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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Versus 2015 Ford Mustang

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Versus Ford Mustang

Rivalry in the auto industry is a good thing and we like it. It forces innovation, drives improvement and gives us a great car to drive at the end of it all.

While some of our choice will come down to stats, much of it is subjective. That means automakers have to do all they can to make their cars as good looking, as comfortable and as compelling a package as they can manage.

So we're pitting the new 2015 Ford Mustang against the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette. Bring it on!

Engines

These are muscle cars, so the motor is all. The Corvette has a 3.7-liter V6 that produces 323 hp. The Mustang has a 305 hp V6, which is slightly down on the Chevy. However, the introduction of the EcoBoost option for the Ford offers turbo power with better gas mileage, so muddies the water a bit. V8 options are available of course.

Styling

Both the 2015 Ford Mustang and the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette are good looking cars. Both are solid, masculine and seem carved out of something very solid. Unfortunately, the Corvette seems carved out of granite while the Mustang is carved out of polished aluminum.

LED lighting, complex shapes and a more rounded profile gives the Mustang the edge here. For pure masculinity and simplicity, the Corvette is great, but for the 21st century, the Mustang has it.

Interior
On the inside, the difference is hard to call. Both offer great interiors with lots of dials, lots of leather, comfortable seats and great driving positions. We think the Ford has the edge here now they have tidied up their dashboards and improved materials use.

Performance

The Corvette used to have better road holding with its independent rear suspension. This was a significant advantage until Ford added it to the Mustang. Weight shedding also plays a part here. The Mustang is now lighter than ever as it's aluminum body parts shed the pounds.

Chevrolet tried to do the same, but rather than make the chassis and body lighter, they took out the speakers, removed the sound deadening and trunk carpeting. An odd choice that jars with us a bit. Why remove all but one of the speakers? Sure the V6 or V8 soundtrack is awesome, but in traffic or on your commute, some music or radio is nice too.

While the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette is a solid performer and definitely looks the part, we have to go with the 2015 Ford Mustang. It looks more modern, nods towards fuel efficiency with the EcoBoost engine and improves road manners with independent suspension. All while remaining true to the qualities that gave us the muscle car in the first place.

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