Son's Automotive Group Compares 2017 Honda Accord Coupe VS 2017 Ford Mustang Near Buford, GA

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2017 Honda Accord Coupe

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2017 Honda Accord Coupe

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2017 Ford Mustang

Safety Comparison

The Accord Coupe has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Mustang doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Accord Coupe offers an optional Collision Mitigation Braking System, which uses forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Mustang offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature which would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The Honda Accord Coupe has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Mustang doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Accord Coupe’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 Mustang doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Accord Coupe offers available parking sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, for the Accord Coupe Touring in front of the vehicle. The Mustang doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Accord Coupe and the Mustang have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and rearview cameras.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Honda Accord Coupe is safer than the Mustang Fastback:

 

Accord Coupe

Mustang

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

1 cm

5 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

22 cm

25 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

.3/.2 kN

2.8/1.4 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

0%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Tibia index R/L

.48/.6

.74/.66

Tibia forces R/L

1.2/2.2 kN

3.3/2.5 kN

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Honda Accord Coupe is safer than the Ford Mustang:

 

Accord Coupe

Mustang

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.5 inches

.7 inches

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

350

600

Spine Acceleration

57 G’s

61 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

319

469

Hip Force

561 lbs.

693 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Accord Coupe the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 103 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Mustang was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Accord Coupe’s reliability will be 76% better than the Mustang.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Accord Coupe third among midsize cars in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Mustang isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 78 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 31st.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Accord Coupe gets better fuel mileage than the Mustang Coupe:

 

 

Accord

Mustang

 

 

4 cyl./Manual

23 city/32 hwy

21 city/30 hwy

2.3 turbo 4 cyl./Manual

 

V6/Manual

18 city/28 hwy

18 city/27 hwy

3.7 V6/Manual

 

 

n/a

15 city/25 hwy

GT/Manual

 

4 cyl./Auto

26 city/34 hwy

21 city/30 hwy

2.3 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

V6/Auto

21 city/32 hwy

18 city/27 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto

 

 

n/a

15 city/24 hwy

GT/Auto

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Accord Coupe V6 Automatic’s fuel efficiency. The Mustang doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda Accord Coupe uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Mustang ECOBoost requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Accord Coupe has 1.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Mustang ECOBoost’s standard fuel tank (17.2 vs. 15.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Accord Coupe has 1.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Mustang V6/GT’s standard fuel tank (17.2 vs. 16 gallons).

Chassis Comparison

The Honda Accord Coupe may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 pounds less than the Ford Mustang.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Accord Coupe V6 (except 4 cyl.) has an electronically controlled liquid-filled front engine mount. A computer-controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The Mustang uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Accord Coupe EX-L V6 is quieter than the Mustang GT Fastback:

 

Accord Coupe

Mustang

At idle

39 dB

50 dB

Full-Throttle

83 dB

84 dB

70 MPH Cruising

71 dB

74 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Accord Coupe is rated a Compact car by the EPA, while the Mustang Fastback is rated a Subcompact.

The Accord Coupe has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Mustang can only carry 4.

The Accord Coupe has 11.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Mustang Fastback (95.6 vs. 84.5).

The Accord Coupe has 1.4 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front hip room, 2.6 inches more front shoulder room, 2.4 inches more rear headroom, 4.7 inches more rear legroom, 1.5 inches more rear hip room and 2.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Mustang Fastback.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

With its coupe body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the Accord offers cargo security. The Mustang’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Accord Coupe’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. Ford does not offer a locking feature on the Mustang’s standard power windows.

If the windows are left down on the Accord Coupe the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Mustang can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Accord Coupe has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Mustang doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Accord Coupe Touring detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Mustang doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Accord Coupe has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Mustang Premium.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Accord Coupe is less expensive to operate than the Mustang because it costs $99 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Accord Coupe than the Mustang, including $46 less for a water pump, $2 less for front brake pads and $396 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

The Honda Accord Coupe has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Accord Coupe

Mustang

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

The Accord was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 22 of the last 24 years. The Mustang hasn’t been picked since 2015.

The Honda Accord outsold the Ford Mustang by over three to one during the 2016 model year.

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