Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2016 Ford Mustang VS 2015 Infiniti Q60 Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 Ford Mustang

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2015 Infiniti Q60

Safety Comparison

The Mustang Premium offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The Q60 Coupe doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The Mustang Premium’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Q60 Coupe doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Mustang Premium’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Q60 Coupe doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Compared to metal, the Mustang’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Infiniti Q60 Coupe has a metal gas tank.

The Mustang has standard 911 Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Q60 Coupe doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Mustang and the Q60 Coupe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras and available rear parking sensors.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 25 times as many Ford dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Mustang’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Mustang has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Q60 Coupe doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

Engine Comparison

The Mustang’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 270) than the Q60 Coupe’s 3.7 DOHC V6. The Mustang ECOBoost’s standard 2.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 50 lbs.-ft. more torque (320 vs. 270) than the Q60 Coupe’s 3.7 DOHC V6. The Mustang GT’s standard 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 105 more horsepower (435 vs. 330) and 130 lbs.-ft. more torque (400 vs. 270) than the Q60 Coupe’s 3.7 DOHC V6.

As tested in Road & Track the Mustang GT 5.0 DOHC V8 is faster than the Infiniti Q60 Coupe (manual transmissions tested):

Mustang

Q60 Coupe

Zero to 60 MPH

4.5 sec

5.5 sec

Quarter Mile

13 sec

14.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

112 MPH

102.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Mustang gets better fuel mileage than the Q60 Coupe RWD:

Mustang

Q60 Coupe

2.3 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Manual

22 city/31 hwy

n/a

3.7 V6/6-spd. Manual

17 city/28 hwy

17 city/25 hwy

3.7 V6/Manual

2.3 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

21 city/32 hwy

n/a

3.7 V6/6-spd. Auto

19 city/28 hwy

19 city/27 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Mustang uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on Mustang ECOBoost for maximum performance). The Q60 Coupe requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Mustang has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Q60 Coupe doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Mustang GT’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Q60 Coupe:

Mustang GT

Q60 Coupe

Q60S

Front Rotors

15 inches

13 inches

14 inches

The Mustang stops much shorter than the Q60 Coupe:

Mustang

Q60 Coupe

80 to 0 MPH

201 feet

218 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

149 feet

164 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

112 feet

121 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Mustang has larger standard tires than the Q60 Coupe (235/55R17 vs. 225/50R18). The Mustang’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Q60 Coupe (265/35R20 vs. 225/45R19).

The Mustang’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Q60 Coupe’s optional 45 series front and 40 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Mustang offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Q60 Coupe’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Mustang has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Q60 Coupe’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Mustang’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Q60 Coupe doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Mustang is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 3.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Q60 Coupe.

The Mustang EcoBoost Fastback handles at .96 G’s, while the Q60S pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Mustang ECOBoost uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Q60 Coupe doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Mustang Fastback has .7 inches more front legroom, 1.5 inches more front hip room, 2.6 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom and .8 inches more rear legroom than the Q60 Coupe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Mustang Fastback has a much larger trunk than the Q60 Coupe (13.5 vs. 7.4 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Mustang easier. The Mustang’s trunk lift-over height is 30 inches, while the Q60 Coupe’s liftover is 33 inches.

The Mustang Fastback’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Q60 Coupe’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Mustang Auto has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Q60 Coupe doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Mustang’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Q60 Coupe does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Mustang has a lever hand brake in the console, easy to use while keeping both feet free and not impeding entry and exit. The Q60 Coupe’s foot pedal parking brake is not handy to use as a hill holding device with a manual transmission.

Standard air conditioned seats in the Mustang Premium keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Q60 Coupe doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

Standard SYNC AppLink for the Mustang allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, searching the internet, following twitter accounts and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Q60 Coupe doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Mustang owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Mustang will cost $4665 less than the Q60 Coupe over a five-year period.

The Mustang will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Mustang will retain 47.07% to 58.17% of its original price after five years, while the Q60 Coupe only retains 40.33% to 43.89%.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Mustang will be $10426 to $21649 less than for the Infiniti Q60 Coupe.

Recommendations Comparison

Both the Ford Mustang and Infiniti Q60 Coupe won an award in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Mustang second among midsize sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Q60 Coupe isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Mustang was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 6 of the last 12 years. The Q60 Coupe has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Mustang was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 3 of the last 21 years. The Q60 Coupe has never been an “All Star.”

The Ford Mustang outsold the Infiniti G37/Q60 by almost seven to one during the 2015 model year.

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