The newest horse race to hit the modern muscle car circuit has begun. The 2015 Ford Mustang and the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro are on the market and ready for you to test drive. Both have a history of making waves in the auto industry – the Mustang was first to impress with its introduction in 1964, and the Camaro came just three years later. These cars each have enough fans to back up their track records, but the most important question is: Which car is better, and which will you drive? Here’s how these pony cars stack up.
The 2015 Mustang is about the same size as last year’s model, but it’s ever-so-slightly smaller than the Camaro. It’s just 2.3 inches shorter, 0.1 inch narrower, 0.2 inch taller and 72 pounds lighter. Read more!
Both cars come equipped with performance packs. The Mustang’s pack includes a Brembo brake upgrade, a larger radiator and antiroll brakes, new springs, and bigger tires and wheels. The Camaro SS’s 1LE package adds many elements of the ZL1, but it includes new dampers and larger antiroll bars. Even with their respective upgrades, these two ponies nearly match. It’s pretty obvious that no matter what you choose, be it the standard car or the performance-equipped version, you’ll get fairly even results in the parts department.
Minimal Interior Design
The Mustang’s larger windows allow for more outward visibility, thanks to slightly shifted A-pillars. In terms of dashboard design, the Mustang favors a more modern approach over its usual retro style this time around. Both cars will offer tilt-and-telescoping steering wheels, though only the Mustang has standard keyless entry and adaptive cruise control available. The Camaro still has poor visibility and a mildly cheap-looking interior, but its other features make up for these weaknesses. Both of these sports cars are more focused on power than looks on the inside.
Back to Basics
For those who are only concerned about the bare necessities, both cars have their benefits and drawbacks. The Mustang’s 31 mpg or more highway fuel economy beats out the Camaro’s 30. The Camaro’s 426 horsepower is only a slight advantage over the Mustang’s approximate 420. The standard 3.7-liter V6 of the Mustang remains untouched. Clocking in at 323 horsepower, the Camaro’s V6 beats this figure in terms of power. The only car with a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder option, however, is the Mustang. This option will definitely give the Camaro a run for its money. MSRP for the Mustang is $24,425, while the Camaro is $23,555.
It’s Your Choice
Tony Quiroga, senior editor of Car and Driver magazine, proclaimed the Camaro a great track car and the Mustang a great road car. Even with an opinion from a man who’s high up in the world of cars, however, there isn’t a clear-cut winner. Both companies did their homework (and maybe a little bit of spying on each other’s features) to create the perfect sports car for 2015. Which should you choose? That’s totally up to you. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of either brand or you’re looking to get behind the wheel of one of these babies for the first time, you should have a fun and fast-paced experience either way.
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