2018 Chevrolet Camaro SS vs. 2018 Ford Mustang GT | Comparison Test | Edmunds

2018 Chevrolet Camaro SS vs. 2018 Ford Mustang GT | Comparison Test | Edmunds

the early 60s, Ford introduced a car called the
Mustang that was so popular, Chevy decided to follow
suit and introduced its direct competitor,
the Camaro. And since then, really
not much has changed MARK TAKAHASHI: No, the formula
has definitely stayed the same. But man, the total sum has
increased dramatically. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah,
we’ve assembled to the latest variants
of these pony cars, as the way you should probably
order them, with the V8. Now, these aren’t
performance package cars but these are the
cars most people are going to end up buying. We’ve got them here to see
how these two modern versions of the pony cars stack up. [CAR ACCELERATING] All right, Mark, it’s up to you
to sell me on the 2018 Mustang. MARK TAKAHASHI: It should be
pretty easy because number one, I can see. Look, you can see turns. CARLOS LAGO: This is
true but also listen. [CAR ACCELERATING] MARK TAKAHASHI: Oh,
that sounds amazing. CARLOS LAGO: That
sounds really good. I swear that’s louder
than the Camaro. MARK TAKAHASHI: It is. CARLOS LAGO: In this world
of Camaro Mustang, loud wins. MARK TAKAHASHI: And this has an
active exhaust option for you. You can do a quiet
start if you don’t want to wake up all your neighbors. But it sounds so
rad anyway, I think they’d be cool with it, right? CARLOS LAGO: But tell
me about this five liter because I see it’s
revving higher. How does it feel? MARK TAKAHASHI: It feels great. You know, it’s kind of got
some of that high revving personality of that GT 350. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah. MARK TAKAHASHI: Which
I really, really dig. CARLOS LAGO: Who doesn’t? MARK TAKAHASHI: But
just like the GT 350, the first time I got in
this and started really driving it hard, I realized
I was short shifting. CARLOS LAGO: Really MARK TAKAHASHI: I could
let this wind way more out CARLOS LAGO: Because
you’ve got so many more revs to play with than you
would traditionally expect. You’re used to a V-8 being kind
of a low revy kind of thing. MARK TAKAHASHI: Right. CARLOS LAGO: But then when
you have above 7000 RPMs, it’s fun when you realize
you can play with it. MARK TAKAHASHI: Oh, yeah. CARLOS LAGO: So you’ve got
a big, digital display. How do you like that
in the day to day use? MARK TAKAHASHI: I
really, really like it. You know, and I get that some
people are traditionalists. They want to see the old gauges. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah and it’s
optional though, right? MARK TAKAHASHI: It’s an option. CARLOS LAGO: OK. OK. So you can have traditional
gauges if you like. But yeah, I like that the
tach moves like a bar graph when you’re in the track
setting, like we are now. MARK TAKAHASHI: So this
is the new 10 speed auto. The whole point of that is,
you know, quicker acceleration. You know, shorter
gears, down low, teller up top so you
get fuel economy. I dig that and everything,
but this is a Mustang. It should have a stick shift,
it should have six gears. And there’s sometimes
this little, weird delay between when you
hit the up-shift and when it finally does. CARLOS LAGO: Oh, so when you’re
controlling the gears manually there’s a bit of a delay? MARK TAKAHASHI: Yeah, I’ve
been in paddle shift mode ever since we set off here. So, see? It’s not just that immediate. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah. MARK TAKAHASHI: It’s still
really freaking good. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah. MARK TAKAHASHI:
But there’s still that romance of muscle cars
where you should have a stick. CARLOS LAGO: You want to
be able to bang gears? MARK TAKAHASHI: Yeah. CARLOS LAGO: That’s
how you feel good. That’s when you feel good is
when you just shift it quick. This is not a
performance packed car. MARK TAKAHASHI: No
performance options on this except for
maybe the exhaust. CARLOS LAGO: And the V8 engine. MARK TAKAHASHI: Yes. Yeah, I mean I like it. It’s compliant it’s
still comfortable. The way this transitions
out of a turn I really dig. You get on that
power early and it starts straightening you out. It’s happy. CARLOS LAGO: It seems like
it’s giving you a quite a bit over-steer on the power out but
in a really nice controllable way. MARK TAKAHASHI: Yeah, I
mean that’s the thing. They tune that
stability control really well where if you start
getting it a little sideways but you’re still
on the throttle, it’ll let you do it up
to a certain slip angle. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah. MARK TAKAHASHI: But once
you lift out of it, then it will snap you
right back in line. CARLOS LAGO: That’s nice. MARK TAKAHASHI:
Man, I mean I really like the way this
comes out of turns. Just a little bit, little
bit and it just starts, yeah. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah. MARK TAKAHASHI: That
little snap out of it. I really dig this car. CARLOS LAGO: How do
those breaks feel? MARK TAKAHASHI: Solid. I mean these aren’t performance
upgrade brakes either. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah. MARK TAKAHASHI: The pedal,
it’s you know, moderately firm. Easy to modulate,
that’s for sure. CARLOS LAGO: I just
