2012 Ford Mustang vs. Its Competition

2012 Ford Mustang 2-door Coupe GT Premium Side Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2012 Ford Mustang has many personalities, but not as many direct competitors.

The V-6 version now is a worthy competitor to cars like the Hyundai Genesis Coupe and Nissan 370Z.

The Z is lighter, more nimble and more like an all-out sports car than the Mustang; the Genesis Coupe is sized right, but lacks some of the finesse in its drivetrain that the Z delivers, though it's still a great bargain.

The V-8 Mustang GT feels like a serious performance car now, and it's just as quick as the Chevrolet Camaro SS, and we like its rev-happy feel a little better.

The Camaro has a lot less head room and a very plain interior, too--and it doesn't have any of the Mustang's infotainment razzle-dazzle.

2012 Ford Mustang 2-door Coupe GT Premium Side Exterior View2012 Ford Mustang
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2012 Chevrolet Camaro SS2012 Chevrolet Camaro
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2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2-door 3.8L Auto Grand Touring w/Brn Lth Angular Front Exterior View2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
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2012 Nissan 370Z coupe2012 Nissan 370Z
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Quick Specs
8.4
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 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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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.
MSRP From   
$22,310$23,280$22,250$32,280
Gas Mileage   
15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V6Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6
EPA Class   
CompactCompactSubcompactTwo-Seater
Style Name   
2-Door Coupe V62-Door Coupe 1LS2-Door I4 2.0T Manual2-Door Coupe Manual
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel DriveRear wheel driveRear Wheel driveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
4442
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
2 Door CoupeCoupe2 Door Coupe2 Door Coupe
Transmission   
ManualManualManualManual w/OD
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