Camaro or Mustang? Let’s have a discussion…

It’s taken me what feels like a LONG time to come around and allow the Camaro’s new look grow on me. It’s not that I disliked it in the beginning – I just didn’t see much of a difference going from one generation to the next. Some car companies seem to stretch out a real, noticeable design for too long. Cadillac did it with the DeVille/DTS. Lexus did it with the LS460. New generations that you could bearly tell apart. And that’s how I felt about the sixth generation Camaro.

The thing is – pictures do not do the car justice. Seeing the car in person, most specifically on the road, makes all the difference. That’s not to say I now “see the light” and the sixth generation Camaro really is SO different – it isn’t. But it looks great. It’s a real head-turner and I like it MUCH better than the fifth generation – which I liked very much.

I’m more of a big, luxury car kind of guy and the Chevy Impala or Chevy SS would probably be a better fit for me. But it’s hard not to want a new Camaro SS or ZL1. The performance is, to me, just astonishing. Neither of these would be the fastest cars I’ve owned – but they’re pretty close to perfect right out of the showroom.

My problem comes when I see the Mustang GT or GT350. Ever since the 80s I’ve been intrigued by the “5.0” when it pretty much wiped the floor with my Iroc-Zs, Z28s, Firebird Formulas and Trans Ams. Though I did have a highly modified Camaro RS that ate ‘em up all the time. But the 5.0 has always been a car I’ve admired.

Nowadays the tides have turned and the Camaro’s are beating up on the Mustangs again – but I’ve never owned a Mustang. So that’s one piece of the puzzle. That one thing alone would never convince me against buying a Camaro over a Mustang. But then you have several other factors that come into play…

Comfort is one. The Mustang feels bigger inside. I haven’t spent time looking over all the specifications – but is the Camaro smaller than the Mustang inside? Especially the back seat. I know these cars aren’t REALLY meant for four passengers – but they’re not two-seaters either. The Camaro feels cramped inside – and the Mustang feels a step up in quality as well.

I’m forty-five years old and I imagine I’m right in the main bracket of customers Chevy and Ford are looking for. Those not old enough to be uncomfortable in a smaller, high performance car – and who can afford them. Pricing has gone so high that most young people can’t afford them like they used to. And parents aren’t buying them for their eighteen year old like they did in the 80s and 90s. And that brings me to another issue.

How did the price of the Camaro get so high? When did that happen? I’m pretty sure this sixth generation went way above and beyond price-wise. I realize the car is very impressive performance-wise – but is it really worth that much more money than the Mustang? Based on performance alone? Mustang has it in comfort, quality and interior dimensions. Right?

So how do you convince somebody who’s in the market for a performance coupe that the Camaro is a better choice than the Mustang? Especially when they don’t have any heavy preference appearance-wise for either car…

Chevy Lineup for 2017 Scores Record Awards

The all-new Chevy Bolt electric vehicle leads the way to 18 awards

Chevy scored a brand-record 18 awards in automobile and consumer media ratings this week, led by five awards for the all-new Bolt EV.

Offering an EPA-estimated 238 miles of range on a full charge at a starting cost of $37,495 before tax incentives, the Bolt EV secured a position on the 2017 Car and Driver 10Best Cars index. It was also named Best New Car to Buy by Green Car Reports, Green Car of the Year by Green Car Journal and Best EV by Car Connection.

“The Bolt EV is the newest illustration of how Chevy is propelling the industry forward with leading technology paired with great style and the connectivity that helps make driver’s lives easier,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and company chief, Global Chevrolet. “We’re innovating like never before with more choices for every need and these awards affirm the depth, breadth and value offered by Chevrolet’s lineup.”

The Camaro 1LE and Corvette Grand Sport were likewise named to the sought after Car and Driver 10Best Cars list. It was the second successive acknowledgment to the Camaro and the third time in four years on the list for the Corvette.

Six Chevrolet automobiles pulled in Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy awards, whilst Impala and Tahoe obtained back-to-back Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award acknowledgment in their corresponding sectors for the past couple of years. The Hispanic Motor Press also named the Bolt EV, Camaro and Colorado as the very best automobiles in their corresponding categories.

