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Consumer Reports has never compared the predicted reliability of a Ferrari versus a Lamborghini. Rather, these guys and gals are famous for testing the vehicles we actually buy: econoboxes, mid-size sedans, CUVs and the like. They're the NPR of the auto reviewing world, except they're really not. We know the people at CR's automotive department, and they're true car fans. That fact is on display in this video, which previews the mag's upcoming triple comparo of the Ford Mustang GT, Chevy Camaro SS and Dodge Challenger R/T. While CR usually buys all of the vehicles that get reviewed in its pages, the team is still shopping for a Mustang and Camaro and so had to borrow examples for this video. We hope they gave the owners some money for new tires, because most of that rubber went up in smoke during filming. Follow the jump to watch the CR crew kick off their loafers and get crazy.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I appreciate CR's objectivity and thorough testing regimen.
      I especially like the fact that they factor predicted reliability into their scores and recommendations. I tend to keep cars well past the 100,000 mile mark so buying a less reliable vehicle is going to be costly and aggravating. It's nice to have a reliable source for that important criterion.

      The guys at MT, C/D and R/T are neither thorough, objective, nor practical. They will compare three cars intended to be practical and pick the one with the lowest reliability rating. Not something a practical consumer would do.
      It's been my observation that the people who don't like CR are overwhelmingly fans of domestic makes. Hey, if you don't like the results, complain to Ford, GM, and ChrsFiatler to start making better quality products.

      Shooting the messenger doesn't change the message. It just makes you feel better. unfortunately, it also makes you look really stupid.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Such a car does not fit my needs, budget, or appeal, but out of the 3, I admire the Mustang. I like the interior a lot, the exterior styling is fine, Ford quality is better than decent, and I'm just generally bullish on Ford these days. The Mustang just seems like the most satisfying daily driver over the long run, although I'm sure the others would be fun one-night stands. I have seen 1 Charger, and those things are just too big and blocky. I'm not liking the Camaro so much, interior especially.

      Off topic, but I saw a convoy of 4 Transit Connect vans in my town today. Must have been doing a marketing or publicity tour.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "They're the NPR of the auto reviewing world...."

      Uh..I don't think so!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nothing wrong with Consumer Reports. Just remember who they're writing for and their conclusions will make perfect sense. I just hope they realize they should test the Mustang GT coupe and not the convertible when they really get down to it.

      Even in the preview the Camaro looks awesome. (well, except for the interior) And I'm on record as a Ford guy. Here's to robust competition--it should ultimately give us better muscle cars all around.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah, im almost positive somehow a toyota is going to win.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Consumer Reports?

      Let me guess, a Toyota wins.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Solara was so far ahead, you couldn't even see it in the video!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        SOLARA BEATS THEM ALL BRO
        • 6 Years Ago
        When I use the muscle car vs. sports car dichotomy, I'm talking about driving dynamics more than layout or model-range heirarchy.

        The Mustang is big, traditional, mechanically unsophisticated fun (albeit made quite refined since 2005). The Camaro's modernity and engineering finesse blur the line between muscle cars and cars like the Z/G37, 135i, RX-8, etc.--which I would call sports cars, though I realize that's using the term loosely.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Great Video
        • 6 Years Ago
        #3: Challenger - a styling exercise that cruises comfortably.
        #2: Mustang - a great muscle car.
        #1: Camaro - a sports car.


        The problem is that #2 and #1 are not true. The Mustang and Camaro are both pony cars. The G8 is a muscle car. The Corvette and Viper are sports cars (Ford doesn't make one.) Actual enthusiasts would know that.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If you watched the video before posting the knee-jerk "durr CR" comments, you'd see that they actually praise the Mustang and Camaro (and, tangentially, the G8) very highly.

        They're essentially giving you the executive summary of next month's test.
        #3: Challenger - a styling exercise that cruises comfortably.
        #2: Mustang - a great muscle car.
        #1: Camaro - a sports car.

        Which is true.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Whatta moron . . .
        • 6 Years Ago
        @johncuyle

        "actual enthusiasts would know that."

        You don't know just how much you sound like Comic Book Guy when you say that.

        They are all just glorified marketing terms. 10 years from now guys like you will be arguing over which cars were CUV's or SUV's or UAV's. Who cares if he get's them all right as long as he gives them a fair review. Kudos to CR for having someone review these vehicles that actually was more interested in how they drove than what material they used on the headliner, whether or not the steering wheel telescoped or if you could fit 3 child seats in the back.
      • 6 Years Ago
      After the test, we'll tell you which car is the best, *cough* Chevy Camaro *cough*.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Please don't compare NPR to Consumer Reports.

      NPR is for intelligent people. Consumer Reports; for idiots.

      And I'll take one of each please.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's right. I'm saving the Camaro for myself..
      • 6 Years Ago
      The main thing wrong I see in this comparo is that the Mustang is a convertible, while the rest are hardtops. Kinda puts the Mustang behind in terms of handling and stability, doesn't it?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hyundai Genesis Coupe should be in the mix
        • 6 Years Ago
        jsjs: The G37 according to the newest tests I’ve read is about a second behind this trio in both 0-60 and 0-100. The RX8 is even slower and the rotary would probably run out of fuel and/or oil before making it to 60. Also, the handling deficit is minimal when considering that knife edge finesse is not the American tradition. And finally, the Gen coupe has a horrible ride. I would gladly trade a couple tenths off of my imaginary lap time at Laguna Seca to preserve my skeletal structure.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It is... it's just so far behind that you don't see it in the video!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        So would the G37 and the RX-8 would be woefully behind.

        What serge doesn't get after post after post is that not everything is about outright 0-60 acceleration (which is why a base Cayman, even tho a bit underpowered, is a lot of fun to drive).

        Driving dynamics and handling are key and the GenCoupe has that over the pony cars (not surprising since that isn't supposed to be the strong suit for pony cars - albeit the new Mustang and Camaro have improved dramatically in these depts).




        • 6 Years Ago
        I think a few reviews proved that the 2010 Mustang GT is faster around a race track than a GenCoupe and feels just as nice doing it. The Camaro is faster than a 2010 Mustang GT... thus using an incredibly complicated algorithm I was able to determine that the SS Camaro is not only faster than the GenCoupe in a straight line, but also around a race track! The Camaro SS has a recorded lap time of 8:20 around the 'Ring... faster than a Cayman S, M Coupe, Exige S, S5, 335i and right on the heels of a $60,000 IS-F...
        • 6 Years Ago
        lol, thanks for the laugh.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll take my Challenger over the other 2 any day!
      • 6 Years Ago
      How did I just watch this video? I am NOT a subscriber.
      I like how he said 'we don't just test them in a straight line, but we test how they handle, how practical etc....." Really, YOU DO? LIKE EVERYONE ELSE? Neat.

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