Will Ford's Risky New 2015 Mustang Decimate Chevy's Camaro?

Ford's 2015 Mustang. Photo: Ford. 

General Motors' (NYSE: GM  ) Chevy Camaro is an iconic American muscle car. So is Ford Motor's (NYSE: F  ) Mustang. Moreover, the two are rivals when it comes to sales. But which one is better? More importantly, will Ford's 2015 Mustang and Chevy's 2014 Camaro drives sales for their respective companies?

The 2014 Camaro
With a starting MSRP of $23,555, the base Camaro has a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 323 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque. The Camaro goes 0 to 60 in 5.9 seconds and gets an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 30 mpg. The 2014 styling is not significantly different from recent Camaro models, but both the front and rear fasciae got an update, making the Camaro appear wider and lower. Additionally, General Motors says, "New design cues represent a laser-like commitment to style and performance."  

2014 Camaro 1LS Coupe shown with accessory front splitter and rear blade spoiler. Photo: General Motors.

That's all well and good, but the real question is, will it sell? According to Good Car Bad Car, in 2011, U.S. Camaro sales totaled 88,249 units. In 2012, that number dropped to 84,391. In 2013, total U.S. Camaro sales were 80,567, and 2014 isn't starting any better, with 4,733 units sold in January, compared with 4,925 for the same time last year -- not exactly great news for Camaro fans. Still, the 2014 model has yet to hit showrooms. So lets see what it'll face in its biggest rival, the Mustang.

The 2015 Ford Mustang
So far, Ford hasn't released an official starting MSRP for the 2015 Mustang. However, the 2014 Mustang has a starting MSRP of $22,510, and it's unlikely that the 2015 model will be significantly higher. But here's what we do know about the 2015 Mustang.

2015 Ford Mustang interior. Photo: Ford.

Next year is the Mustang's 50th anniversary, and Ford is marking that milestone with a complete redesign. While still recognizable as a Mustang, the 2015 model is definitely sleeker and lower, and the rear track is 3 inches wider. Further, the base Mustang sports a 3.7-liter V6, which produces 300 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. More notably, the 2015 Mustang is getting a fully independent rear suspension, and for those who want it, there's an available 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, which Ford says will produce upwards of 305 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque.

In addition, Ford upgraded the Mustang's tech to include keyless entry, available Blind Spot Information System, and available SYNC with MyFord Touch. Sounds good, right? Of course, like the Camaro, the real question is still, will it sell?

According to Good Car Bad Car, in 2011, Ford sold 70,438 Mustangs in the United States. That increased to 82,995 for 2012 but decreased to 77,186 in 2013. However, the good news is 2014 started off better than 2013, and in January, Ford sold 3,881 Mustangs, compared with 3,608 for the same time last year. 

What this means going forward
Over the past few years, Chevy's Camaro has outsold Ford's Mustang, but with a complete redesign for the 2015 Mustang, and a relatively unchanged 2014 Camaro, that could change. True, Ford took some risks when it redesigned the Mustang, and arguably one of the bigger risks was the independent rear suspension. Still, Ford argues that this will improve driving dynamics. Plus, at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, Ford's 2015 Mustang was voted best all-new production vehicle.

Beyond how each muscle car performs against its competition, investors would do well to monitor declining sales. Neither the Mustang nor the Camaro fared well over the past few years, and that's never a good sign. Will the 2015 Ford Mustang and 2014 Chevy Camaro help their respective companies? Possibly, but we'll have to wait and see.

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  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 10:24 AM, josh995 wrote:

    It probably will sell more than the Camaro initially. Until the Camaro gets a redesign.

    People love to fight over which is better. I say why not both. They're both fun as hell to drive.

  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 10:36 AM, RonBryzon wrote:

    The Camaro is a better car and looks better. In order to beat the Camaro in looks, Ford needs to give the Mustang a more exotic look, like scoops in front of the rear tires, European style. Presently the look is too plane. Camaro could do the same thing. The Corvette is stylish like the exotic cars are and it cost 1/4 the amount. The Mustang will never get that far because Ford is way to conservative in styling. Love the sound of the Ford Mustang......that has been great for several years now. Both cars are fun to drive but they would be better if they has the European/Exotic styling.

