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Mustang V-6 kicks Camaro V-6, Consumer Reports says

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Mustang V-6 kicks Camaro V-6, Consumer Reports says

03:12 PM

Ford Mustang V-6 trumps Chevy Camaro V-6, says the October issue of Consumer Reports magazine. In a face-off, CR found the Mustang's V-6 engine more refined than the Camaro's V-6 and the Mustang V-6 delivered both superior acceleration and better fuel economy.

The magazine didn't include the Dodge Challenger V-6 in the test. Challenger might have been over-matched: Its V-6 is rated 250-hp and Mustang and Camaro are 300-plus hp. It is being redesigned this fall, so any evaluation would be out-of-date almost instantly, says Jake Fisher, senior automotive engineer at the magazine.

The 2011 V-6 Mustang, thanks to a new transmission and updated steering, "is the more agile and enjoyable car to drive of the two,"

CR says. Mustang got the valuable "recommended" rating from the magazine. Camaro is too new to have a track record for reliability, so CR withheld the "recommended."

Fisher says that when the magazine bought its test cars, the current models were the 2011 Mustang and the 2010 Camaro. Chevy says the 2011 Camaro is rated 312 horsepower, up from 304 hp in the 2010.

Chevy says that bump is due to additional testing, and "no changes were made to the Camaro powertrain to achieve the higher horsepower ratings for 2011."

Most buyers opt for the V-6 engines even though Mustang and Camaro have images as high-power, V-8 muscle machines.

Even equipped with the V-6, though, the muscular image might very well be correct. CR notes that today's Mustang V-6 is better in

nearly every measurable way than the 1970 Boss 302 Mustang, a V-8-powered champ in its time.

Boss, 290 horsepower (measured by the looser standards of the time); V-6, 305 hp (using today's much tougher tests). Boss did the benchmark run from standstill to 60 mph in 8 seconds, while today's V-6 took just 6.2 seconds. Fuel economy isn't even close: Boss, 11 mpg; V-6, 24 mpg.

Uh, which "good, ol' days" would those be, exactly?



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Consumer Reports picks side in V6 pony car wars

by Zach Bowman (RSS feed) on Sep 7th 2010 at 12:58PM

2011 Ford Mustang V6 – Click above for high-res image gallery

If you've found yourself stuck on the fence between the sultry styling of the Chevrolet Camaro V6 and the downright impressive sports car performance of the Ford Mustang V6, Consumer Reports may just have something to help you make up your mind one way or the other. Those responsible for some of the most aggressive consumer testing in the industry have awarded the Blue Oval a 'Very Good' road test score while the Bowtie was saddled with a mere 'Good' rating. The testers went so far as to say that picking the six-pot in the Mustang didn't take too much away from the car's fun factor, while doing the same in the Camaro did.

That's no surprise to us. We felt the six-cylinder Mustang was fit enough to go toe-to-toe with the likes of the Nissan 370Z and Hyundai Genesis Coupe in our recent Battle of the Sixes – something we wouldn't have even bothered to try with the Camaro, let alone the Dodge Challenger.

Consumer Reports also said that the Mustang is 'Recommended' by the company, but the Camaro is too new to have accurate reliability data. Hit the jump for the press release.


YONKERS, NY -The Ford Mustang earned a Very Good road test score and outscored the Chevrolet Camaro which earned a Good score, in a face-off between V6 versions of the two vehicles in Consumer Reports' October issue.

In last year's CR face-off between V8 versions of these two iconic cars, the Mustang also outscored the Camaro, despite being an older design.

Opting for a V6 engine did not overly dilute the fun factor in driving the Mustang, but it did for the Camaro. 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 Mustang is the more agile and enjoyable car to drive of the two," said David Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports' Auto Test Center in East Haddam, Connecticut.

Prices for the vehicles were $28,660 for the Mustang to $28,195 for the Camaro.

While the Mustang is Recommended, the Camaro is too new for Consumer Reports to have reliability data. CR only Recommends vehicles that have performed well in its tests, have at least average predicted reliability based on CR's Annual Auto Survey of its more than seven million print and Web subscribers, and performed at least adequately if crash-tested or included in a government rollover test.

