Mustang and Camaro Compared Today & Historically
For over 46 years, Ford and Chevy have battled head to head with their prospective pony cars. The Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro can be compared to an endless war, with one upending another every 3 to 4 years. Historically, the Mustang has outsold the Camaro over the years, but the recent edgy styling of the Camaro may take the championship belt away from Ford’s bread and butter vehicle. The first Mustang was built circa 1964-65, before the birth of the Camaro. The Camaro was manufactured three years later in response to the Mustang in 1967. They both have offerings in coupes and convertibles.
Each of the cars offers luxury speed and performance at an affordable price. They also easily outclass Dodge’s version of the pony car, the Challenger, as well as Nissan’s GTR presentation. They have both have versions which boast over 600 HP, affordably priced for under $60,000. Also, their 0-60 top speeds are well under 4.0 seconds. If drivers want a dampened suspension, which doesn’t feel road impact, they are urged to try Lexus or Mercedes outfits; both makes and models offer a smooth ride. Even though sloppy in winter months and snow days, rear wheel drive gives the cars excellent handle on the toughest of terrain and curviest of roads.
The Mustang is almost 90 HP more powerful than the Camaro, something that serious auto enthusiasts take note of. Tests prove that the Camaro has a more comfortable ride, as opposed to the outright straight-line speed that the Mustang presents. The Chevy is criticized by some as being overweight and not trim, making it harder to look out the mirrors and windows due to its high beltline. The interior also gets the wrap of being cheap and plastically, lacking refinement. Body roll also seems to be an issue because of the weight of the Camaro.
The Mustang is lauded for its performance model, along with an advanced braking system. The price is also not bad – with a current purchase price of under $25,000. According to critics, the Mustang delivers more bang for your buck than the Camaro, Challenger, and Hyundai Genesis coupe, which are in direct competition with the Mustang. It is neck to neck with the Honda Accord coupe, which is in the same category, but only offers half the performance.
For 2013, the Mustang even offers a 1,200 HP engine; blowing away all competition, and almost competing with a Chevy Corvette, which is twice its price. The Mustang’s V6 model is offered from $22,200-27,200. Its 8 cylinder GT starts at $30,900. Chevy offers the 323-horsepower V6. For $23,345, while the 426-horsepower V8 Camaro SS starts at $38,350. In retrospect, the 2000 Chevy Camaro priced at 28% of its original sticker at $7203.00. The 2000 Ford Mustang priced at 23% of its original sticker, which is $5,474. This means that the Camaro retained slightly more value over a period of 13 years. In this decades long war, one gets just as much a thrill looking forward, to see what these muscle cars will do next, as one gets looking at what they have done in the past.
The war between the mustang and camaro will probably rage for many years to come, what are you predictions for the future? Who do you think comes out on top?
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