A head to head on some of the most beloved cars in America - the Camaro and the Mustang. Whatever you're loyal to, here's the specs of the newest muscle cars - it's a close call. Both cars have pros and cons - what are you planning on cruising around with in 2021?
2021 Ford Mustang
The original pony car is fresh with a revamp - clean lines and handsome aesthetics make this Mustang one of the prettiest yet. But what's under the hood? There's several engine options, including the Shelby GT500's 5.2L supercharged V8 boasting 760 horses. Other options include a 2.3-liter turbo I4; 5.0-liter V8; a 5.2-liter V8; a 6-speed manual; or a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT). The Ford Mustang has a Ford Sync3 infotainment system with compatible Apple CarPlay and Andriod Auto.
The Mustang's safety features shine: Ford Co-Pilot360 includes forward-collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, dynamic brake support, lane-keeping assistance, blind-spot monitoring, rain-sensing wipers, and automatic high beams. You can also option in adaptive cruise control and navigation to EcoBoost and GT trims with the Smart and Safe bundle. Visibility is said to be better in the Mustang as well.
If you buy a Mustang, it might run you a bit higher in price - starting at about $28,250, the top-of-the-line options and GT500 options will get you to about $75,000 (more than the Camaro). With its 13.5 cubic feet of cargo room to the Camaro's 9.1, the Mustang has more room - and the trunk is still usable with the top down, while the Camaro's is rendered mostly unusable. Body style options include fastback or convertible.
There's also a new limited-edition Mach 1 Mustang, replacing last year's Bullitt Mustang. The Shelby GT350 and 350R models were discontinued as well. A new Carbon Fiber Track Handling package is added to the Shelby GT500. There's also new paint choices - Fighter Jet Gray, Carbonized Gray, Antimatter Blue, and Grabber Yellow.
2021 Chevrolet Camaro
Camaro boasts some wins - among the engine options is a V6 - all options include a 2.0L turbo I4; a 3.6-liter V6; a 6.2–liter V8; a 6.2-liter supercharged V8; and a 6-speed manual. If you get a Camaro ZL1, you're looking at a 650-horsepower with three pedals and a manual shift lever.
The new Camaro is said to drive and steer more smoothly and reliably. And it should - it's lighter in weight than the Mustang, and can hit 0-60 about a second quicker in comparison tests. Overall, the Camaro's powertrain availability, handling, and impressive, lighter-weight performance make it shine.
New options in 2021 include a Wild Cherry Design package, eight trim levels, a convertible or coupe body, and great options at base level. With the 1LS including My Link infotainment system with keyless entry, push-button start, a backup camera, power driver's seat, automatic headlights, USB ports, and Bluetooth, you really can't go wrong when it comes to the comfort technology.
The Camaro starts at $25,000 - a bit lower than the Mustang, and even the highest options will be slightly cheaper than its competitor. However, with considerably less safety features and a smaller backseat and trunk space than the Mustang as well as lower visibility, the Camaro takes a hit.
Both vehicles have similar fuel economy, with the Camaro at 22 mpg overall and the Mustang at 25 mpg overall. Aesthetically, it really is preference. With the same warranties and each having an array of powertrain choices (although the Camaro does one-up in options) and similar measurements, it's a close head-to-head.
Pricing is similar, although the Mustang tends to range a little higher.
The Camaro is a money-smart powertrain-pro, and the Mustang is safe and well-optioned.
You really can't go wrong either way - which iconic American sports car do you prefer?
Here's a look at some general specs and information of the Mustang and the Camaro.