  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 10:41 AM, turbomike86 wrote:

    The new design on this car looks great, but the bottom line is the motor, drive train and suspension that the makes the car. It's great to see both car company's go at each other all these years. The rival will cont. for as long as they compete with each other. Great looking car, and I would love to have both if I could.

  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 10:49 AM, carletha wrote:

    It's not a "MUSTANG".. ITs a MUSTABISHI ! NOTHING about the outside of it says "AMERICAN MUSCLE CAR".. It says'' FOREIGN HYBRID

  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 10:50 AM, tonyo123 wrote:

    This article misses a few key points. First, IRS is not a risk -- it's a long overdue entrance into the 21st century for the Mustang. A non-issue for all other than the hard core drag racing crowd, and they are not a demographic that's going to drive your business.

    Second, what Chevy needs to worry about is the weight loss of the Mustang -- up to 400 pounds -- which in comparing acceleration is the difference between driving alone and with two large adult passengers.

    Finally, the question isn't whether the 2015 Mustang will outsell the 2014 Camaro, it's whether it will outsell the next generation Camaro due out sometime in 2015. Supposedly based on the '70-'73 style, it could be a Mustang killer.

  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 10:52 AM, Rottweilmeup wrote:

    No it won't, because the small crowd that likes the Mustang , they are as boring as the car itself . Way to many years with that stupid front end, and trying to get away with the legendary taillights like that of the 69 was just wrong. How about really thinking about designing a new mustang instead of using an Etch n Sketch.

  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 11:12 AM, tearanew wrote:

    The Camaro and Challenger already have independent rear suspension and no one discusses it as a "risk". Why then is it risky for Ford to use IRS on the Mustang?

  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 11:17 AM, riverjimm wrote:

    Looks like a 2 door Fusion to me.

  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 11:23 AM, jojo13 wrote:

    Chevy what?????

  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 11:23 AM, tonybudz wrote:

    Looks like a Pontiac Grand Prix mixed into a Maxima

  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 12:24 PM, tifoso1 wrote:

    Who cares if it "decimates" the Camaro or not. It just has to be successful in it's own right. It's not a contest.

  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 12:37 PM, Dobie wrote:

    I'm not sold on the fusion front fascia of the new mustang. And the Camaro's fascia looks like a snow plow. The IRS is no risk. Now it will make a good track car. Mustang redesign for 2015 and a "complete" redesign a year later? I'll wait. Same for the Camaro. In my opinion, the current Camaro looks bloated to me. If I had to choose, I would opt for the out going mustang. But I would like it better with the IRS. 420HP with 390ft of torque is plenty good for me. Just think what a little intake, exhaust and tuning would do for it.

  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 1:30 PM, tanderson211 wrote:

    Kind of looks like a stingray in the front you know the fish .Or maybe a little like the new jeep Cherokee w/ a little bit of BMW thrown in. Should have eased in too it.

  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 2:11 PM, JST12345678 wrote:

    Please explain "risky"

  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 2:50 PM, MaxxTheKatt wrote:

    Now that the new Mustang looks like a Nissan 350Z.........they probably won't sell more than Camaros.

  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 2:55 PM, fulredy wrote:

    The Camero looks like someone stepped on it. The Mustang looks great.

  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 3:29 PM, Number1FordFan wrote:

    The Camero is terrible. the roof is way too low. When you sit in one at a intersection you need to stop 100 feet back from a red light to see it.

  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 3:36 PM, mkegreg wrote:

    The Camaro looks like it was created by Pixar, it'd be "cute" in a kids movie, but in real life it's a hideous car with a bad interior and zero visibility...

  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 3:48 PM, fdeiuliis wrote:

    Since 2010 there were many European inspired mock-ups displayed as the future 2015 Mustang,

    We ended up with the 2015 FOCUSTANG. I waited too long. Now I will look to Europe if I want a European looking Car.

