Cars like this were referred to as "secretary's cars." These were inexpensive cars to buy and to drive and but they at least looked like fun. They were for people who couldn't afford -- and didn't really want -- a true muscle car.
But with the latest versions of the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang, V6 pony cars have gotten more serious with horsepower ratings of 312 and 305, respectively.
But are these really performance cars? To find out, we compared a V6 Camaro and a Mustang, each with an automatic transmission. (That's as not-performance-oriented as these cars get.) Turns out, at least one of them still held up well, providing real driving fun even without a V8 or a stick shift. Click through the gallery to find out which car came out on top.