Safety

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The Mustang offers optional Pre-Collision Assist, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Camaro offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The Mustang’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Camaro doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Mustang’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Camaro doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Mustang and the Camaro 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 blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Mustang is safer than the Chevrolet Camaro:

Mustang Camaro

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

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The Mustang’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Camaro’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability

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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.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 6th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 5 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Mustang is faster than the Camaro LT1/SS 6.2 V8 (manual transmissions tested):

>Mustang GT Camaro

Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

4.4 sec

Quarter Mile

12.6 sec

12.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

113.5 MPH

112.9 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Mustang GT is faster than the Chevrolet Camaro V6 (automatics tested):

Mustang Camaro

Zero to 60 MPH

4.2 sec

5.3 sec

Quarter Mile

12.5 sec

13.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

114.5 MPH

102.9 MPH

In a Car and Driver race course test, the Ford Mustang GT Fastback was clocked 11.8 seconds faster than the Chevrolet Camaro Coupe (173.8 sec. vs. 185.6 sec.).

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Mustang Fastback Manual with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the Camaro Manual turbo 4-cylinder (21 city/30 hwy vs. 20 city/30 hwy).

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Ford Mustang higher (3 to 5 out of 10) than the Chevrolet Camaro (1 to 5). This means the Mustang produces up to 39 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Camaro every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Mustang’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Camaro LS/LT are solid, not vented.

The Mustang stops much shorter than the Camaro:

>Mustang Camaro

80 to 0 MPH

187 feet

206 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

139 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

94 feet

118 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Mustang offers an optional space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Camaro; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed. Some models of the Camaro don’t even offer run-flats.

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Mustang is 2.3 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Camaro.

The Mustang GT Fastback handles at 1.13 G’s, while the Camaro RS Coupe pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Mustang GT Fastback executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the Camaro LT Coupe (23.6 seconds @ .86 average G’s vs. 25.5 seconds @ .74 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Mustang’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Camaro’s (36.5 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis

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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 front grille of the Mustang (except Performance Pack) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Camaro doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Mustang 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 GT Fastback is quieter than the Camaro SS Coupe:

Mustang Camaro

At idle

45 dB

55 dB

Full-Throttle

88 dB

94 dB

Passenger Space

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The Mustang Fastback has 1.2 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front hip room, 1.3 inches more front shoulder room and 1.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Camaro Coupe.

The Mustang Convertible has 1.2 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front hip room, 1.3 inches more front shoulder room and .7 inches more rear headroom than the Camaro Convertible.

Cargo Capacity

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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 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.

Towing

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The Mustang has a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The Camaro has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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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’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Mustang detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Camaro doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Mustang offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, 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

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Mustang is less expensive to operate than the Camaro because it costs $656 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Mustang than the Camaro, including $181 less for a water pump, $96 less for front brake pads, $154 less for a starter, $180 less for fuel injection, $407 less for a fuel pump and $116 less for front struts.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Mustang will be $637 to $22784 less than for the Chevrolet Camaro.

Recommendations

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Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its August 2019 issue and the Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible won out over the Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible.

The Mustang GT/Bullitt was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2019. The Camaro hasn’t been picked since 2018.

The Ford Mustang outsold the Chevrolet Camaro by 45% during the 2019 model year.