  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 4:04 PM, Carnut60 wrote:

    I just can't believe how the Camaro designers copied the Challenger's shape.

  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 4:06 PM, hendrixnut64 wrote:

    Did we forget to mention that the Mustang also comes with an all-aluminum 5.0L engine produced in Windsor Ont, at the Essex Engine Plant, generally regarded as the top engine builders for Ford...and voted 2nd best engine plant (of all engine makers) in North America??? Nuff your homework Katie

  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 4:22 PM, markt wrote:

    Dear Katie Spence, THIS may help you,please pass it along to ALL your "educated journalist "friends.

    DECIMATE : Origin:

    1590–1600; < Latin decimātus, past participle of decimāre to punish every tenth man chosen by lot, verbal derivative of decimus tenth, derivative of decem ten; see -ate1

    IN SHORT IT MEANS TO DESTROY 1/10 OF YOUR "ENEMY" OR A CITY OR AN ARMY. IT really would be hard to "decimate" an Automobile.

  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 4:51 PM, RandomOptimist wrote:

    My grandpa gave me his 1965 pontiac GTO when he passed away. Only car I will ever need. Thing is beyond reliable and still runs like new. They were called The Goat for a good reason.

  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 5:34 PM, McHappyPants wrote:

    What would be ones interruption of "Decimate". Absolutely no question about it the new mustang will outsell the camaro and it will outsell it by a LARGE margin. The question is just a matter of HOW large.

    It's not going to send the camaro back into hibernation for another 8 years (where it belongs) but to deny that there are not more mustang fans then camaro fans is not living in reality.

    The few and far between camaro fans (chevy hardcore fans) went out and bought a bunch of the new camaro's when they came back into production because they hadn't had one to hang there hat on for so many years. But the newness of the car wore off quickly and if you look at sells figures the mustang caught right back up again, and it did it rather quickly.

    Mustang is an american icon. Everywhere you drive you see them. There everywhere. If you look at the history of sales starting from 67 (when the camaro was 1st introduced) on it's not even close. Mustang has outsold the camaro by millions upon millions upon millions. It's the MAIN reason why chevy stopped building them in the first place.

    Just taking the sales numbers into account from 67 to 02 the difference is in favor of mustang by OVER 3 MILLION MORE SOLD. You read that right. 3 million more sold. If you add in the sales of 64, 65, 66, 03-09 it's StAgGeRiNg!!! Chevy has it's corvette, ford has it's mustang.

  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 6:12 PM, mustang6984 wrote:

    The Mustang is now and will be the better buy for the long term future. The Mustang has been getting over 30 mpg out of it's V-6 for some time. Camaro,, (as usual) is just now catching up.

    Camaro is ALWAYS catching design, quality and performance. Nothing has changed. Nothing ever will.

  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 6:40 PM, snakebit wrote:

    Katie, forgive me if I don't look to you for 'breaking news' about the auto industry and Ford in particular. The debate formerly raging between FoMoCo and its Mustang advocates over independent rear suspension for ALL Mustangs was 20 years old when Ford finally came around, noticed that all its competitors(Camaro, Challenger, BMW 3-Series) all now used it, BMW since 1983. To me, it was a 'risk' not to step up before now and include it in the Mustang package.

    The best thing for both Camaro and Mustang will be for manufacturing and their ownership rivalry to continue. In Mustang's case, it may not outsell other Ford products, but it will entice customers to check it out and also notice what else Ford has been up to. Right now, it's as much the face of Ford as Mr. Mulally and the two Ford cousins are.

  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 7:30 PM, RJTnorth76 wrote:

    I don't know where all these Camaro's are at where I live you see 5 times as many Mustangs. The young guy that got Grampa's GTO slow way down when your going to turn or the nose will hit the ground (crash) they were made to go straight.

    The Mustang Rearend pulls out of a cornner so much better than a Camaro.

