An Age Old Feud: 2016 Camaro vs. Mustang
The quest to be the best American-made pony car is a great one. The competition is stiff, and the contenders are strong. There are energetic supporters in each and every pony car camp, ready to defend their choice at the drop of a hat. Their fight may not be one that everyone understands, but it is one that is close to their hearts. With the recent release of the 2016 Chevy Camaro and Mustang, the age old feud has been reignited, and is very much alive and well.
If you ask the average person walking down the street if the Camaro or Mustang is the better muscle car, you will probably receive generic answers. Maybe the gentlemen walking the golden retriever is an animal lover, and the only thing he knows about the two cars is that a horse sits on the grill of the Mustang. The next person you pose the question to has a dad who rebuilt old Camaros in his free time, so she quickly names the Chevy as the best. While these people don’t have an actual committed notion as to which car is the better choice, their opinions still fuel the fire that has been raging since Chevy released the Camaro in 1967.
From the moment it was conceptualized, the Chevy Camaro was a trouble maker. Designed, engineered, and manufactured as a direct answer to Ford’s popular Mustang, the Camaro was built to compete.
Any time an automotive manufacturer releases a vehicle with incredible success, a competitor usually follows suit. Chevrolet was no different, and their desire to compete in the pony car arena with Ford, sparked the creation of the Camaro and the beginning of a battle that is still being fought today.
It’s been almost fifty years since the Chevy Camaro boldly stepped out in front of the Ford Mustang. Yet, despite nearly five decades of engineering advancements, redesigns, and fan devotion – the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro are still in direct, heated competition.
For the 2016 model year, the Chevy Camaro received a complete overhaul, propelling it into its sixth generation. The Ford Mustang receives only minor updates for the 2016 model year, giving the Camaro an immediate advantage out of the gate.
Between these two infamous pony cars, how do we truly begin to answer which one is better? The question is a subjective one, and therefore, cannot be easily answered. There certainly is not a single right or wrong answer, which makes our task even more mind boggling. In an attempt at chaotic clarity, we have broken down both the Camaro and Mustang in terms of what they bring to the table for 2016. From there, you can take the facts and come to your own subjective conclusion.
The 2016 Ford Mustang
Even though the Mustang is not new for this model year, the pony car did receive a complete overhaul for the 2015 model. Part of those changes included two new engine options, cosmetic enhancements, engineering alterations, and more. Essentially, the 2015 Ford Mustang entered into its new generation ready to fight.
Let’s check out what each of the 2016 Mustang models offer, before we dive into the changes Chevy made to the Camaro for its sixth generation.
- Base V6: The starting Mustang will run you $24,795, if you take it home as is. Featuring the standard 3.7-liter V6 engine, the Base Mustang comes with a manual transmission, a rearview camera, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and more. To make drivers feel more at home in their muscle car, the Mustang come standard with a driver footrest.
- EcoBoost: Featuring a turbocharged EcoBoost engine, this Mustang offers six-way power front seats, LED foglamps, a decklid spoiler, and the option to add a Performance Package. If you are looking for the all out performance pony car, you can skip right over this Mustang.
- EcoBoost Premium: The same base engine as the EcoBoost, this Mustang adds heated and cooled front seats, Pony projection headlights, dual zone climate control, and heated mirrors. Again, no change in performance, but a nice added set of amenities.
- GT: This is the first Mustang in the lineup to slightly resemble the power we expect from our muscle cars, and starts at $33,295. A hearty 5-liter V8 engine sits underneath the hood of the GT, and manages 435 horsepower, and 400 lb.-ft. of torque. Other performance upgrades include an engine oil cooler, hood vents with air extractors, and performance brakes. A GT Premium model is also available for the 2016 Mustang.
2016 Chevy Camaro
The all new sixth generation Camaro has yet to hit showroom floors, but we know enough about it to get excited. From new engine choices, increased power, and rebuilt from the ground up – the Camaro is as new as it could possibly be.
The list of what each Camaro trim level offers has yet to be released, so check out some of most notable updates that the pony car is getting for 2016.
- Lighter Weight– The Camaro is shedding nearly 400 pounds by making the transition to the same platform as the Cadillac ATS. Lightweight aluminum components, and an aluminum suspension, also help account for the Camaro’s drop in weight. A new suspension is complementing the Camaro’s platform, helping the car to achieve better overall handling and response.
- New Engines – The new base engine on the 2016 Camaro is a 2.0-liter turbocharged option that offers up 275 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. The mid-level 3.6-liter V6 offers 335 horsepower, 284 lb.-ft. of torque, variable valve timing, direct injection technology, and is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The most powerful engine choice is the 6.2-liter V8 that manages a perfect balance with 455 horsepower and 455 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is notable as it accounts for what will be the most powerful Camaro SS ever.
- Updated Technology: One of the most important changes made to the Camaro is in the technology arena. Equipped with performance enhanced technology, connectivity options, and plenty of convenience technology – the new Camaro has it all.
- Enhanced Customization: On top of the completely redesigned exterior, and enhanced interior materials, the new Camaro comes with more color and design options than ever before. This allows drivers to customize their Camaro to their exact taste, for complete personalization.
The Age Old Feud Continues
There may never be a clear cut answer to the question of which pony car is better – the Mustang or Camaro? Every driver has a different list of preferences and demands that their vehicle must meet, and what may be the right choice for one, may not be the right choice for another. One aspect to consider is the number of sales, but again – a car that sells more units does not always mean it is better than another.
While the feud may not be over with, Chevrolet is definitely working hard to come out ahead. The new 2016 Camaro offers more power and exclusive options than it has in the past, and certainly offers a new degree of competition for the Mustang.
The all new Camaro is set to hit dealer showrooms in the next few months, and only time will tell which 2016 model is more popular. Simply considering the complete overhaul given to the Camaro for 2016, we are going to put our money on Chevrolet, for at least this round.