Ford Mustang
The 2015 Ford Mustang (Ford Motor Company)

Muscle cars are the stuff straight-line speed dreams are made of, and when it comes to muscle cars, the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro are two perennial favorites. Available in coupe or convertible body styles, both the Camaro and Mustang offer plenty of power, seating for four and strong ties to classic muscle cars of the ‘60s and ‘70s (without the terrible fuel economy and bare-bones interiors, of course). Here’s a look at what to keep in mind when you compare the two.

2015 Ford Mustang

 

2015 Chevrolet Camaro

$23,800

Base Price

$23,705

3.7L V6 making 300 HP and 280 lb-ft of torque

Base Engine Specs

3.6L V6 making 323 HP and 278 lb-ft of torque

5.0L V8 making 435 HP and 400 lb-ft of torque

Top Engine Specs

6.2L V8 making 426 HP and 420 lb-ft of torque

19/28 mpg city/highway

Base Fuel Economy with Automatic Transmission

18/27 mpg city/highway

$1,900

EPA-estimated Annual Fuel Cost

$2,000

Proximity key, rearview camera, Bluetooth, two USB ports and SYNC infotainment

Standard Features

Bluetooth, satellite radio

The Ford Mustang was redesigned for the 2015 model year, so it’s filled with the latest and greatest performance technology. It currently sits in the number two spot in our sports car rankings, and reviewers like its handling, which is more athletic than they expect for a muscle car. Auto writers also report that its cabin is upscale and comfortable, though the back seats are cramped. The base engine is a 3.7L V6, but what’s surprising about the Mustang is that reviewers actually like the optional 2.3L four-cylinder EcoBoost engine. Though a four-cylinder engine would be unheard of in the muscle cars of yesteryear, reviewers say that the Mustang’s available 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes plenty of power for most situations while getting great fuel economy for a sports car and the V8 in GT models provides impressive power (an even more powerful V8 will be available later this year in Shelby GT350 models).

Ford Mustang photos

On the other hand, the Chevrolet Camaro is in its last year before being fully redesigned for 2016. It’s currently ranked sixth in sports cars, and 0.7 points separate its overall score form the Mustang’s. The Camaro’s base engine makes marginally more horsepower than the Mustang’s and gets slightly worse fuel economy. Its top-of-the-line 6.2-liter V8 makes slightly less horsepower than the V8 engine in the Mustang GT. The Camaro also has fewer standard features than the Mustang. Still, reviewers appreciate the Camaro’s strong engines and athletic handling. They just wish the cabin were made with better materials and that outward visibility wasn’t so bad.

Chevrolet Camaro Photos

If you just have to buy a muscle car today, the Ford Mustang makes a much stronger case for itself than the Camaro. However, reviewers have been enthusiastic about the pre-production models of the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro they’ve driven. If you can wait until this fall to buy, the 2016 Camaro might make a strong play for a place in your driveway.

Check out our sports car rankings to see how the Camaro and Mustang stack up against the rest of the competition. When you’re ready to buy, use the U.S. News Best Price Program for guaranteed savings on your new muscle car. Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook.