Camaro vs. Mustang: The Battle of the Best Pony Car
Ford released the Mustang with massive popularity in the mid-1964 model year. Chevrolet responded back with the Camaro in 1967 at the end of 1966, setting up a decades-long battle not only for sales, but for the hearts of America’s performance car buyers.
While differences have happened along the way, the Mustang and Camaro continue to compete intensely. While both look like early models the 2019 Ford Mustang and 2019 Chevrolet Camaro are no longer only muscle cars with straight-line performance perfection. They are now versatile coupes equipped with state-of – the-art security and cabin engineering.
The Mustang received an upgrade in the mid-cycle in 2018 and was completely redesigned for the 2015 model year. It keeps a spot close to the top of the sports car list. After a detailed remodeling in 2016, Camaro models received a revision for 2019. The latest Camaro wins a spot in the list of sports cars.
This category is won by the 2019 Camaro because its selling price is lower than that of the Mustang. The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro coupe’s base price is $25,000, while you can find the least expensive Ford Mustang coupe for $26,395. Camaro’s cheapest convertible costs around $400 less than a Mustang soft-top.
The Mustang GT priced at $35,355 for a coupe and $44,855 for a convertible will be seen by those searching for a V8-powered muscle car. Chevy Camaro SS pricing starts for the coupe at $37,000 and for a convertible at $43,000. Over the GT, Ford is offering a special Mustang model. The Ford Mustang Bullitt is a tribute to the 1968 movie-driven car known for its spectacular chase scene. It’s worth $46,595.
The $61,500 Camaro ZL1 and the $67,135 Mustang Shelby GT350R are at the top of the product ranges. The high-performance Mustang road version is the $59,140 Mustang Shelby GT350.
The Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro have the same estimated three out of five reliability ratings. This is industry level, but just below the median for the category for sports cars. The 2019 Dodge Challenger is in the bottom of the class, with a ranking of four out of five.
All sports cars are protected by the same warranty. These offer a three-year or 36,000-mile base warranty with coverage and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
With their cargo space, some people don’t buy sports cars, but you want enough space to accommodate the luggage for a weekend getaway at least. The Chevrolet Camaro coupe is capable of carrying storage of 9.1 cubic feet. It can accommodate 7.3 cubic feet of Camaro convertibles.
Because of its structure, it can be a struggle to load and unload the Camaro. The width of the trunk is high as well as narrow
The Mustang tops the numbers of the Camaro effortlessly. Fastback Mustangs have a cargo space of 13.5 cubic feet, and convertibles can hold up to 11.4 cubic feet. The bigger 2019 Dodge Challenger, for example, has 16.2 cubic feet of space.
The longer list of regular interior tech features from the Chevrolet Camaro gives it the edge in this category. It comes loaded with a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system that supports a Wi-Fi :hot spot, a 4G LTE, Android Auto, or Apple CarPlay data connection.
Each Camaro includes Chevy’s Teen Driver system, which allows parents to set limits on the functions of the car and to report back to the wheel on their time.
Ford is equipping the Mustang base with a 4.2-inch SYNC infotainment and push-button start feature. To get the more powerful SYNC 3 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, you need to step up to the EcoBoost Premium model. A working pony Mustang emblem light that illuminates the area below the side mirrors is also included in the EcoBoost Premium.
Choose either the Chevrolet Camaro 2SS or Ford Mustang GT Premium Fastback, and in the corresponding lineups you will have the highest level of cabin materials and features.
The Ford Mustang wins this class on its performance models with bigger engines than Chevrolet. When the Camaro SS and Mustang GT go head-to-head, it has a slightly better zero to 60 mph rating.
Both the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro come in their base models with four-cylinder turbo engines. The 2.3-liter four-cylinder of the Ford Mustang EcoBoost produces a respectable 310 horsepower and plenty of torque to push you. The four-banger 2.0-liter turbo in the Chevy produces 275 horsepower. Additionally, Chevrolet sells a 3.6-liter V6 producing 335 horsepower. Ford is no longer selling a Mustang six-cylinder model.
The Ford Mustang GT is fitted with a 5.0-liter V8 which in standard models forks out 460 horsepower and in the Mustang Bullitt 475. The equivalent Chevrolet Camaro SS features a 455 horsepower generating V8.
The Mustang GT is just a bit quicker than the Camaro SS from zero to 60 mph, according to reliable sources. Similar to the 4.1-second sprint of the Camaro, the Mustang does it in only 3.9 seconds.
All models are operate through rear wheel drive. The Mustang comes complete with a six-speed manual transmission and is available on most models as an optional10-speed automatic. The Camaro also comes with a six-speed manual, available for the four-cylinder and V6 models with eight-speed automatics.
When fitted with their standard four-cylinder turbos and available automatic transmissions, the Mustang and Camaro both get impressive ratings of fuel economy from the EPA.
The Mustang EcoBoost in the city is priced at 21 mpg and the highway at 32 mpg. The scores of the Camaro in the region were 22 mpg and 31 on the highway. There is, however, a big difference between the two sports cars in the cost of fuel. With regular gas, the Mustang wins the top rating. The turbocharged engine of the Camaro requires expensive premium fuel. The same applies to the Mustang GT relative to the Camaro SS. In the street, the Camaro has slightly higher ratings of 16 mpg and 27 mpg on the highway than the 16/city and 25/highway of the Mustang. But, while the Mustang runs on regular gas, the Camaro burns luxury unleaded.
Because of its slightly better crash test results, the 2019 Ford Mustang takes over the safety classification. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ratings, the Mustang achieves an average five-star rating, with positive scores achieved in each of the three trials.
The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro only receives an overall five-star rating from the NHTSA, but on the frontal crash test of the company it earned only a four out of five-star rating.
On four of the five tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, both sport coupes received top-notch Good marks. Only a score of Acceptable was obtained by the Mustang on the side of the driver’s small overlap front crash test.
The Ford Mustang comes out ahead in the battle of the pony cars in 2019. His conventional models ‘ engine performance is better, more convenient and easier to see from, more cargo space, and higher fuel efficiency and safety ratings than the Camaro’s.
Once you loan or buy, both sport coupes are worth a look. Normally, our sports car rankings have the Mustang at or near the top of the list, and the Camaro only a few spots away. As of June, by a wide margin, the Mustang outsells the Camaro.