The weather is warm and the days are long. That means it’s exactly the right time to break out the Mustang Convertible and go for a drive. However, choosing the right one might be a bit tricky, unless – of course – you’re a regular reader of Ford Authority. If that’s the case, the answer is clear: 2019 Ford Mustang Convertible all the way, no doubt about it.
Now, there’s a second source backing that choice, as Motor Trend has handed the Mustang Convertible the W in its comparison test against the Camaro Convertible. During the test, Motor Trend examined performance, drivability, and practicality; throughout the comparison, these two modern muscle machines went blow for blow in almost every category, but the Mustang still walked away victorious.
In terms of speed and power, the numbers are close. The Mustang Convertible churns out 460 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and 420 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm, whereas the Camaro lays down 455 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 455 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm.
Of course, numbers on a page mean very little if they don’t translate into actual performance in the real world. As such, Motor Trend hit the drag strip, recording a 4.4-second 0-to-60 mph time for both the Mustang Convertible and Camaro Convertible. At the end of the 1320, both vehicles posted a 12.7 second ET, but Ford’s pony showed a slight edge over the Bow Tie with a 113.6 mph trap speed compared to the Camaro’s 112.9 mph trap speed.
From there, Motor Trend put both vehicles on the figure eight, and once again, the numbers were close, with a 24.3-second run in both camps. The Chevy managed slightly higher lateral acceleration with 0.82 G compared to the Ford’s 0.80 G.
2019 Camaro Convertible SS Mustang Convertible GT Engine 6.2L V8 5.0L V8 Power (hp @ rpm) 455 @ 6000 460 @ 7500 Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) 455 @ 4400 420 @ 4600 Transmission Six-speed manual Six-speed manual Curb Weight (lbs) 3949 3980 0-60 mph (seconds) 4.4 4.4 Quarter Mile (sec @ mph) 12.7 @ 112.9 12.7 @ 113.6 60-0 mph (ft) 103 106
Unfortunately, the Mustang Convertible misbehaved a bit on the track. “Like its namesake, the Mustang fights and bucks when pushed hard,” Motor Trend explained. “It understeers into the corner and then suddenly snaps into oversteer on corner exit.”
That ain’t so great, especially compared to the more “neutral” and “well-balanced” Camaro. Luckily, the Mustang Convertible managed to fight back as soon as MT hit the streets. “So long as you avoid pushing it to its ragged edge, the Mustang is happy galloping along at a good pace, especially working between the top of third and bottom of fourth gear as you navigate the famed Angeles Crest Highway in the foothills above Pasadena,” the editor wrote.
The Camaro performed even better thanks to its “well sorted and balanced” suspension setup, but according to the testers, “the Camaro’s big 6.2L V8 is lazier than the Ford’s but good in its own right.”
At the end of the day, the Mustang Convertible prevailed as the more useable and livable car, with the Camaro being docked points for its tight cabin and “frustrating” ergonomics, as well as its very poor storage space.
By comparison, “when it comes to passenger and cargo room, the Mustang is far superior,” not to mention “far more livable, too. The front buckets are comfortable, supportive, and roomy, and although I wouldn’t want to spend time in the back of either convertible, the Ford feels far roomier,” Motor Trend writes. The publication also liked the ‘Stang’s styling and cabin design over that of the Camaro.
At the end of the day, the Ford Mustang Convertible wins.
Source: Motor Trend