at a Glance

2018 Ford Mustang

2018 Dodge Challenger

2018 Dodge Challenger

Front Leg Room

  42.0 in.

MPG (cty/hwy)*

  19 / 30 mpg

2018 Ford Mustang vs 2018 Dodge Challenger

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For several years, the Dodge Challenger and the Ford Mustang have battled for American hearts as the ultimate muscle car. Designed to optimize racing-style driving dynamics with gobs of engine power and stiff suspensions, both vehicles enter the 2018 model year with several updates to keep them at the top level of the large performance-oriented car segment. You really can’t go wrong with either nameplate; customers prefer them for their brawn, agile handling, and stylish exteriors. However, if you must choose one over the other, it must be the 2018 Ford Mustang. Here’s why:

Fuel Efficiency

Granted, muscle cars like the 2018 Ford Mustang and the 2018 Dodge Challenger won’t win any awards for fuel efficiency. However, if saving money at the gas station is a top priority for you, the Mustang is the obvious choice. That’s due to the base-level and Premium trims, which produce the nameplate’s peak fuel economy of 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Credit that to a gasoline-sipping 2.3-liter EcoBoost® inline 4-cylinder engine tied to a 6-speed manual transmission, plus a rear-wheel drivetrain that promotes a more balanced distribution of car weight from front to back. (The engine is placed in the front, and it sends power to the rear wheels.) Similarly, the 2018 Challenger maximizes its fuel efficiency with its pair of base-level trims (i.e., SXT and SXT Plus) due to a drivetrain that involves rear-wheel drive, a 6-speed manual gearbox, and the much larger 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6. The result is 19/30 mpg; that’s 2 less mpg in the city and 1 less mpg on the highway.


The 2018 Ford Mustang received generally remarkable scores in its crash safety testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which carries out research and produces ratings in an effort to reduce the number of vehicle crashes in the United States. In four of the five crashworthiness test categories - which concerns impact to half of the front-end width (Moderate Overlap Front), driver’s side (Side), roof (Roof Strength), and rear end (Head Restraints & Seats) - the Mustang received the top-level “Good” rating. In the fifth category, which concerns impact to either front corner of the vehicle (Small Overlap Front), the pony car received an “Acceptable” rating for the driver’s side. By comparison, the Dodge Challenger got the “Good” rating for its results in the Side and Moderate Overlap Front tests, scored the “Acceptable” rating in the Roof Strength and Head Restraints & Seats test, and received a lower-level “Marginal” rating in the Driver-Side Small Overlap Front test. In general, the 2018 Ford Mustang is rated as a safer car by the IIHS than the 2018 Dodge Challenger.

Overall Value

In its Sports Cars category, U.S. News & World Report - which ranks new vehicles based on aggregation and evaluation of data from professional reviews and ratings - declares the 2018 Ford Mustang as the #1 pick, citing its quickness, high-quality interior, and powerful engine line-up as its main attributes. In the same category, the publication ranks the 2018 Dodge Challenger at #5.

To find out more about the 2018 Ford Mustang, come see us at our Dallas-area dealership. With sterling aggregated reviews on Google and Cars.com, we have a solid reputation for ensuring customer satisfaction. And we have a great selection of vehicles to make your pick from. Call us to set up an appointment for a test drive today, and one of our Ford experts will be available to help you locate the Ford Mustang that has your preferred equipment and options.

* EPA-estimated city/hwy mpg for the model indicated. See fueleconomy.gov for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary. On plug-in hybrid models and electric models, fuel economy is stated in MPGe. MPGe is the EPA equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation.


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