It’s fair to say not every Camaro buyer will be opting for the 6.2-liter LT1 V8 in SS trim. In a perfect world, yes, buy the V8, but it’s simply not practical for every single consumer.
The Camaro team has shaken things up in the sixth-generation and introduced an all-new 3.6-liter LGX V6 engine, but also a 2.0-liter LTG turbocharged four-cylinder, too. Chevrolet stated the V6 is actually meant to compete with Ford’s Ecoboost-powered Mustang, and the Camaro turbo is to do battle with the Mustang’s V6. Okay.
Knowing that, Cars.com rounded up the more bargain-priced muscle cars for a good, old fashioned comparison test. We’ll call these muscle cars, hustle cars.
Other than a top-notch interior, the Challenger was largely discounted as fun to drive, earning it a last place finish. Moving right along.
Number two is the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro 1LT, the V6-powered variant. Yes, the Camaro concedes a loss to the Mustang here. Judges scolded the Camaro for lack of visibility inside the cockpit, something everyone in the industry has complained about since the fifth-generation returned. No surprise it cost the Camaro points here. The “rental-car special” interior was also lamented in 1LT trimmings, with judges stating nothing felt special about it in the slightest. Close, but no cigar, Camaro.
So, that leaves the Ford Mustang Ecoboost as the winner this time, a much need victory from the Camaro SS’ winning streak. The Mustang’s saving grace became its punchy, turbo-four cylinder, and easier-to-live-with feels of the vehicle.
Despite the Camaro 1LT being the athlete of the bunch, the Mustangs sneaks a win this time.