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Consumer Reports picks side in V6 pony car wars
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By: Zach Bowman
September 7, 2010



If you've found yourself stuck on the fence between the sultry styling of the Chevrolet Camaro V6 and the downright impressive sports car performance of the Ford Mustang V6, Consumer Reports may just have something to help you make up your mind one way or the other. Those responsible for some of the most aggressive consumer testing in the industry have awarded the Blue Oval a 'Very Good' road test score while the Bowtie was saddled with a mere 'Good' rating. The testers went so far as to say that picking the six-pot in the Mustang didn't take too much away from the car's fun factor, while doing the same in the Camaro did.

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Automotive News is also reporting this story:

Camaro vs. Mustang, Round II: Consumer Reports likes Ford
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By: David Phillips

Among the other Consumer Reports observations:

  • The Mustang cornered well, with good steering and little body lean.
  • The Camaro felt relatively ungainly, with slower steering response than the Mustang and more lean. The ride was “taut yet not uncomfortable.”
  • The Mustang V-6 Premium is powered by a 305-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 engine that is quick and yielded 24 mpg based on the magazine's tests. The six-speed manual transmission shifted crisply, and braking was very good.
  • The Camaro 2LT is powered by a 304-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 engine and generated 21 mpg overall. The six-speed manual transmission was rather stiff and imprecise, but braking was very good.
 

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The picture of the red V6 coupe with the Pony Package and the body add-ons is just beautiful! Even with the automatic, the V6 is a 14 second car. With a F/E rating of 19/31. That is incredible especially when you consider that not that long ago, GT mustangs were low 16/high 15 second cars with stick shift, bigger engines that were V8s, and that got mid 20s at best as a hwy rating. I'd love to get a very similar car to the one pictured but as a convertible. Ford did this right.
 
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