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

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2017 Ford Mustang

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2017 Chevrolet Camaro

Safety Comparison

The Mustang Premium offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The Camaro doesn't offer a collision warning system.

Both the Mustang and the Camaro 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.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) performs roof strength tests. In that test the Mustang earned the top rating of “Good” because its roof supported over four times the Mustang’s weight before being crushed five inches. The Camaro was rated lower at “Acceptable.”

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.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Car and Driver the Mustang GT 5.0 DOHC V8 is faster than the Chevrolet Camaro V6 (manual transmissions tested):




Zero to 30 MPH

1.7 sec

1.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

4.4 sec

5.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

10.5 sec

14.4 sec

Quarter Mile

13 sec

14.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

112 MPH

99 MPH

Top Speed

164 MPH

151 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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







2.3 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd.Manual

21 city/30 hwy

20 city/30 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Manual


3.7 V6/6-spd. Manual

18 city/27 hwy

16 city/26 hwy

3.6 V6/Manual

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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


Mustang GT

Camaro LT

Camaro 1LE

Front Rotors

15 inches

12.6 inches

14.6 inches

The Mustang stops much shorter than the Camaro:





70 to 0 MPH

149 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

102 feet

118 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Mustang is 2.2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Camaro.

The Mustang EcoBoost Fastback handles at .98 G’s, while the Camaro LT Coupe pulls only .89 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Mustang EcoBoost Fastback executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Camaro LT Coupe (24.2 seconds @ .79 average G’s vs. 25.5 seconds @ .74 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Mustang w/17” wheels’ turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Camaro’s (36.5 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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

The Mustang ECOBoost uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Camaro doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

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




At idle

43 dB

49 dB


82 dB

91 dB

70 MPH Cruising

73 dB

73 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Mustang Fastback has .6 inches more front legroom, 1.3 inches more front shoulder room and 1.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Camaro Coupe.

The Mustang Convertible has .6 inches more front legroom, 1.3 inches more front shoulder room and .7 inches more rear headroom than the Camaro Convertible.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Mustang Fastback has a much larger trunk than the Camaro Coupe (13.5 vs. 9.1 cubic feet).

The Mustang Convertible has a much larger trunk with its top down than the Camaro Convertible (11.4 vs. 7.3 cubic feet).

The Mustang Fastback’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 from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Camaro can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Mustang’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Camaro’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Mustang Premium’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Mustang Premium offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Contr4ol, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Camaro doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Mustang is less expensive to operate than the Camaro because it costs $648 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Mustang than the Camaro, including $162 less for a water pump, $379 less for an alternator, $322 less for front brake pads, $113 less for a starter, $182 less for fuel injection, $233 less for a fuel pump and $196 less for front struts.

Recommendations Comparison

IntelliChoice recognized the Ford Mustang as a “Best Value of the Year” for the 2015 model year.

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its August 2016 issue and the Ford Mustang EcoBoost Fastback won out over the Chevrolet Camaro LT Coupe.

The Mustang was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” three times - most recently in 2015. The Camaro hasn’t been picked since 2013.

The Ford Mustang outsold the Chevrolet Camaro by 61% during the 2016 model year.

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