The complete list of awards is as follows:

Bolt EV:  Car and Driver10Best Cars; Car Connection – Best EV to Buy, Best Hatchback to Buy; Green Car Reports – Best New Car to Buy; Green Car Journal – Green Car of the Year; Hispanic Motor Press – Best EV/Plug-In Vehicle

Camaro: Car and Driver10Best Cars; Hispanic Motor Press – Best American Muscle

Colorado: Consumer Guide Automotive – Best Buy (Compact Pickup); Hispanic Motor Press – Best Pickup Medium Size

Corvette: AutoGuide.comReader’s Choice Sports Car of the Year; Car and Driver10Best Cars; Consumer Guide Automotive – Best Buy (Premium Sporty/Performance Car)

Impala: Consumer Guide Automotive – Best Buy (Large Car); Kelley Blue Book – 2017 Best Buy Award (Full-Size Car)

Malibu: Consumer Guide Automotive – Best Buy (Midsize Car)

Silverado 1500: Consumer Guide Automotive – Best Buy (Large Pickup)

Tahoe: Kelley Blue Book – 2017 Best Buy Award (Full-Size SUV)

Volt: Consumer Guide Automotive – Best Buy (Electric Car)

Next-Gen Chevy Malibu Starts at $22,500

DETROIT – 09.17.2015 – The 2016 Chevy Malibu, the most fuel-efficient, connected and technologically advanced version in the nameplate’s history – will be available with a starting suggested retail price of $22,500 for the L model.

“We’ve continued our focus on delivering on the highest levels of quality, as evidenced by recent recognitions from J.D. Power on initial quality and long-term dependability,” said Steve Majoros, director of Chevy cars and crossovers. “The 2016 Malibu is engineered and priced to give customers impressive value and technology that’s hard to compete with.”

For 2016, Malibu will be offered in five models, L, LS, LT, Hybrid and Premier. Standard equipment includes 10 airbags, cruise control, push-button start with passive entry and fuel-saving stop/start technology on the base 1.5L 4-cylinder engine.

The LS model, starting at $23,995, includes standard Chevrolet MyLink Radio with 7-inch diagonal color touch screen, available compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a rear vision camera. CarPlay and Android Auto are subject to Apple and Google privacy statements and require compatible smartphone and data plans.

The starting price for the LT model is $25,895 and is projected to offer a General Motors-estimated 27 mpg city and 37 mpg highway, when equipped with the Ecotec 1.5L turbo engine with stop/start. Official EPA estimates are not yet available. The LT model adds LED daytime running lamps and 8-way power driving seats.

A 2.0L turbo with an 8-speed transmission is available in the LT and Premier models as well, starting at $29,495 and $31,795 respectively. Malibu 2.0T models offer a GM-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 32 on the highway. Official EPA estimates are not yet available.

The 2016 Malibu adds several new-to-Malibu safety technologies including Lane Keep Assist, Front Pedestrian Braking and Low Speed Front Automatic Braking.  Teen Driver – available on LT and standard on Premier trims – helps support safe driving habits by muting the audio or any device paired with the vehicle when front-seat occupants aren’t wearing their seat belts. It is also the first in-vehicle system in the industry that lets parents view information on how their teenagers drove the vehicle, which can be a teaching tool to reinforce safe driving habits.

Longer and lighter, the new Malibu offers more rear interior space than the current model. Its wheelbase has been stretched nearly four inches, and it is nearly 300 pounds lighter than the previous model, to assist with handling and fuel economy.

The 2016 Malibu reaches an exceptional level of fuel efficiency with an all-new, available hybrid powertrain that uses technology from the Chevrolet Volt. It helps offer a GM-estimated 48 mpg city, 45 mpg highway – and 47 mpg combined, which is unsurpassed in the segment. Official EPA estimates are not yet available.

Pricing for the Chevy Malibu Hybrid will be announced closer to its start of production in spring 2016.

The 2016 Malibu is built at the GM Fairfax Assembly facility, in Kansas City, Kan. from globally sourced parts.

  Chevrolet Malibu Hyundai Sonata Ford Fusion Honda Accord Toyota Camry Nissan Altima Mazda6
MSRP $21,625 $21,150 $22,110 $22,105 $23,070 $22,300 $21,495
Shipping $875 $825 $875 $820 $825 $825 $820
Total $22,500 $21,975 $22,985 $22,925 $23,895 $23,125 $22,315
All figures reflect starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price for entry/base models