2011 Chevrolet
Camaro SS
vs. 2012 Ford
Mustang GT

2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS

9.8

starting from

$31,920

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Camaro SS

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OK cornering
0.92 g
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Better suspension
Independent
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Average top speed
160 mph
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Power seats
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2012 Ford Mustang GT

9.2

Runner-up

Ford Mustang GT

starting from

$30,105
"A street-legal racer that’s just looking for some action."
mustangs.about.com | talking about the Mustang's engine
"I can’t stop thinking about how much power the new Shelby offered."
mustangs.about.com | talking about the Mustang's performance

Reasons to buy the Ford Mustang GT

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Good braking distance from 60mph
104 ft
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Zippy 1/4 mile time
12.7 s @ 111 mph
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Fast 0-60 time
4.4 seconds
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Average highway fuel efficiency
26 mpg
Luxury Features 7.2 vs 10.0
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Winner: Camaro SS
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Camaro SS's power seats; not available on the Mustang GT
  • Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Camaro SS
Safety Features 9.0 vs 10.0
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Winner: Camaro SS
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  • The Camaro SS has 2 more airbags (including Head / Curtain, Rear Curtain), 5 vs 3
Road Tests 10.0 vs 9.1
2012 Ford Mustang GT Winner: Mustang GT
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  • The Mustang GT needs around 20% less space to stop from 60mph, 104 ft vs 129 ft
  • Around 10% faster in the 1/4 mile, 12.7 s @ 111 mph vs 13.6 s @ 108 mph
  • The Mustang GT hits 60mph more than 10% faster, 4.4 seconds vs 5.1 seconds
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Inexpensive
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Practicality 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Both have power outlets
  • Limited number of cupholders
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Both provide sporty handling
  • Fairly powerful
  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
Entertainment System - vs 10.0
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
Overall 9.2 vs 9.8

Luxury Features

Ford
Mustang GT
2012 Ford Mustang GT
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Chevrolet
Camaro SS
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Standard Conveniently adjust your seat with the Camaro SS's power seats; not available on the Mustang GT
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Optional Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Camaro SS

Safety Features

Ford
Mustang GT
2012 Ford Mustang GT
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Chevrolet
Camaro SS
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 3 vs 5 The Camaro SS has a good number of airbags, but the Mustang GT does not (missing Head / Curtain, Rear Curtain)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Not Available vs Not Available
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Roadside assistance system None vs OnStar

Road Tests

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Mustang GT
2012 Ford Mustang GT
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Chevrolet
Camaro SS
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0-60 mph 4.4 seconds vs 5.1 seconds Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 104 ft vs 129 ft The Mustang GT has above average braking ability, but the Camaro SS is quite bad
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1/4 mile 12.7 s @ 111 mph vs 13.6 s @ 108 mph Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.88 g vs 0.92 g The Camaro SS has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average Mustang GT
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Top speed 155 mph vs 160 mph Both vehicles' top speed is just average

Cost

Ford
Mustang GT
2012 Ford Mustang GT
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Chevrolet
Camaro SS
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MSRP $30,105 vs $31,920 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 16 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Practicality

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Mustang GT
2012 Ford Mustang GT
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Chevrolet
Camaro SS
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Passengers 4 vs 4 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 416 miles vs 456 miles The Camaro SS has good highway range and the Mustang GT is reasonable
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Cargo space 13.4 ft3 vs 11.3 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 52.2 ft3 vs 52.2 ft3 Both average size front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 2 vs 2 Limited number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Crash Test Ratings

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Mustang GT
2012 Ford Mustang GT
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Chevrolet
Camaro SS
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs 5 stars
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Performance

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Mustang GT
2012 Ford Mustang GT
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Chevrolet
Camaro SS
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Horsepower 412 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 426 HP @ 5,900 RPM Fairly powerful
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 8.7 lb/hp vs 9.1 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 33.4 ft vs Unknown

Entertainment System

Ford
Mustang GT
2012 Ford Mustang GT
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Chevrolet
Camaro SS
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Number of speakers Unknown vs 6
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The Camaro SS's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Mustang GT does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the Mustang GT's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Camaro SS vs Challenger SRT8
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS 2011 Dodge Charger R/T Camaro SS vs Charger R/T
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Camaro SS vs Corvette
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Camaro SS vs Impreza WRX STI
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS 2011 BMW M3 Camaro SS vs M3
2012 Ford Mustang GT 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T Mustang GT vs Challenger R/T
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition Mustang Shelby GT500 vs GT-R Black Edition
2012 Ford Mustang GT 2011 Dodge Charger R/T Mustang GT vs Charger R/T
2012 Ford Mustang GT 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Limited Mustang GT vs Impreza WRX STI Limited
2012 Ford Mustang GT 2011 Nissan 370Z Mustang GT vs 370Z

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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No thanks (3:53 PM, November 03, 2013)
Horribly inaccurate information. Thanks for wasting my time, this post is on the house.
 
Tim (10:16 AM, May 25, 2013)
Sweet! Good for you!
 
