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2018 Ford Mustang

Starting Price: $26,580 | Price yours

Above Average: Great retro styling, 10-speed automatic transmission

Below Average: Cramped rear seat, retro-style speedo and tach hard to read

Consensus: Still the styling champ and dynamic disparities vs. Camaro are essentially academic

 

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2018 Chevrolet Camaro

Starting Price: $26,900 | Price yours

Above Average: Great chassis, upgrade engines, all-around dynamics, track day packages

Below Average: Limited rear and rear quarter sightlines, penalty box rear seat, small trunk

Consensus: First by a whisker in handling, general performance, and interior features

 

Mustang versus Camaro is one of the longest-running and most celebrated performance rivalries in the car business, dating to 1966, when General Motors responded to Ford’s sporty 2+2 coupe and the pony car races began. Revived in 2009 after a seven-year hiatus, the Camaro reflects the most interpretive rendition of the surviving pony cars -- more contemporary, less retro. The Mustang, for its part, sustains the styling of the second-generation car, with detail concessions to contemporary trends. As a footnote, both the Camaro and Mustang will receive a number of updates for the 2019 model year. The new cars are due this fall.  

Chevrolet Camaro Advantages

Sports car agility, on-board wi-fi, some prefer the bellicose styling, comprehensive instrumentation, track-oriented performance packages

Ford Mustang Advantages

Great heritage, design faithful to 1967 fastback, stronger base engine than Camaro, 10-speed automatic, more safety features

Similarities

Both offer convertible editions, multiple engine options and high-performance editions, and sporty character is common to both cars.

Final Recommendation

If athletic responses and track day handling are the priority, the Camaro rates a small edge. For cruising comfort and style, it’s Mustang by a nose.

  2018 Ford Mustang Coupe 2018 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.3-liter turbo  I4 2.0-liter turbo I4
Horsepower 350 hp @ 5,500 rpm 275 hp @ 5,600 rpm
Torque 350 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm 295 lb-ft @ 3,000-4,500 rpm
Transmission Manual, 6-Spd Manual, 6-Spd
Fuel Economy 25 mpg (21 city, 31 hwy) 23 mpg (20 city, 30 hwy)
Also Available 460-hp 5.0-liter V-8; 526-hp 5.2-liter V8 (GT 350); 10-speed automatic 335-hp 3.6-liter V-6; 455-hp 6.2-liter V-8; 8-speed automatic
Specs    
Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles 3 years or 36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 2+2  2+2 
Wheelbase 107.1 inches 110.7 inches
Overall Length 188.5 inches 188.3 inches
Width 75.4 inches 74.7 inches
Height 54.3 inches 52.9 inches
Turning Diameter 36.5 feet 38.1 feet
Headroom, Front 37.6 inches 38.5 inches
Headroom, Rear 34.8 inches 33.5 inches
Legroom, Front 45.1 inches 43.9 inches
Legroom, Rear 29.0 inches 29.9 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 56.3 inches 55.0 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 52.2 inches N/A
EPA Passenger Volume 82.8 cu. ft. 93.0 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 13.5 cu. ft. 9.1 cu. ft.
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