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author photo by Chris O'Neill January 2019
  • The 2019 Ford Mustang is one of the market's best performance bargains.

  • Both vehicles offer convertible variants, while the Chevrolet Corvette Coupe offers a standard removable roof piece.

  • A new revolutionary midengined C8 Corvette is expected to be unveiled in the coming year.

Two of the most iconic nameplates in the American auto industry are the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Corvette. While these vehicles aren't intended to be direct competitors -- Chevrolet offers the Camaro as a Mustang competitor, while Ford has traditionally never offered a vehicle designed specifically to do battle with the Corvette -- buyers often cross shop them nonetheless, given their historical significance. Below we'll compare the two to help you to understand their major differences.

2019 Ford Mustang

2019 Ford Mustang

The current generation Ford Mustang has been on sale since the 2015 model year and received a mild refresh for the 2018 model year. As part of the refresh, the V6 engine option was dropped, leaving only a turbocharged 4-cylinder and two V8s. New for 2019 is a Bullitt edition, which offers unique interior and exterior styling elements.

The 2019 Mustang offers three engine options:

2.3-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder making 310 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque

  • 21 miles per gallon in the city, 32 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg in combined driving (automatic)

5.0-liter V8 making 460 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque

  • 16 mpg city/25 mpg hwy/19 combined (automatic)

5.2-liter V8 making 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque

  • 14 mpg city/21 mpg hwy/16 mpg combined (manual)

And two transmissions:

6-speed manual

10-speed automatic with paddle shifters

2019 Chevrolet Corvette

2019 Chevrolet Corvette

The seventh-generation, or "C7," Corvette, has been on sale since the 2014 model year. Since going on sale, it's offered the same 6.2-liter V8, which sees the addition of a supercharger in the Corvette's Z06 and ZR1 variants. A variety of special editions have been offered through the years. A revolutionary new midengine eighth-generation Corvette is expected to be revealed in the coming year, replacing the C7.

The 2019 Corvette offers three power tiers, all from the same 6.2 liter V8:

Stingray and Grand Sport: 460 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque

  • 15 mpg city/25 mpg hwy/18 mpg combined (automatic)

Z06: Supercharged; 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque

  • 14 mpg city/23 mpg hwy/17 mpg combined (automatic)

ZR1: Supercharged; 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque

  • 12 mpg city/20 mpg hwy/15 mpg combined (automatic)

And two transmissions:

7-speed manual

8-speed automatic with paddle shifters

2019 Ford Mustang vs. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette performance

Performance

The Mustang and the Corvette aren't meant to be direct competitors, but there is considerable performance overlap throughout their model lineups. Buyers who cross shop the two should compare a Mustang GT to a base model Corvette. Both vehicles offer 460 hp and 0-60 miles per hour times of just a hair below four seconds. While Chevrolet offers the Corvette in Grand Sport and high-performance Z06 and ZR1 flavors, Ford also offers the limited-production Mustang Shelby GT350. In terms of performance, the GT350 punches above the base Corvette but below the Z06, while the ZR1 is on another planet, and should be, given its base price of $122,000.

Both vehicles also offer performance packages. In the Mustang, this is dubbed simply the "Performance Package," while the Corvette incorporates this into the unique Grand Sport model, which offers Z06 suspension and aero components on the base Corvette drivetrain.

2019 Ford Mustang vs. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette reliability

Reliability

Either of these vehicles should have about average reliability. Both come with a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

2019 Ford Mustang vs. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette safety

Safety

The Mustang has been given a 5-star safety rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and is available with pretty much all of the driver-assistance safety features one could ask for from a sports car in 2019, including blind spot detection, forward-collision alert with emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams.

The current generation Corvette has never been rated by crash test agencies, and lacks any kind of driver-assistance safety features. While it still must confirm with federal safety regulations, which are strict enough to guarantee that the vehicle is fairly safe relative to older cars, the Corvette lacks the credentials to be called safe alongside a vehicle like the Mustang.

2019 Ford Mustang vs. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette interior space

Interior Space

If it isn't already obvious, the 4-seater Mustang offers far more interior space than the 2-seater Corvette. Up front, the Mustang offers 38.5 inches of headroom and 44.5 inches of legroom, while the Corvette offers 38.0 inches and 43.0 inches, respectively. While yes, the Mustang does offer room for two additional people, they're looking at a pretty tight squeeze, with only 34.8 inches of headroom and 30.6 inches of legroom to go around.

The Mustang coupe offers 13.5 cu ft. of cargo room, while in the convertible, this figure is reduced to 7.4 cu ft. Perhaps surprisingly, the Corvette hardtop has 15 cu ft. of trunk space, while the convertible offers 10 cu ft., regardless of whether the top is up or down.

For what it's worth here, the Mustang is said to have a far roomier cabin with much better visibility than its true GM competitor, the Chevrolet Camaro. So if you get claustrophobic, the Mustang should suit you just fine.

2019 Ford Mustang vs. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette interior design

Interior Design & Quality

The Mustang offers a retro-styled interior, while the Corvette's is decidedly modern, but also a little dated and filled with plastic. Both are available with power operated heated and cooled front seats, but only the Mustang offers a heated steering wheel. If you don't mind retro, the Mustang looks just fine, but if modern is your thing, you'll probably prefer the Corvette.

Technology

The Corvette and the Mustang both offer modern, intuitive infotainment setups. Both Ford's and Chevrolet's infotainment software is said to be easy to use and receives generally good reviews.

Both vehicles also offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, along with 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi. The Mustang offers two 12 volt outlets and two USB ports, while the Corvette comes with two 12 volt outlets and three USB ports, which is generous given that it only has two seats. In addition to their main infotainment screens, both the Corvette and the Mustang can be had with color displays integrated into their gauge clusters. The Corvette offers a standard Bose audio system, while the Mustang offers an optional Bang & Olufsen system.

Value

Given their performance credentials, either one of these vehicles represents good value compared to a high-end European sports cars. That said, the Mustang GT is one of the best bang-for-your-buck performance cars on the market, offering 460 hp and a 0-to-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds, all for around $36,000, while a base model Corvette, which offers the same power, is a tick slower while costing at least $20,000 more depending on configurations.

Autotrader's Advice

If you haven't already pledged your allegiance to one of these iconic American nameplates, there are a few different things to consider here. Overall, given that it offers more cabin space and better safety features while still offering similar power, the Mustang GT presents a better overall value than a base Corvette. Once you get into high-performance trim levels, shoppers looking for elite driving dynamics and better track times will likely prefer a Corvette Z06 or ZR1 to a Mustang GT350 or GT350R. That said, you pay for the added performance of either of those two Corvettes, and whether they're worth the premium over a Mustang GT350 is up to you to decide. When it comes down to it, the Mustang presents an excellent bang-for-your-buck, while also being a much more livable daily-driver, and a Corvette is well, a Corvette. And nobody can fault you for wanting either one.

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