|650||Max Torque (lb-ft)||625|
|3.5||0-60 MPH (sec)||3.6|
|93.0||Passenger Volume (cu.ft.)||82.8|
Who doesn’t like a muscle car? These classic sports cars look great, and they are fun to drive. There is a reason so many songs have been written about cruising around in them. At one point, it seems like every automaker had at least one on its roster. The names are etched in our memories: Pontiac GTO, Dodge Charger, Ford Thunderbird, Plymouth Barracuda, Ford Torino, Buick Gran Sport. But these days, there are only a few that are still being made. However, two of the best and most affordable continue to battle with the 2021 Chevy Camaro vs 2021 Ford Mustang. This is probably because these two models stood out from the pack, surviving the decline in demand for performance sports cars during the late 70s energy crisis that killed off so many other models.
Today, the Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang are not just fast cars - they feature so many of the safety and infotainment systems that have improved driving for all of us. While they may retain many of the styling familiar to drivers of these models, there is no mistaking that these are vast improvements of the original versions that premiered in the 60s. The engineering and suspension systems are stronger and safer than ever. The powertrains are more fuel-efficient with lower carbon emissions. Yet, the Mustang still has the pony on the grille while the Camaro is sporting its Chevrolet bowtie logo with pride. In comparing the 2021 Chevy Camaro vs 2021 Ford Mustang, you will see that there are many similarities, but the key differences separate these two performance sports cars. Clearly, one of these two will muscle out the other on the crucial characteristics of performance, comfort, and price.
Whichever trim you choose, whether you get a 2021 Ford Mustang or a 2021 Chevy Camaro, you are getting a car with incredible pickup, even off of a standing start. The fastest of them all is the Camaro ZL1 with the 6.2-liter supercharged V-8, which can go 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds. However, the 5.2-liter supercharged V-8 in the Shelby GT500 puts it close behind at around 3.6 seconds.
The next fastest is the Camaro SS with the 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 that can go the same distance in an eye-blinking 4.0 seconds. The fastest of the non-supercharged Mustangs is the Mach 1, which can cover that ground in roughly 4.2 seconds. This leaves the less expensive models in the dust, as the Mustang EcoBoost tops out at around 5.0 seconds, while the Camaro LT with the V-6 makes the distance in 5.2 seconds, and the Camaro LS with the Turbocharged I-4 is able to make it in 5.4 seconds.
One of the greatest advances in recent years for muscle cars is their solid fuel economy. The days of having to fill these beasts up every day are long gone. The Camaro with the 2.0-liter I-4 can get 22 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway. This is comparable to the 21 MPG in the city and 32 MPG on the highway for the Mustang EcoBoost.
The real differences are seen in the models with the larger engine models. The Camaro with the 3.6-liter V-6 gets a solid 18 MPG in city driving and 29 MPG on the highway, while the SS and LT1 with the 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 get a very impressive 16 MPG in the city and 26 MPG in highway driving. The only model with less than exceptional fuel economy is the ZL1, with 13 MPG in the city and a decent 21 MPG on the highway - but that’s the price of supercar performance.
The more powerful Ford Mustang trims don’t measure up in this respect. The GT with the 5.0-liter V-8 gets 16 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway, while the Shelby GT500 gets only 12 MPG in city driving and 18 MPG on the highway.
Let’s face it - if you are getting a performance sports car, then you are probably very interested in what is hiding under the hood. Thankfully, both offer you a choice of engines for your 2021 Chevy Camaro and 2021 Ford Mustang. The Camaro and Mustang both offer a choice between four different engines.
The standard engine on the Camaro LS and LT trims is a 2.0-liter Turbo I-4 engine. It features direct injection and variable valve timing to improve overall engine efficiency and produces 275 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. If you choose a Camaro LT, you will have the option of going with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that also has direct injection and variable valve timing. This engine provides 335 hp and 284 lb-ft of torque.
