Our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy have changed.

By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Mustang vs. Camaro: War of 'wimpy' muscle cars

The Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro offer performance for the economy-minded. But which model is better?

1 of 8
Lean muscle
Lean muscle
Muscle cars are supposed to be robust V8-powered machines for the scorched-asphalt crowd. In the auto industry there used to be a term for the lighter V6-powered versions, and it wasn't very nice... to administrative assistants, that is.

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.

NEXT: Ford Mustang - the basics
Email | Print | Share
google my aol my msn my yahoo! netvibes
Paste this link into your favorite RSS desktop reader
See all CNNMoney.com RSS FEEDS (close)
Last updated May 13 2010: 3:14 PM ET
Find Your Next Car
More Galleries
Ralph Lauren's many looks A look at his brands and iconic creations More
8 biggest job killing companies of 2015 Whole Foods became the latest corporate giant to lay off workers. Here's a look at the companies that have announced the most jobs cuts this year. More
America's best beer towns Here are the best cities to crack open a cold one and celebrate Oktoberfest, according to Trulia. More

Special Offer