Looking for a new sports car that offers a powerful engine and an upscale build and interior? Brighton Ford can show you one of the most iconic sports cars of all times - the new 2020 Ford Mustang. Today we’re comparing it to the 2020 Subaru BRZ to see how they stack up.
The 2020 Ford Mustang combines modern convenience with retro style. It has an upscale cabin that offers high-quality materials and more trunk space, with a wide trunk opening. There is 13.5 cubic feet of trunk space in the standard Mustang Fastback, with rear seats that fold down for extra room. Convertible models offer 11.4 cubic feet of space. For a sports car that is a good amount of room. The Mustang seats two in the front and two in the back, with its focus on the two front seats. Both the driver and passengers have plenty of comfortable space and well-bolstered seats. Cloth seats are standard, but higher models offer full leather upholstery with heated and ventilated front seats.
The 2020 Subaru BRZ hasn’t really progressed since it was first introduced in 2013, with its stiff ride, elevated interior noise, and tepid acceleration. It seats four, but can feel a bit tight, especially in the rear seats. You’ll need to slide those front seats forward if your rear passengers want any legroom. It has standard leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. This sports car doesn’t offer the cargo space of the Mustang, with only 6.9 cubic-feet in the trunk. The rear seat does fold down to provide a little extra room.
The Mustang gives you plenty of options, from the fun and energetic GT Convertible to the 2020 Shelby GT500, which hosts the most power-dense supercharged V8 production engine in the world. There are four main engine options for the 2020 Ford Mustang: the base 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, found in EcoBoost trims, gets you moving quickly with 310 horsepower. A new option package for 2020 gives you an engine output of 330 horsepower. The optional 5.0-liter V8 engine in the Mustang GT packs a punch with its 460 hp. Both the four-cylinder and V8 engines come standard with six-speed manual transmission or a refined 10-speed automatic. The high-performance Shelby models are the stars of the show. The Shelby GT350 boasts 526 horsepower from its 5.2-liter V8. It's the most powerful engine that Ford has ever built for a street-legal car. If that’s not enough, the Shelby GT500 makes its appearance for 2020. Its supercharged V8 engine makes an astounding 760 horsepower. With the standard EcoBoost engine, you will get an EPA-estimated 21/32 mpg in the city and highway. The V8 Mustang GT gets up to 16/25 mpg in the city and highway. Fuel economy is probably not the biggest concern for buyers of the Shelby GT350, which gets an estimated 14/21 mpg city/highway. With nine available trims, the starting price for the base EcoBoost Fastback is $26,670 and ranges to $72,900 for the Shelby GT500.
Subaru offers the 2020 BRZ in two trim levels – Limited and tS, with both having the same engine and rear-wheel-drive system. There is no convertible body style in the BRZ lineup. It doesn’t match up to the Mustang’s powerful lineup of engines. It comes equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque. An automatic transmission reduces the horsepower and torque to 200 hp and 151 pound-feet of torque. The BRZ estimates 24/33 mpg on the city and highway with the automatic transmission. With manual transmission, you will get an estimated 21/29 mpg city and highway. The tS trim is lowered to 20/27 mpg. It has responsive steering and strong brakes needed for a sports car, but it is less comfortable to drive daily. The Limited starts off at $28,845 and the tS starts at $31,495.
A rearview camera is a standard driver assistance feature in the Mustang. Available options include an adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high-beam headlights, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, forward automatic emergency braking, rear parking sensors, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Wi-Fi hotspot is available as well as Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system. Its latest technology has a clean design and a simple interface that comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and an impressive stereo. Ford Sync Connect comes standard, which allows users to control and monitor their vehicles through a smartphone app.
The BRZ also comes standard with a rearview camera, with no other available advanced driver aids. Its infotainment system is a bit outdated compared to the Ford Mustang. It comes standard with the Starlink Infotainment system, with a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and an eight-speaker stereo; with no other available upgrades. On-screen texts can be challenging to read, and the virtual buttons are small and hard to press.
There really is no comparison to these two sports cars. The 2020 Ford Mustang features a richer interior and a larger trunk, making it more comfortable and usable for everyday driving than the 2020 Subaru BRZ. Ford’s offering of more powerful engines also makes this sports car a sure pick. If you are in the Colorado area, don’t pass up your opportunity to take a test drive at Brighton Ford.