  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 8:05 PM, yaovk wrote:

    Both are too big. They are a cross between a quasi sports car and a sedan. I wish both companies will come out with 2 seater true bred sports car like austin healy, morgan, MGA, 240 Z and the like but with performance and reliability.

  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 8:47 PM, 60mustang wrote:

    We should love the competition, it only makes better cars for everyone. I have 2012 mustang, but have had a 1998 Cobra and a 1965 Mustang GT 350 restomod. I love Mustangs, but Chevy Camaro's and Dodge Challengers are great. I had a 1967 LeMans growing up in high school. My brother and I added a 67 GTO front end, Hood and suspension with dual exhaust. We purchased a 455 from a Grand Prix with a Turbo 400 trans and did the transplant. Man was that fun. Really, everyone makes great stuff...... enjoy.

  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 9:21 PM, southernshark wrote:

    Wow... somebody up above me said he wished Cheve would come out with a 2 seater sports car...

    Haha.. not a car guy I guess....

    Anyway who cares about V6 models? I wouldn't touch a V6 Mustang.

    Lets compare V8s and then it gets real.

  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 9:53 PM, DecibeLeveL wrote:

    The Camaro is still recognizable as a Camaro, for better or worse. The Mustang has edged to the Asian/Euro type of style to cater more towards a "world car" market, which is what they are going for. If I was going to buy one, purely based on what I'd want, (sphincter clinching performance), I'd get the new 2014 Camaro Z/28.

  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 10:00 PM, 1appledude wrote:

    I don't care for the look of the new front end - I drive a 99, which I love - and I like the looks of the 2014 - but the real deal to me will be to see the engines, how they drive, how reliable are they - and how the interior looks. I hate black, and grey interiors -

  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 11:02 PM, kca124cain wrote:

    It is very odd how many do not see the design into the Mustang. The swept back headlights mimic a horses eyes. Hopefully the price will stay a couple thousand below the Camaro.

    The Camaro i still a great car too, but typically, it is not much differnet than the old days - there are Mustang lovers and then there are Camaro lovers, and Challenger lovers.

    Me. I would like to have one of each, but I have mixed feelings between the Mustang and Camaro, as I had a 67 Mustang and a 77 Pontiac Trans Am

  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 11:05 PM, kca124cain wrote:

    I have been driving a 2006 V6 Mustang for the past few months. It is great. Love the newer 305 HP V6 too. Don't really need a V8, as these have plenty of power.

  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 11:06 PM, djwyldchild wrote:

    The new Mustang looks like a Hyundai Tiburon in this pic. Definitely one ugly vehicle. And I agree that nothing about it screams muscle car at you.

  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 11:20 PM, jasmith909 wrote:

    The Camaro is powerful, but out of the big 3 muscle cars -- i.e. + the Mustang & Challenger -- it is easily the ugliest. It looks far too bulky for its own good. And generally, muscle cars are more of a style thing than anything, since they don't perform very well. I really like the new Mustang though. It sort of looks like an Aston Martin, and if you're going to rip off a look, why not Aston? They're some of the most awesome cars on the road. Better than ripping off the old 70s Mustangs. Granted, the retro look was cool at first, but I'm surprised they stuck with it for so long. It was more novelty than innovation. But the opposite is true for the new Stang. And considering Mustangs of old had the suspension technology of medieval oxcarts, I think the IRS will be welcomed. I have an old 2000 Mustang, and I recently bought a Jag F-Type. And I can't even drive the Stang anymore, the difference is so stark between the two. It feels like it doesn't have any brakes at all and turns like a bus. So, it's about time they made some upgrades. No more bottle cap brakes, tractor suspension or shoddy handling. Welcome to the 21st century, Ford!

  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 11:26 PM, baktrak wrote:

    @RJTnorth76, you have apparently not driven both of them. The camaro with its IRS out handles the stang as the stangs rear suspension cannot keep up with the front and eventually wants to swing around in front.

