Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2017 Ford Mustang VS 2017 BMW M2 Near Surprise, AZ

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2017 Ford Mustang

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2017 BMW M2

Safety Comparison

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 M2 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Mustang and the M2 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available collision warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty Comparison

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Mustang 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the M2. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the M2 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 11 times as many Ford dealers as there are BMW 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 M2 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 GT’s standard 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 70 more horsepower (435 vs. 365) and 31 lbs.-ft. more torque (400 vs. 369) than the M2’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

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 M2 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Mustang ECOBoost’s standard fuel tank has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the M2 (15.5 vs. 13.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Mustang V6/GT’s standard fuel tank has 2.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the M2 (16 vs. 13.7 gallons).

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 M2 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Mustang stops much shorter than the M2:

 

Mustang

M2

 

70 to 0 MPH

149 feet

159 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

112 feet

121 feet

Road and Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Mustang’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the M2 (265/35R20 vs. 245/35R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Mustang offers optional 20-inch wheels. The M2’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The Mustang offers an optional space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the M2, it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Mustang has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Mustang flat and controlled during cornering. The M2’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

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 M2 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Mustang’s wheelbase is 1.1 inches longer than on the M2 (107.1 inches vs. 106 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Mustang is .2 inches wider in the front and 2.1 inches wider in the rear than on the M2.

For better maneuverability, the Mustang w/17” wheels’ turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the M2’s (36.5 feet vs. 38.4 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 M2 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Mustang EcoBoost Fastback is quieter than the M2 Coupe:

 

Mustang

M2

At idle

43 dB

51 dB

Full-Throttle

82 dB

89 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Mustang Fastback has 3 inches more front legroom and 1.9 inches more front shoulder room than the M2 Coupe.

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 M2 doesn’t offer a remote starting 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 M2 doesn’t offer an easy entry 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 M2 doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Recommendations Comparison

IntelliChoice recognized the Ford Mustang as a “Best Value of the Year” for the 2015 model year.

The Mustang was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 6 of the last 12 years. The M2 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Mustang was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” three times - most recently in 2015. The M2 has never been an “All Star.”

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