Ford Mustang vs. Chevy Camaro: Classic American Cars Compared

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Difference between Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro

The Ford and Chevy rivalry is well known in the automotive world, and it has polarized the industry as few other rivalries have. Moreover, the release of the Chevy Camaro RS in 2010–which was followed by Ford’s own Mustang V6 the following year–showed that the classic rivalry is alive and brewing. Let's see how the two models hold up against each other. 

Ford Mustang
Chevy Camaro


The Ford Mustang weighs in at 3,520 pounds, and it features a 305 horsepower engine. It is actually the lightest model in its class, and it is capable of going from 0 to 60 in 5.4 seconds. It manages to go a quarter-mile in 14 seconds at a speed of 104 mph.

The Chevy Camaro is no less impressive, with an appearance reminiscent of a stripped down military vehicle–albeit more genteel. It features a 3.6-liter, 24-valve V-6 engine that is capable of more than enough power to get you through the day. The Camaro weighs in a lot heavier than the Mustang however, coming in at a whopping 3, 800 pounds. This obviously has an effect on the sprinting power of the car, and its performance is noticeably more sluggish than the Mustang’s.


The Ford Mustang performs surprisingly well on mountain roads with an amazingly smooth feel and great balance. The premium version is particularly noteworthy, with 19” wheels that really ramped up the performance factor, and gave it top marks in the skidpad category. While this configuration may not be typical of the line, you can probably get similar performance from the base model of the car.

The Chevy Camaro didn't fare better in this regard, with soft spring rates and slow steering that makes traversing mountain trails a bit more challenging. That being said, the Camaro was noticeably quieter with a smoother and stable feel. It is also better at making lane changes during city driving, and performed quite well when braking to a stop.


One of the most significant drawbacks of the Ford Mustang is its tendency to leak fuel during hard cornering, a fault that was already present in the previous year’s model. The Mustang also doesn’t allow you to power adjust the back of the seat, although it is billed as a “power seat”. This model also doesn't come with a telescoping steering column and the side accents and latticework grille give it a less than elegant look. Finally, the Mustang has a top speed limit of only 113 mph, which is a bit surprising for a car fitted with Z-rated tires.

The Chevy Camaro has faults of its own, with design touches that don’t quite work, such as the large hard plastic panels in the doors, the higher than usual beltline, and the unusually cramped headroom.

Similarities and Differences

Ford Mustang

  • Weighs in at 3,520 pounds, and it features a 305 horsepower engine
  • Capable of going from 0 to 60 in 5.4 seconds

Chevy Camaro

  • Features a 3.6-liter, 24-valve V-6 engine
  • Weighs 3, 800 pounds
Which classic car was a better muscle car in the 60's?
  • Ford Mustang
  • Chevy Camaro

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dodge challenger is better than both.

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