Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2017 Ford Mustang VS 2017 Alfa Romeo Near Peoria, AZ

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2017 Ford Mustang

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2017 Alfa Romeo

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 4C 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 4C 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 4C doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

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 4C doesn’t offer a GPS response system, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Mustang and the 4C have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available rear parking sensors.

The Ford Mustang weighs 1068 to 1439 pounds more than the Alfa Romeo 4C. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.

Warranty Comparison

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Mustang 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Alfa Romeo covers the 4C. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 4C ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 20 times as many Ford dealers as there are Alfa Romeo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Mustang’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Mustang’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The 4C’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the 4C’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

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 4C 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 63 more horsepower (300 vs. 237) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 258) than the 4C’s 1.8 turbo 4 cyl. The Mustang ECOBoost’s standard 2.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 73 more horsepower (310 vs. 237) and 62 lbs.-ft. more torque (320 vs. 258) than the 4C’s 1.8 turbo 4 cyl. The Mustang GT’s standard 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 198 more horsepower (435 vs. 237) and 142 lbs.-ft. more torque (400 vs. 258) than the 4C’s 1.8 turbo 4 cyl.

In a Road and Track race course test, the Ford Mustang GT Fastback was clocked 1.91 seconds faster than the Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe (56.81 sec. vs. 58.72 sec.) at an average lap speed 8.2 MPH faster (127.2 MPH vs. 119 MPH).

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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 4C requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Mustang ECOBoost’s standard fuel tank has 5 gallons more fuel capacity than the 4C (15.5 vs. 10.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Mustang V6/GT’s standard fuel tank has 5.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the 4C (16 vs. 10.5 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Mustang’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 4C:

 

Mustang

Mustang GT

4C

Front Rotors

12.5 inches

15 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

12.5 inches

13 inches

11.5 inches

The Mustang stops much shorter than the 4C:

 

Mustang

4C

 

60 to 0 MPH

102 feet

113 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Mustang has larger standard tires than the 4C (235/55R17 vs. 205/45R17). The Mustang’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 4C (265/35R20 vs. 205/45R17).

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 4C’s optional 40 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Mustang offers optional 20-inch wheels. The 4C’s largest wheels are only 18-inches in the front and 19-inches in the rear.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Mustang has standard power steering to make quick and controllable low speed maneuvers easy. The 4C doesn’t offer power steering.

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 4C doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Mustang’s wheelbase is 13.4 inches longer than on the 4C (107.1 inches vs. 93.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Mustang is 2 inches wider in the rear than on the 4C.

The Mustang’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (53.5% to 46.5%) than the 4C’s (40% to 60%). This gives the Mustang more stable handling and braking.

The Mustang EcoBoost Fastback handles at .96 G’s, while the 4C Coupe pulls only .94 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Mustang EcoBoost Fastback executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the 4C Coupe (24.2 seconds @ .79 average G’s vs. 25 seconds @ .78 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Mustang w/17” wheels’ turning circle is 4 feet tighter than the 4C’s (36.5 feet vs. 40.5 feet). The Mustang Performance Package’s turning circle is .5 feet tighter than the 4C’s (40 feet vs. 40.5 feet).

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 4C doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Mustang EcoBoost Fastback is quieter than the 4C Coupe:

 

Mustang

4C

At idle

43 dB

56 dB

Full-Throttle

82 dB

84 dB

70 MPH Cruising

73 dB

78 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Mustang has standard seating for 4 passengers; the 4C can only carry 2.

The Mustang Fastback has 1.8 inches more front legroom and 6.5 inches more front shoulder room than the 4C Coupe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Mustang Fastback has a much larger trunk than the 4C Coupe (13.5 vs. 3.7 cubic feet).

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 4C doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When three different drivers share the Mustang Premium, the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The 4C doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Mustang Premium’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The 4C doesn’t offer an easy entry 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 4C does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Mustang’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The 4C’s power windows’ switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

The Mustang’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The 4C’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

On a hot day the Mustang’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the 4C can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Intelligent Access standard on the Mustang allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Alfa Romeo 4C doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Mustang Premium’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The 4C’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

The Mustang has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The 4C doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Mustang has standard extendable sun visors. The 4C doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Mustang’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The 4C’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

The Mustang’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The 4C’s power mirror controls are on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

The Mustang’s standard rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The 4C doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

The Mustang Premium has standard heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the 4C.

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 4C doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Mustang Premium’s 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. The 4C doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The Mustang Premium’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The 4C doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Mustang’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The 4C doesn’t offer a filtration system.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Mustang Premium offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Contr4ol, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The 4C doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

To help keep the driver’s hands on the wheel, the Mustang has standard steering wheel controls for the radio. The 4C doesn’t offer steering wheel audio controls.

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 4C doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address, a GPS navigation system is available on the Mustang Premium. The Mustang’s navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The 4C doesn’t offer a navigation system.

With standard voice command, the Mustang offers the driver hands free control of the radio, climate controls and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The 4C doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Recommendations Comparison

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its January 2015 issue and they ranked the Ford Mustang EcoBoost Fastback higher than the Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe.

The Mustang was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 6 of the last 13 years. The 4C has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Ford Mustang outsold the Alfa Romeo 4C by almost 197 to one during the 2016 model year.

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