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V6 Mustang is Consumer Reports’ pony car winner

V6 Mustang is Consumer Reports’ pony car winner

It should be no surprise by now that Ford and its 2011 Mustang line-up is a crowd favorite. With updates to the V-6, the new 5.0-liter GT and all of the fun special edition Mustangs, now is really the time to buy a new pony car for yourself.

If you have been looking at the impressive V-6 Mustang, with its top in-class 305 horsepower and 31 mpg fuel efficiency rating, but needed one more reason to buy Ford, let Consumer Reports recent rating be your definitive proof that the 2011 V-6 Mustang is the entry level muscle car to beat.

In Consumer Reports' October issue, Ford Motor Company scored another win for the Mustang line, by receiving a "Very Good" road test score on the V-6 Mustang, beating the comparable Chevy Camaro, which received only a "Good" score. Consumer Reports stated that Ford's V-6 engine platform did not take anything away from the "fun-factor" while driving. Sadly, the same could not be said for the V-6 Camaro.

"The Mustang is the more agile and enjoyable car to drive of the two," said David Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports' Auto Test Center in East Haddam, Connecticut.

This is the second face-off win for Ford from Consumer Reports. Last year, the V-8 Mustang beat the V-8 Camaro, despite being an older year design. Better luck next year, Chevrolet...

Read the full Press Release from Consumer Reports below. 

V6 Mustang

CONSUMER REPORTS: FORD MUSTANG V6 OUTPERFORMS CHEVROLET CAMARO IN V6 FACE-OFF

YONKERS, NY -The Ford Mustang earned a Very Good road test score and outscored the Chevrolet Camaro which earned a Good score, in a face-off between V6 versions of the two vehicles in Consumer Reports' October issue.

In last year's CR face-off between V8 versions of these two iconic cars, the Mustang also outscored the Camaro, despite being an older design.

Opting for a V6 engine did not overly dilute the fun factor in driving the Mustang, but it did for the Camaro. The Ford's new V6 engine is not only more refined than the Camaro's, it delivered stronger acceleration and better fuel economy. The Camaro provides decent acceleration, but it's not as readily available. The car rides well enough but it's almost 300 pounds heavier than the Mustang.

"The Mustang is the more agile and enjoyable car to drive of the two," said David Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports' Auto Test Center in East Haddam, Connecticut.

Prices for the vehicles were $28,660 for the Mustang to $28,195 for the Camaro.

While the Mustang is Recommended, the Camaro is too new for Consumer Reports to have reliability data. CR only Recommends vehicles that have performed well in its tests, have at least average predicted reliability based on CR's Annual Auto Survey of its more than seven million print and Web subscribers, and performed at least adequately if crash-tested or included in a government rollover test.

Full tests and ratings for both vehicles appear in the October issue of Consumer Reports, which goes on sale September 7. The reports are also available to subscribers of www.ConsumerReports.org. Updated daily, ConsumerReports.org is the go-to site for the latest auto reviews, product news, blogs on breaking news and car buying information.

The Mustang corners well, with good steering and little body lean. The Ford Mustang V6 Premium ($28,660 Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price as tested,) is powered by a 305-hp 3.7 liter V6 engine that is quick and gets 24 mpg overall in CR's own fuel economy tests. The six-speed manual transmission shifts crisply. Braking is Very Good. The interior is well-finished and the dashboard has a retro look, reminiscent of the 1960s.

The Camaro feels relatively ungainly, with slower steering response than the Mustang and more lean. The ride is taut yet not uncomfortable. The Chevrolet Camaro 2LT ($28,195 MSRP as tested,) is powered by a 304-hp 3.6-liter V6 engine and gets 21 mpg overall. The six-speed manual transmission is rather stiff and imprecise. Braking is Very Good. The interior is well-finished, and the thick-rimmed, leather-covered steering wheel is nicer than the Mustang's.

Source: Consumer Reports

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