can’t quite get over the sound this thing makes. MARK TAKAHASHI:
Isn’t that great? Let’s go to like a
normal mode, shall we? CARLOS LAGO: Yeah, you
get your Rogers mode. MARK TAKAHASHI:
This is the problem with this toggle switch. It only goes up. It should go down, as well. CARLOS LAGO: This is quiet. MARK TAKAHASHI: Yeah. There’s a lot less
bass going on now. CARLOS LAGO: Ford
clearly defines quiet differently than I might. [TIRES SQUEAL] MARK TAKAHASHI: This mid-cycle
refresh is a little bit more than the typical
mid-cycle refresh. I mean, they have the
adaptive suspension, they have a lot more safety
features, cool options, like the instrument panel. I really like this. [CAR ACCELERATES] CARLOS LAGO: This
is the 60th annual. MARK TAKAHASHI: I
know, I like them. CARLOS LAGO: But because you
can do things like this– MARK TAKAHASHI: Oh. [CAR ACCELERATES] Oh, no lift. CARLOS LAGO: And on top of
that, it also has red matching. So it’s basically an automatic. And so this is the Camaro SS
that we all know and love. MARK TAKAHASHI: Love? CARLOS LAGO: Love. That’s what makes
a Camaro a Camaro. MARK TAKAHASHI:
Wait, that’s Subaru. CARLOS LAGO: Ssh. So we’re down five horsepower
and a couple pound feet of torque, I forget. MARK TAKAHASHI: It’s completely
irrelevant at this point. 460 versus 455. CARLOS LAGO: Well,
I was also going to make the point that this
car is about 50 pounds lighter. So the whole power and torque
deficit comes out about even. MARK TAKAHASHI: I think so. CARLOS LAGO: When
you get down to it. What I like about this car,
what I like traditionally about Camaros is the
handling balance. This is a big, meaty car. MARK TAKAHASHI: Yeah. CARLOS LAGO: With a
ton of low end grunt. With a ton of power that you
can do that, which is terrific. MARK TAKAHASHI: It
just sounds like you’re going to break something. CARLOS LAGO: Well, you
know traditionally, you would break something. MARK TAKAHASHI: Yes. CARLOS LAGO: And so what I
like is that they actually took the time to build
that into the system so you don’t have to worry
about breaking anything. MARK TAKAHASHI: Right. Ooh. CARLOS LAGO: It’s
just so satisfying. MARK TAKAHASHI: It really is. That is impressive. CARLOS LAGO: Now,
getting back to like the dynamics part of it, yes,
this car has no visibility. It’s basically a
window-less van. MARK TAKAHASHI: I don’t know,
the visibility bothers me. I don’t have a really
good grab handle here. CARLOS LAGO: Does this look like
the face of somebody who cares? MARK TAKAHASHI: Fair enough. [TIRES SCREECHING] But here’s the
thing, do you think there’s a dynamic difference
between these two cars that is a deal breaker
one way or the other? Because I, personally,
I have just as much fun with both cars. CARLOS LAGO: That’s
the truth of it. Isn’t it really? The difference is the
badging on the hood and that’s basically it. MARK TAKAHASHI: Right. So what are we fighting for? CARLOS LAGO: We’re not. Well, the Camaro is
obviously better. MARK TAKAHASHI: No, no, no. It just, no. No, the Ford is less flawed. CARLOS LAGO: It’s really
one of those things that like we’ve always been
at war with Eurasia, right? MARK TAKAHASHI: Yes. CARLOS LAGO: It’s just
this constant rivalry that goes back and forth. But fundamentally, you end
up with the same vehicle with minor variations. And so it comes
down to, basically, what’s your preference? I prefer that, which is great. But I’m sure there’s
qualities in the Mustang I would also like, as well. But this is a fine
handling vehicle that handles with a delicacy
and a light-ness that kind of belies its size, right? MARK TAKAHASHI:
Well, the styling, too makes it look chunkier
and heavier than it is. CARLOS LAGO: Yes, absolutely. From the six speed manual to
the red match buttons that toggles on the steering
wheel, the standard Camaro SS, I’m going to say,
bare bones, it’s pretty much what you’d
expect in this kind of car. I like the interior
layout, I like the way things were arranged. Like this is a very
classical panel right there with the double bubble gauge. MARK TAKAHASHI: Yeah,
and this coved out section here is kind of you
know, heritage Camaro stuff. I like the design, I really,
truly like the design. I think it’s pleasing to
look at but in practice, it’s got some issues for me. CARLOS LAGO: The big issue,
of course, is the visibility. And then, there’s just a couple
of like, weird annoying things. Like the way the screen
seems to be angled inwards so it looks like
it’s sloping down. Doesn’t effect how you use
it, it just looks weird. And then you have a problem
with these center vents. MARK TAKAHASHI: Yeah, they’re
really great for cooling down your knuckles but nothing else. What I do like is when
you turn that bezel, it adjusts the temperature. That’s really cool. I think that’s kind of almost– CARLOS LAGO: It’s clever. MARK TAKAHASHI: –Audi-esque
in its execution. But they need to be up here. I mean, they’re right
on your knuckles. CARLOS LAGO: The
important stuff, like the speedometer
is easy to read. You have big, analog gauges. You have a head up display
that’s configurable. All the important controls,
steering wheel, shifter, clutch, pedals, all fall to
hand and foot really easily. The drive mode selection
stuff’s really easy to use. It’s this stuff like
interior storage and like the wireless charging