Avatar for Steven Horton Steven Horton (8:26 PM, October 29, 2012)
hahahahahaha this is awful. My brother has an SS that came with satellite radio, a moon roof and its 0-60 is 4.6 stock. Whoever made this comparison is severely retarded.
 
Avatar for Chris surfcrab Chris surfcrab (7:54 PM, October 02, 2012)
Ahhh. ! Just give me a nice little smart car...its so smart that it doubles as a coffin if I get hit by anything bigger than a skateboard. . I always was a camaro fan but mustang won me over. The camaro looks to beefed up and angular to the point that it looks gaudy and already dated.
 
Unbiased James (11:57 PM, September 29, 2012)
I don't know how I got to this weak ass website....Biased in many comparisons. Last time I use this site.
 
Really! (5:22 PM, August 04, 2012)
The below post was misapplied.  My son made the post and inadvertently made it using my disqus profile.  But I concur with is comments.
 
Really! (4:39 PM, August 04, 2012)
My Camaro has a Sun Roof.   And while I like both cars, I chose the Camaro over the Mustang for several reasons, the first being, it was just a better handling and riding  road car. Everything was smooth from launch to corners, with better shifting. The second was, everybody has a Mustang, they really need to got to the next version.  The current buckboard version is antiquated.
 
Aaron_k33 (1:20 PM, August 04, 2012)
This seriously the worst review i've ever read. You guys don't have a clue about either of these vehicles. You really need to be shut down,you're a disgrace to all car reviewers online. You suck!
 
Zwillie1121 (7:13 PM, July 27, 2012)
I'm a camaro fan, and always will be one e. But even I know that the mustang GT IS THE OVERALL BETTER PERFORMANCE CAR! Who ever wrote this needs to do it from a neutrel position.
 
Kbreese (1:23 AM, June 22, 2012)
 LMFAO, what a pathetic attempt at an automotive comparison here. The camaro isn't a bad car, to each their own, but there is so much information here and overall the mustang is definitely the better car...and its faster and more nimble as well.
 
Kmparker85 (2:17 AM, May 16, 2012)
I'd like to know who wrote these stats? Lol I have a mustang gt with leather and power seats both driver and passenger lol. I also have a full glass roof on the car. And there are airbags in doors seats and dash.. Also in back.. It def comes stock with an amp and sub, also speed sensitive volume.. It also has a navigation option .. Clearly whoever wrote this is aiming for people to choose camaro.. If your going to compare vehicles get your info straight.
 
Bob123 (7:25 PM, May 10, 2012)
Every single comparison I see on this site is way bias. Wont be using this site anymore
 
Ssabaran (11:24 PM, May 06, 2012)
I Call BS, Mustang has higher acceleration due to weight ratio, dont go by numbers.
Also mine has leather seats, power seats, higher visiblity, Nav, and the mach system.
Please learn your facts before posting an article that you have no clue on.
 
Bowtie (1:05 PM, May 02, 2012)
Someone doesn't know how to drive the Camaro.  The 13.6 quarter mile time is much too high.
 
Kengeorge@activecomputer.com (2:39 AM, March 06, 2012)
Several errors here. I drove the 2012 camaro ss and mustang gt convertibles. Shaker sound is far better in mustang. Camaro has really bad visibility and bulky feel handling. Gt has on screen setting for sport drive that is far better handling. Lower rear even results in faster times. Camaro has a good look for a teenager that is not as cool as the solid mustang in the words of the teenagers I took in both. I opted for the GT premium, Shaker Sound, 400 package, leather seats with tight stitching my euro sports car friends found to be very impressive. The classic look, color decor lights and extremely comfortable seats add quite a bit. When you drop the pedal on the Camaro, it makes a good pull but not as earth moving as the GT, which had the girls from work screaming a little joy like a good roller coaster. For the driver, the stang is a tighter package that handles well in sport mode, like a 911 stretched and pumped. The GT has under 100 lb diff in weight front to back.
 
Brianr987 (5:47 AM, February 28, 2012)
Ha, I have a 2012 GT. Mine has a subwolfer and I'm happy that I can do 0-60 and the quarter mile faster :) This is a patheticreview.
 
Thefleast (4:08 PM, February 12, 2012)
Correct there are many items missing from the comparison. I'm in the process of replacing my 06' GT convertable with a 2012 GT-CS convertible and both offer Shaker 1000 with sub woofer and the 12' has Nav.  I checked and test drove both and feel more compfortable in the Mustang (better visibility).  Maybe I'm a little biased with my previous stangs 66', 71', 05 and 06'.
 
Harry (1:28 AM, February 10, 2012)
I have to go with the Mustang. I've been a Mustang fan for many years. These are the Mustangs that I've owned so far:

1966 Mustang with 289 cubic inch engine

1970 Boss 302 Mustang

1995 Mustang GT
 
My next Mustang will be a 2012 Mustang Gt
 
 
DTW (10:42 PM, February 08, 2012)
This has so many errors in it just from a quick glance.  The Mustang GT has power seats, has navigation (both are options) and the pictures you have are of the V6 Mustang, not the Mustang GT.  I don't know the Camaro well, but have to assume there are factual errors there.
Poor job in this comparison.