• Dec 3, 2008
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The more things change, the more they stay the same. That old saying once again proves true as some early pricing information for the new 2010 Ford Mustang has leaked out, with the latest 'Stang continuing its tradition of offering an excellent value proposition when compared to its new peers. Base price for a standard V6-powered 2010 Mustang is reportedly $21,845, including delivery charge. For comparison, its biggest competitor will surely be the Camaro, which starts at $22,995. The other revived pony car is the Dodge Challenger, which in base SE form begins with a $22,545 sticker price. Each of these entry-level models comes equipped with a standard V6 engine, though the Challenger comes only with a four-speed automatic while its competitors offer a stick. Anyone wanting an open-air experience has no choice but to opt for the Ford, as the Blue Oval's offering is the only modern musclecar with an optional drop-top.

Stepping up to a V8-powered Mustang will reportedly run you $27,995 – quite a bit cheaper than the V8-powered Camaro's $30,995 sticker. Dodge's entry runs $30,545 for the base R/T model and its HEMI V8. It's not exactly an apples-to-apples comparison, of course, as the Mustang GT is down a bit on horsepower compared to its rivals, but we think the GT's cut-rate pricing should be more than enough to keep Ford's pony at the top of the sales charts. For more options information (bereft of pricing), download Ford's .pdf here.



[Source: Ford, Inside Line]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Based on what I've read about these three cars, the Camaro is a more modern and more advanced car and is based on a platform that, although heavier, has great handling and sporting characteristics. It also offers a more powerful base engine. All three cars are the best pony cars in decades. Out of the three, the Challenger's exterior design stays truest to the original. It's interior is decent, but it's somewhat bland and would look well in any of Chrysler's mainstream products. While the new Mustang borrows many cues from the late 60s models, I feel that the overall look of the new one has been softened and cheapened and does not look as aggressive as the previous model. I understand that its interior materials have been upgraded, but it looks more mainstream now. In my opinion the Camaro's look is, overall, a more successful execution of retro design. The exterior and interior take the 1969 design cues and make them look very modern while at the same retaining a retro look. In my opinion, the overall look of the Camaro is more distinctive and original than the Mustang and Challenger. If I was in the market for a muscle car, the Camaro SS would be my pick.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I ENJOY READING THE HIGH TECH BLOGS HERE. MOST OF YOU ARE VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT THESE "PONY" CARS. DURING MY DRAG RACING DAYS IN THE "60'S" MY FAVORITE CAR WAS A HURST OLDS "442". IT WAS NEVER BEATEN IN THE 1/4 MILE RUNNING IN PURE "B" STOCK CLASS. IT WAS STOLEN AND ENDED UP IN A SWIMMING POOL IN RENO NEVADA DURING A POLICE CHASE. THE CAR WAS NEVER THE SAME AGAIN. I AM 77 YEARS YOUNG AND STILL RACE MY ATV OUTLANDER "800" HERE IN THE SAND DUNES. I WON FIRST PLACE IN THE ELK RIVER IDAHO MUD RACES LAST SEPT. IST WITH THE "800". THE CAR I MISS THE MOST IS MY OLD "39" MERCURY VERT.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Muscle/Pony car shoppers will always be brand loyal, and money is no object. I love all three cars, but my money was on the hood of the Challenger before it even shipped -- and there are no regrets here.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Of course, the V6 in the Camaro puts out as much power as the Mustang GT.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The 2010 Mustang will be on sale early 2009; the reworked 4.6L makes 315HP on 87 octane and 5 more on premium. True the Camaro V6 will be rated at 300HP but its Torque will be far less than the Mustang GT's (325 lbft.) and hence far less strong.
        The current Mustang GT runs 0-60 @5.2 seconds and quarter mile in 13.8 seconds; the 2010 model will shave .2 0r .3 seconds off both of those marks. I have seen the current Bullitt Mustang (same V8 Engine) run the quarter in slightly less than 13.3 seconds. Let's see that from a V6 Camaro.
        Don't get me wrong, the V6 Camaro will be a great Car but don't expect it to stay anywhere Close to the V8 Mustang in acceleration.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Uhhh, yeah, so it's 500lbs heavier and you're stuck with a 4sp auto? have fun with that one...
        • 6 Years Ago
        whoops, my mistake. was thinking challenger...

        6sp auto standard in the Camaro? hmmm.....
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am waiting for the Challenger HEMI convertible. My 2nd choice woud be the Mustang GT Convertible. The Camaro never did "it" for me & still doesn't.

      But.... I just like the power & cornering "feel" ~ I do not race on the road, nor at the track. Just like the sound, feel and once in a very rare time a stoplight burn out!