  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 11:30 PM, usisfubar wrote:

    Where do these ree-ree writers come from, Ford people buy Mustangs, Chevy people buy Camaros, and Chrysler people buy Challengers for the most part. These are the majority of buyers. They don't care what the other car may offer. The general public may go one way or the other because of adds or looks but the majority of these buyers go for their brand, not what the other brands offer.

  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 11:36 PM, cobranut wrote:

    Cutting 400 pounds of fat is a START.

    Now if they'd cut out some more pork, and give us a 2.600 pound model with big brakes and more power, and WITHOUT all the gadgets and "driving aids", Ford would really have something.

  • Report this Comment On February 23, 2014, at 12:23 AM, GCV001 wrote:

    I think the analysis is amusing. Comparing sales each year is largely meaningless. All car designs have an initial surge and then sales tail off until the next major redesign. It's silly to read anything into this. And then saying that going to an independent rear suspension is risky is a bit odd - Ford's been criticized for years for not doing this. The real risk would have been to not change.

    As for the styling - it's a modern interpretation of the classic Mustang shape. It's very nicely done. It probably won't appeal to the older generation of Mustang buyers - but nothing other than changing nothing would anyway. They'll say it looks European - but thankfully that's a good thing. Making a car "look American" has come to mean boxy unrefined styling with a shoddy fit and finish to match. It's good to get the behind us. And it's far better to appeal to the current generation than to continue building cars for bygone generations.

  • Report this Comment On February 23, 2014, at 1:33 AM, chrischamb1 wrote:

    Another REALLY boring article by Katie Spence.....Why does MF let her write about cars??? There is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING OF INFORMATIONAL VALUE in this rant. She qoutes sales statistics and then goes on to bring in a lot of "maybe's" "could happen" etc. really?? Duh, both cars will sell reasonably well. So what?? There are Ford fans and Chevy fans.....this is not news. You can never change each other's minds.....Can't make a Red Sox fan into a Yankee fan or vise-versa. But, both teams sell out all of their games. Same thing with retro Camaro's and the new Mustang.

  • Report this Comment On February 23, 2014, at 1:41 AM, sameoldthing wrote:

    Boring or not both cars look good, except they never mentioned that the camaro, has a better resale that the mustang and it has a much more reliability record than for mustang and its tru I have seen more mustangs on the side of the freeway because something broke and someone's head is in the engine trying to figure what went wrong with his proud muscle car? so if ford with this new ecco engine or whatever you call it can be more reiable than the last 49 years then ford had has a chance to go ahead of mustang next year or whenever thier new 50th anniversary car comes out?

  • Report this Comment On February 23, 2014, at 1:43 AM, sameoldthing wrote:

    thats sure some bad spelling " sameoldthing "

  • Report this Comment On February 23, 2014, at 8:42 AM, gwsjr425 wrote:

    There they go again...effing with the style that bought the Mustang back from near extinction in the mid '00's

  • Report this Comment On February 23, 2014, at 10:08 AM, tandforsumr wrote:

    I find this article hard to believe. Around here you will see ten Mustangs to one Camaro. I see this also when I travel. I think the Mustang is far better looking than the Camaro. But, I will admit they look better than past Camaros. The late sixties camaros were plain ugly.

  • Report this Comment On February 23, 2014, at 11:15 AM, mkegreg wrote:

    @kca124cain, sorry dude, if you're driving a 2006 V6, you're not driving a 305hp car unless you did an engine swap...

  • Report this Comment On February 23, 2014, at 11:17 AM, mkegreg wrote:

    @sameoldthing, I think you need to go back to 2nd grade English and start there....

