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2019 Ford Mustang

Starting Price: $27,115 | Price yours

Above Average: Subtle retro styling, 10-speed automatic transmission, standard horsepower, ride comfort, rev-matching manual transmission

Below Average: Cramped rear seat, some gauges difficult to read, some hard interior plastics

Consensus: An affordable muscle car with subtle retro styling cues, plenty of horsepower and the latest in high tech infotainment and instrumentation. The Mustang is also a very livable daily driver.

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2019 Chevrolet Camaro

Starting Price: $25,995 | Price yours

Above Average: Optional horsepower, track-ready packages, taut chassis, aggressive styling, low entry price

Below Average: Poor rear and side visibility, cramped cockpit with a sea of black plastic, tiny backseat and trunk

Consensus: The king of horsepower and handling bragging rights but with a claustrophobic interior and sometimes over-the-top styling.

The rivalry between the Camaro and Mustang is as old as the cars themselves, although when it comes to horsepower and track credentials, the Camaro bests the Mustang, but only by a hair. Both cars offer advanced safety and infotainment systems, but the Mustang’s optional 1,000-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system and configurable instrument cluster put it a few paces ahead of the Camaro. The base 4-cylinder turbo in the Mustang handily outmuscles the Camaro’s base engine, but the ZL1’s insane 650 horsepower easily trumps the GT 500’s 526 horsepower. Both cars offer a 10-speed automatic, but where the Mustang offers it across the line, Chevy only offers one on the SS coupe. 

Ford Mustang Advantages

Retro styling that isn’t too retro, 10-speed automatic offered on all models, good outward visibility, trunk size, powerful standard engine

Chevrolet Camaro Advantages

Available V6, track-oriented performance packages, stand-out styling, wins the V8 horsepower wars, Wi-Fi enabled

Similarities

Both cars offer numerous engine upgrades, interior and performance upgrades and sticker prices that start in the mid $20,000 range. Both can be had in convertible form and both offer numerous infotainment and smartphone connectivity features demanded by today’s consumer.

Final Recommendation

For overall cruising comfort and a user-friendly interior, the Ford Mustang is the better option. Those seeking bragging rights on the track and in straight line runs will likely find the Chevrolet Camaro the clear choice, but really both cars offer so much in the way of performance and value, it might just come down to personal preference. 
 

  2019 Ford Mustang 2019 Chevrolet Camaro
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.3-liter turbo I4 2.0-liter turbo I4
Horsepower 310 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-speed Manual, 6-speed
Fuel Economy 25 mpg (21 city, 31 hwy) 23 mpg (20 city, 30 hwy)
Also Available 460 hp 5.0-liter V8, 526 hp 5.2-liter V8 (GT 350), 10-speed automatic 335 hp 3.6-liter V6, 455 hp 6.2-liter V8, 650 hp 6.2-liter V8 (ZL1), 8-speed automatic, 10-speed automatic (SS)
Specs    
Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/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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