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2012 Chevrolet Camaro vs. Its Competition

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Despite refreshed offerings from Ford as of last year, the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro comes out swinging for 2012 with the new ZL1, an up-rated V-6 that packs as much economy as it does power, and a still-strong SS model.

Nonetheless, the 2012 Ford Mustang, with the 302 Boss, Laguna Seca, and equally thrifty/fun V-6 models is a legitimate, worthwhile alternative.

The Mustang also has the advantage when it comes to practicality, being roomier inside, with a larger trunk and more outward visibility.

The Mustang is also lighter, and therefore feels a bit nimbler than the bulky Camaro.

The Challenger is bigger than both, but its HEMI-soundtracked top models and exceptional ride quality might make it a good choice.

For those willing to look to import marques, the Nissan 370Z is an enticing alternative to either muscle car, giving up the back seat for yet more nimble handling while still packing a strong performance punch.

Those looking to reserve their budgets might find an answer in the Hyundai Genesis Coupe.

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The 2012 Chevy Camaro isn't practical, but it's stunning to look at and offers scorching performance--even without the ZL1 package.
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A comfortable touring coupe most of the time, the retro-themed 2012 Dodge Challenger can turn in blistering musclecar performance when it's got a HEMI.
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The 2012 Ford Mustang doles out all the tire-smoking pony-car thrills, but it's also grown to become quite a sophisticated car.
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The 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is one of the best performance-car values, with several models fitting the needs of either daily commuters of track-day enthusiasts.
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Performance per dollar, the 2012 Nissan 370Z is a bargain, and it's quick enough in absolute terms to reach toward the domain of much more expensive sports cars.
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14 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
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6
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2-Door Coupe 1LS2-Door Coupe SXT Plus2-Door Coupe V62-Door I4 2.0T Manual2-Door Coupe Manual
Rear wheel driveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel driveRear Wheel Drive
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Coupe2 Door Coupe2 Door Coupe2 Door Coupe2 Door Coupe
ManualAutomaticManualManualManual w/OD
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