2018 Chevrolet Corvette

Starting Price: $56,490 | Price yours

Above Average: Excellent dynamics, plentiful power, unmistakable styling

Below Average: Rear quarter and rear view sightlines, pricey options

Consensus: The all-American sports car, and, to many, the only American sports car

 

2018 Ford Mustang

Starting Price: $25,580 | Price yours

Above Average: Retro styling that’s never stale, terrific 10-speed automatic

Below Average: Standard engine a little ho hum, indifferent fuel economy

Consensus: An American classic 

 

From the 1953 original, the Corvette has undergone continuous development and improvement, always a sports car, never diluting its mission. Its styling has evolved on priorities that entail aerodynamic efficiency as well as wicked good looks, its dynamics are knife-edged, and its power options exceed 750 horsepower. Beyond that, a long-anticipated mid-engine Corvette is expected to debut in 2019 as a 2020 model. A perennial favorite, the Mustang wraps a contemporary chassis and powertrain technology in a body shell that’s true to the iconic 1967 model. While the standard Mustang’s sportiness is largely confined to its styling, the GT 350 and GT 500 editions deliver sports car dynamics of a high order, with the bonus of a rear seat.

Chevrolet Corvette Advantages

Look-at-me styling, blazing performance, numerous go-faster upgrade options

Ford Mustang Advantages

Original pony car charisma, powerful performance models, can seat more than two

Similarities

Both vehicles offer multiple engines and high-performance choices, both are available as convertibles.

Final Recommendation

For the driver who demands world class performance in an American sports car, the Corvette stands alone, particularly with the latest ZR1. The Mustang lineup also includes formidable performance models, but its appeal goes beyond track potential to its good looks -- call it nostalgic contemporary -- and all around good manners.

  2018 Chevrolet Corvette 2018 Ford Mustang
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 6.2-liter V8 2.3-liter I4
Horsepower 455 hp @ 6,000 rpm 350 hp @ 5,500 rpm
Torque 460 lb-ft @ 4,600 rpm 350 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm
Transmission Manual 7-speed Manual 6-speed
Fuel Economy 28 mpg (25 city/31 hwy) 25 mpg (21 city/31 hwy)
Also Available 460-hp 6.2-liter V8; 650-hp 6.2-liter V8; 8-speed automatic 460-hp 5.0-liter V8; 526 hp 5.2-liter V8 (GT 350); 10-speed automatic
Specs    
Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles 3 years or 36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating Not rated 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 2 2+2
Wheelbase 106.7 inches 107.5 inches
Overall Length 176.9 inches 188.5 inches
Width 73.9 inches 75.4 inches
Height 48.8 inches 54.3 inches
Turning Diameter 37.7 ft 36.5 ft
Headroom, Front 38.0 inches 37.6 inches
Headroom, Rear N/A 34.8 inches
Legroom, Front 43.1 inches 45.1 inches
Legroom, Rear N/A 29.0 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 55.0 inches 56.3 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear N/A 52.2 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 52.0 cu. ft. 82.8 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 15.0 cu. ft. 13.5 cu. ft.
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