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Ford Mustang vs Chevy Camaro

By Autolist Staff | January 17, 2019

2018 Ford Mustang

2018 Chevrolet Camaro

Automotive Website Analyzed


97%

The Best

You should buy it

95%

The Best

You should buy it

Our User's Take

What owners think


100%

Would Buy Again

1 Ratings

100%

Would Buy Again

1 Ratings


What’s better about the Mustang?

Visibility. The Mustang feels like a normal sports coupe from inside; the Camaro feels like you’re peeking out of a box. This may not sound like a big deal but make sure you test drive both models to get a sense of how low the Camaro’s roof feels and how hard it is to see out of it in daily driving.

Power. The base Mustang starts with a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 310 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. The Camaro’s base turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes 275 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The optional V8 on the Mustang also has a bit more horsepower (though a bit less torque) than the optional V8 on the Camaro.

Trunk space. No one buys a muscle car like a Camaro or Mustang for its cargo room but it’s a nice bonus to have a useful trunk. Ford’s is considerably larger than Chevy’s; 13.5 cubic feet versus 9.1 cubic feet.


What’s better about the Camaro?

High-performance power. For muscle car buyers looking for -- you know, muscle -- the Camaro offers a fire-breathing V8 in a way that the 2018 Mustang doesn’t. The Camaro ZL1 packs a 650-horsepower supercharged V8 while the Mustang Shelby GT350 and 350R have ‘only’ 526 horsepower.

Better interior. The interior of the Camaro is better-designed and aging better than that inside the Mustang. Though the infotainment screen is harder to read on the Camaro, the rest of the cabin feels more upscale and built using better materials than the Mustang -- which feels cheaper than it should.

More visceral. In our own testing, we found the Camaro to be more of a focused driver’s car better suited for enthusiasts looking for a performance-oriented machine.


Autolist’s take:

This is a tough call and there isn’t a bad choice here. When we at Autolist tested the Camaro SS (V8 version) and the Mustang GT (its V8 version), we walked away thinking the Camaro was the more aggressive and thrilling of the two for more hard-core, enthusiast driving. But if we were choosing one to own and live with on a daily basis, we’d prefer the Mustang. It’s the more comfortable, usable choice that makes fewer compromises. Thus, we say Buy the Mustang.

Cost of Ownership

2018 Ford Mustang

2018 Chevrolet Camaro

Annual Fuel Costs

N/A
15k miles at $2.254/gal
$1,352
15k miles at $2.254/gal
Fuel Economy

N/A
City
22 mpg (miles per gallon)
City
N/A
Highway
31 mpg (miles per gallon)
Highway

Safety

2018 Ford Mustang

2018 Chevrolet Camaro

NHTSA Crash Test Results

5 stars
Overall
5 stars
Overall
Safety Features

Available
Autonomous Braking
-
Autonomous Braking
Available
Blind-Spot Warnings
Available
Blind-Spot Warnings
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Available
Lane-Keep Assist
-
Lane-Keep Assist
Available
Cross-Traffic Alert
Available
Cross-Traffic Alert

Interior

2018 Ford Mustang

2018 Chevrolet Camaro

Interior Features

Available
Leather
-
Leather
-
Moonroof
Available
Moonroof
Standard
Heated Seats
Standard
Heated Seats
-
Keyless Entry
-
Keyless Entry
Standard
Climate Control
Standard
Climate Control
Technology

Standard
Apple Carplay
Standard
Apple Carplay
Standard
Android Auto
Standard
Android Auto
Standard
Satellite Radio
Standard
Satellite Radio
Standard
Bluetooth
Standard
Bluetooth
Available
Navigation System
Available
Navigation System

Under the Hood

2018 Ford Mustang

2018 Chevrolet Camaro

Powertrain

6-Speed Manual
Transmission
6-Speed Manual
Transmission
RWD
Drivetrain
RWD
Drivetrain
Drivetrain

310 HP @ 5500 RPM
Horsepower
275 HP @ 5600 RPM
Horsepower
350lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
Torque
295lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
Torque
I4
Cylinders
I4
Cylinders