2019 Ford Mustang vs. 2019 Infiniti Q60

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Mustang’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Q60 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Mustang and the Q60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

There are over 14 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

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 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Mustang first among midsize sporty cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Q60 was rated second in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 14th.

Engine

The Mustang has more powerful engines than the Q60:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Mustang 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

310 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

Mustang GT 5.0 DOHC V8

460 HP

420 lbs.-ft.

Mustang BULLITT 5.0 DOHC V8

480 HP

420 lbs.-ft.

Q60 3.0t 3.0 turbo V6

300 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Q60 Red Sport 400 3.0 turbo V6

400 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Mustang turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Q60 3.0t (automatics tested):

 

Mustang

Q60

Zero to 60 MPH

5.3 sec

5.4 sec

As tested in Motor Trend the Mustang GT 5.0 DOHC V8 is faster than the Q60 Red Sport 400 (automatics tested):

 

Mustang

Q60

Zero to 60 MPH

4.2 sec

4.8 sec

Quarter Mile

12.5 sec

13.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

114.5 MPH

107.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Mustang uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Q60 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 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

The Mustang offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The Q60 doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

A ten-speed automatic is available on the Ford Mustang, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Q60.

The Mustang Manual’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Q60 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Mustang GT

Q60

Q60 Red Sport 400

Front Rotors

15 inches

12.6 inches

14 inches

The Mustang stops much shorter than the Q60:

 

Mustang

Q60

 

60 to 0 MPH

94 feet

110 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Mustang GT’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Q60 (305/30R19 vs. 255/35R20).

The Mustang GT’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Q60 Red Sport 400’s 35 series front tires.

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 Q60; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed. Some models of the Q60 don’t even offer run-flats.

Suspension and Handling

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

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Mustang is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 2.9 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Q60.

The Mustang GT Fastback handles at 1.06 G’s, while the Q60 Red Sport 400 pulls only .91 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Mustang GT Fastback executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the Q60 Red Sport 400 (23.6 seconds @ .86 average G’s vs. 25.5 seconds @ .76 average G’s).

Chassis

The Ford Mustang may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 200 pounds less than the Infiniti Q60.

The front grille of the Mustang (except Performance Pack) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Q60 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The Mustang Fastback has 2 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more front hip room, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Q60.

Cargo Capacity

The Mustang Fastback has a much larger trunk than the Q60 (13.5 vs. 8.7 cubic feet).

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

Towing

The Mustang has a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The Q60 has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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 Q60 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 Q60 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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 Infiniti Q60’s Infiniti Intelligent Key doesn’t unlock the trunk.

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 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Model Availability

The Ford Mustang comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Infiniti Q60 isn’t available as a convertible.

Economic Advantages

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Mustang will be $4768 to $11755 less than for the Infiniti Q60.

Recommendations

The Mustang GT/Bullitt was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2019. The Q60 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Ford Mustang outsold the Infiniti Q60 by over eight to one during 2018.

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