Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2016 Ford Mustang VS 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Near Peoria, AZ

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2016 Ford Mustang

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2015 Chevrolet Camaro

Safety Comparison

The Mustang Premium offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The Camaro Z28 doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The Mustang offers optional Reverse Park Assist to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind their vehicle. The Mustang also has a standard backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle. The Camaro Z28 doesn’t offer any parking assist system.

The Mustang Premium’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Camaro Z28 doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Mustang Premium’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Camaro Z28 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Mustang and the Camaro Z28 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 is safer than the Chevrolet Camaro Z28:

Mustang

Camaro Z28

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

19%

24%

Neck Stress

132 lbs.

175 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

240/585 lbs.

855/579 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

121

224

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.5 inches

Neck Compression

76 lbs.

100 lbs.

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

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Mustang is safer than the Chevrolet Camaro Z28:

Mustang

Camaro Z28

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

112

134

Chest Movement

.7 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

136 G’s

196 G’s

Hip Force

224 lbs.

355 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

16 inches

Spine Acceleration

34 G’s

45 G’s

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

Warranty Comparison

The Mustang’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Camaro Z28’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 the engine in the Camaro Z28.

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 Z28 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Mustang GT Manual V8 gets better fuel mileage than the Camaro Z28 (15 city/25 hwy vs. 13 city/19 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Mustang uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on Mustang ECOBoost for maximum performance). The Camaro Z28 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 Z28 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Mustang stops shorter than the Camaro Z28:

Mustang

Camaro Z28

70 to 0 MPH

149 feet

155 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

112 feet

115 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Mustang offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Camaro Z28’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

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 Z28, it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Mustang has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Camaro Z28’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 Z28 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the Mustang w/17” wheels’ turning circle is 2.5 feet tighter than the Camaro Z28’s (36.5 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Mustang may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 300 pounds less than the Chevrolet Camaro Z28.

The Mustang is 4 inches shorter than the Camaro Z28, making the Mustang easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

For excellent aerodynamics, the Mustang has standard flush composite headlights. The Camaro Z28 has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

The Mustang ECOBoost uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Camaro Z28 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Mustang EcoBoost Fastback is quieter than the Camaro Z28 Coupe:

Mustang

Camaro Z28

At idle

43 dB

61 dB

Full-Throttle

82 dB

92 dB

70 MPH Cruising

73 dB

77 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Mustang Fastback has .2 inches more front headroom, 2.1 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more rear legroom and 1.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Camaro Z28 Coupe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Mustang Fastback has a much larger trunk than the Camaro Z28 Coupe (13.5 vs. 11.3 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Mustang easier. The Mustang’s trunk lift-over height is 30 inches, while the Camaro Z28’s liftover is 34.7 inches.

The Mustang Fastback’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Camaro Z28 doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Mustang Auto has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Camaro Z28 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When three different drivers share the Mustang Premium, the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Camaro Z28 doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Mustang Premium’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Camaro Z28 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Mustang’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Camaro Z28 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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 Z28 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Intelligent Access standard on the Mustang allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Chevrolet Camaro Z28 doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

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 Z28’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Mustang Premium’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

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 Z28 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Mustang Premium’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Camaro Z28 doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

The Mustang’s standard rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Camaro Z28 doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

The Mustang Premium has standard heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the Camaro Z28.

Standard air conditioned seats in the Mustang Premium keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Camaro Z28 doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

The Mustang Premium’s standard 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 Z28 doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The Mustang Premium’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Camaro Z28 doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Mustang Premium offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Contr4ol, 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 Z28 doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Standard SYNC AppLink for the Mustang allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, searching the internet, following twitter accounts and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Camaro Z28 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The Mustang Premium’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Camaro Z28’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

With standard voice command, the Mustang offers the driver hands free control of the radio, climate controls and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Camaro Z28 doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Mustang has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

Mustang

Camaro Z28

Kiplinger’s Award

TRUE

FALSE

Intellichoice

A “Best Value in Class”

no award

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Mustang second among midsize sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Camaro Z28 isn’t in the top three.

The Mustang was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 6 of the last 12 years. The Camaro Z28 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Ford Mustang outsold the Chevrolet Camaro by 53% during the 2015 model year.

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