Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2014 Ford Mustang VS 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Near Surprise, AZ

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2014 Ford Mustang

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2014 Chevrolet Camaro

Safety Comparison

The Mustang’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver’s blind spots. The Camaro doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

Both the Mustang and the Camaro have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

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

Mustang

Camaro

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Head Injury Index

457

661

Chest forces

34 g’s

53 g’s

Leg injuries (L/R)

478 / 551

908 / 866

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Head Injury Index

379

626

Chest forces

40 g’s

49 g’s

More stars indicate a better overall result. Lower numbers indicate better individual test results. Not comparable with post-2010 results.

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.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Mustang V6 is faster than the Camaro LS/LT 3.6 (manual transmissions tested):

Mustang

Camaro

Zero to 60 MPH

5.1 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter Mile

13.7 sec

14.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

102 MPH

98 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Mustang V6 is faster than the Camaro LS/LT 3.6 (automatics tested):

Mustang

Camaro

Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

9.6 sec

10.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

15.4 sec

16.6 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.2 sec

3.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.5 sec

14.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.3 MPH

94.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

Mustang

Camaro

3.7 V6/Manual

19 city/29 hwy

17 city/28 hwy

3.6 V6/Manual

5.0 V8/Manual

15 city/26 hwy

16 city/24 hwy

6.2 LS2 V8/Manual

3.7 V6/6-spd Auto

19 city/31 hwy

19 city/30 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

3.7 V6/6-spd Auto (Convertible)

19 city/30 hwy

18 city/29 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

5.0 V8/6-spd Auto

18 city/25 hwy

16 city/25 hwy

6.2 V8

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Mustang uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on Mustang GT for maximum performance). The Camaro Z/28 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Mustang has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Camaro doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Mustang stops much shorter than the Camaro:

Mustang

Camaro

80 to 0 MPH

199 feet

212 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

152 feet

173 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

104 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

140 feet

144 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Mustang has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Camaro’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

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.

The Mustang V6 Coupe handles at .95 G’s, while the Camaro SS Coupe pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Mustang GT Convertible handles at .91 G’s, while the Camaro SS Convertible pulls only .89 G’s of cornering force in a Road & Track skidpad test.

The Mustang GT Coupe goes through Road & Track’s slalom 4.2 MPH faster than the Camaro SS Coupe (70.6 vs. 66.4 MPH).

The Mustang GT Convertible goes through Road & Track’s slalom faster than the Camaro SS Convertible (69.1 vs. 68.4 MPH).

The Mustang GT Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the Camaro LT Coupe (24.7 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 26.6 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

The Mustang GT Convertible executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Camaro RS Convertible (26.1 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 27 seconds @ .66 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Mustang’s turning circle is 4.3 feet tighter than the Camaro’s (33.4 feet vs. 37.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Mustang may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 650 pounds less than the Chevrolet Camaro.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Mustang has liquid-filled engine mounts. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Camaro uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

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

As tested by Road & Track, the interior of the Mustang GT Coupe is quieter than the Camaro ZL1 Coupe:

Mustang

Camaro

At idle

52 dB

55 dB

50 MPH Cruising

69 dB

73 dB

70 MPH Cruising

74 dB

74 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Mustang Convertible has 1 inch more front headroom, .8 inches more rear headroom and 2.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Camaro Convertible.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Mustang Coupe has a much larger trunk than the Camaro Coupe (13.4 vs. 11.3 cubic feet).

The Mustang Convertible has a much larger trunk with its top down than the Camaro Convertible with its top down (9.6 vs. 7.8 cubic feet).

The Mustang Coupe’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

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Mustang’s available exterior keypad. The Camaro doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its OnStar ® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Mustang has standard extendable sun visors. The Camaro doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Mustang’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Camaro doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The Mustang’s optional automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Camaro doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

With optional SYNC, the Mustang offers the driver hands free control of the radio, climate controls, cell phone and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Camaro doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Mustang is less expensive to operate than the Camaro because typical repairs cost much less on the Mustang than the Camaro, including $113 less for a water pump, $109 less for an alternator, $138 less for front brake pads, $145 less for fuel injection and $203 less for front struts.

Recommendations Comparison

Both are recommended, but Consumer Reports® chose the Ford Mustang as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.

Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its August 2011 issue and the Ford Mustang V6 Convertible won out over the Chevrolet Camaro LT Convertible.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Mustang first among midsize sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Camaro isn’t in the top three.

Strategic Vision rates overall owner satisfaction with vehicle quality. The Ford Mustang is ranked third in the Specialty Coupe category. The Chevrolet Camaro is ranked below average.

The Mustang GT/Boss 302 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 5 of the last 9 years. The Camaro has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

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