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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|14 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|2-Door Coupe 1LS||2-Door Coupe Rallye Redline||2-Door Coupe V6||2-Door Coupe Manual|
|Rear wheel drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Coupe||2 Door Coupe||2 Door Coupe||2 Door Coupe|
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