Speedy and stylish, the 2020 Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger can’t help but compete for attention. Driving enthusiasts love these muscle cars for their high-performance hardware. But both are also undeniably good looking, turning heads wherever they go. How do you decide between the pair? Our comparison guide has the info you seek.
All-American Style: It’s a Tie!
Both the 2020 Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger are instantly recognizable. These muscle cars definitely look the part, with each putting their own spin on aggressive style. The Mustang’s sleek lines and the Challenger’s wide, boxy stance may appeal to different folks, but we can all agree that these models are modern classics.
Best Standard Lineup: 2020 Ford Mustang
The Mustang has the best bang-to-buck ratio. Its standard equipment includes everything from high-tech infotainment gear to must-have performance equipment. For example, launch control and a limited-slip rear differential maximize your stop-and-go daily drive. And the FordPass Connect app gives you remote access to your Mustang, via features like remote ignition and door locking controls. Should your smartphone connection peter out, the in-cabin Wi-Fi hotspot is there to save the day.
As far as standard equipment goes, the Challenger is a bit of a plain Jane. This muscle car does, however, give you the Uconnect infotainment system (including an 7-inch touch screen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity) at no extra cost. Keyless entry and ignition are standard, but you’re going to need to pay extra for remote ignition technology.
Biggest Backseat: 2020 Dodge Challenger
In terms of front-seat passenger comfort, the Mustang and the Challenger both impress. Both sports cars provide lasting front-seat comfort, with a generous supply of passenger space and nicely bolstered front seats.
In back, though, the Challenger has the edge. Indeed, in the pony car segment, there’s no model better suited to family hauling than the Challenger, thanks to its abundance of rear-seat space. The Ford Mustang’s backseat is more snug, especially when it comes to legroom.
Best Balance of Power and Efficiency: 2020 Ford Mustang
With the thriftiest powertrain option, Mustang drivers will make fewer trips to the gas station. The 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, combined with the 10-speed automatic transmission, helps the Mustang earn up to 25 mpg combined (21 city/32 highway mpg).
The most efficient version of the 2020 Dodge Challenger isn’t quite as thrifty. To eke the most fuel out of this muscle car, choose the base 3.6-liter V6 engine and rear-wheel drive. This combo is EPA-rated for 23 mpg combined (19/30 mpg).
In the end, the 2020 Ford Mustang has won our hearts. The Dodge Challenger might have the roomier cabin, but it’s the Mustang that exudes all-American style, a sporty starting lineup, and a world-class balance of performance and efficiency.