Is the EcoBoost Mustang the Best Small Engined Muscle Car?

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Truthfully it has never been a better time to buy a muscle car. Equally true, it’s never been a better time to buy a non-V8 muscle car.

Whether it be the EcoBoost Mustang, the RS Camaro or the V6 Challenger all offer shoppers more than 300 horsepower- which for context blows the doors off our ’86 Mustang GT’s piddly 200 stock horsepower.

Cars.com gathered the three small engined pony cars (Camaro 2.0T was unavailable at the time) for a weeks worth of testing:

  • On a racetrack outside of Phoenix to see how well they performed in zero-to-60-mph tests, quarter-mile times and speeds, and 60-mph-to-zero braking distance tests.
  • Driven on a 130-mile real-world mileage course in and around Phoenix.
  • Judges drove them back-to-back-to-back on the same pavement to evaluate ride, handling, comfort, acceleration and more.

What did they think of the EcoBoost Mustang?

“The EcoBoost really does have more of a European-style coupe feel to it than outright muscle car, and that’s just fine, as it really has expanded the appeal of the Mustang to a whole new audience.”

I won’y ruin the rest of the test for you, head on over to Cars.com for full results and comments