2011 Dodge
Charger R/T
vs. 2012 Ford
Mustang GT

2012 Ford Mustang GT

9.3

starting from

$30,105
"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 GT

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Mediocre cornering
0.88 g
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Good braking distance from 60mph
104 ft
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Fast 0-60 time
4.4 seconds
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Zippy 1/4 mile time
12.7 s @ 111 mph
2011 Dodge Charger R/T

9.2

starting from

$31,220

Reasons to buy the Dodge Charger R/T

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Very spacious back seats
49.2 ft3
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Good range on the highway
478 miles
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Passenger power seats
Standard
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Power seats
Standard
Luxury Features 7.2 vs 10.0
2011 Dodge Charger R/T Winner: Charger R/T
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Charger R/T's power seats; not available on the Mustang GT
  • Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Charger R/T
Performance 10.0 vs 8.4
2012 Ford Mustang GT Winner: Mustang GT
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  • The Mustang GT has 1 more gear, which can improve performance, 6 vs 5
  • The Mustang GT needs more than 10% less space to turn, 33.4 ft vs 37.7 ft
  • The Mustang GT's power-to-weight ratio is more than 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 8.7 lb/hp vs 11.5 lb/hp
Road Tests 10.0 vs 8.7
2012 Ford Mustang GT Winner: Mustang GT
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  • The Mustang GT can change direction around 10% faster, 0.88 g vs 0.81 g
  • The Mustang GT needs around 10% less space to stop from 60mph, 104 ft vs 114 ft
  • The Mustang GT hits 60mph around 20% faster, 4.4 seconds vs 5.4 seconds
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Inexpensive
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
Missing information
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Entertainment System - vs -
Missing information
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Both have power outlets
Overall 9.3 vs 9.2

Luxury Features

Ford
Mustang GT
2012 Ford Mustang GT
2011 Dodge Charger R/T Dodge
Charger R/T
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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 Charger R/T's power seats; not available on the Mustang GT
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Optional Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Charger R/T

Performance

Ford
Mustang GT
2012 Ford Mustang GT
2011 Dodge Charger R/T Dodge
Charger R/T
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Horsepower 412 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 370 HP @ 5,250 RPM The Mustang GT is fairly powerful, but the Charger R/T is not far behind
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 The Mustang GT has an OK number of gears, while the Charger R/T has very few
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both the Charger R/T's semi-automatic transmission and the Mustang GT's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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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 8.7 lb/hp vs 11.5 lb/hp The Mustang GT is a sporty car, while the Charger R/T is just average
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 33.4 ft vs 37.7 ft The Mustang GT can make tight turns, but the Charger R/T takes a little more room to navigate

Road Tests

Ford
Mustang GT
2012 Ford Mustang GT
2011 Dodge Charger R/T Dodge
Charger R/T
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0-60 mph 4.4 seconds vs 5.4 seconds The Mustang GT has a good 0-60 time, but the Charger R/T is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 104 ft vs 114 ft The Mustang GT has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Charger R/T is just OK
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1/4 mile 12.7 s @ 111 mph vs 13.7 s @ 102 mph The Mustang GT's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Charger R/T's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 0.88 g vs 0.81 g Both have subpar cornering abilities
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Top speed 155 mph vs 155 mph Both vehicles' top speed is just average

Cost

Ford
Mustang GT
2012 Ford Mustang GT
2011 Dodge Charger R/T Dodge
Charger R/T
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MSRP $30,105 vs $31,220 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 16 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

Ford
Mustang GT
2012 Ford Mustang GT
2011 Dodge Charger R/T Dodge
Charger R/T
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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

Ford
Mustang GT
2012 Ford Mustang GT
2011 Dodge Charger R/T Dodge
Charger R/T
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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 GT'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 Standard If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the Charger R/T; no amount of money can buy it on the Mustang GT

Safety Features

Ford
Mustang GT
2012 Ford Mustang GT
2011 Dodge Charger R/T Dodge
Charger R/T
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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 6 The Charger R/T has great airbag coverage, but the Mustang GT does not (missing Knee, Head / Curtain, Rear 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 Charger R/T; optional upgrade on the Mustang GT
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Roadside assistance system None vs Uconnect

Practicality

Ford
Mustang GT
2012 Ford Mustang GT
2011 Dodge Charger R/T Dodge
Charger R/T
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Passengers 4 vs 5 The Charger R/T has lots of passenger seats and the Mustang GT is OK, too
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Highway driving range 416 miles vs 478 miles The Charger R/T has good highway range and the Mustang GT is reasonable
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Cargo space 13.4 ft3 vs 15.4 ft3 The Charger R/T has lots of cargo room and the Mustang GT is pretty good
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front seats 52.2 ft3 vs 55.6 ft3 The Charger R/T has roomy front seats and the Mustang GT 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 Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Optional The Charger R/T offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Mustang GT
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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

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Dodge Charger R/T 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Charger R/T vs Camaro SS
2011 Dodge Charger 2011 Dodge Challenger Charger vs Challenger
2011 Dodge Charger R/T 2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Charger R/T vs CTS 3.6
2011 Dodge Charger R/T 2011 Ford Taurus SHO Charger R/T vs Taurus SHO
2011 Dodge Charger R/T 2011 Nissan 370Z Charger R/T vs 370Z
2012 Ford Mustang GT 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T Mustang GT vs Challenger R/T
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition Mustang Shelby GT500 vs GT-R Black Edition
2012 Ford Mustang GT 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Mustang GT vs Camaro SS
2012 Ford Mustang GT 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Limited Mustang GT vs Impreza WRX STI Limited
2012 Ford Mustang GT 2011 Nissan 370Z Mustang GT vs 370Z

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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Avatar for Willie 'Puddin' Givens Willie 'Puddin' Givens (9:16 PM, October 01, 2012)
Don't really sound like you guys tested anything. The charger (2006) has a top speed of 171mph tested by MotorTrend. The quarter mile was in the 12 sec range. It also comes with TWO cup holders!
 
Sleeker8300 (5:07 PM, August 26, 2012)
Charger r/t has a Beats By Dre audio system option, I'd call that premium... This review is worthless.
 
Avatar for silverspec silverspec (4:25 AM, August 26, 2012)
The Mustang GT has an OK number of gears, while the Charger R/T has very few umm wtf... what are you expecting a 10 speed gear box? 6 is pretty standard in terms of a manual trans. and 5 isnt bad on a car with its powerband.
 
Avatar for average consumer average consumer (3:56 PM, August 15, 2012)
carsort always has bad information. usually land on their page by accident
 
Inmymindeye (2:12 AM, May 06, 2012)
You guys wrote one of the worst reviews ive ever read. Seriously half the stuff yall wrote is wrong man do some research if your going to do a comparison.