North Georgia Ford Compares 2016 Ford Mustang VS 2017 Mercedes C-Class Near Ellijay, GA

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2016 Ford Mustang

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2017 Mercedes C-Class

Safety Comparison

To help make backing safer, the Mustang Premium’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The C-Class Coupe doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Mustang and the C-Class Coupe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available collision warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty Comparison

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Mustang 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the C-Class Coupe. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the C-Class Coupe ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Mustang’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the C-Class Coupe’s (5/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

There are almost 13 times as many Ford dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Mustang’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Mustang has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The C-Class Coupe doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 14th.

Engine Comparison

The Mustang’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 59 more horsepower (300 vs. 241) and 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 273) than the C-Class Coupe’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Mustang ECOBoost’s standard 2.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 69 more horsepower (310 vs. 241) and 47 lbs.-ft. more torque (320 vs. 273) than the C-Class Coupe’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Mustang GT’s standard 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 194 more horsepower (435 vs. 241) and 127 lbs.-ft. more torque (400 vs. 273) than the C-Class Coupe’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Mustang uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on Mustang ECOBoost for maximum performance). The C-Class Coupe requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Mustang has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The C-Class Coupe doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Mustang’s optional front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the C-Class Coupe are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Mustang has larger standard tires than the C-Class Coupe (235/55R17 vs. 225/45R18). The Mustang’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the C-Class Coupe (265/35R20 vs. 225/45R18).

The Mustang’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the C-Class Coupe’s 45 series front and 40 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Mustang offers optional 20-inch wheels. The C-Class Coupe’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Mustang is 1.3 inches wider in the front and 3.9 inches wider in the rear than on the C-Class Coupe.

Chassis Comparison

The Mustang ECOBoost uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The C-Class Coupe doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Mustang Fastback has a much larger trunk than the C-Class Coupe (13.5 vs. 10.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Mustang’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The C-Class Coupe does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Mustang has standard extendable sun visors. The C-Class Coupe doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Mustang has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

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Kiplinger’s Award

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Intellichoice

A “Best Value in Class”

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The Mustang was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 6 of the last 12 years. The C-Class Coupe has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Mustang was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 3 of the last 21 years. The C-Class Coupe has never been an “All Star.”

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