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Ford Mustang Over Chevy Camaro, Says Consumer Reports

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On: Fri, Sep 10, 2010 at 5:19PM | By: Chris Weiss

Ford Mustang Over Chevy Camaro, Says Consumer Reports

Since its reintroduction to the muscle car market last year, the Chevy Camaro has been putting up a strong fight against the Ford Mustang, beating the latter in sales for many of the months it's been on the market. In fact, as of August, the Camaro leads in 2010 sales 60,000 to the Mustang's 53,000. Despite its popularity with consumers, the leading consumer testing authority--Consumer Reports--is more impressed by the new Mustang V6. In a head-to-head showdown between the models, CR chose the Mustang hands down.

Consumer Reports took a 305-hp 2011 Mustang Premium with 3.7-liter V6 engine and a 304-hp 2011 Camaro 2LT with 3.6-liter V6 to the asphalt for some thorough testing. As equipped, the 'Stang carries a price of $28,600 and the Camaro ducks in at $28,195. And despite how closely those two American muscle-mobiles stack up on paper, the end result wasn't even close.

CR drivers preferred the Mustang's more agile drive over the Camaro's clunkier, less responsive drive. Test driver and senior engineer Jake Fisher summed it up in no uncertain terms: "The Mustang was better than the Camaro at nearly every level. It was quicker, more fuel efficient, and when you're in the Camaro, it's like you're in a cave."

Consumer Reports concluded that the drop from V8 to V6 in the Camaro decreased the fun factor of the car while the Mustang still offered a lively ride. In comparing the muscle behind the muscle car, CR stated: "The Ford's new V6 engine is not only more refined than the Camaro's, it delivered stronger acceleration and better fuel economy. The Camaro provides decent acceleration, but it's not as readily available. The car rides well enough, but it's almost 300 pounds heavier than the Mustang."

The magazine rated the Mustang "Very Good" slapping a "Recommended" label on it while rating the Camaro "Good." It did not recommend the Camaro, stating that the model is too new to provide an accurate reliability assessment of.

The 2011 Mustang V6, which was introduced at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, made headlines earlier this year for offering 300 horsepower and 30 miles per gallon. In Consumer Reports testing, the Mustang came in at 24 mpg combined while the Camaro lagged behind at 21 mpg.

Some new or undecided muscle car owners might be swayed by the showdown, which will appear in full in Consumer Reports' October issue, but we have a feeling that most Camaro and Mustang owners will remain squarely in their respective camps despite the new findings.

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