2018 Ford Mustang vs. 2018 Chevy Camaro

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  • 2018 Ford Mustang

    Black 2018 Ford Mustang

    Starting at

    $25,680

    2018 Chevy Camaro

    Red 2018 Chevy Camaro

    Starting at

    $25,905

    310 hpHorsepower275 hp
    320 lb-ftTorque284 lb-ft

    So, you’re looking for a muscle car and have decided to put a tight race to the test: The 2018 Ford Mustang vs. 2018 Chevy Camaro. Of course, this is a competition we’ve seen again and again between these two vehicles as each year they strive to finally overcome one another. While we think the 2018 Ford Mustang will have the 2018 Chevy Camaro beat, it is still important to take a close look at how these two high-performance vehicles compare in some of the most important categories. From design and performance to available trim levels and space, we’ll take an in-depth look at the 2018 Ford Mustang vs 2018 Chevy Camaro to help you determine the winner. So, will it be the iconic pony car or the sleek yet aggressive muscle car? We’re as eager as you are to find out!

  • Trim

    When it’s time to purchase your new muscle car, you’ll have to determine which available trim works best for your needs and lifestyle. Both the 2018 Ford Mustang and 2018 Chevy Camaro offer multiple trim levels with a variety of configurations available. So, let’s take a closer look to determine which trim level might be the right fit for you.

    2018 Ford Mustang

    The 2018 Ford Mustang offers consumers four convenient trim levels to choose from. Across the four trims are a variety of entertainment, convenience, and performance features. Here is a simple break down of what you’ll find in each trim level of the 2018 Ford Mustang:

    • EcoBoost – This is the base trim level for the 2018 Ford Mustang and is available in both a fastback and convertible model, as well as an impressive 11 exterior color options.
    • EcoBoost Premium – The trim level features everything the EcoBoost option includes, however, it offers several upgrades when it comes to technology. These include a 9-speaker sound system or available 12-speaker sound system, SYNC 3, and multiple USB ports.
    • GT – This trim level has similar entertainment and convenience features to the EcoBoost trim but upgrades the engine to the 5.0L V8 engine which offers increased power and performance.
    • GT Premium – In addition to the enhanced engine, the GT Premium trim also features all of the high-tech features of the EcoBoost Premium trim. Drivers looking for the ultimate in both performance and entertainment will be pleased with this trim level.

    f you’re trying to decide which trim level is right for you, first determine which engine you’d like. If you’re interested in the standard 2.3L 4-Cylinder engine, then the EcoBoost or EcoBoost Premium trim is right for you. If you prefer increased power with the 5.0L V8 engine, then the GT or GT Premium trim may be the best choice. Lastly, if you’re a tech-savvy driver, you’ll want to choose the Premium option of either trim according to which engine you prefer.

    2018 Chevy Camaro

    The 2018 Chevy Camaro offers six trims for drivers to choose from and, like the 2018 Ford Mustang, is available in either a coupe or convertible model with most trims. Since the 2018 Chevy Camaro has so many trim levels, engine options, and overall configurations, drivers often find themselves overwhelmed when trying to determine which option is best for them. In an effort to help make sense of these options, here is how the 2018 Chevy Camaro trims break down:

    • 1LS – Available in coupe or convertible, and features the 2.0L 4-cylinder engine (or upgrade to the 3.6L V6 engine)
    • 1LT – Available in coupe or convertible, and features the 2.0L 4-cylinder engine (or upgrade to the 3.6L V6 engine)
    • 2LT – Available in coupe or convertible, and features the 2.0L 4-cylinder engine (or upgrade to the 3.6L V6 engine)
    • 1SS – Available in coupe or convertible, and features the 6.2L V8 engine
    • 2SS – Available in coupe or convertible, and features the 6.2L V8 engine
    • ZL1 – Available in coupe or convertible, and features the 6.2L V8 engine

    In addition to the three available engines and choice of body style, the 2018 Chevy Camaro also comes in up to 14 exterior color options to choose from. Overall, no matter which vehicle you choose, you’ll have the ability to customize your vehicle however to the specifications you’d like. However, it might prove to be a bit easier with the 2018 Ford Mustang.

