Ford wants you to know that there are plentiful reasons to choose its Mustang pony car over the current-generation Chevrolet Camaro. On Wednesday, the automaker put out the video above to illustrate some of the Mustang’s definitive advantages:
- Available adaptive cruise control on some EcoBoost and GT models
- Standard electronic line lock on Mustang GT
- 2016 Kelley Blue Book “5-Year Cost To Own” Award for GT model
The Ford Authority Take
Far be it from us to question Ford’s sales pitch, but we have to wonder whether two of the three bullet points listed by the automaker will resonate with potential Mustang buyers – namely, adaptive cruise and cost-to-own. Everyone likes a livable, affordable sports coupe, but are those attributes really more important to the typical customer than looks and performance?
Unfortunately, the current Ford Mustang GT can’t quite match the performance of the Chevy Camaro SS, which is not only lighter in weight, but packs about 20 more horsepower. Doubtless, Ford knows it, so they’ve highlighted a couple of practical, un-sexy advantages. (And line lock.)
However, the biggest reason to pick the Mustang over the Camaro, in our humble opinion, is cabin visibility. If you’re looking for a new pony car that will make for a suitable daily, and you can get over the rather slim performance advantage of the Camaro, that car’s utterly inadequate rear window and slim side portals ought to be enough to nudge you in the direction of the Ford.
If only cabin visibility could be expressed numerically; then, Ford might really have something.
Agreed! Mustang needs to focus on its already announced 2018 improvements.
And while I think engine improvements such as both direct and port injection is great…downsizing from 5.0 to 4.8 is not so great as for many buyers it’s special to own a “5.0”!
The 16 Camaro does have line lock. I know because I’ve used it many times while spanking a mustang that thought he could out run a chevy!
What they don’t tell you is the Mustang GT needs line lock to do a burnout, Camaro SS comes equipped with torque, standard. Boy oh boy this is a desperate spin by the Ford folk.
I’ll give you that it’s easier to do a burnout in the Camaro SS but if you’re unable to do a burnout in the Mustang GT that’s more about your driving than the car!