Full tests and ratings for both vehicles appear in the October issue of Consumer Reports, which goes on sale September 7. The reports are also available to subscribers of www.ConsumerReports.org.Updated daily, ConsumerReports.org is the go-to site for the latest auto reviews, product news, blogs on breaking news and car buying information.

The Mustang corners well, with good steering and little body lean. The Ford Mustang V6 Premium ($28,660 Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price as tested,) is powered by a 305-hp 3.7 liter V6 engine that is quick and gets 24 mpg overall in CR's own fuel economy tests. The six-speed manual transmission shifts crisply. Braking is Very Good. The interior is well-finished and the dashboard has a retro look, reminiscent of the 1960s.

The Camaro feels relatively ungainly, with slower steering response than the Mustang and more lean. The ride is taut yet not uncomfortable. The Chevrolet Camaro 2LT ($28,195 MSRP as tested,) is powered by a 304-hp 3.6-liter V6 engine and gets 21 mpg overall. The six-speed manual transmission is rather stiff and imprecise. Braking is Very Good. The interior is well-finished, and the thick-rimmed, leather-covered steering wheel is nicer than the Mustang's.



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By Mark Kleis

Since Chevrolet revived its iconic Mustang-battling Camaro the battle for the top sales position and performance supremacy has provided for a heated debate and bumpy ride for all involved.

At first launch, the Camaro quickly began to outsell the previously dominating – and mostly unchallenged – Mustang. But by May of this year the updated 2011 Mustang managed to relatively handily outsell the Camaro for the month by over 1,000 units. Through the first eight months of 2010, however, the Camaro continues to hold an annualized sales lead over the Mustang with 60,185 total sales compared to just 53,094 units.

But despite consumers choosing the Camaro over the Mustang, Consumer Reports, known for its massive cult-like following, just announced that after comparing the 2011 V6 Mustang and 2011 V6 Camaro, the Mustang took the crown for its recommendation. This endorsement comes after Ford significantly updated its Mustangs across the board for 2011, despite only very minimal cosmetic changes from the 2010 model.

The 2011 Mustang V6 features a 305 horsepower, 3.7-liter V6 with a class-leading EPA highway rating of 31 miles per gallon, compared to Camaro’s 312 (Chevrolet announced that the previous 304 horsepower figure was underrated) horsepower 3.6-liter V6 and a highway EPA rating of 29 mpg.

In picking its winner, CR cited the V6 Mustang retaining the “fun factor,” compared to the V8 model, where as the Camaro seemingly lost that attribute in the downgrade. CR also said that the ‘Stang “delivered stronger acceleration and better fuel economy,” both important factors, particularly in this segment as buyers search for a balance of fun and economical transportation.

CR also preferred the handling attributes of Ford’s Pony car, stating that it had “good steering and little body lean.” Conversely, the advocacy group reported that the Camaro felt “relatively ungainly, with slower steering response than the Mustang.”

Overall, CR rated the Mustang “Very good,” and the Camaro still scored a very respectable “Good” score. The outfit also noted that the Camaro lacks reliability date due to its recent introduction, which would keep the magazine from being able to recommend the model.

The last time the Mustang and the Camaro squared off was with the V8 versions of the cars, with the Mustang bringing home the win in GT trim as well.



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Seems about right. The Mustang as a whole is a better driver's car than the Camaro (I've driven one and can attest to that). The Camaro has more style but the Mustang has (more) substance.

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I hate to say it since I'm a born and raised Chevy and Camaro guy, but I would probably get a 5.0 over the SS if I had to choose. I've yet to drive the 5.0, but I got the chance to drive an SS a few weeks ago and it wasn't as exciting as I imagined. It's a basic RWD car with a good amount of power, but it didn't even feel fast or really exciting (maybe they should've kept Pontiac just for that reason alone? lol). The Camaro looks better on the outside, but the Mustang has a much nicer interior and is lighter while making about the same power. One of the guys that drove the same Camaro as me drove a 5.0 about a week later and said the 5.0 felt way better to drive than the Camaro, and he's not biased either way.

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We knew this for a while... current Mustang is better than the current Camaro in every aspect, but the Camaro looks more distinct. It's the price you pay for beauty...

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I find both appealing, but having owned a few Mustangs I'd probably go w/ a Mustang again...prime factors for me being the interior, usable trunk, and the outward visibility..I've found the Camaro to be very claustrophobic the times I've sat in one (haven't driven one yet, though).

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