2016 Chevrolet Camaro Outclasses the Competition
2016 Chevrolet Camaro
The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro bursts onto the scene on a new chassis and with a greatly improved interior. This is also the first time that a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is joining the Camaro family.
Chevy’s sixth-generation Camaro isn’t the only vehicle in the affordable sports car market, though. This is a remarkable time for those whose tastes veer towards classic American cars with big style and even bigger horsepower. Today’s selection of muscle cars may be smaller, but in virtually every way, the vehicles of today are better than their 1960s counterparts.
Chevy has been working hard to create a car that lives up to its legend, but the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger have been improved as well. Here is a head to head to head comparison of the three cars that rule the muscle car scene.
As we’re dealing with muscle cars, this seems the most logical place to start! While the Dodge Challenger does boast the biggest numbers with the 707-horsepower Hellcat Hemi V-8, those looking for something a little less intense will be impressed that the Camaro SS is the most powerful SS of all time at 455 horsepower.
There is more to these cars than just the numbers put up by the two most powerful engines. Challenger is also available with a 3.6 liter V-6, or a Hemi V-8 with a 5.7 or 6.4 liter capacity.
Challenger does not have a 4-cylinder option, but Camaro and Mustang do. Camaro’s 4-cylinder offering is the all-new 275-hp turbocharged option. Ford has an entry-level V-6 at 3.7 liters that is out-horse-powered by its turbo-charged 4-cylinder engine, and you’ve got the option of the V-8 in the Mustang GT or the 500-hp 5.2 liter V-8 in the Shelby GT350 and GT350R.
While Camaro may seem to have a smaller dog in this fight, the V-6 is 355 hp and the upcoming SS coupe and convertible will feature the previously mentioned 455 hp 6.2 liter V-8. The sixth generation ZL1 and Z28 will bring even more heat to this race for the top.
This is a tough category because all of the cars are cool with their retro exteriors borrowing heavily from their classic ‘60s and ‘70s big brothers. The Camaro is a little smaller than before, but there isn’t much difference between fifth and sixth generations. The Mustang stayed very close to the 1960s design while being a little less upright than the original. Challenger features wild stripes, unconventional colors, and shaker hoods. With all of the options available, the winner in this category comes down to personal preference.
Camaro is the winner here. There isn’t going to be a lot of waxing philosophical about the soft touch of the leather or the warm glow of the dash. These are muscle cars, after all. Camaro is the best of the bunch, and it’s not just the ambient light package with a choice of 24 colors to illuminate the dash, doors, and foot-wells with a warm glow. The dash is the exact same one found in the cabin of the Corvette Stingray. The Mustang and Challenger have nice cabins as well, but there just isn’t anything particular that stands out about them.
It looks like the base Mustang will be a little cheaper than the similar no-frills Camaro, and the bare-bones Challenger will be a couple grand more than the base Mustang. However, nobody really buys these types of cars with no options, so much of the price will depend on what features you choose. Whether you’re looking for a beast that rules the pavement or a commuter car with a bit more attitude, all three cars have a range of options that work for a variety of drivers.
And the winner is…
You’ll notice that this is a close fight, and none of these cars really comes up short. All of them have impressive offerings in all categories. Chevy has a distinct advantage in its cabin design, and what it’s done is raise the bar in this segment. For that, and for losing a ton of weight and staying true to the muscle car formula, it is the clear winner here.
Visit any of your local Valley Chevy dealers today to give the brand new Camaro a test drive.