  • Report this Comment On February 23, 2014, at 11:22 AM, gmerchant11 wrote:

    I've owned both Mustang's and Camaro's for years and can honestly evaluate both. I'm a car guy and love both GM and Ford's offerings. The styling will always be subjective, so it's pointless to argue that. The 2015 Mustang lost a lot of weight and that's ALWAYS

  • Report this Comment On February 23, 2014, at 11:30 AM, gmerchant11 wrote:

    I've owned both Mustang's and Camaro's for years and can honestly evaluate both. I'm a car guy and love both GM and Ford's offerings. The styling will always be subjective, so it's pointless to argue that. The 2015 Mustang lost a lot of weight and that's ALWAYS a good thing. If you're a Camaro guy you'd be lying to say you "like" the extra bulk of the Camaro; it's simply way to big and heavy. Another knock is visibility... the Camaro is a giant, rolling blind spot and there is nothing cool about running into stuff. By the same token, those pillbox windows are what give the Camaro it's amazing, sinister appearance. The engine offerings are on par with each other, more or less... it will be interesting to see how the Ecoboost fares in the Mustang, but pony car buyers love engine choices and it will behoove BOTH manufacturers to up the offerings. In the end, it's the V8's that rule the day with the muscle car crowd and that's where the performance wars will be fought. I'm still getting used to the Mustang's new looks but I suspect it will grow on people. I'm excited to see what Chevy does when they redesign the Camaro. If they don't get the weight off, the Mustang will win the performance face offs. As usual, I'll have to own one of each.

  • Report this Comment On February 23, 2014, at 1:12 PM, jfelano wrote:

    Funny they didn't mention the V8 offerings, or the Z28 which ford will never match.

    The 650hp Shelby Mustang only beats the 460hp Vette by .3 seconds in the quarter mile, which is pretty pathetic imo, not to mention it's cheaper and gets much better mpg.

    The Shelby may be slightly faster in the 1/4mi but the vette and the z28 both smoke the Shelby on the track.

  • Report this Comment On February 23, 2014, at 2:00 PM, CountryBarks wrote:

    You have Mustang fans and you have Guidos and Guidoettes. What are the demographics?

  • Report this Comment On February 23, 2014, at 2:02 PM, jdmc4 wrote:

    Hey McHappyPants it sure is funny that Mustang outsold the Camaro by 3 million cars according to you but whenever you are at a car show or race track the old Camaros out number the old Mustang 20 to 1 !

  • Report this Comment On February 23, 2014, at 4:30 PM, emjayay wrote:

    The many comments about "risky" stuff like a rear suspension similar to what every other car on earth has had for decades are right.The mystery is why Ford retained an archaic suspension that makes the ride and handling much worse and eats up space both inside the car (bigger driveline tunnel) and in the trunk for all those decades.

    But the guy criticising Ford for keeping a lot of classic Mustang style references....first, that is what these cars are about. Second, the Camaro is a bloated chopped top version of the original one, pretty much ignoring later models. Same thing for the Challenger.

    Referring to another comment, while maybe they could save more weight than they did, the modern stuff like airbags and structures that won't fold up in a crash or rollover do add some pounds. I'd rather survive a possible crash myself. And othe modern features like antilock brakes and traction control and stability control don't add more than a couple of pounds, but save lives. I suppose you could save one or two hundred pounds by eliminating power steering and air conditioning, but no one except maybe you would want to.

    If the aluminum Ford pickup works out OK, the next generation of Mustang might shed another 400 pounds if it also goes aluminum.

    It would be interesting if Ford tried a notchback Mustang, which was the original style. Maybe a Lincoln version echoing the beautiful original Cougar, which was a rebodied Mustang. They have never even presented a concept version of that.

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  • Report this Comment On February 23, 2014, at 6:18 PM, DrG wrote:

    The 6 cylinder Camaro convertible is overpriced. Mustangs tend to be a little lower priced for all model types. It will be nice to see the 2015 Mustang convert come in a little lower and they will clean up. Unless dealers get greedy and add on to the price.