pad being back here, which– MARK TAKAHASHI: What? CARLOS LAGO: –is just strange. MARK TAKAHASHI:
That means you’re going to forget your phone
in here all the time. CARLOS LAGO: I
don’t know why you would use that because if
you have a nice, smart phone here you’re going to use Android
Auto or Apple CarPlay, which requires being plugged– MARK TAKAHASHI: –the USB. CARLOS LAGO: –into here. But this compartment
isn’t big enough to fit most modern smartphones. MARK TAKAHASHI: Right. From the passenger
side, and I noticed this when you were throwing
us around on track. Is the passenger doesn’t
have very good grab handles. There is nothing for
me to hold on to here and this is hard plastic,
right in my elbow. That’s something
that you don’t have to deal with in the
Mustang or at least your passenger won’t have to. CARLOS LAGO: So overall,
it’s a lot of stuff that doesn’t really matter when
it comes to driving quickly but stuff that does make
this car a little bit not so nice on the
day to day commute. MARK TAKAHASHI: It’s not
completely different. It’s a mid-sucker refresh,
they have some new features here and there. But most importantly, is this
digital instrument cluster. CARLOS LAGO: The optional
gauge cluster, right? MARK TAKAHASHI: It is. It’s so cool. If you switch drive
modes and it kind of gets this racy kind of
tack bar across the top. CARLOS LAGO: I like
that bar graph tach. That’s really cool looking. MARK TAKAHASHI: It is. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah. MARK TAKAHASHI: The difference
between this and the Camaro, I think, there’s less flaws. CARLOS LAGO: OK MARK TAKAHASHI: Number
one, we can see out of it. CARLOS LAGO: That’s nice. Yeah, I really appreciate
being able to see outside of the vehicle. MARK TAKAHASHI: Yeah. It doesn’t feel like you’re
wearing the suit of armor and you’re just peeking through
a little tiny mail slot. Materials quality, I
think is slightly better. Like, my elbow points
are nicely padded. And for you probably
you might be bumping into that a little bit. CARLOS LAGO: I like that
I have a grab handle. MARK TAKAHASHI: Yeah. CARLOS LAGO: When in panic mode. I don’t have one
on the left side but I have one on the
right side, which is I think better than the Camaro. MARK TAKAHASHI: Yeah. CARLOS LAGO: But I
like the general layout of this interior. It feels a little
bit more airy, it feels a little bit more open. And it’sl probably to do with
the increased visibility. But also the way the center
stack is designed here, this just has a nice flow to it. MARK TAKAHASHI: And look,
the vents are up top. CARLOS LAGO: The vents work. And they’ve been
able to you know, keep the influence of like
the 60s design elements– MARK TAKAHASHI: Yeah. CARLOS LAGO: –in the dash but
also add the modern touches that still make it work. MARK TAKAHASHI: The
dual dash thing now. There are some things
that still bother me, like this little
dash topper here and this center
of thing up there. Those are carryovers and
they really seem out of place because everything else seems
to be quite a bit better. CARLOS LAGO: So this
car and the Camaro both have an optional
exhaust volume options. MARK TAKAHASHI: Yes. CARLOS LAGO: This one has the
option, the Camaro doesn’t. MARK TAKAHASHI: This one,
compared to the Camaro, goes to 11. CARLOS LAGO: I
think it passed it. MARK TAKAHASHI: This is rad. [THROTTLES GAS LOUDLY] (GRUNTS)| CARLOS LAGO: That’s ridiculous. MARK TAKAHASHI: Even
better is the quiet mode. [THROTTLES GAS QUIETLY] Ooh, that’s quiet. You can schedule when
it’s going to be quiet. So between midnight and 7:00
AM, I have it set for quiet. So no matter what, I don’t
have to hit that button. CARLOS LAGO: Your
neighbors don’t hate you. MARK TAKAHASHI: They
do but not for this. CARLOS LAGO: What
I really appreciate is the amount of interior
storage you have in this car. MARK TAKAHASHI: Yeah. CARLOS LAGO: From
you know, you only have two cup holders
and stuff like that, but you have center pockets. And the center console
is a bit bigger. And just things in here feel a
bit more livable, day to day. If there isn’t like any enormous
performance differences, it’s certainly like more– MARK TAKAHASHI: Yeah. CARLOS LAGO: –attractive
for the commuter. MARK TAKAHASHI: But
in the back, the trunk is way more usable
than Camaro, too. It has a lower lift
over, it’s a bigger trunk it’s, it’s way more useful. So if there’s one thing about
muscle cars that’s important, it’s fun. And in my opinion, both
the Camaro and Mustang do fun equally well. CARLOS LAGO: Yeah, I love
the acceleration in both. They both have
fantastic transmissions and they’re both a lot
of fun to slide around. MARK TAKAHASHI: That
said, I think the Mustang does everyday life better. CARLOS LAGO: I agree. The Mustang is an easier
car to live with everyday but for some reason I still
enjoy driving the Camaro more. MARK TAKAHASHI:
That’s what we think. Let us know what you think. For more information
on the Camaro, the Mustang, or any
of its competitors, head over to edmunds.com. And if you want to see
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About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. where are they getting there numbers from, those are the lowest I've seen from a camaro. It has been thoroughly proven that the new camaros are faster than the mustangs.

