The rivalry between the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro is legendary —think Hatfields vs. McCoys, Lakers vs. Celtics, or creamy vs. chunky. Among fans, the tug-of-war between these two homegrown bruisers is as much about legends and loyalties as it specs and performance, but in their half-century battle for dominance, each has managed to wear the American pony car crown. So it should come as no surprise that in 2018, the competition is as hot as ever. Here’s our breakdown on the 2018 Ford Mustang vs. 2018 Chevrolet Camaro showdown.
2018 Ford Mustang vs. 2018 Chevrolet Camaro Performance Comparison
Verdict: The Camaro has more available engines, including a V6, but the Ford’s four and eight-cylinder options generally have more power. That said? It’s worth noting that the range-topping Chevrolet outguns its Mustang competitor by over 100 horsepower.
Ford Mustang Engines:
- 2.3L GTDI EcoBoost® I4: 21 MPG City/31 MPG Highway* | 310 horsepower/350-lb-ft of torque
- 5.0L Ti-VCT V-8: 15 MPG City/ 25 Highway* | 460 horsepower/420-lb-ft of torque
- 5.2L Flat Plane Crank V8: | 526 horsepower/429-lb-ft of torque
Chevrolet Camaro Engines:
- 2.0L Turbo SIDI I4: 20 MPG City/30 MPG Highway | 275 horsepower/295 lb-ft of torque
- 3.6L Direct Injection V6: 16 MPG City/28 MPG Highway | 335 horsepower/284 lb-ft of torque
- 6.2L Direct Injection V8: 16 MPG City/25 MPG Highway | 455 horsepower/455 lb-ft of torque
- 6.2L Supercharged V-8: 14 MPG City/20 MPG Highway | 650 horsepower/640 lb-ft of torque
2018 Ford Mustang vs. 2018 Chevrolet Camaro Price & Lifestyle Comparison
Verdict: The cost of entry for the four-cylinder Mustang is $25,585**, while the Camaro starts at $26,900**. Opting for the the V8 means $39,095** for the Ford or $37,995 for the Chevrolet, and as you might expect, the V6 Camaro falls in between, at $32,895**. For those not hung up on getting the biggest engine in class, the V6 Camaro is actually a compelling option, as it’s a great balance of solid power and light weight — and it also sounds great. For those looking from a driver’s perspective, both of these vehicles are light years beyond where they were just a few years ago, and springing for the magnetic ride control option on either transforms the handling in a way that would be unimaginable to the engineers who designed their ancestors.
As coupes with aggressive styling, both vehicles have made concessions in rear seat room and visibility, and they’re close enough on paper that a test drive is going to be key to determining which is right for you. So when you’re ready to make a decision, spend some time at your local AutoNation Ford or Chevrolet dealer. They both have loyal fans for a reason, and that’s the only way to figure out which side of the fence you’re on in regard to this legendary rivalry.
*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.