  • Report this Comment On February 23, 2014, at 7:28 PM, namvet wrote:

    Late 2000's to present Mustangs, Camaro's and Challenger's......well each one of them have their own pro's and con's and are way too pricey anyway........I have friends who swear by their own makes and rides.... My wife and I are going to buy one of them soon, she is a Chevy Camaro girl and me, well, I like everyone of them for specific reasons. ....I like the room in the 1969 styled wider tracked Challenger, the newer looks of the 1969 styled Camaro and never changing looks of the smaller interiored, 1969 styled Mustang....I just wish Pontiac was still with use because I loved my older 1967 Firebird (but the upcoming Firebird model is not looking good to me) because the Pontiacs were better than Camaro's in looks/comfort and performance....I dearly loved the GTO's and LeMans models also and of course GM dumped the Pontiac makes and G6......Each one of them are way too expensive and each never retains their cost.

    The buy will probably be the wives choice anyway. Her response is always "a-owwwww-rrrr" when she sees a I'll look at the Mustang just to cure my curiosity... and test driving each will make the decision for me.

  • Report this Comment On February 23, 2014, at 9:00 PM, MadScotsman wrote:

    Please... stop calling this a Mustang.

    Call it what it is: A repackaged Ford Fusion.

    Look at front end. It's a FUSION. There's nothing Mustang about it. Not even the iconic Hockey Stick.

    They tried this in the mid 80's, and failed miserably. Repackaging the Probe as a Mustang. The four cylinder abominations. The "Sewing Machine" Mustangs of the mid 80's.

    This is that disaster all over again.

    As another poster pointed out, at least the other brands - Chevy Camaro, Dodge Challenger/Charger, etc. are all still recognizable as their respective models.

    I certainly hope a LOT of Asians and Europeans buy this car - because I PROMISE you American's won't be.

    Congratulations to Ford on the death of an Iconic American Muscle Car.

    You've been trying to murder the Mustang for years.

    This year - you succeeded.

  • Report this Comment On February 23, 2014, at 11:08 PM, 2manystangs wrote:

    I am one of those older ford owners and I really dislike the new design. I was hoping for a retro turbo model. I am hoping the turbo will be available in the US, but won't want this body style. I also used to hate the 80's cars as not real Mustangs. Now, I have four and drive an SVO. It is a blast when the turbo kicks in. The smaller body makes for a lot more speed.

  • Report this Comment On February 23, 2014, at 11:23 PM, leafsfan wrote:

    Camaro wins this one hands down. Camaro LOOKS like a muscle car. Mustang is a high performance Fusion. There is nothing to differentiate the 4 cylinder from the 5.0 except some GT badging. No hood scoops, no side scoops and no rear spoiler. I am a huge Mustang fan, but I will be looking for a used one now. If I want a high performance Fusion, I will buy a Fusion and have Roush upgrade the performance.

  • Report this Comment On February 24, 2014, at 1:33 AM, 23rdoc wrote:

    It looks like a higher trim ford fusion and not like a mustang.

  • Report this Comment On February 24, 2014, at 8:26 AM, Bob1949 wrote:

    The only thing Ford needs to do is be truthful about gas mileage, they get 25% less than EPA posted sticker, unless you buy a V8 HO then who cares what the MPG is.

  • Report this Comment On February 24, 2014, at 12:18 PM, BobDole87 wrote:

    So you are asking if the Ford will destroy 10% of the Camaro ? What does it all mean Basil?!

  • Report this Comment On March 31, 2014, at 2:06 PM, blando1 wrote:

    tutors at design college do not teach well- ford designers lost their way- 'mustang' not distinctive -too bland-looks not aggressive enough -design is lost in the swooshy styling and big wheels and windshield rake. Derivative and confusing design from sides also- 'mustang' has no identity.

  • Report this Comment On June 24, 2014, at 7:00 AM, 808Diva wrote:

    The 2015 Mustang does look like a Fusion, to me Camaro are more muscle car designed, the competition should be the Challenger and the Camaro. The new Mustang design looks cheaper designed like the Fusion, they should've went back to the body style of the old Mustang like in the 70's.

  • Report this Comment On March 01, 2015, at 12:24 PM, indio7777 wrote:

    Right about now the people saying the Mustang looks like a Fusion are eating their words.

    There is no way you could possibly confuse the 2015 Mustang with a Fusion, on the road.

    I drive one - and it gets looks and stares by the hundreds.

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