  2. The new Camaro is far better looking then the Mustang! I don't like the 2015 + Mustang styling at all I mean it looks great when you deck it out like a GT350 or the new upcoming GT500 but as a base Mustang or just a regular GT the car is boring looking I just don't like it

  3. Ferrari has v6 engines now. No torque. Or very little. All rpm. I like the engine in the Ford a little more if I'm on the open road. But light to light I'd take the camaro. On the track you have to take the camaro they do have the Corvette. If you drink and drive you buy the camaro it's way more better handling

  4. While both cars are well suited for the average guy, it seems odd, even counterintuitive to compare performance when one is a paddle shift 10 speed Automatic, and the other 6 speed manual shift. Also, neither of these guys mentioned the lack of adequate seat bolsters in the Camaro, apparently a unique concept only considered by Ford. …its a dichotomy that extends to the 2019 models as well. With most things being about equal, I'm more likely to choose the car that reflects a "track car temperament" ..which to me, is the Mustang.

  5. Sorry, but the 2018 GT is an all-around sports car that can be daily driven, tracked or thrown at the 1/4 mile. That camaro was sliding all over (if you didn't notice). I test drove a 5th gen camaro and the visibility was TERRIBLE. You would think by now blind-spot mirrors would have been added, but like the new refresh, that sums up their ugly design department.

  6. What i like about my Mustang is the Magni-ride suspension. No lean on hard cornering, and handling is superb. Comfortable seats for long drives, and guests are happy as well as suprised they have power seats too. Proud owner for the 2nd time.

  7. mustang is the real winner here!!!! who in their right mind would even touch gm anymore!!! besides that camaro is ugly as @#$%!!

  8. The mustang comes with 460hp stock and manual is standard. Why choose the 10spd and then complain about not driving the manual?

  9. Just bought a 2018 1SS (3/2019) but I don't buy my performance cars for luxury …… I went with a very Base 1SS with 0 options … love it, gobbs of torque, yay …

  10. The conversation shoulda be like. Carlos: "try to sell me this car"
    Mark: "well i can see~"
    Carlos: "and also run into crowds"
    I mean.. if it's about meaningless opinions might as well lol. Many have less visibility against the stang like amg gt Ferrari California even a Kia stinger. You get use to them quick. But before that happens, you should be able to feel the big handling difference between the two. After driving both, the stang is better on trunk size and a quicker straight. Camaro is better in handling and more comfortable ride. And the biased opinion? 6.2 corvette v8 that's both lighter and more fuel efficient thanks to cylinder deactivate. On the other hand Stang sounds better.

