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

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2017 Chevrolet Camaro

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2017 Ford Shelby

Safety Comparison

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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 Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

To help make backing safer, the Camaro’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Camaro and the Shelby GT350 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 and rear parking sensors.

Warranty Comparison

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The Camaro’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Shelby GT350’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 Shelby GT350.

Reliability Comparison

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The Shelby GT350’s redline is at 8250 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The Camaro has a 6500 to 7200 RPM redline.

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 Shelby GT350’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

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The Camaro SS’ standard 6.2 V8 produces 26 lbs.-ft. more torque (455 vs. 429) than the Shelby GT350’s 5.2 DOHC V8. The Camaro ZL1’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 124 more horsepower (650 vs. 526) and 221 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 429) than the Shelby GT350’s 5.2 DOHC V8.

As tested in Car and Driver the Camaro SS is faster than the Ford Shelby GT350 (manual transmissions tested):

 

Camaro

Shelby GT350

Zero to 60 MPH

4.1 sec

4.3 sec

Quarter Mile

12.4 sec

12.5 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Camaro SS Manual gets better fuel mileage than the Shelby GT350 (16 city/25 hwy vs. 14 city/21 hwy).

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 Shelby GT350 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 with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The Shelby GT350 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Camaro has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Shelby GT350 (19 vs. 16 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The Camaro stops much shorter than the Shelby GT350:

 

Camaro

Shelby GT350

 

70 to 0 MPH

141 feet

171 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Camaro SS has standard 20-inch wheels. The Shelby GT350’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

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 Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Camaro’s wheelbase is 3.6 inches longer than on the Shelby GT350 (110.7 inches vs. 107.1 inches).

The Camaro SS Coupe handles at 1.05 G’s, while the Shelby GT350 Coupe pulls only .98 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Camaro’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Shelby GT350’s (38.1 feet vs. 40.4 feet). The Camaro ZL1’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Shelby GT350’s (38.4 feet vs. 40.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The Chevrolet Camaro may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 300 pounds less than the Ford Shelby GT350.

Passenger Space Comparison

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Camaro Coupe is rated a Compact car by the EPA, while the Shelby GT350 is rated a Subcompact; the Shelby GT350R is rated a Two Seater.

The Camaro has standard seating for 4 passengers; the Shelby GT350R Coupe can only carry up to 2.

The Camaro Coupe has 8.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Shelby GT350 (93 vs. 84.5).

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Camaro Auto has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When two different drivers share the Camaro, the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Camaro’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Camaro’s optional outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

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 Shelby GT350’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 Shelby GT350 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 Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Camaro will be $15856 to $18528 less than for the Ford Shelby GT350.

Recommendations Comparison

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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 Shelby GT350 isn’t in the top three.

Motor Trend selected the Camaro as their 2016 Car of the Year. The Shelby GT350 was Car of the Year in 1994.

The Camaro was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2010 Car of the Year. The Shelby GT350 has never been chosen.

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