Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2011 Chevrolet Camaro VS 2011 Ford Mustang Near Phoenix, AZ

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2011 Chevrolet Camaro

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2011 Ford Mustang

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the Chevrolet Camaro’s rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Ford Mustang doesn’t offer height adjustable seat belts.

The Chevrolet Camaro has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Mustang doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

Compared to metal, the Camaro’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Ford Mustang has a metal gas tank.

Both the Camaro and the Mustang have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Camaro 40,000 miles longer than Ford covers the Mustang. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Mustang ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Camaro’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Mustang’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Reliability Comparison

The battery on the Camaro is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures which can degrade battery life. By keeping the Camaro’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Mustang’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Car and Driver the Camaro SS is faster than the Mustang GT (manual transmissions tested):

Camaro

Mustang

Zero to 60 MPH

4.6 sec

4.7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

10.5 sec

11.4 sec

Quarter Mile

13 sec

13.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

111 MPH

108 MPH

Top Speed

157 MPH

147 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Camaro V6 is faster than the Ford Mustang V6 (automatics tested):

Camaro

Mustang

Zero to 60 MPH

6 sec

6.2 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Camaro SS Automatic’s fuel efficiency. The Mustang doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Camaro uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on Camaro SS for maximum performance). The Mustang Boss 302 GT requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Camaro Convertible’s standard fuel tank has 2.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Mustang (18.8 vs. 16 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Camaro Coupe’s standard fuel tank has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Mustang (19 vs. 16 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Camaro’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Mustang:

Camaro

Mustang

Front Rotors

12.64 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

11.8 inches

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Camaro has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Mustang doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The Camaro stops much shorter than the Mustang:

Camaro

Mustang

80 to 0 MPH

200 feet

204 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

162 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

144 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Camaro has larger standard tires than the Mustang (245/55R18 vs. 215/65R17).

The Camaro’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Mustang V6 Auto’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Camaro has standard 18 inch wheels. Smaller 17 inch wheels are standard on the Mustang V6 Manual. The Camaro’s optional 21 inch wheels are larger than the 19 inch front wheels and 20 inch rear wheels optional on the Mustang GT500.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Chevrolet Camaro has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Ford Mustang has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Camaro’s wheelbase is 5.2 inches longer than on the Mustang (112.3 inches vs. 107.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Camaro is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Mustang.

The Camaro LT Coupe handles at .93 G’s, while the Mustang V6 Coupe pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Road & Track while at idle, the interior of the Camaro SS Coupe is quieter than the Mustang GT Coupe (51 vs. 52 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Camaro Coupe is rated a Compact car by the EPA, while the Mustang Coupe is rated a Subcompact. The Camaro Convertible is rated a Compact car by the EPA, while the Mustang Convertible is rated a Subcompact.

The Camaro Coupe has 9.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Mustang Coupe (93 vs. 83.3). The Camaro Convertible has 12 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Mustang Convertible (93 vs. 81).

The Camaro Coupe has 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom and .1 inches more rear legroom than the Mustang Coupe.

The Camaro Convertible has 1.5 inches more front shoulder room and .2 inches more rear legroom than the Mustang Convertible.

Ergonomics Comparison

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Camaro has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Mustang doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The Camaro LT/SS offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts onto the windshield, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Mustang doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Camaro has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Mustang only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

The Camaro LT/SS’ optional outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Mustang doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

The Camaro LT/SS offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Mustang has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

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