Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Chevrolet Camaro VS 2015 Ford Mustang Near Phoenix, AZ

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2015 Chevrolet Camaro

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2015 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.

Both the Camaro and the Mustang have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact 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).

Chevrolet pays for scheduled maintenance on the Camaro for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Chevrolet will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Mustang.

Reliability Comparison

The battery on the Camaro is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that 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.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Camaro second among midsize sporty cars in their 2013 Initial Quality Study. The Mustang isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 13th in reliability. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 17th.

Engine Comparison

The Camaro has more powerful engines than the Mustang:

Horsepower

Torque

Camaro LS/LT 3.6 DOHC V6

323 HP

278 lbs.-ft.

Camaro SS Automatic 6.2 V8

400 HP

410 lbs.-ft.

Camaro SS Manual 6.2 V8

426 HP

420 lbs.-ft.

Mustang 3.7 DOHC V6

300 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

Mustang ECOBoost 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

310 HP

320 lbs.-ft.

Mustang GT 5.0 DOHC V8

435 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

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

Camaro

Mustang

Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

4.4 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

6.8 sec

7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

10.2 sec

10.5 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2 sec

2.2 sec

Quarter Mile

12.7 sec

12.8 sec

In a Motor Trend race course test, the Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE was clocked 1.51 seconds faster than the Ford Mustang GT Fastback (82.81 sec. vs. 84.32 sec.).

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Camaro LS/LT 2LS Auto gets better highway fuel mileage than the Mustang Auto V6 (19 city/30 hwy vs. 19 city/28 hwy).

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.

The Camaro has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Mustang ECOBoost’s standard fuel tank (19 vs. 15.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Camaro has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Mustang V6/GT’s standard fuel tank (19 vs. 16 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Camaro’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Mustang are solid, not vented.

The Camaro Z/28 has standard heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Mustang doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Camaro stops shorter than the Mustang:

Camaro

Mustang

70 to 0 MPH

145 feet

150 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

99 feet

107 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Camaro has larger standard tires than the Mustang (245/55R18 vs. 235/55R17). The Camaro SS 1LE’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Mustang (285/35R20 vs. 265/35R20).

The Camaro LT’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Mustang’s standard 55 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. The Camaro’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the Mustang.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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 1.4 inches wider in the front than the track on the Mustang.

The Camaro’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (52% to 48%) than the Mustang’s (53.5% to 46.5%). This gives the Camaro more stable handling and braking.

The Camaro SS 1LE handles at 1.03 G’s, while the Mustang EcoBoost Fastback pulls only .96 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Camaro SS 1LE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Mustang EcoBoost Fastback (24.2 seconds @ .83 average G’s vs. 25.5 seconds @ .8 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Camaro RS Coupe is quieter than the Mustang GT Fastback:

Camaro

Mustang

At idle

45 dB

49 dB

Full-Throttle

79 dB

81 dB

70 MPH Cruising

71 dB

72 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 Fastback 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 8.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Mustang Fastback (93 vs. 84.5). The Camaro Convertible has 12.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Mustang Convertible (93 vs. 80.8).

The Camaro Coupe has .6 inches more front shoulder room and .5 inches more rear headroom than the Mustang Fastback.

The Camaro Convertible has .2 inches more front headroom and .6 inches more front shoulder room than the Mustang Convertible.

Ergonomics Comparison

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.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Chevrolet Camaro, based on reliability, safety and performance.

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its December 2014 issue and the Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE won out over the Ford Mustang GT Fastback.

The Camaro was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2010 Car of the Year. The Mustang has never been chosen.

The Chevrolet Camaro outsold the Ford Mustang by 10% during the 2014 model year.

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