The 2015 Ford Mustang is finally here and so far it hasn’t disappointed. While the first 50 Mustangs were recalled (due to passenger seat belt issues) the Mustang is holding its ground and is expected to sell well here in the United States. Of course, its eldest rival the Chevrolet Camaro is also cruising the streets with the hope of competing with the Mustang and stealing away pony car enthusiasts, and they just got a little help
Motor Trend Magazine just completed a car test, which featured the Mustang GT, Camaro SS 1LE, and the new Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack; they ultimately chose the Camaro SS 1LE as its winner. As I read the reviews and watched highlights of each car’s performance, I started to think about which car I would want to drive everyday and proudly display in my custom garage.
Everyone here at Motor Trend Garage knows that I am a big fan of the Ford Mustang and they may blame my biased mind if I chose the 2015 model. However, the craziest thing is that if I had to choose a car that I would want to drive the around the track, I would consider the Camaro. I know, it’s hard to believe that I would actually pick the Mustang’s rival, but I would only pick the Camaro if I had to choose a car solely for the track.
Let’s start with Dodge Challenger. The Challenger is a beautiful looking car; but, at almost 198in in length, it is simply too big for me to own and drive around city streets. With 485hp/ 475tq, all of that power humming under that hood it’s more than a little heartbreaking that I would never actually get to use all of it in the city. While a little heavy (4235 pounds), the ride is smooth, but it’s just not the car for me.
I am finally starting to find the design of the Camaro appealing, but I’ve never been a fan of the Camaro’s field of view. Every time I’m in one, I can’t see as much as I’d like to. I like to keep my eyes on all points of the road, but it is a fun car to drive – reaching 60mph in 4.4 seconds like the Mustang – and the Camaro with 426hp/ 420tq ratio is fast and gets better grip than its Ford counterpart.
The Camaro certainly has grown up since its early days as Bumblebee in Transformers. I don’t think I could deal with an everyday bumpy ride while I drive back and forth to work or drive to the nearest grocery store, however.
Therefore, I am picking the Mustang. I love the look of it, though I do feel the rear end could be a little squarer. Nevertheless, it works for me. It’s spacious enough to a point where I would certainly enjoy driving everyday. The ride is smooth, which is something of importance to me as I drive through the beat up city streets in Los Angeles. It doesn’t have the most torque of the trio at 400 lb-ft, it does have enough horsepower (435 horsepower to be exact) to pass anyone on the highway.
The 2015 Ford Mustang is the best car of the three, and it’s definitely the car that will be parked in my garage.