  • Space

    When it comes the 2018 Ford Mustang vs 2018 Chevy Camaro in terms of space, this really comes down to the available trunk space and spaciousness of the rear seating. Between these two vehicles, one muscle car shines while the other severely disappoints consumers.

    2018 Ford Mustang

    When it comes to trunk space, the 2018 Ford Mustang pleases drivers with its 13.5 cubic feet of available room for important belongings on weekend trips or weekly shopping trips. In comparison with the 2018 Chevy Camaro and other vehicles in its class, these are impressive numbers. Overall, the 2018 Ford Mustang is slightly taller and offers a substantial amount more of room for its drivers and passengers.

    2018 Chevy Camaro

    The 2018 Chevy Camaro has received several negative remarks from critics and consumers regarding its incredible lack of trunk space, offering a mere 7.3 to 9.1 cubic feet. That is an enormous difference when compared to the trunk space offered by the 2018 Ford Mustang, and is sure to put a damper on any excursions that require a bit of cargo. Critics note that in addition to the small trunk space, the rear seating is quite useless for storage or passenger use.

  • Performance

    When it comes to the 2018 Ford Mustang vs 2018 Chevy Camaro in the category of performance, you’ll find that the Mustang offers drivers an incredibly balanced vehicle while the Camaro is slightly more powerful but much less well-rounded. Let’s take a closer look.

    2018 Ford Mustang

    The 2018 Ford Mustang offers impressive power, yet still maintains top-of-the-line fuel efficiency at 21 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. To produce this efficient power, the 2018 Ford Mustang offers two engine options:

    • 2.3L 4-Cylinder Engine: Available on the EcoBoost and EcoBoost Premium trims
    • 5.0L V8 Engine: Available on the GT and GT Premium trims

    The 2.3L 4-cylinder engine produces 310 horsepower and 320 lb-ft torque. This is an impressive amount of power for a standard engine and has the base level engine on the 2018 Chevy Camaro beat. The 5.0L V8 engine produces up to 460 hp and 420 lb-ft torque. For both engines critics and consumers note that the 2018 Ford Mustang features incredible handling. Combine this with its excellent efficiency and you have a well-balanced muscle car.

    2018 Chevy Camaro

    The 2018 Chevy Camaro produces an incredible amount of power across its three available engines. However, consumers note that it is quite inconvenient that the 3.6L V6 engine is only available for upgrade on the first three trim levels, and not standard on any trim. Here are the available engines and corresponding trims:

    • 2.0L 4-Cylinder Engine: Available on the 1LS, 1LT, and 2LT trims
    • 3.6L V6 Engine: Available for upgrade on the 1LS, 1LT, and 2LT trims
    • 6.2L V8 Engine: Available on the 1SS, 2SS, and ZL1 trims

    Critics noted that the 2018 Chevy Camaro also offers responsive handling and is quite easy to maneuver. However, overall it lacks the balance of the 2018 Ford Mustang. Drivers looking strictly for horsepower will be pleased with this sports car but may be underwhelmed by the vehicle as a whole.

  • Design

    You’re right. This part of the comparison truly comes down to your own preferences. However, there are still important factors to point out between these two vehicles when it comes to the exterior and interior designs.

    2018 Ford Mustang

    On the exterior, the 2018 Ford Mustang saw few changes to its design from the previous model year. Overall, the exterior design of the 2018 Ford Mustang is sleek, smooth, and maintains its iconic styling. Meanwhile, the interior design features seamlessly flowing lines, high-quality materials, and an easy-to-navigate layout. Both the exterior and interior designs have been received well by both critics and consumers and is further enhanced by advanced entertainment features across its available trim levels.

    2018 Chevy Camaro

    On the exterior, the 2018 Chevy Camaro is aggressive yet sleek, much like the 2018 Ford Mustang. In fact, some consumers often note several similarities between the exterior designs of these two vehicles. However, the 2018 Chevy Camaro features a more square and aggressive front-end, where the 2018 Ford Mustang is rounded and smooth.
    The interior of the 2018 Chevy Camaro has been described as cheap and low-quality in reference to the materials used throughout the cabin. In general, critics note that the 2018 Chevy Camaro lacks a smooth, sleek design and features underwhelming fabrics and plastics. Consumers also complained that the backseat of the 2018 Chevy Camaro is quite small and almost unusable as adequate seating for passengers.

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