2011 Chevrolet Camaro vs. Its Competition

2011 Chevrolet Camaro
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The competition heats up for the Camaro for 2011, as Ford has extensively refreshed its Mustang and installed two much more powerful (yet also very fuel-efficient) engines in the pony car.

The 2011 Ford Mustang steps up with a standard 305-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 and 31-mpg highway fuel economy rating, or the rorty new 412-hp, 5.0-liter V-8, plus body and suspension improvements to match the interior upgrades that carry over from 2010.

What it means is that the 2011 Mustang is a much worthier rival.

Muscle-car enthusiasts will want to study up on the spec differences, but weighed back-to-back, the Mustang is a remarkably more spacious, livable package, and a blast to drive in GT form with the new 5.0.

The Mustang also stands out for its superior technology, namely the SYNC connectivity system.

The Challenger, in comparison, feels considerably larger, while the 370Z is an edgy traditional sports car with a tight interior, and the Genesis Coupe isn't that much larger.

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7.8
The 2011 Chevy Camaro is a head-turner with scorching performance, especially in SS form. But the trade-off is a big drop in practicality and comfort.
8.2
The 2011 Dodge Challenger has retro style and blistering muscle-car performance in spades, but it's a surprisingly well-equipped, comfortable touring coupe to boot.
8.4
The 2011 Ford Mustang lives up to all those juvenile, tire-smoking pony-car expectations; at the same time, it’s an unexpectedly capable, sophisticated coupe.
8.0
For road or track, the 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is one of the best performance values on the market.
8.2
A great performance car that starts just under $30,000, the 2011 Nissan 370Z comes close enough to Porsche performance to make you wonder.
MSRP From    
$22,805$24,895$22,145$22,250$31,450
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6
EPA Class    
CompactMidsizeCompactSubcompactTwo-Seater
Style Name    
2-Door Coupe 1LS2-Door Coupe2-Door Coupe V62-Door 2.0T Manual2-Door Coupe Manual
Drivetrain    
Rear wheel driveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel driveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
45442
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
2 Door Coupe2 Door Coupe2 Door Coupe2 Door Coupe2 Door Coupe
Transmission    
ManualAutomaticManualManual w/ODManual w/OD