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If you've found yourself stuck on the fence between the sultry styling of the Chevrolet Camaro V6 and the downright impressive sports car performance of the Ford Mustang V6, Consumer Reports may just have something to help you make up your mind one way or the other. Those responsible for some of the most aggressive consumer testing in the industry have awarded the Blue Oval a 'Very Good' road test score while the Bowtie was saddled with a mere 'Good' rating. The testers went so far as to say that picking the six-pot in the Mustang didn't take too much away from the car's fun factor, while doing the same in the Camaro did.

That's no surprise to us. We felt the six-cylinder Mustang was fit enough to go toe-to-toe with the likes of the Nissan 370Z and Hyundai Genesis Coupe in our recent Battle of the Sixes – something we wouldn't have even bothered to try with the Camaro, let alone the Dodge Challenger.

Consumer Reports also said that the Mustang is 'Recommended' by the company, but the Camaro is too new to have accurate reliability data. Hit the jump for the press release.

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[Source: Consumer Reports]

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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.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Hard to pick a "bad" car? True, unless it's a Hyundai, Kia, Chevy Aveo, or a few other throwaway cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The V6s are still hugely "meh" and remove a huge part of the appeal of cars like the Mustang.

      The V8s will always be where it's at. Especially with V6 prices climbing over $30k now.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Drive a rental 11 model V6 Mustang with it's automatic and 2.71 rear end gears, and you will probably wonder what all the hype is about. Fuel economy quickly goes from low 30's to mid 20's as soon as you drive fast enough to keep up with traffic as well. At least with the rental combination - the 305HP and 31 MPG claim doesn't turn out to be as exciting as it sounds.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Tremendous bargain, though.

        For me, seriously, I would choose the cheap thrills V6 over the more expensive V8. The V6 starts at, what, $22,000?
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is why Ford may still be the only one of the Big Three with a real future ahead of it. they saw a problem with one of their cars, and actually fixed it. That V6 looks downright mean, honestly almost as good as a last generation GT Stang. Throw in performance credentials matching the old V8, and that's a damn attractive package.

      The Camaro on the other hand, is just disappointing. I liked the design when it was practically in production like five years ago. Now, it just looks tired, and more likely to wind up on an Avis lot than my driveway. I don't know, it just looks like they took a nice design and condensed it to fit too small a platform, so now the proportions are all odd in my opinion. Add in lackluster performance across the board (in comparison to the Stang) and that good ole GM unreliability and high price tag, and I just can't see it. I think this Camaro was just a big long wait for nothing, which sucks as I really hoped it was gonna be an animal that would spearhead GM turning itself around. But, like everything else in the last decade, save the Vette and CTS-V, it's just another half-assed, budget crippled, out of touch and outdated product of a car company that gave up on cars twenty years ago.

        • 4 Years Ago
        How did you get everything backwards? Next thing you will be saying an Allis Chalmers is better than a Farmall. Off to pick up my beautiful blue Camaro. That tired looking and it truly is mustang.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ford must give cr some good under the table finger and mouth jobs...........this is ridiculous, precisely why cr has never and will never get any support from me
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks wise the Challenger is the best.
      • 4 Years Ago
      CR has always been biased toward Foreign cars so it is not surprising that to be able to downgrade American cars they compete them against each other. American cars are now equal or superior to the imports in quality and reliability. These are both "great " quality cars with no real rivals. "Go Ford And Chevrolet", keep up the good work and don't stop improving mileage and reliabilty. Next, a high mileage turbo for both V-6's
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Camaro's interior looks like it was made by Fisher Price. Absolute disappointment.
      • 4 Years Ago
      we use to subscribe to the consumers report magazine....but 95% of the time when we would make a purchase on what they gave a great rating to or advised what would be the better brand it was always crap.....so after all the NOT so great advice the gave in the passed .....I am going for the CHEVY COMARO
      • 4 Years Ago
      An the winner is the company that ponies up the$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$4
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you can back that up with some actual fact, you will have broken loose a Watergate-level scandal. Some of their auto reviews can be downright pathetic (see above), but Consumer's Union has had a long-standing no-advertising policy and all vehicles tested are purchased right off of dealer lots.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I know it's a good car, but it's ridiculous CR will recommend the car with no data to go on. This is just flat out biased.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Typical consumer's report, they are always pro ford or foreign, precisely why I don't spend my money on them.....
        • 4 Years Ago
        They're pro-Ford or pro-Foreign because those are the companies building the highest quality cars. They put a big emphasis on cars that are built well and last, and Ford and the Japanese cars are clearly ahead of the competition in that regard.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I got the 2011 5.0 so the info on the v6 is mute to me, though I do love the fact that Ford brought the V6 out of obscurity
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