Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Chevrolet Camaro VS 2017 Ford Mustang Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 Chevrolet Camaro

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2017 Ford Mustang

Safety Comparison

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.

Both the Camaro and the Mustang have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Chevrolet Camaro Coupe is safer than the Mustang Fastback:

 

Camaro

Mustang

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

91

147

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

1 cm

5 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

21 cm

25 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

.9/.9 kN

2.8/1.4 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

0%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Tibia index R/L

.55/.45

.74/.66

Tibia forces R/L

2.5/1.4 kN

3.3/2.5 kN

Warranty Comparison

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 (up to 2 oil changes). 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 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.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 11th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 79 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 31st.

Engine Comparison

The Camaro has more powerful engines than the Mustang:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Camaro 3.6 DOHC V6

335 HP

284 lbs.-ft.

Camaro SS 6.2 V8

455 HP

455 lbs.-ft.

Camaro ZL1 6.2 supercharged V8

650 HP

650 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 Chevrolet Camaro 2.0 Turbo is faster than the Mustang ECOBoost (manual transmissions tested):

 

Camaro

Mustang

Zero to 30 MPH

1.9 sec

2.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

6.3 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

8.7 sec

9.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.7 sec

15.1 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.7 sec

3.3 sec

Quarter Mile

13.9 sec

14.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101 MPH

98 MPH

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

 

Camaro

Mustang

Zero to 60 MPH

5.3 sec

5.6 sec

Quarter Mile

13.8 sec

14.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

102.9 MPH

97.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Camaro

Mustang

 

 

SS/Manual

16 city/25 hwy

15 city/25 hwy

GT/Manual

 

2.0 Turbo/Auto

22 city/31 hwy

21 city/30 hwy

ECOBoost/Auto

 

V6/Auto

19 city/28 hwy

18 city/27 hwy

V6/Auto

 

SS/Auto

17 city/27 hwy

15 city/24 hwy

GT/Auto

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

 

 

Camaro

Mustang

 

 

2.0 Turbo/Manual

20 city/30 hwy

21 city/27 hwy

ECOBoost/Auto

 

SS/Manual

16 city/25 hwy

14 city/23 hwy

GT/Manual

 

2.0 Turbo/Auto

22 city/31 hwy

20 city/28 hwy

ECOBoost/Auto

 

V6/Auto

19 city/28 hwy

18 city/27 hwy

V6/Auto

 

SS/Auto

17 city/27 hwy

15 city/23 hwy

GT/Auto

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Camaro V6/V8 Auto’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

For better stopping power the Camaro ZL1’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Mustang:

 

Camaro LT

Camaro SS

Camaro 1LE

Camaro ZL1

Mustang

Mustang GT

Mustang GT opt.

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

14.6 inches

15.35 inches

12.5 inches

13.9 inches

15 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

13.3 inches

13.3 inches

14.4 inches

12.5 inches

13 inches

13 inches

The Camaro stops much shorter than the Mustang:

 

Camaro

Mustang

 

80 to 0 MPH

197 feet

218 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

141 feet

164 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

126 feet

Road and Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Camaro has larger standard tires than the Mustang (245/50R18 vs. 235/55R17). The Camaro SS 1LE/ZL1’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Mustang (F:285/30R20 & R:305/30R20 vs. 265/35R20).

The Camaro’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. The Camaro SS 1LE/ZL1’s tires have a lower 30 series profile than the Mustang’s optional 35 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.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Camaro can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Mustang doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Camaro offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Mustang’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Camaro’s wheelbase is 3.6 inches longer than on the Mustang (110.7 inches vs. 107.1 inches).

The Camaro SS Coupe handles at 1.05 G’s, while the Mustang GT Fastback pulls only .96 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Camaro SS Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Mustang GT Fastback (23.3 seconds @ .86 average G’s vs. 24.7 seconds @ .84 average G’s).

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 Coupe has 8.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Mustang Fastback (93 vs. 84.5). The Camaro Convertible has 4.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Mustang Convertible (85 vs. 80.8).

The Camaro Coupe has .9 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more rear headroom and .9 inches more rear legroom than the Mustang Fastback.

The Camaro Convertible has .8 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more rear legroom and 5.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Mustang Convertible.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Camaro offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Mustang doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

When the Camaro with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Mustang’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Camaro 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.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Camaro’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Mustang doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Camaro owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Camaro with a number “1” insurance rate while the Mustang is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Camaro is less expensive to operate than the Mustang because typical repairs cost much less on the Camaro than the Mustang, including $228 less for a timing belt/chain and $239 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its June 2016 issue and the Chevrolet Camaro LT Coupe won out over the Ford Mustang EcoBoost Fastback.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Camaro first among midsize sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Mustang isn’t in the top three.

The Camaro was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 2 of the last 2 years. The Mustang hasn’t been picked since 2015.

Motor Trend selected the Camaro as their 2016 Car of the Year. The Mustang was Car of the Year in 1994.

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

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