2021 Chevy Camaro vs 2021 Ford Mustang

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  • 2021 Chevy Camaro

    A white 2021 Chevy Camaro 1LT is angled left.

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    2021 Ford Mustang

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    295-650Torque (lb-ft)350-625
    YesAvailable V6No
    93Passenger Volume (cu.ft.)84.5

    Performance vehicles are unlike any other vehicle type on the market. These vehicles are often gazed upon for their sporty exteriors with menacing face grilles, sleek designs, and attractive badging. Not only are performance vehicles stylish, but they’re also known to be equally as performant in terms of raw power. A handful of manufacturers produce distinctive performance lineups, but only a select few are recognized by drivers everywhere for their value-friendly attributes. When comparing the 2021 Chevy Camaro vs 2021 Ford Mustang, these two performance vehicles are produced with the same goal in mind, but only one of them achieves this goal with flying colors.

    Regardless of being cheaper than most of their competitors, the Camaro and Mustang contain an impressive amount of tech-centric features. In addition to this, both vehicles are also highly customizable with vast upgrade paths. The 2021 Camaro has a lower starting price than the 2021 Mustang with an MSRP of $25,000. Many drivers will be impressed with the standard arrangement of features with the base model, but each of the following trims grants drivers more choice in how they wish to personalize their experiences. The next trim for the 2021 Camaro is known as the LT line, consisting of three sub-set trims, including LT, 2LT, and 3LT. Finally, if you want the most powerful engine options, you'll find them in the LT1, SS, and ZL1 trims.

    For the 2021 Mustang, the selection of trims begins with EcoBoost and starts at an estimated MSRP of $28,350, which is noticeably higher than the base Camaro. Following this trim is EcoBoost Premium, which replaces the 17-inch wheels with an 18-inch set among various enhancements such as power-adjustable seats in the front row for extra comfort. The GT and GT Premium trims are up next, introducing a V8 into the lineup and then finishing up with the Mach 1 and venerable Shelby GT500. Ultimately, the Camaro will appeal to a broader audience due to its greater sense of value.

  • Performance

    A red 2021 Chevy Camaro ZL1 coupe and silver convertible are parked on an empty race track at sunset.

    As the moniker of performance vehicles will suggest, performance is a critical differentiator between these vehicles and the average sedan. Throughout the trims that both the 2021 Camaro and the 2021 Mustang offer, there is a wide range of performance to be seen from either vehicle’s many available engines. Both vehicles offer several different choices each, including plenty of horsepower and ample fuel efficiency.

    The Base of Power

    Starting with the base engine in each vehicle, the 2021 Camaro has a turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder, while the Mustang’s turbocharged engine is a 2.3L turbocharged 4-cylinder. With the base engine installed on the Camaro, it’ll produce 275 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque with a 6-speed manual (standard) or 8-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission. Although this is slightly lower than the Mustang’s base engine, which produces 310 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque, the higher-price tag of the Mustang doesn’t warrant such a large price gap for the performance given. The Mustang also comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission and the option of a 10-speed automatic transmission.

    Ramping Up the Power

    While the base engines for both of these cars are good, they have nothing on the boost of power you can get from upgrading to one of the optional engine choices. The 2021 Mustang doesn’t offer a V6 within its engine selection; however, the 2021 Camaro features a 3.6L V6 that produces 335 hp and 284 lb-ft of torque. Unlike the aforementioned 4-cylinder, this engine offers a 10-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, with the 6-speed manual still the standard.

    Both vehicles offer a V8 engine, with the Camaro offering a 6.2L V8 that produces 455 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque and a supercharged variant that produces 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. The Mustang offers a 5.0L V8 that can produce 460-480 hp depending on the trim, along with 420 lb-ft of torque. For the Shelby GT500, Ford includes a supercharged 5.2L V8 that will produce 760 hp and 625 lb-ft of torque. Although the horsepower from this engine is faster than the 650 hp seen in the Camaro’s top engine, it doesn’t quite match the torque output, which is 25 lb-ft greater.

  • Interior

    A red 2021 Chevy Camaro SS is shown from above after winning the 2021 Chevy Camaro vs 2021 Ford Mustang comparison.

    Both of the interiors for the 2021 Camaro and Mustang convey luxury without sacrificing convenience. Drivers will surely admire the materials that make-up each cabin, and both vehicles support up to four passengers, with foldable rear seats for expanded cargo space as well. Although performance vehicles are not renowned for large amounts of cargo space, both vehicles still offer excellent capacities within their class.

    Room for Cargo and Passengers

    Additionally, both vehicles can be fitted with a plethora of amenities such as seats that are both heated and ventilated, along with an overall classy aesthetic. Ultimately, the Camaro manages to accommodate four passengers more comfortably than the Mustang as it features 93.0 cu.ft. of passenger volume as opposed to the Mustang’s 84.5 cu.ft. So, if you want to bring friends on the road with you, you might want to opt for a 2021 Camaro.

    When manufacturers produce performance vehicles, they have to make the best use of the space they’re allotted, and this then translates to the driver’s overall experience and comfort. The 2021 Camaro offers 38.5-inches of headroom in the front along with 43.9-inches of legroom for the front row. Compared to the Mustang, the Camaro has more headroom as the Mustang has 37.6-inches, albeit Ford’s offering has incrementally better legroom with 44.1-inches of space.

    Plus Some Other Features

    The Camaro and Mustang both include infotainment centers for a wide range of media controls and connectivity features. Both centers include an 8-inch screen along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which creates a seamless connection between the user’s phone and their vehicle. Plus, both of these vehicles offer the passengers a lux experience with comfortable seats and high-quality materials.

  • Safety Features

    A red 2021 Chevy Camaro LS coupe and a silver LT convertible are parked in front of a brick building.

    Chevy and Ford have both taken careful consideration when designing the Camaro and the Mustang, with each manufacturer emphasizing safety. Both vehicles seemingly have unique strengths, with the Mustang being equipped with the Ford Co-Pilot 360 safety suite and the Camaro featuring Teen Driver technology. In addition to Teen Driver tech, the Camaro also includes an assortment of safety features that are seen in the Ford Co-Pilot 360 safety suite, but the Mustang lacks any Teen Driver tech altogether.

    The features that appear on both vehicles include a lane change alert, which notifies the driver of an unintended crossing of lanes, and a side blind zone alert. This side blind zone alert will inform the driver of any obstruction in their blindspot to increase spatial awareness. The remaining features that are found on the Mustang include the likes of automatic emergency braking, rain-sensing wipers, and more.

    Camaro Safety is a Cut Above

    However, Teen Driver is a vital piece of technology for any driver who has a newly licensed member within the family. This groundbreaking software allows parents to monitor their child’s driving habits and restrict aspects such as volume limits. Additionally, Teen Driver utilizes unique ways to teach teenagers better-driving etiquette, such as preventing the vehicle from shifting the car from parking gear if the vehicle detects the driver is not wearing a seatbelt.

    This feature can also be expanded upon by preventing the teenage driver from listening to music until they have buckled in their seatbelts. Parents can also limit the vehicle’s maximum speed while retaining ideal highway driving conditions, and an alert system can be set in place to warn the driver if they’re moving too quickly. After the teenager is done driving, a detailed report gets sent to the parents and highlights key areas that need improvement. This feature is sorely missed from the 2021 Mustang, but it’s here on the 2021 Camaro.

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