Models throughout the Chevrolet Camaro range are getting big price deductions for the 2019 model year, and perhaps nowhere is that more important than with the base 1LS model, which will start at $25,995 including destination – a full $1,120 cheaper than the 2019 Ford Mustang EcoBoost at $27,115. Option both cars with automatic transmissions and the price disparity jumps by another $100 to $1,220. All of this could be enough to woo pony car customers unburdened by brand loyalty or bias.
As reported on our sister site, Ford Authority, the Ford Mustang EcoBoost model’s new $27,115 price tag represents a $370 price bump from 2018 – an odd move, considering that the car’s chief rival from GM went in the opposite direction. Still, that price gets you a bigger, 2.3-liter turbocharged I4 engine, and in the case of the automatic, two extra forward gears; Camaro buyers are forced to spring for at least the LT1-powered 1SS in order to get the same ten-speed slushbox.
The biggest price drop for the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro has been with respect to the 1LT and 2LT models, which have seen their prices slashed by $1,200 and $3,000, respectively. Yet oddly, the Camaro 1SS and 2SS haven’t come down in price at all for the new model year, with the 1SS starting at $37,995 – $1,645 more than a base Ford Mustang GT. It’s reasonable to suspect the price gap won’t be as much of an issue at the higher end of the spectrum; those who spring for the expensive Camaro SS and Mustang GT models have more cash to spare, and likely, a greater tendency for brand loyalty. Still, for undecided performance car buyers, the Camaro SS’s bigger price tag could be a turn-off that continues to cost the GM pony car sales.