  11. Bought the 18 mustang GT, but these are both very nice cars. Wish I could afford both. I understand everyone has their favorite as do I, but to be so brand loyal to dislike the other car seems ridiculous to me.

  12. the visibility thing is the only problem I have with the camaro. It just feels like im sitting in a bunker. And I agree about the whole, "its chunky look makes it look heavier than it really is".

  13. If I wanted to show off and not see where I'm going, Camaro. If I wanted to drive my car everyday and still have a blast doing so, Mustang. Both are Pony Cars, but the Mustang is the only pony in the bunch, besides FORD started the pony car Craze. Go with the original, Mustang!

  14. Congratulations, you included clips of driving a camaro zl1 in a base model ss vs mustang gt video👏🏻

  15. Both are beautiful cars. I have driven both and just prefer the Mustang. It feels more solid, and sounds more beastly

  16. When im 22 i wanna buy a 2018 GT350 Shelby MUSTANG camaros are still one of my favorite cars but mustangs are my life i would get a 6 speed manual transmission and cut of the mufflers and straight pipe it good talk

  17. Fuck Ford! Y'all ford lovers are bunch of faget ass dick riding pussies! Ford is too fuckin overrated. real shit

  18. I solved the Camaro's visibility problem by buying a convertible…see, that was easy….there are other nice interior feathers like the padded arm rest on the doors (so much nicer than the standard hard plastic), the digital gauges, the seats are so much more comfortable…and don't forget, no engine problems compared to the Mustang and it's oil issues…..there is a reason the Camaro is like 10k more.

  19. That was one of the most honest and balanced comparisons I've seen, great work. I agree with the assessment as a 2019 GT owner. The Camaro SS is better on a track, has better low rev torque for a stronger seat of the pants acceleration feeling, and it has better handling. For most people the Camaro will be maybe 2 ticks quicker 0-60 and in the 1/4 mile. For pure performance the Camaro is better by a bit. But as a daily driver, the Camaro has annoyingly bad visibility and I fully agree living in Phoenix that vents down at the shift handle are ridiculous. For me I gave up a bit of performance to have far better visibility and a better interior. Like many I would also say that the Mustang looks and sounds better (stock exhaust). Each car has its strengths and weaknesses.

    In the end, the Mustang outsells the Camaro, so the public has voted with their pocket books for what it's worth.

  20. I’ve had all 3 of the new generation “muscle cars” started with the challenger r/t loved the look and sound but handled like crap, moved on to mustang 5.0 and loved it handled way better than challenger but still preferred the challenger look , just got 2018 camaro 2ss 1LE , yes the vision sucks but u honestly get used to it. This camaro will never leave my garage #305 of 880 made

  21. GM Chevrolet should be taken to court and charged with a big fee. You cannot see s*** out of that Camaro that's a damn shame. I had to give in my to 17 1ss and got a 219 GT premium Mustang. I can see everything now the world.

  22. I love my Camaro, sadly it'll be the first and last one I buy. With just 8k on the odometer the transmission shudder issue that GM refused to permanently fix rather than just patch it with flush after flush.

  23. Edmunds forgot you can get a sunroof in the Camaro, and NOT in the Mustang. So you can get the feel of a open top on a Camaro for cheap.

  24. 455 vs 460. But 455 t.q vs 425 tq 🤣 camaro wins, mustang can have a slight chance when the camaro winds,. Out but by then the race is over, h.p doesn't win races, that's why u see stock ZL1's beating stock hellcats (not the red eye😑) torque and h.p to wheel wins races period

  25. It is funny how subjective is subjective. While considering and shopping for what muscle/pony car recently, I eliminated the Mustang because i found it to be downright ugly inside AND outside (that new downward nose is atrocious!). Other options had really cheap and not sportsy enough interior. The Camaro felt PERFECT to me, so I pulled the trigger and could not be happier!

  26. The difference is the mustang a whole lot more comfy to drive! & you can see!!👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽🤘🏽🤘🏽🤘🏽

  27. you have all the revs to play and you were short shifting but in all honesty you should continue to short shift because that 3rd to 4th fork is going to break when you shift hard above 6500 RPM in the Mustang. and on top of it you'll get third gear lockout when you're in 2nd gear and you're going to shift into 3rd at around 6,500 RPM as well

  28. Yes the mustang Revs higher than the camaro because the camaro is a push rod engine and the mustang is over head cams, for the people that don’t know

  29. 0-60 in 4.6 seconds for the Mustang?!! what the hell, I am getting one this weekend upgrading from my 5.7 Charger, 4.6 is slow, I'll have to dig more before making my purchase, thanks for this review!

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