2020 Chevrolet Camaro vs. 2019 Ford Mustang

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Safety

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

Warranty

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The Camaro’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Mustang’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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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’ 2019 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 fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

Engine

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The Camaro has more powerful engines than the Mustang:

Horsepower

Torque

Camaro 3.6 DOHC V6

335 HP

284 lbs.-ft.

Camaro LT1/SS 6.2 V8

455 HP

455 lbs.-ft.

Camaro ZL1 6.2 supercharged V8

650 HP

650 lbs.-ft.

Mustang 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

310 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

Mustang GT 5.0 DOHC V8

460 HP

420 lbs.-ft.

Mustang BULLITT 5.0 DOHC V8

480 HP

420 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Camaro is faster than the Mustang BULLITT (manual transmissions tested):

Camaro LT1/SS

Camaro ZL1

Mustang

Zero to 60 MPH

4 sec

3.6 sec

4.6 sec

Quarter Mile

12.4 sec

11.7 sec

12.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

114.6 MPH

123 MPH

112.5 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Camaro ZL1 is faster than the Mustang GT (automatics tested):

Camaro

Mustang

Zero to 60 MPH

3.5 sec

4.2 sec

Quarter Mile

11.5 sec

12.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

125 MPH

114.5 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Camaro ZL1 is faster than the Ford Mustang EcoBoost (automatics tested):

Camaro

Mustang

Zero to 30 MPH

1.6 sec

2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.5 sec

5.3 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

5.2 sec

8.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

7.4 sec

15 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

1.4 sec

2.6 sec

Quarter Mile

11.5 sec

13.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

125 MPH

97.2 MPH

In a Motor Trend race course test, the Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe was clocked 3.3 seconds faster than the Ford Mustang GT Premium Fastback (80.67 sec. vs. 83.97 sec.).

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Camaro

Manual

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/30 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

16 city/26 hwy

6.2 OHV V8

16 city/24 hwy

6.2 supercharged V8

14 city/21 hwy

Auto

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

6.2 OHV V8

16 city/27 hwy

6.2 supercharged V8

13 city/21 hwy

Mustang Fastback

Manual

Perf. Package 2.3 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

5.0 DOHC V8

15 city/24 hwy

Auto

2.3 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/32 hwy

Perf. Package 2.3 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/28 hwy

5.0 DOHC V8

16 city/25 hwy

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

MPG

Camaro

Manual

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/30 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

16 city/26 hwy

6.2 OHV V8

16 city/24 hwy

6.2 supercharged V8

14 city/21 hwy

Auto

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

6.2 OHV V8

16 city/27 hwy

6.2 supercharged V8

13 city/21 hwy

Mustang Convertible

Manual

2.3 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/28 hwy

Perf. Package 2.3 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

5.0 DOHC V8

14 city/21 hwy

Auto

2.3 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/28 hwy

Perf. Package 2.3 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/28 hwy

5.0 DOHC V8

15 city/24 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 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 GT’s standard fuel tank (19 vs. 16 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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

Camaro ZL1

Mustang

Mustang GT

Front Rotors

15.35 inches

12.6 inches

15 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

12.6 inches

13 inches

The Camaro stops much shorter than the Mustang:

Camaro

Mustang

70 to 0 MPH

140 feet

165 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

91 feet

111 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Camaro has larger standard tires than the Mustang (245/50R18 vs. 235/55R17).

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.

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 has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Mustang doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

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

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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 ZL1 1LE Coupe handles at 1.18 G’s, while the Mustang GT Premium Fastback pulls only .96 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Camaro SS Convertible handles at .98 G’s, while the Mustang GT Premium Convertible pulls only .96 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Camaro SS Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.2 seconds quicker than the Mustang EcoBoost Premium Fastback (22.9 seconds @ .91 average G’s vs. 25.1 seconds @ .75 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Chevrolet Camaro may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 200 pounds less than the Ford Mustang.

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Camaro Coupe a Compact car, while the Mustang Fastback is rated a Subcompact.

The Camaro Coupe has 10.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Mustang Fastback (93 vs. 82.8). The Camaro Convertible has 5.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Mustang Convertible (85 vs. 79.3).

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.

Servicing Ease

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The Camaro uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Mustang uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

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The Camaro offers an optional heads-up display that 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.

The Camaro’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Mustang has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

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.

Economic Advantages

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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 “3” 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 $46 less for a muffler, $125 less for a timing belt/chain and $749 less for a power steering pump.

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Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its July 2019 issue and the Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe won out over the Ford Mustang GT Fastback.

Motor Trend selected the Camaro as their 2016 Car of the Year. The Mustang has never been chosen.

The Camaro was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2013. The Mustang has never been an “All Star.”

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