The Ultimate American Pony Rivalry bY: Henrique Arantes

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One of the most iconic rivalries in the car industry. The Mustang and the Camaro. With American roaring V8’s to dominate the road and iconic styling at an affordable price, people all around the world came to love these. So much love, in fact, that the fan base for these cars argue night and day to prove their pick is better. The truth is, both of these cars have their pros and cons, and they each have qualities that suit some more than others. Here is what they have to offer.

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The Ford Mustang was the one that started it all. It was the first pony car to be released in 1964. A pony car is a category in which cars have bold styling, often being a two door coupe or a convertible with some performance included. Since then, the mustang has been a favorite to many Americans including these days with the new models. Keep in mind that the Mustang Mach-E, an electrified SUV form of the Mustang, is not included in this review, for it is not a direct competitor with the Camaro despite its name. Here are some of the reasons to why the Mustang outshines the Camaro according to Motor Trend and U.S. News:

Horsepower: The Camaro is a powerful car, but the Mustang has even more power. The most powerful Mustang in Ford's lineup, the Shelby GT500, comes with a supercharged 5.2 liter V8 pumping out 760 horsepower compared to the Camaro’s 6.2 liter V8 with 650 horsepower.

Acceleration: With the combination of the Mustang’s engine and the dual-clutch seven-speed transmission, the Ford is able to reach zero to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds. On the other hand, the Camaro ZL1 with its engine and the automatic 10-speed transmission takes 3.5 seconds to go zero to 60 mph.

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Space, visibility, and interior: Although both cars aren’t known for interior space, the Mustang does have a little bit more room than the Camaro. The Mustang has a wider trunk opening compared to the Camaro, and the overall trunk size is better in the Mustang. For the back seats, both are terrible in terms of room, but the Mustang has a little bit better headspace. As of interior quality, the Mustang is also slightly better because it uses less hard plastics than the Camaro. Even though the Camaro has a very futuristic interior styling to blend with the exterior, visibility is also con due to the slim windows.

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Junior Aden Bell owns a Mustang. (Photo by Henrique Arantes)

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The Chevrolet Camaro was Chevy’s direct response to the Mustang. In 1966, the first generation of the Camaro came. With the release of the Camaro, the horsepower battle immediately began, and it pushed for better overall performance. Although sales of the Camaro weren’t as good as the Mustang when it first came out, it was still a big hit. In today’s day and age, the Camaro fanbase is still alive with the current day Camaro. These are some of the points that are made by Motor Trend and U.S. News to why the Camaro is better than the Mustang.

Agility and Handling: Although the Mustang has more power, it also has more weight. The ZL1 Camaro Curb weight is 3,886 lbs compared to the 4,171 lbs from the Shelby GT 500 Mustang. Because of that weight difference, the Chevy is better around the track compared to the Ford.

Price: The entry level Camaro starts right at $25,995 compared to the Mustang’s $26,670. For the top of the line Camaro, the ZL1, it starts at $63,995 compared to the Mustang’s GT 500 price at $70,300.

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Interior Features: Both of these cars are packed with features, but the Camaro is packed with more standard interior features compared to the Mustang. It comes standard with wireless Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a 7 inch touch screen with Chevrolet Infotainment 3 software. Wireless charger and the 8 inch touchscreen are an optional feature, and both screen options have sharp graphics. The Mustang comes with its own SYNC 3 Infotainment system standard, but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto only comes as an optional feature or standard in higher trims.

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Senior Shelby Anderson owns a Chevrolet Camaro. (Photo by Henrique Arantes)

In the end, both of these cars share an awesome history, and they are both good at everything they do. Both have their upsides and downsides, but it all boils down to a matter of taste and needs.