The 2013 Ford Mustang vs. The 2013 Dodge Challenger


Drivers from Bradley to Peotone already know that Terry’s Ford has excellent deals, a friendly sales staff, and a huge selection of new models—but which is one is right for you? When it comes to picking out a new ride, we know that you’re doing your research, especially if you’re gearing up to buy an iconic sports car. That’s why we’ve taken the time to find out exactly what makes the 2013 Ford Mustang a better buy than the 2013 Dodge Challenger. We put the base model of each car head to head, and here’s what we came up with:


  • Speed: The mighty Mustang has been renowned for its speed for almost 50 years, so it should come as no surprise that the 2013 model’s standard V6 engine significantly outpaces the Challenger’s standard V6. After a quarter of a mile, the Mustang gallops at a speed of 97.3 mph. At 94.8 mph after the same distance, the Dodge Challenger lags behind.

  • Brakes: Vented front and rear brakes help the Mustang stop shorter than its Dodge-manufactured counterpart, which uses solid disc brakes. According to tests run by Road and Track, the Mustang can stop from a maximum speed of 80 mph in just 191 ft. It takes the Challenger 198 ft. to accomplish the same feat.

  • Safety Features: With a car as fast and powerful as the new Mustang, great safety features are of the utmost importance. Ford’s new model delivers with a rear backup camera and parking sensors, as well as a SYNC® GPS-activated emergency response system that will dispatch help to the site of a collision. The Dodge Challenger has no parking assistance and no emergency response service available.

  • Roadside Assistance: As wonderful as SYNC’s emergency response team is, it doesn’t work for life’s smaller emergencies such as locking the keys in the car or running out of gas. Luckily, Ford has you covered for those scenarios with 5 years or 60,000 miles of free roadside assistance. If you choose a Challenger, be extra careful with those keys—Dodge doesn’t offer roadside assistance for its drivers.

  • Recommendations: The 2013 Mustang has been recommended by a number of reliable publications, including a “Top Pick” honor from Consumer Reports, a recommendation from Kiplinger’s, and a spot on Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for four of the last eight years. The Challenger has never landed a spot on Car and Driver’s list, and was not recommended at all by Kiplinger’s.


Pick a Champion, Not a Challenger

If you’re ready to upgrade your old ride to a powerful pony car, we think that the 2013 Mustang is the perfect choice. Contact our sales staff to set up a test drive, or just hop on Kinzie Avenue heading north from Bradley and travel the 15 miles to our Peotone dealership. You could be making the trip back home in a brand-new Mustang today!