Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2017 Ford Mustang VS 2017 Toyota 86 Near Avondale, AZ

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2017 Ford Mustang

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2017 Toyota 86

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 86 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 86 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 86 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 86 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 86 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, rearview cameras and available rear parking sensors.

The Ford Mustang weighs 718 to 1130 pounds more than the Toyota 86. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Lighter cars are also affected more by crosswinds.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Mustang is safer than the Toyota 86:





5 Stars

4 Stars




5 Stars

4 Stars




Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

132 lbs.

263 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

240/585 lbs.

814/1004 lbs.




5 Stars

4 Stars




Chest Compression

.4 inches

.6 inches

Neck Compression

76 lbs.

92 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

52/57 lbs.

470/406 lbs.

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

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, results indicate that the Ford Mustang is safer than the Toyota 86:





Front Seat


5 Stars

3 Stars

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

Warranty Comparison

There are over 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Toyota 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 86 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 has more powerful engines than the 86:




Mustang 3.7 DOHC V6

300 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

Mustang ECOBoost 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

310 HP

320 lbs.-ft.

Mustang GT 5.0 DOHC V8

435 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

86 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

200 HP

151 lbs.-ft.

86 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

205 HP

156 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford Mustang is faster than the Toyota 86 2.0 (manual transmissions tested):


Mustang ECOBoost

Mustang GT


Zero to 60 MPH

5.5 sec

4.4 sec

7.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.3 sec

10.5 sec

17.6 sec

Quarter Mile

13.9 sec

13 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

102 MPH

112 MPH

93 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Mustang ECOBoost Fastback Manual 4 cyl. gets better highway fuel mileage than the 86 with its standard 4 cyl. (21 city/30 hwy vs. 21 city/28 hwy).

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

The Mustang ECOBoost’s standard fuel tank has 2.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the 86 (15.5 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Mustang V6/GT’s standard fuel tank has 2.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the 86 (16 vs. 13.2 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 86 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Mustang’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 86:



Mustang GT


Front Rotors

12.5 inches

15 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.5 inches

13 inches

11.4 inches

The Mustang stops much shorter than the 86:





80 to 0 MPH

201 feet

211 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

149 feet

177 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

102 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Mustang has larger standard tires than the 86 (235/55R17 vs. 215/45R17). The Mustang’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 86 (265/35R20 vs. 215/45R17).

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 86’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Mustang offers optional 20-inch wheels. The 86’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Mustang has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The 86’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 86 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Mustang’s wheelbase is 5.9 inches longer than on the 86 (107.1 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Mustang is 2.6 inches wider in the front and 4.5 inches wider in the rear than on the 86.

The Mustang’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (53.5% to 46.5%) than the 86’s (55.2% to 44.8%). This gives the Mustang more stable handling and braking.

The Mustang EcoBoost Fastback handles at .98 G’s, while the 86 pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Mustang EcoBoost Fastback executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.4 seconds quicker than the 86 (24.2 seconds @ .79 average G’s vs. 26.6 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

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 86 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Mustang EcoBoost Fastback is quieter than the 86:




At idle

43 dB

44 dB


82 dB

88 dB

70 MPH Cruising

73 dB

73 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Mustang Fastback is rated a Subcompact car by the EPA, while the 86 is rated a Minicompact.

The Mustang Fastback has 8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 86 (84.5 vs. 76.5).

The Mustang Fastback has .5 inches more front headroom, 2.6 inches more front legroom, 1.8 inches more front hip room, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room, 2.1 inches more rear hip room and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the 86.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Mustang Fastback has a much larger trunk than the 86 (13.5 vs. 6.9 cubic feet).

The Mustang Fastback’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The 86’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

A standard locking glovebox and optional locking center console (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Mustang. The 86 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

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 86 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 86 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 86 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 86 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

On a hot day the Mustang’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the 86 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 Toyota 86 doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Mustang’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The 86’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Mustang Premium’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

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 86 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Mustang Premium’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The 86 doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

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 86 doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

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 86 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 86 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 86 doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

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 86 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 86 doesn’t offer steering wheel audio controls.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Mustang is less expensive to operate than the 86 because it costs $369 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Mustang than the 86, including $116 less for a water pump, $363 less for an alternator, $33 less for front brake pads, $462 less for a starter, $384 less for fuel injection, $293 less for a fuel pump, $200 less for front struts and $236 less for a power steering pump.

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 86 hasn’t been picked since 2013.

The Mustang was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” three times - most recently in 2015. The 86 hasn’t been picked since 2014.

The Ford Mustang outsold the Toyota 86/FR-S by almost fifteen to one during the 2016 model year.

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