Camaro vs. Mustang, Round II: Consumer Reports likes Ford

Camaro vs. Mustang, Round II: Consumer Reports likes Ford
September 7, 2010 - 3:00 pm ET
They've been battling it out on the U.S. sales chart for months now, with
the reincarnated Chevy muscle car ahead of Ford's pony car by more than
7,000 units year-to-date.
Now the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro have gone head-to-head for Round
II in the pages of Consumer Reports' October issue.
In last year's faceoff between V-8 versions of the two muscle cars, the
magazine gave the nod to the Mustang -- despite its older design.
In a recent comparison, the magazine said a new V-6 engine did not dilute
the fun factor in driving the Mustang, but it did for the Camaro.
The Mustang's new V-6 engine is not only more refined than the Camaro's; it
delivered stronger acceleration and better fuel economy, the magazine said,
adding that while the Camaro V-6 provided decent acceleration, it wasn't as
readily available.
The Camaro rides well enough, but it's also almost 300 pounds heavier than
the Mustang.
The Mustang is the more agile and enjoyable car to drive of the two, David
Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports' Auto Test Center, said in a
statement.
The Mustang was priced at $28,660, and the Camaro stickered for $28,195.
The Mustang also is recommended, but the Camaro is too new for Consumer
Reports to have reliability data.
Among the other Consumer Reports observations:
The Mustang cornered well, with good steering and little body lean.
The Camaro felt relatively ungainly, with slower steering response than the
Mustang and more lean. The ride was taut yet not uncomfortable.
The Mustang V-6 Premium is powered by a 305-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 engine that
is quick and yielded 24 mpg based on the magazine's tests. The six-speed
manual transmission shifted crisply, and braking was very good.
The Camaro 2LT is powered by a 304-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 engine and generated
21 mpg overall. The six-speed manual transmission was rather stiff and
imprecise, but braking was very good.
The magazine's editors liked the interior of both models, but it did rate
one item on the Camaro as being better than the Mustang: The Camaro's
thick-rimmed, leather-covered steering wheel was nicer than the Mustang's.
The October issues goes on sale today.
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