      Will anyone ever bring back white leather interior ?
      I am so sick of grey, beige, red or black !
      terry
      • 6 Years Ago
      Grandma's and housewives don't want them either, cause they don't go anywhere in the winter, your housebound, and they are gas guzzlers, espeicially the V8 Stang. So if the car dealers want to bail out they are going to have to come up with some functional, lo mileage cars. They can't keep expecting us to buy the stuff they make now. Get real!!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      So...to get 300HP in a Camaro you have to pay $22,995. To get 300HP in a Mustang...you have to pay $27,995.

      Ford missed it again with this re-skinned Mustang.

      Launching this car with carryover engines has to be one of the dumbest things Ford has done in the past 5 years...and there have been many...but this one takes the cake.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Come on! It should be common knowledge that the old engines are ONLY for the 2010 model year. In 2011 the engines will be new! most likely the 3.5 or 3.7 duratec and the new 5.0 V8.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Matt
        so let me get this straight. you think that Ford shipping the cheapest muscle car with a v8 is a mistake. Its also the lightest.

        The camaro and challenger v8s are priced way too high and weigh too much. That camaro v6 you mentioned also weighs more than the mustang with the v8 so the stang will out perform.

        Ford is also basing the stang on a platform it can make money from. its not at high tech but it makes good business sense. watch the public vote with their dollars. Lots of v6 camaros and v8 stangs will be sold. The other models will not sell in large numbers.
      JustsayNOtoFord
      • 6 Years Ago
      I dont care how "pretty" the Mustang may appear to people who like to ride ponies. Its a Ford. You couldnt get me to drive a Ford...ANY FORD....for a million dollars (well, maybe a million....). Ford's have that "Ford feel" and that is not a good thing. Mustang's have been and always will be "squirrely" with an incredibly poor weight balance front to rear. I have yet to drive the new Challenger, so I will reserve judgment on it until I do. But ixnay on the Mustang.
      • 6 Years Ago

      They should have a racing series for these three pony cars like they should used to have in their heyday.
      • 6 Years Ago
      $1,000 less for 90 less hp and a LRA, smacks of bargain to me....or not.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I’d have to agree on the LRA part for the average v-6 buyer but disagree on the power. The Camaro and Mustang will be cross shopped and the main concern at the V-6 level will be looks, power and fuel economy. $1,100 isn’t that much for 42% more horsepower and more capable handling.

        The GT makes more of a case because it’s lighter, several grand cheaper and for those who prefer drag racing an LRA is better.
        • 6 Years Ago
        RJ, Ford currently sells (and I suspect Chevy and Dodge will sell) significantly more V6 ponies than V8's. SIGNIFICANTLY. I don't think bringing up V8 owners invalidates Polly's actual point.
        • 6 Years Ago
        As for fuel economy its almost the opposite of what you'd expect. The smaller lighter Mustang drinks the most fuel whereas the 5.7L HEMI Challenger uses the least.
        • 6 Years Ago
        dude no kidding. A 300hp camaro for $23k.... sign me up. Although i wish it could lose 500lbs
        • 6 Years Ago
        Lets take a walk down memory lane. Perhaps history will tell us how important relative performance is in ponycar sales.

        The last gen Camaro (both the 200hp 3.8 V6 and 300 hp V8) outperformed the Mustang by a significan margin.

        The Mustang outsold the Camaro because it was a better daily driver. The Mustang had easier ingress/egress and its back seat was larger and more accessible.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Dave -
        "Lets take a walk down memory lane. Perhaps history will tell us how important relative performance is in ponycar sales.

        The last gen Camaro (both the 200hp 3.8 V6 and 300 hp V8) outperformed the Mustang by a significan margin.

        The Mustang outsold the Camaro because it was a better daily driver. The Mustang had easier ingress/egress and its back seat was larger and more accessible."

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        It's relatively safe to say that this time around the situation's going to be a lot different. The Camaro will mostlikely be just as capable in all aspects and may exceed the Stang in some of the stats that matter like power, mileage, exterior, interior and perhaps residual value. I think the only redeeming factor for the Mustang is (don't quote me on this) it uses 87 while the Camaro uses 91.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Out in the real world, the one where most people aren't gearheads who read Autoblog all day, almost nobody cares about HP and 'LRAs' and all that noise. They want to coolest appearing car for the least amount of money, and decent mileage to boot."

        The last one's going to hobble the Mustang. It currently gets 19 mpg with the V-6 and automatic. Camaro will get 20 mpg with more powerful V-6, and will cost only $1000 less.

        Oh yeah, and then Camaro was Bumblebee. A little late to the pony show for Chevy to be milking that cow, but I'll betcha they'll figure out a way to do it in their ads and brochures.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love the rumble and torque of my '08 GT. It's fast enough for me but I didn't buy one b/c I wanted a sports car. I bought it b/c I wanted a rumbling RWD V8. And I didn't want something that weighed 4000lbs either. Ford was giving them away too. For 23,600 including EVERYTHING (tax, tags, freight, fees).....it's a good deal.....and the leather seats are comfortable. V6s are boring. The sound alone on my '08 GT is grin inducing at any speed.
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