Since the Camaro‘s revival a few years ago, Chevrolet‘s pony car has been quite adept at stealing the thunder from the Ford Mustang, beating it in sales for several years already. That could change for 2015 since the Mustang is all-new and, according to Car and Driver magazine, a better car.
Tested in the comparison was the 2015 Camaro SS 1LE versus the Mustang GT with the Performance Pack. The 1LE “feels as if it belongs on a racetrack and in a faster class than the Challenger and the Mustang” with heavy steering that was “the unanimous favorite among our voters.” The same was said about “the neutral handling balance.”
However, aside of performance, the Camaro didn’t measure up to the Mustang in those daily-driver chores, saying, “The Camaro still plumbs the same old depths of penny pinching … executed in generation-old plastics on the lower dash, console, and elsewhere.”
For a car that’s long in the tooth, the Camaro does present itself well, but the Mustang has raised the bar with sophistication that previously was missing in the pony car segment. The magazine concludes that they “expect [next year’s] sixth-generation Camaro … to be a tidier package” and, in 1LE guise, the “smaller, lighter car may make the new Mustang feel the heat.”
As an aside, the Camaro 1LE won out against the 2015 Mustang in a recent Motor Trend comparison.