North Georgia Ford Compares 2019 Ford Mustang VS 2019 Porsche 718 Near Calhoun, GA

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2019 Ford Mustang

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2019 Porsche 718

Safety Comparison

The Mustang’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The 718 Boxster doesn’t offer a lane departure 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 718 Boxster doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Mustang’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The 718 Boxster doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Mustang and the 718 Boxster have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

The Ford Mustang weighs 406 to 960 pounds more than the Porsche 718 Boxster. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.

Warranty Comparison

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Mustang 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Porsche covers the 718 Boxster. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 718 Boxster ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 16 times as many Ford dealers as there are Porsche 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 718 Boxster 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 rated the Mustang first among midsize sporty cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The 718 Boxster isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine Comparison

The Mustang has more powerful engines than the 718 Boxster:




Mustang 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

310 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

Mustang GT 5.0 DOHC V8

460 HP

420 lbs.-ft.

Mustang BULLITT 5.0 DOHC V8

480 HP

420 lbs.-ft.

718 Boxster S 2.5 turbo 4 cyl.

350 HP

309 lbs.-ft.

718 Boxster GTS 2.5 turbo 4 cyl.

365 HP

309 lbs.-ft.

718 Boxster GTS 2.5 turbo 4 cyl.

365 HP

317 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Road and Track the Mustang GT 5.0 DOHC V8 is faster than the 718 Boxster S 2.5 turbo 4 cyl. (manual transmissions tested):



718 Boxster

Zero to 30 MPH

1.5 sec

1.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

4.1 sec

4.4 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

6.6 sec

7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

9.4 sec

10.1 sec

Quarter Mile

12.5 sec

12.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

113.6 MPH

111.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Mustang Perf. Pack Manual turbo 4 cyl. gets better highway fuel mileage than the 718 Boxster S Manual 2.5 turbo 4 cyl. (350 HP) (20 city/27 hwy vs. 20 city/26 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Mustang uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The 718 Boxster requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Mustang EcoBoost’s standard fuel tank has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the 718 Boxster’s standard fuel tank (15.5 vs. 14.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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 718 Boxster doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Mustang GT’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 718 Boxster:


Mustang GT

718 Boxster

718 Boxster (opt.)

Front Rotors

15 inches

13 inches

13.8 inches

The Mustang stops shorter than the 718 Boxster:



718 Boxster


80 to 0 MPH

187 feet

189 feet

Road and Track

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

112 feet

Road and Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Mustang GT’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 718 Boxster (305/30R19 vs. 245/35R20).

The Mustang GT’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 718 Boxster’s optional 35 series front tires.

The Mustang offers an optional space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the 718 Boxster; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Mustang’s wheelbase is 9.7 inches longer than on the 718 Boxster (107.1 inches vs. 97.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Mustang is 2.6 inches wider in the front and 4.7 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the 718 Boxster.

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Mustang (except Performance Pack) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The 718 Boxster doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Mustang uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The 718 Boxster doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Mustang has standard seating for 4 passengers; the 718 Boxster can only carry 2.

The Mustang Convertible has 30.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 718 Boxster (79.3 vs. 49).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Mustang Convertible has a much larger trunk with its top down than the 718 Boxster (11.4 vs. 9.7 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Mustang Auto offers a 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 climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The 718 Boxster doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

On a hot day the Mustang’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the 718 Boxster can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Mustang’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The 718 Boxster’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 718 Boxster doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Mustang’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The 718 Boxster’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Mustang third among midsize sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The 718 Boxster isn’t in the top three.

The Ford Mustang outsold the Porsche Boxster by almost 36 to one during 2017.

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