2016 Chevy Camaro vs. 2015 Ford Mustang

2016 Chevy Camaro vs. 2015 Ford Mustang

The Chevrolet Camaro and the Ford Mustang are both classic muscle cars. Both have been in production since the 1960s, and they have become two of the most popular vehicles among car lovers everywhere. Many classic models are now collectibles. With every successive model, both vehicles have gotten better and better over the years. They have become stronger, faster, more tech-savvy and more stylish. With the new lineup, buyers may have a hard time choosing between the two. The new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is scheduled to be released in a couple of months, and it will compete directly with the 2015 Ford Mustang until Ford releases its 2016 model. Here's what you need to know about how the two compare:

Exterior and Interior Design

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro looks similar to the 2015 Ford Mustang, but it has a more refined look that is better matched to its reputation for speed and performance. The new Camaro features a more well-proportioned design than the current Mustang. While the Mustang has a muscular front end, the aerodynamic design creates a weaker side profile and back end. Conversely, the Camaro has a substantial profile throughout.

The beefy body carries through all the way to the rear, which has a boxy end and spoiler that matches the muscular look of the hood which has raised air intakes. The grille on the Camaro and Mustang are basically reversed. Both feature a split grille, but the larger part is on the bottom of the Camaro's front end, while the Mustang features a larger grille on the top. The Camaro has smaller headlights and air intakes than the Mustang, creating a more streamlined look. Inside, the Camaro features bucket seats and a cabin that feels more like a racecar cockpit.

The upholstery features two-tone design with accent stitching, and the console features retro touches like rounded gauges and instrument clusters. The interior looks just as stylish as the exterior. The Mustang feels a bit more functional on the interior as it does not have all the stylistic touches. The dashboard and console are a bit more cluttered with knobs and clusters, and the design is a bit more rudimentary. You won't be lacking in comfort or features, but you are likely to feel uninspired by your surroundings.

Power and Performance

Of course, when we talk about muscle cars, what everyone really wants to know about is how well they perform. Both the 2016 Chevy Camaro and the 2015 Ford Mustang come with three engine options. While the Mustang edges out the Camaro for the base model, the Camaro offers better performance for the other two engines. The base model Camaro comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine that puts out 275 horse power and 295 pounds per feet of torque. The base model Mustang has a 2.3-liter four-cylinder turbo DOHC engine that puts out 310 horse power and 320 pounds per feet of torque. However, those stats are only for when the car is filled up with premium gas (which few people actually choose because of its expense). When you fill up the Mustang with regular unleaded, the engine only puts out 290 horse power, which narrows the gap with the Camaro considerably.

The other two engine options for the 2016 Camaro are a 3.6-liter DOHC V6 engine that puts out 335 horse power and a 6.2-liter pushrod V8 engine that puts out 455 horse power. The Mustang's other two engine options are a 3.7-liter DOHC V6 engine that puts out 300 horse power and a 5.0-liter DOHC V8 engine that puts out 435 horse power (again with premium fuel).

Since many people who choose a muscle car also choose a more powerful engine -- particularly a V8 -- most people will find that the Camaro offers more power and better performance. The Camaro also comes with either a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic transmission, which the Mustang offers either a six-speed manual or automatic. Both cars offer excellent suspension systems. The Camaro offers MacPherson struts and lower ball joints, and an independent five-link suspension in the rear. The Mustang offers an independent integral-link suspension in the rear.

Convenience and Safety Features

As high-end vehicles, both the 2016 Chevy Camaro and the 2015 Ford Mustang offer a suite of up-to-date features that will make driving safer and more enjoyable. The 2016 Camaro has an 8-inch LCD screen for the infotainment system, which includes most of the controls. You won't see a lot of other buttons on the dash. The system provides hands-free calling, navigation services, roadside assistance and more, depending on your subscriptions. Audio and cruise controls are also mounted on the steering wheel, and there is a 12-volt power outlet to charge personal devices. Other features include remote trunk release, speed-proportional power steering, power adjustable seats, a USB connection, auxiliary output, and satellite radio.

Safety features include emergency braking assist, traction and stability control, engine immobilizer, post-collision safety system, emergency services and stolen vehicle assistance. The 2015 Mustang has interior features such as heated and power adjustable seats, hands-free entry, a universal remote transmitter, navigation system, steering-wheel mounted audio controls, leather-wrapped steering wheel, USB connection, and satellite radio.

Safety features include a backup camera, stability and traction control, reverse parking assistance, turn signal mirrors and adaptive cruise control. In both vehicles, many more features are available in add-on packages or through subscription services. For example, roadside assistance and satellite radio are available for a subscription fee.

Pricing

Pricing for the 2016 Chevy Camaro has not yet been revealed, which is common before a new release. However, the 2015 Camaro starts at $23,705. It is unclear whether there will be a price drop or increase for the new model. Meanwhile the 2015 Ford Mustang starts at $23,800. The price difference is negligible. The best way to decide whether the 2016 Chevy Camaro or the 2015 Ford Mustang is right for you is to visit your local dealership and take a test drive of each. You can test out the features that are most important to you and explore financing options to meet your budget.

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