Mustang and Camaro Safety

Both the Camaro and the Mustang have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.


Ram 1500 and Chevrolt Silverado 1500 Warranty

The Camaro's corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Mustang's (6 vs. 5 years).

Chevrolet pays for scheduled maintenance on the Camaro for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Chevrolet will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance (up to 2 oil changes). Ford doesn't pay scheduled maintenance for the Mustang.

Chevrolet Warranty Details


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J.D. Power and Associates' 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 79 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 31st.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports' April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Chevrolet 3 places higher in reliability than Ford.


Mustang and Camaro Safety

The Camaro has more powerful engines than the Mustang:




Camaro 3.6 DOHC V6

335 HP

284 lbs.-ft.

Camaro SS 6.2 V8

455 HP

455 lbs.-ft.

Camaro ZL1 6.2 supercharged V8

650 HP

650 lbs.-ft.

Mustang 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

310 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

Mustang GT 5.0 DOHC V8

460 HP

420 lbs.-ft.


Mustang and Camaro Safety

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine's cylinders helps improve the Camaro V6/V8 Auto's fuel efficiency. The Mustang doesn't offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Camaro has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Mustang EcoBoost's standard fuel tank (19 vs. 15.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Camaro has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Mustang GT's standard fuel tank (19 vs. 16 gallons).

To facilitate fast shifting and allow the driver to focus on the road, the Camaro offers an optional up-shift light to indicate when the engine is approaching redline. The Mustang doesn't offer an up-shift light.


Brakes and Stopping

Mustang and Camaro Safety

For better stopping power the Camaro's brake rotors are larger than those on the Mustang:


Camaro SS

Camaro SS 1LE

Camaro ZL1


Mustang GT opt.

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

14.6 inches

15.35 inches

12.6 inches

15 inches

Rear Rotors

13.3 inches

13.3 inches

14.4 inches

12.6 inches

13 inches


Mustang and Camaro Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Camaro has larger standard tires than the Mustang (245/50R18 vs. 235/55R17). The Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe's tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Mustang (F:305/30R19 & R:325/30R19 vs. 265/35R20).

The Camaro's standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Mustang's standard 55 series tires. The Camaro SS 1LE/ZL1's tires have a lower 30 series profile than the Mustang Premium's optional 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Camaro has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Mustang.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Camaro can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Mustang doesn't offer run-flat tires.


Mustang and Camaro Tires and Wheels

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Camaro's wheelbase is 3.6 inches longer than on the Mustang (110.7 inches vs. 107.1 inches).


Mustang and Camaro Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Camaro Coupe is rated a Compact car by the EPA, while the Mustang Coupe is rated a Subcompact.

The Camaro Coupe has 10.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Mustang (93 vs. 82.8). The Camaro Convertible has 5.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Mustang (85 vs. 79.2).

The Camaro Coupe has .9 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more rear headroom and .9 inches more rear legroom than the Mustang.

The Camaro Convertible has .8 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more rear legroom and 5.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Mustang.


Mustang and Camaro Ergonomics

The Camaro offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver's line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Mustang doesn't offer a heads-up display.

When the Camaro with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Mustang's mirrors don't automatically adjust for backing.

The Camaro offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Mustang has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don't dim.


Mustang and Camaro Recommendations

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Chevrolet Camaro, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

The Camaro was chosen as one of Car and Driver's "Top Ten" for 2 of the last 2 years. The Mustang has never been a Car and Driver "Top Ten" pick.

Motor Trend selected the Camaro as their 2016 Car of the Year. The Mustang has never been chosen.

The Camaro was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine's "All Stars" in 2013. The Mustang has never been an "All Star."

The Camaro was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2010 Car of the Year. The Mustang has never been chosen.

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