Ford Mustang vs Honda Accord Coupe: Two Unlikely Rivals

Mar 24, 2017 10:39 AM EDT | Yen Palec

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Pitting these two cars against each other might be an exercise in futility. Sure, the two cars are wide apart from each other, but they also have some important similarities which many observers have pointed out. These similarities have made these two unlikely cars to be rival.

Under the hood of the Honda Accord is a powerful six-cylinder engine and an option to kit it with manual transmission. This particular set of features is enough to pit this car against the obviously powerful Ford Mustang.

Powertrain. The top of the line Honda Accord packs a 3.5-liter V6 engine rated at 278horsepower and 252lb-ft of torque. It is true that the Accord looks a bit tame and cute, but underneath this façade is a powerful beast capable of outperforming those in its niche.

The car can be kitted with paddle shifters for a smooth driving experience. However, for those who really want to push it through the limits and feel the intense power of this car, a manual gearbox is also available.

As for the Ford Mustang, it has a 3.7-liter V6 engine. This difference in displacement allows the car to produce 300horsepower and 280lb-ft of torque. This beast can be kitted with either automatic or manual transmissions; both feature six speeds.

Mileage. The Honda Accord has an EPA rating of 28mpg on highway, 18mpg on city, and a combined rating of 21mpg. On the other hand, the Ford Mustang has a rating of 27mpg highway, 18mph city, and 21mpg combined. The two cars have an almost identical stat in this particular factor.

Price. The Honda Accord in this test costs $31,275 while the Ford Mustang costs $25,185, according to Auto Guide. That is a difference of more than $6,000, and with that money, you can throw in some minor upgrades to the Mustang. In conclusion, these two cars are not exactly opposites as they sport almost the same specs, something that will boil down to user preference when buying one.

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