The only--only--competitor for the Camaro on message boards and in fanzines forever more has been Ford's Mustang.
There's so little love between them, it's tough to call them cross-shops--but the Mustang does offer a reasonable alternative to the Camaro to reasonable people.
It's packaged better, can be less expensive and better on gas, and when it's fitted with its own magical V-8, rushes through the 400- and 500-horsepower bogeys with exhilarating speed, though we'd angle for a ZL1 over the latest Shelby GT500 when soul-searching for the better driving experience.
The Dodge Challenger looks the part of retro musclecar the best, with its enormous deck and hood and its crisp proportions.
The HEMI-soundtracked models keep the exceptional ride quality intact, but the Challenger's just a big car that drives exactly that way.
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, revamped this year with much better turbo-four power and road manners, but still a redshirt in a raging battle that started eons before it was ever conceived.
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|2013 Chevrolet CamaroBrowse Used Listings||2013 Dodge ChallengerBrowse Used Listings||2013 Ford MustangBrowse Used Listings||2013 Hyundai Genesis CoupeBrowse Used Listings||2013 Nissan 370ZBrowse Used Listings|
|14 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas V6|
|2-Door Coupe LS w/1LS||2-Door Coupe SXT Plus||2-Door Coupe V6||2-Door I4 2.0T Manual||2-Door Coupe Manual|
|Rear wheel drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Coupe||Coupe||Coupe||Coupe||2 Door Coupe|