2020 Toyota 86 vs. 2020 Ford Mustang

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Safety

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Both the 86 and the Mustang 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 and rearview cameras.

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the 86 for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Mustang.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the 86’s reliability 56 points higher than the Mustang.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 38 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Ford is ranked 18th.

Engine

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The flat cylinder configuration of the boxer engine in the 86 lowers its center of gravity, enhancing handling stability (That’s why Porsche uses boxer engines.). The Mustang doesn’t offer a boxer engine configuration.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the 86 2.0 4 cyl. (200 HP) gets better fuel mileage than the Mustang Fastback Auto with its standard turbo 4 cyl. (24 city/32 hwy vs. 21 city/32 hwy).

Tires and Wheels

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The 86’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Mustang’s standard 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the 86’s turning circle is .4 feet tighter than the Mustang’s (36.1 feet vs. 36.5 feet). The 86’s turning circle is 5.6 feet tighter than the Mustang GT Fastback Performance Pack 2’s (36.1 feet vs. 41.7 feet).

Chassis

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The Toyota 86 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 to 1050 pounds less than the Ford Mustang.

The 86 is 1 foot, 9.8 inches shorter than the Mustang, making the 86 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The 86 is 5.5 inches narrower than the Mustang, making the 86 easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

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

86

Mustang

At idle

41 dB

45 dB

Full-Throttle

80 dB

88 dB

70 MPH Cruising

71 dB

74 dB

Passenger Space

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The 86 has .2 inches more rear headroom and .9 inches more rear legroom than the Mustang Fastback.

Ergonomics

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The 86’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. Ford does not offer a locking feature on the Mustang’s power windows.

The 86 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Mustang doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The 86 offers an optional center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Mustang doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the 86 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the 86 with a number “1” insurance rate while the Mustang is rated higher at a number “3” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 86 is less expensive to operate than the Mustang because typical repairs cost much less on the 86 than the Mustang, including $312 less for a muffler, $19 less for front brake pads, $138 less for a timing belt/chain and $468 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota 86, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The 86 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 7 years. The Mustang has never been an “All Star.”

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