Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2012 Ford Mustang VS 2012 Chevrolet Camaro Near Phoenix, AZ

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2012 Ford Mustang

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2012 Chevrolet Camaro

Safety Comparison

The Mustang’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver's blind spots. The Camaro doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver's blind spots.

Both the Mustang and the Camaro 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.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Mustang Coupe is safer than the Camaro Coupe:

Mustang

Camaro

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Head Injury Index

457

661

Chest forces

34 g’s

53 g’s

Leg injuries (L/R)

478 / 551

908 / 866

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Head Injury Index

379

626

Chest forces

40 g’s

49 g’s

More stars indicate a better overall result. Lower numbers indicate better individual test results.

Warranty Comparison

The Mustang’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Camaro’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Mustang have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of some of the engines in the Camaro.

The Mustang has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Camaro doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2011 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 16th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Mustang V6 is faster than the Camaro LS/LT 3.6 DOHC V6 (manual transmissions tested):

Mustang

Camaro

Zero to 60 MPH

5.1 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter Mile

13.7 sec

14.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

102 MPH

98 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Mustang Boss 302 Coupe GT 5.0 DOHC V8 is faster than the Camaro SS Manual 6.2 LS2 V8 (manual transmissions tested):

Mustang

Camaro

Zero to 30 MPH

1.6 sec

2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

4 sec

4.9 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

6.2 sec

7.7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

9.2 sec

11.2 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

1.6 sec

2.2 sec

Quarter Mile

12.3 sec

13.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

115.8 MPH

109.2 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Mustang V6 is faster than the Camaro LS/LT 3.6 DOHC V6 (automatics tested):

Mustang

Camaro

Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

9.6 sec

10.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

15.4 sec

16.6 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.2 sec

3.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.5 sec

14.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.3 MPH

94.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Mustang gets better fuel mileage than the Camaro:

Mustang

Camaro

V6/Manual

19 city/29 hwy

17 city/28 hwy

V6/Manual

5.0 V8 (412 HP)/Manual

17 city/26 hwy

16 city/24 hwy

6.2 LS2 V8/Manual

V6/Auto

19 city/31 hwy

19 city/30 hwy

V6/Auto

5.0 V8 (412 HP)/Auto

18 city/25 hwy

15 city/24 hwy

6.2 V8/Auto

The Mustang has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Camaro doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Mustang stops much shorter than the Camaro:

Mustang

Camaro

80 to 0 MPH

191 feet

212 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

151 feet

173 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

140 feet

144 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Mustang has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Camaro’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Mustang’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Camaro doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca Coupe handles at 1.02 G’s, while the Camaro LT Coupe pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Road & Track skidpad test.

The Mustang GT Convertible handles at .91 G’s, while the Camaro SS Convertible pulls only .89 G’s of cornering force in a Road & Track skidpad test.

The Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca Coupe goes through Road & Track’s slalom 7.6 MPH faster than the Camaro SS Coupe (74 vs. 66.4 MPH).

The Mustang GT Convertible goes through Road & Track’s slalom faster than the Camaro SS Convertible (69.1 vs. 68.4 MPH).

The Shelby GT500 Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.6 seconds quicker than the Camaro LT Coupe (24 seconds @ .82 average G’s vs. 26.6 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

The Mustang GT Convertible executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Camaro RS Convertible (26.1 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 27 seconds @ .66 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Mustang’s turning circle is 4.3 feet tighter than the Camaro’s (33.4 feet vs. 37.7 feet). The Shelby GT500’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Camaro’s (37 feet vs. 37.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Mustang may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 400 pounds less than the Chevrolet Camaro.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Mustang has liquid-filled engine mounts. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Camaro uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

For excellent aerodynamics, the Mustang has standard flush composite headlights. The Camaro has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

As tested by Road & Track while under full throttle, the interior of the Mustang GT Coupe is quieter than the Camaro SS Coupe (80 vs. 86 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Mustang Coupe has 1.1 inches more front headroom and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Camaro Coupe.

The Mustang Convertible has 1 inch more front headroom, .8 inches more rear headroom and 2.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Camaro Convertible.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Mustang Coupe has a much larger trunk than the Camaro Coupe (13.4 vs. 11.3 cubic feet).

The Mustang Convertible has a much larger trunk with its top down than the Camaro Convertible with its top down (9.6 vs. 7.8 cubic feet).

The Mustang Coupe’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Camaro Coupe’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Ergonomics Comparison

On a hot day the Mustang’s driver can lower all the windows using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote (Mustang Shelby GT500). The driver of the Camaro can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the available exterior keypad. The Camaro doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its OnStar ® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Mustang has standard extendable sun visors. The Camaro doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Mustang’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Camaro doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The Mustang’s optional automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Camaro doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

Optional Sync AppLink for the Mustang allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, searching the internet, following twitter accounts and other online activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Camaro doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The Mustang’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service available in a limited number of metro areas.) The Camaro’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

With optional SYNC, the Mustang offers the driver hands free control of the radio, climate controls, cell phone and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Camaro doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Mustang is less expensive to operate than the Camaro because it costs $42 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Mustang than the Camaro, including $127 less for a water pump, $642 less for an alternator, $95 less for front brake pads, $19 less for fuel injection, $175 less for front struts, $585 less for a timing belt/chain and $48 less for a power steering pump.

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