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The new 2024 Ford Mustang EcoBoost kicks off the second generation of turbocharged four-cylinder ‘Stangs. However, the Mustang’s new look isn’t for everyone. Still, the used sports car market has plenty of killer alternatives, like the 2021 Chevrolet Camaro LT and 2022 Subaru BRZ Limited. 

What’s new about the 2024 Ford Mustang EcoBoost?

A gray 2024 Ford Mustang EcoBoost shows off its rear-end styling.
2024 Ford Mustang EcoBoost | Ford

The upcoming 2024 Ford Mustang EcoBoost gets a brand new look inside and out, complete with angular body language and screens galore. It’s a welcome update to the aging S550 lineup, which Ford has produced continuously since 2015. Better yet, the new EcoBoost bumps horsepower output from 310 to 315. 

However, the new EcoBoost loses its six-speed MT82 manual transmission option. Consequently, the cheapest way for Ford fans to get a manual Mustang in 2024 is to opt for the V8-powered GT, which starts at $42,495. Not only is the GT pricier, but it’s also a much thirstier platform. As a result, there is no longer an eco-friendly Mustang option for drivers who want to row through gears.  

What are some alternatives to the 2024 Ford Mustang EcoBoost?

A gray 2024 Ford Mustang EcoBoost drives through a harbor.
2024 Ford Mustang EcoBoost | Ford

There are plenty of alternatives on the used sports market for fans who don’t want the new, manual-free, four-cylinder 2024 Ford Mustang EcoBoost. 

Ford Mustang EcoBoost alternativePrice
2021 Chevrolet Camaro LT$27,614
2022 Subaru BRZ Limited (Manual)$30,856
2020 Dodge Challenger R/T$29,629
2018 BMW M240i$32,107

While the upcoming EcoBoost carries over its 2.3L four-cylinder engine, the 2021 Chevrolet Camaro LT and Dodge Challenger R/T offer more powerful V6 and V8s, respectively. Moreover, the 2018 BMW M240i xDrive provides grippy all-wheel drive (AWD) and a more powerful inline six-cylinder engine. Finally, the 2022 Subaru BRZ Limited is a lightweight, engaging flat four-cylinder alternative to the EcoBoost with an eager manual gearbox. 

How much horsepower does a 2021 Camaro LT V6 have?

A pair of Chevrolet Camaro models park inside.
A pair of sixth-gen Chevrolet Camaros | General Motors

The 2021 Chevrolet Camaro LT produces 335 horsepower from its optional 3.6L V6. The six-cylinder engine is a welcome bump over the standard 2.0L four-cylinder mill and its 275 ponies. 

Moreover, 335 horsepower is enough to out-muscle the 2024 Ford Mustang EcoBoost and the current 330-horsepower EcoBoost High Performance. Better yet, the Camaro LT has an optional six-speed manual transmission, a feature that the upcoming EcoBoost won’t offer. 

How much is a 2022 Subaru BRZ Limited?

A silver 2022 Subaru BRZ blasts down a coastal road.
2022 Subaru BRZ | Subaru

A used 2022 Subaru BRZ Limited has a fair value of about $30,856, per Kelley Blue Book (KBB). Still, the BRZ, along with its mechanical sibling, the Toyota GR86, constitutes one of the most engaging driver’s cars on the market. 

With a rev-happy 228-horsepower 2.4L flat four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission, the BRZ trades forced induction and high horsepower figures for nimble handling and joyous gear changes.  

How much horsepower does a 2020 Challenger R/T 5.7 have?

A 2020 Dodge Challenger R/T produces 375 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. Power comes courtesy of a naturally aspirated 5.7L HEMI V8 engine. Furthermore, the R/T is the entry-level V8-powered model in the Challenger lineup. 

Furthermore, the R/T’s V8 is musical and muscular compared to the four-cylinder mill in a comparable Ford Mustang EcoBoost. Better yet, the Challenger R/T offers a six-speed manual transmission or a quick-shifting eight-speed automatic. Of course, the Challenger is larger, heavier, and thirstier. Still, the used Dodge model’s $29,629 value is a bit less spendy than the new 2024 Ford Mustang EcoBoost’s $30,920 start point. 

Is a used 2018 BMW M240i more expensive than a new Ford Mustang EcoBoost?

A used 2018 BMW M240i xDrive has a fair value of around $32,107, nearly $1,200 more than a new 2024 Ford Mustang EcoBoost. However, the BMW’s inline six-cylinder out-muscles the incipient EcoBoost by 20 horsepower. 

Moreover, the M240i xDrive boasts AWD for competence in inclement weather, a feature the Mustang goes without. Further, the M240i is available as a coupe or convertible to rival the new EcoBoost’s options.


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