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2017 Ford Mustang vs. 2017 Dodge Challenger

2017 Ford Mustang
2017 Dodge Challenger

When you're on the hunt for a sporty, fun car, it's likely you're interested in the 2017 Ford Mustang vs. 2017 Dodge Challenger matchup. Both are modern muscle cars that promise plenty of thrills. They feature attractive designs, and even some onboard comforts. While the two vehicles appear at first to be incredibly similar, further examination reveals critical differences. Understanding these helps ensure you make an informed decision.


One of the biggest reasons why people are interested in either vehicle is performance. Both are available with a variety of engines, plus other features that will really get your heart beating.

By choosing the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, you benefit from the MagneRide Damping System for the suspension, a feature that's not available for any version of the Dodge Challenger. Onboard sensors read road or track conditions thousands of times each second, adjusting the damping as necessary. The result is a ride quality that balances comfort with responsiveness, so drivers and passengers are happy.

Another performance item the Ford Mustang has that the Dodge Challenger doesn't is electronic line-lock. It's a standard feature on all GT models, providing an excellent advantage when you head to the track for some weekend fun. This technology keeps the front brakes locked up, while the rear brakes aren't even engaged. You perform flawless burnouts effortlessly, heating up the rear tires to maximize grip and help with launch effectively. With the Dodge Challenger, you'll have to balance one foot on the brake pedal and the other on the accelerator to do the same thing, or pay to have a mechanical line-lock installed on the car.


Infotainment centers are available on both cars, but the Ford Mustang can be outfitted with Sync 3. It works with swipe and pinching commands on the touchscreen, plus super intuitive voice controls, things the Dodge Challenger infotainment system doesn't offer. With Sync 3, you don't have to learn specific ways of making voice inquiries, but instead can just talk as you normally do, making it easier to give commands.

Music fans will love the upgraded sound systems for both cars, which can come with a subwoofer. Unique to the Ford Mustang is a subwoofer for the Shaker Pro Audio System. While the 8-inch subwoofer is mounted in the trunk, a unique design means it doesn’t take up storage space, so you can still load in whatever's necessary without any worry. The available subwoofer for the Dodge Challenger doesn't feature the same innovative quality.


While both cars are attractive in their own ways, the Ford Mustang can be had as a fastback or a convertible. The Dodge Challenger, on the other hand, comes only as a hardtop coupe. If you want to enjoy a drop-top experience, with the wind in your hair and the sun on your face, the Ford Mustang is the one that provides just that. A center latch makes opening and closing the top from the driver's seat completely manageable. Adding to the practical nature of the Ford Mustang Convertible is the trunk, which can fit two golf bags, so you don't have to throw items in the backseat.

Making a distinct statement on the Ford Mustang are the HID headlights, plus LED taillights. While the Dodge Challenger comes with HID headlights and LED taillights, it doesn't have the unique sequential turn signals, something that sets the Ford Mustang apart and connects it to models from the storied past of the car.

On the inside, only the Ford Mustang features four-way adjustable front headrests. They help boost comfort, thanks to the increased options for adjustability, while guarding against injuries to the head and neck in a crash. With the Dodge Challenger, you don't get the amount of options for adjustments.

Another way the Ford Mustang interior differentiates itself from the Dodge Challengers is the availability of ambient lighting. Drivers can choose one of several available color settings, setting the ideal mood for any occasion.

With the Ford Mustang, you can enjoy greater comfort by upgrading to Recaro sport front seats, which aren't available on the Dodge Challenger. These seats are highly contoured, offering excellent support and padding for your thighs, back and shoulder area. They're also covered with a soft and breathable leather, adding to the comfort factor, while boosting long-term durability.


After careful examination, the 2017 Ford Mustang comes out on top, thanks to several exclusive features. Contact us today to schedule a test drive and experience this amazing vehicle yourself.