2012 Chevrolet
Impala LT
vs. 2012 Ford
Mustang

2012 Chevrolet Impala LT

10.0

starting from

$27,995

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Impala LT

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Spacious back seats
48.2 ft3
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More passenger seats
6
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Average number of airbags
5
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Spacious front seats
56.6 ft3
2012 Ford Mustang

8.9

Runner-up

Ford Mustang

starting from

$23,105
"A street-legal racer that’s just looking for some action."
mustangs.about.com | talking about the Mustang's engine
"I can’t stop thinking about how much power the new Shelby offered."
mustangs.about.com | talking about the Mustang's performance

Reasons to buy the Ford Mustang

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Power outlets
Standard
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OK drivetrain traction
rear-wheel drive
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Premium radio
Standard
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Very inexpensive
$23,105
Luxury Features 7.8 vs 10.0
2012 Chevrolet Impala LT Winner: Impala LT
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Impala LT's power seats; not available on the Mustang
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Entertainment System - vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Both provide sporty handling
  • Fairly powerful
  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Neither offers a navigation system
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
Overall 8.9 vs 10.0

Luxury Features

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Mustang
2012 Ford Mustang
2012 Chevrolet Impala LT Chevrolet
Impala LT
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Standard Conveniently adjust your seat with the Impala LT's power seats; not available on the Mustang
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Cost

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Mustang
2012 Ford Mustang
2012 Chevrolet Impala LT Chevrolet
Impala LT
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MSRP $23,105 vs $27,995 The Mustang has a great price and the Impala LT is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 19 mpg vs 19 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Crash Test Ratings

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Mustang
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2012 Chevrolet Impala LT Chevrolet
Impala LT
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Entertainment System

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Mustang
2012 Ford Mustang
2012 Chevrolet Impala LT Chevrolet
Impala LT
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Number of speakers Unknown vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the Mustang 's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Safety Features

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Mustang
2012 Ford Mustang
2012 Chevrolet Impala LT Chevrolet
Impala LT
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 3 vs 5 The Impala LT has an OK number of airbags while the Mustang has very few (missing Rear Curtain, Head / Curtain)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Not Available vs Standard Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Impala LT; optional upgrade on the Mustang
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Roadside assistance system None vs OnStar

Performance

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Mustang
2012 Ford Mustang
2012 Chevrolet Impala LT Chevrolet
Impala LT
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Horsepower 305 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 300 HP @ 6,500 RPM Fairly powerful
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Automatic transmission The Impala LT's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 11.3 lb/hp vs 11.8 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The Mustang has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 33.4 ft vs Unknown

Practicality

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Mustang
2012 Ford Mustang
2012 Chevrolet Impala LT Chevrolet
Impala LT
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Passengers 4 vs 6 The Impala LT can carry a soccer team, but the Mustang has very few seats
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Highway driving range 464 miles vs 493 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 13.4 ft3 vs 18.6 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 52.2 ft3 vs 56.6 ft3 The Impala LT has roomy front seats and the Mustang is OK
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The Mustang 's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the Impala LT
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 2 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

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Mustang
2012 Ford Mustang
2012 Chevrolet Impala LT Chevrolet
Impala LT
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0-60 mph 6.2 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 134 ft vs 135 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 14.8 s @ 98 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.96 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 115 mph vs Unknown

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2012 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 2011 Honda Accord LX Impala LTZ vs Accord LX
2012 Chevrolet Impala LT 2012 Ford Fusion SE Impala LT vs Fusion SE
2012 Ford Mustang GT 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T Mustang GT vs Challenger R/T
2012 Ford Mustang GT 2011 Dodge Charger R/T Mustang GT vs Charger R/T
2012 Ford Mustang GT 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Mustang GT vs Camaro SS
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition Mustang Shelby GT500 vs GT-R Black Edition
2012 Ford Mustang GT 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Limited Mustang GT vs Impreza WRX STI Limited

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