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2021 Ford Mustang vs. 2021 Chevy Camaro: Which Is Better?

American muscle is iconic. The 2021 Ford Mustang or the 2021 Chevrolet Camaro: Which is better?

Quick Facts

  • The 2021 Ford Mustang is iconic, and it’s one of the few non-SUVs or trucks Ford still builds.
  • The 2021 Chevrolet Camaro offers plenty of power for a reasonable price.

2021 Ford Mustang

2021 Ford Mustang Mach1

Base price: $28,350 / Read our 2021 Ford Mustang Review

What we like: Tons of V8 engine options; sports-car handling; high-quality interior.

What we would change: Tiny back seat.

Overview: As Ford kills off many of its sedans and coupes in favor of SUVs and trucks, the Ford Mustang is still going strong. It’s an integral part of American automotive history and a touchstone for many throughout the decades. It offers a wide variety of engines, transmissions, and body styles and is excellent for the automotive enthusiast with a love of all things American.

What’s new for 2021: There’s a new limited-edition Mach 1 Mustang, which replaces the Bullitt Mustang from last year. The Shelby GT500 gains a Carbon Fiber Track Handling package that combines the best features of last year’s two yet mutually exclusive option packages, adding carbon fiber aerodynamic pieces, 20-inch carbon fiber wheels adjustable strut top mounts. Fresh paint choices are Antimatter Blue, Fighter Jet Gray, Carbonized Gray, and Grabber Yellow. Sadly the Shelby GT350 and 350R models have been discontinued (along with the Bullitt).

Features and technology: There’s a vast number of options to choose from when it comes to the Ford Mustang — everything from the fuel-efficient EcoBoost engine to the type of transmission you want is available. At the top of the line is the 5.2-L V8 engine in the Shelby GT500. You can also choose your body style — fastback or convertible. Every Mustang gets the Ford Co-Pilot360 set of driver aids as standard, bringing forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, dynamic brake assistance, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assistance, automatic high beams, and rain-sensing wipers. A new Smart and Safe options bundle brings adaptive cruise control and navigation to EcoBoost and GT trims.

What does the future hold: The Ford Mustang is iconic, and it’s clearly here to stay. The battery-electric 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E is a Mustang in name and spirit only, and will probably share space in the lineup for the foreseeable future. See the 2021 Ford Mustang models for sale near you

2021 Chevrolet Camaro

2021 Chevrolet Camaro

Base Price: $25,000 / Read our 2021 Chevrolet Camaro Review

What we like: Affordable performance per dollar; standard technology; four powertrain systems to choose from.

What we would change: Limited visibility; tiny backseat; lacking safety and convenience features like adaptive cruise control, even at the top level.

Overview: The 2021 Chevrolet Camaro brings a decade-long reputation for performance and everyday durability combined with modern features in an iconic muscle car.

What’s new for 2021: There’s a new vibrant Wild Cherry Design package for 2021.

Features and technology: There are eight different trim levels, all with different engines and transmissions available on the 2021 Chevrolet Camaro. There are also two different body styles; a convertible and a coupe. At the base 1LS, you get GM’s My Link infotainment system, backup camera, keyless access with push-button start, 8-way power driver’s seat, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, USB ports for music, and automatic headlights. New for 2021, all Camaro models include wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto phone integration. Step up the trims and models ladder to get things like upgraded wheels, xenon or LED headlights, and performance upgrades (like the 6.2-L V8 engine), and convenience and lighting packages for your Camaro.

What does the future hold? Like the Mustang, the Camaro is here to stay, at least through 2023. Chevy may kill it off after that, though. See the 2021 Chevrolet Camaro models for sale near you

Mustang vs Camaro: Strengths comparison

Mustang Benefits: Lots of engine options plus safety and convenience features.

Camaro Benefits:  Affordability and horsepower.

2021 Ford Mustang vs. 2021 Chevrolet Camaro: Which is better?

The Camaro is a great value buy if you want as much horsepower bang for your buck. If you’re looking for something with modern amenities like adaptive cruise control, the Ford Mustang is your best bet. Find a 2021 Ford Mustang for sale or Find a 2021 Chevrolet Camaro for sale

2021 Ford Mustang 2021 Chevrolet Camaro
Popular Powertrains
Engine 2.3-liter turbo I4 2.0-liter turbo I4
Horsepower 310 hp @5,500 rpm 275 hp @ 5,600 rpm
Torque 350 lb-ft @3,000 rpm 295 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm
Transmission 10-spd automatic 8-spd automatic
Fuel Economy 25 mpg (21 city/30 hwy) 22 mpg (20 city/30 hwy)
Also Available 2.3-liter turbo I4, 5.0-liter V8; 5.2-liter V8; 6-spd manual; 7-spd DCT 3.6-liter V6; 6.2–liter V8; 6.2-liter supercharged V8; 6-spd manual
Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 stars 5 stars
Max Seating Capacity 4 4
Wheelbase 107.1 inches 110.7 inches
Overall Length 188.5 inches 188.3 inches
Width 75.4 inches 74.7 inches
Height 54.3 inches 53.1 inches
Turning Diameter 36.5 ft 38.1 feet
Headroom, Front 37.6 inches 38.5 inches
Headroom, Rear 34.8 inches  33.5 inches
Legroom, Front 45.1 inches 43.9 inches
Legroom, Rear 29 inches 29.9 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 56.3 inches 55 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 52.2 inches 50.3 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 82.8 cu. ft. 93.0 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 13.5 cu. ft. 9.1 cu. ft.

Abigail Bassett
Abigail Bassett
Abigail Bassett is a freelance journalist based in L.A. and she's covered automotive topics for a variety of well-known outlets including Fortune, Forbes, CNN and Motor Trend. She's also a television and video host and regularly covers breaking news, social justice, technology, health and wellness, and science in addition to her car coverage. When she's not working on her next project she's... Read More about Abigail Bassett

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