Poll: Honda Accord Coupe or Ford Mustang?

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

Which coupe would YOU rather make monthly payments on, the Honda Accord or Ford Mustang?

Despite having some obvious differences, these two cars have several important similarities that make them unexpected rivals.

The Honda in this tossup may share the same bones with a front-wheel-drive family sedan, but its potent six-cylinder engine and available manual transmission make it an interesting foil to the Mustang, which, of course, can be had with a similar drivetrain.

The Accord’s 3.5-liter V6 delivers 278 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque. A manual or automatic gearbox, either with half-a-dozen forward speeds, are your transmission options. Equipped with three pedals, this sensible two-door should get 18 miles per gallon in urban conditions and 28 on the highway, figures that result in a combined score of 21 MPG.

Focusing on the Mustang, it also offers a V6, though one that displaces a meatier 3.7-liters (a host of other engines are also available). Thanks to the extra lung capacity, it provides a little more oomph, specifically, 300 horses and 280 lb-ft of twist. Either a manual or automatic transmission is available; both feature six speeds.

Despite weighing about 136 pounds more than a similarly equipped Accord Coupe (roughly 3,533 pounds versus 3,397), the Mustang is correspondingly efficient. With the six-shooter under hood and standard gearbox, one of these iconic American machines should deliver 18 MPG city, 27 highway and 21 combined.

At the end of the day, the Accord Coupe and Mustang are similar in several meaningful ways, but which one would YOU rather own? Compare them here and don’t forget to vote in our poll!

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • Zac Lowing Zac Lowing on Mar 23, 2017

    Who writes this junk? Mustang doesn't come with a V-6 anymore, lol. Now in the Mustang you can only get a turbo 4, which makes more power and gets better gas mileage than the honda, or the V-8 which still gets good gas millage and blow the grandma honda away!

  • Cody Beisel Cody Beisel on Mar 23, 2017

    I wish the accord had sharper looks, or Honda made a new prelude on that chassis. The real problem with the Honda isn't how it drives it's the price. I can get into a base Mustang GT for less...