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The 2016 Ford Mustang vs. the 2016 Chevy Camaro

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The Mustang brand has been going strong for more than 50 years, and while the 2016 Chevy Camaro may have made some upgrades to reach for true sports-car performance, the 2016 Ford Mustang offers power and options that the Camaro just can't match. Ultimately, a Mustang is as much a statement as a it is a car, and the 2016 Ford Mustang gives you more options than ever when it comes to customizing your new ride straight from the factory, without sacrificing power or performance. Plus, the 2016 Ford Mustang taps into the more than 50-year history of the Mustang brand while also offering all the latest in technological advances and modern amenities and design.

The Mustang is also affordable. Many times, when you step up to the muscular, sporty performance of a car like the Mustang or the Camaro, you make a tradeoff in economy. Not this time. That's why Kelley Blue Book named the 2016 Ford Mustang the 5-Year Cost to Own winner in its class for 2016, thanks to the Mustang's low maintenance costs and "strong residual values." And Consumers Digest picked the 2016 Ford Mustang as one of only 48 vehicles across 13 classes to be named a Best Buy recommendation for the 2016 model year. Advantage: Ford Mustang

Vehicle Power and Handling

Let's face it, nobody gets behind the wheel of a Mustang or a Camaro and expects anything but the best in power and performance. The 2016 Chevy Camaro is sold as smaller and "more athletic" than previous iterations, while still paying homage to the Camaro brand. Unfortunately, while it has a nimble performance and better cornering, especially in the SS model, it simply can't compete with the offerings available in 2016 Ford Mustang when it comes to power and performance.

Boasting an available 2.3 liter EcoBoost engine that is the first turbocharged Mustang in more than 30 years, the 2016 Ford Mustang generates 310 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque as compared to 275 and 295 (respectively) from the Camaro's 2.0 liter turbo engine. Both the Camaro and the Mustang offer selectable drive modes that can generate better performance under specific conditions, but only the Mustang offers electronic line-lock, available on the GT model.

Of course, if you want the very best in performance and power, the 2016 Ford Mustang also taps into the Mustang legacy to bring you the Shelby GT350, with 5.2 liter V8 engine with flat-plane crank capable of generating 526 horsepower and 529 lb-ft of torque! Advantage: Ford Mustang

Vehicle Design and Features

There's a reason why the Mustang is a legend on the road and in its class, and part of that is its unique style. The 2016 Ford Mustang honors that style while also looking to the future. With a choice of three available engines in two body styles, accented by driver-centric controls and all the amenities that you've come to expect, the 2016 Ford Mustang is as much about style as performance.

While the 2016 Chevy Camaro relies on aftermarket customizations to personalize your ride, the 2016 Ford Mustang offers a variety of custom packages including Black Accent, California Special, and Pony that can give your new Mustang a custom look straight from the factory. Add to that easily selectable driving modes, TrackApps, available voice-activated SYNC 3 technology, and, of course, legendary performance, and you've got a car that matches power, performance, and personality. Advantage: Ford Mustang.

Our Conclusions: The Ford Mustang is the Better Car

When it comes to power and performance, the 2016 Ford Mustang is quite simply the king of the road. The Mustang also offers options that the competition can't match, allowing you to customize your performance, your amenities, and your style. Choose between the 3.7 liter Ti-VCT V6, the 2.3 liter EcoBoost (the first turbocharged Mustang in almost 30 years), or the 5.0 liter Ti-VCT V8, in two different body styles. Want the best road performance around, coupled with legendary Mustang style? Check out the Shelby GT350, which can crank 526 horsepower without breaking a sweat!

Selectable driving modes come standard with the EcoBoost Premium and GT Premium packages, including Normal, Snow/Wet, Sport, and Track, for optimal driving control, performance, and a direct connection to the road in every condition, controlled from a simple, driver-friendly toggle switch on the center stack. And of course, every 2016 Ford Mustang offers precise handling and control thanks to front and rear suspension systems working in tandem to deliver the best driving experience possible. How do they do it? Fully independent rear suspension, double-ball-joint front suspension, pitch control during hard acceleration and braking, and a reduction of body roll from previous generations of Mustang, just to name a few of the innovations in the 2016 Ford Mustang.

Besides legendary performance and style, the 2016 Mustang also offers available options that let you customize the look and feel of your ride, including appearance packages available direct from the factory, TrackApps, and available SYNC 3 technology, to name a few.

If you're ready to experience the unparalleled driving performance of a new Ford Mustang today, just stop by Rusty Eck Ford in Wichita. Besides a wide range of 2016 Ford Mustangs, we've also got a massive selection of other new Ford cars and trucks to choose from.