2013 Chevrolet Camaro vs. Its Competition

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Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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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The Chevy Camaro's no single-minded musclecar--there's good gas mileage and entertaining handling to be had, if you tick the right boxes.
The retro-themed 2013 Dodge Challenger is actually a comfortable touring coupe, but it can play to all the tire-scorching musclecar expectations when a Hemi's under the hood.
Don't let the brash sound and classic looks fool you; the Ford Mustang offers some of the best performance-car bang for the buck--delivered with surprising sophistication.
While the performance-per-dollar value of the 2013 Nissan 370Z remains largely intact, enabling it to play with more expensive sports cars for less money, rising prices narrow that advantage.
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14 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
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2-Door Coupe LS w/1LS2-Door Coupe Rallye Redline2-Door Coupe V62-Door Coupe Manual
Rear wheel driveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
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CoupeCoupeCoupe2 Door Coupe
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