North Georgia Ford Compares 2017 Ford Mustang VS 2017 Fiat 500 Near Goodyear, AZ

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2017 Ford Mustang

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2017 Fiat 500

Safety Comparison

The Mustang Premium offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The 500 doesn't offer a collision warning system.

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 500 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Mustang has standard 911 Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The 500 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Mustang and the 500 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver 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 blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

The Ford Mustang weighs 1021 to 1538 pounds more than the Fiat 500. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Lighter cars are also affected more by crosswinds.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Mustang is safer than the Fiat 500:

 

Mustang

500

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

138

384

Neck Injury Risk

19%

30%

Neck Stress

132 lbs.

406 lbs.

Neck Compression

58 lbs.

152 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

240/585 lbs.

436/571 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

121

301

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

48%

49%

Neck Stress

223 lbs.

256 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

52/57 lbs.

479/866 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Ford Mustang Fastback is safer than the 500:

 

Mustang

500

Overall Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

POOR

Restraints

ACCEPTABLE

POOR

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

147

151

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

5 cm

7 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Femur Force R/L

2.8/1.4 kN

8.2/4.2 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

1.69%/.79%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Tibia index R/L

.74/.66

1.69/.79

Tibia forces R/L

3.3/2.5 kN

6.4/4.8 kN

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Mustang is safer than the Fiat 500:

 

Mustang

500

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

112

166

Chest Movement

.7 inches

.7 inches

Abdominal Force

136 G’s

199 G’s

Hip Force

224 lbs.

684 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

61 G’s

70 G’s

Hip Force

675 lbs.

852 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

Spine Acceleration

34 G’s

54 G’s

Hip Force

693 lbs.

1103 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Mustang 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Fiat covers the 500. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 500 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 23 times as many Ford dealers as there are Fiat dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Mustang’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Mustang’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The 500’s camshaft is driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the 500’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

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 500 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Mustang’s reliability will be 30% better than the 500.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Fiat vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 72 more problems per 100 vehicles, Fiat is ranked 31st, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Mustang has more powerful engines than the 500:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Mustang 3.7 DOHC V6

300 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

Mustang ECOBoost 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

310 HP

320 lbs.-ft.

Mustang GT 5.0 DOHC V8

435 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

500 1.4 SOHC 4 cyl.

101 HP

98 lbs.-ft.

500 Abarth 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

157 HP

183 lbs.-ft.

500 Abarth 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

160 HP

170 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Mustang ECOBoost 2.3 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Fiat 500 4 cyl. (manual transmissions tested):

 

Mustang

500

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

10.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.5 sec

17.5 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Mustang ECOBoost’s standard fuel tank has 5 gallons more fuel capacity than the 500 (15.5 vs. 10.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Mustang V6/GT’s standard fuel tank has 5.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the 500 (16 vs. 10.5 gallons).

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 500 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Mustang’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 500:

 

Mustang

Mustang GT

500

500 Abarth

Front Rotors

12.5 inches

15 inches

10.1 inches

11.1 inches

Rear Rotors

12.5 inches

13 inches

9.4 inches

9.4 inches

The Mustang’s optional front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the 500 are solid, not vented.

The Mustang stops much shorter than the 500:

 

Mustang

500

 

80 to 0 MPH

201 feet

237 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

149 feet

195 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

102 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Mustang has larger standard tires than the 500 (235/55R17 vs. 185/55R15). The Mustang’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 500 (265/35R20 vs. 205/40R17).

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 500 Abarth’s optional 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Mustang has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the 500 Pop/Lounge. The Mustang’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 17-inch wheels optional on the 500 Abarth.

The Ford Mustang’s wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Fiat 500 only has 4 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Ford Mustang has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Fiat 500 has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Mustang has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The 500’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Mustang has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Mustang flat and controlled during cornering. The 500 base model’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Mustang’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The 500 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Mustang’s wheelbase is 16.5 inches longer than on the 500 (107.1 inches vs. 90.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Mustang is 7 inches wider in the front and 10.1 inches wider in the rear than on the 500.

The Mustang’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (53.5% to 46.5%) than the 500’s (63% to 37%). This gives the Mustang more stable handling and braking.

The Mustang EcoBoost Fastback handles at .98 G’s, while the 500 Abarth pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Mustang EcoBoost Fastback executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 4.2 seconds quicker than the 500 (24.2 seconds vs. 28.4 seconds).

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 500 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Mustang EcoBoost Fastback is quieter than the 500 Abarth:

 

Mustang

500

At idle

43 dB

56 dB

Full-Throttle

82 dB

84 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Mustang Fastback has 9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 500 (84.5 vs. 75.5).

The Mustang Fastback has 3.8 inches more front legroom, 7 inches more front hip room, 6.9 inches more front shoulder room, 4.8 inches more rear hip room and 5.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the 500.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Mustang Fastback has a much larger trunk than the 500 with its rear seat up (13.5 vs. 9.5 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox and optional locking center console (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Mustang. The 500 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Mustang Auto has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The 500 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Mustang has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The 500 doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

When three different drivers share the Mustang Premium, the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The 500 doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Mustang Premium’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The 500 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 500 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Mustang’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The 500’s power windows’ switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

The Mustang’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The 500’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

On a hot day the Mustang’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the 500 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Intelligent Access standard on the Mustang allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Fiat 500 doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Mustang Premium’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The 500’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

The Mustang has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The 500 doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

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 500 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Standard air conditioned seats in the Mustang Premium keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The 500 doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

The Mustang Premium’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The 500 doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Mustang Premium offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Contr4ol, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The 500 doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Mustang will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Mustang will retain 47.07% to 58.17% of its original price after five years, while the 500 only retains 41.82% to 44.72%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Mustang is less expensive to operate than the 500 because it costs $27 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Mustang than the 500, including $180 less for a water pump, $29 less for an alternator, $18 less for front brake pads, $133 less for a starter, $203 less for fuel injection, $159 less for a fuel pump and $12 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

IntelliChoice recognized the Ford Mustang as a “Best Value of the Year” for the 2015 model year.

The Mustang was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 6 of the last 12 years. The 500 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Mustang was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” three times - most recently in 2015. The 500 has never been an “All Star.”

The Ford Mustang outsold the Fiat 500 by over seven to one during the 2016 model year.

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