The Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang have been battling it out in the sales arena for months now. So far this year, the reincarnated Chevy muscle car is ahead of Ford's pony car by more than 7,000 sales.
But when the Mustang and Camaro went head-to-head for Round II in the pages of Consumer Reports' October issue, the results were reversed.
In last year's faceoff between V-8 versions of the two cars, the magazine also gave the nod to the Mustang, despite its older design. In the latest comparison, the magazine said a new V-6 didn't dilute the "fun factor" in driving the Mustang -- but it did for the Camaro.
The Mustang V-6 Premium's 305-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 is more refined than the Camaro 2LT's 304-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 and also delivered stronger acceleration and better fuel economy, the magazine said. It added that while the Camaro V-6 provided decent acceleration, it wasn't as readily available.
"The Mustang is the more agile and enjoyable car to drive," David Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports' Auto Test Center, said in a statement.
The magazine's editors liked the interior of both models, but they did rate one item on the Camaro as being better than the Mustang: the thick, leather-covered steering wheel.