The Camaro SS and LT1 trims are equipped with a 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 engine with variable valve timing and direct fuel injection. It produces a very impressive 455 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque. However, the most powerful engine of the lineup is the 6.2-liter LT4 supercharged V-8 engine on the Camaro ZL1. This one has a 1.7-liter Eaton supercharger, direct fuel injection, and variable valve timing, making it capable of producing up to 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque.
The Ford Mustang also sports four very good engines. The base trim Mustang EcoBoost comes equipped with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost I-4 engine. It utilizes a turbocharger, direct injection, and twin independent variable cam timing to produce 310 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. The Mustang GT features a 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V-8 engine. This utilizes port fuel direct injection to produce 460 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. The Mustang Mach 1 also has a 5.0L V-8, but it is tuned for 480 hp. The top model Mustang Shelby GT500 has the trim-exclusive 5.2-liter supercharged cross-plane crank V-8. This provides 760 hp and 625 lb-ft.
Both the 2021 Chevy Camaro and the 2021 Ford Mustang offer you the choice between a standard manual transmission and an optional automatic transmission. The Camaro has a standard 6-speed manual transmission on all trim levels. The LT1, SS, and ZL1 trims come with Active Rev Matching on the manual transmission to boost performance. If you choose an automatic transmission on the Camaro, you will get your engine paired with a 10-speed automatic with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters so you can approximate the performance of a manual transmission without the hassle of a clutch. The automatic transmission on models with the 2.0-liter I-4 is an 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters.
The Ford Mustang comes with a standard 6-speed manual transmission on all trims except the Shelby GT500. The GT and Mach 1 trims feature Rev Matching on their manual transmissions, and the Mach 1 has a TREMEC 3160 6-speed manual transmission based on the one used in the discontinued Mustang Shelby GT350. You can also get a 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission on the EcoBoost, GT, and Mach 1 trims. The top trim Shelby GT500 features a TREMEC 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. This will give you maximum control over your Mustang’s engine.
Chevy and Ford offer their respective performance sports cars in either a coupe or convertible configuration, so you sun worshippers won’t feel left out. Ford calls its hardtop Mustang a fastback, but that shouldn’t confuse you since it is comparable to the Camaro coupe.
The 2021 Chevy Camaro has a base MSRP of $25,000, which will put you behind the wheel of a Camaro LS coupe. It features 18-inch silver-painted aluminum wheels and the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system. The LT adds a variety of features, such as Brembo 4-piston front caliper brakes for an MSRP of $25,500. There are also two sub-trims, the 2LT that adds heated and ventilated leather front seats, and the 3LT that also comes with wireless charging, safety alerts, and a head-up display with interior spectrum lighting. These should not be confused with the LT1 trim, which has a base MSRP of $34,000 and includes 20-inch silver-painted aluminum wheels.
The Camaro SS is designed for maximum performance and has a base MSRP of $37,500. There is also a 2SS sub-trim that adds heated and ventilated leather front seats, a head-up display with interior spectrum lighting, and safety alerts. The top trim is the ZL1 with a unique supercharged engine, 20-inch dark graphite premium-painted forged aluminum wheels, and Brembo 6-piston front and 4-piston rear brakes. The Camaro ZL1 has an MSRP of $63,000. This gives you a choice of five trims and three sub-trims for a total of eight different versions of the 2021 Camaro for you to choose from.
Ford offers the 2021 Mustang in six different trims in either fastback or convertible. The base model is the EcoBoost, which features the basic Ford SYNC infotainment system. The EcoBoost Premium comes standard with the more advanced SYNC 3 infotainment system. The Mustang GT brings a larger engine and also comes in a Premium variant. For ultimate performance, the Mustang Shelby GT500 has a distinctive Cobra logo in the grille and features the largest engine of the lineup. Ford has also introduced a new trim for the 2021 Mustang, the Mach 1, which sits between the GT and GT500 when it comes to performance.