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2019 Chevrolet Camaro Review | CarMax

For more than 50 years, the Chevrolet Camaro has been a staple in the sports car category. The 2019 Camaro is part of the sixth generation (2016-present) and pays homage to its roots while still offering plenty of modern upgrades and tech features. Here's what we'll cover in our review of the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro:

Key Specs & Features

  • The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine at 275 hp.
  • 1LT and 2LT trims offer an optional 3.6L V6 engine at 335 hp—and this more powerful engine comes standard on the 3LT trim.
  • 1SS and 2SS trims are outfitted with a 6.2L V8 engine at 455 hp, and the ZL1 boasts the most powerful engine of all: a supercharged 6.2L V8 at a whopping 650 hp.
  • The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro comes with a six-speed manual transmission on all trims, although an eight-speed automatic is optional on the 1LS, 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT trims.
  • A 10-speed automatic transmission is optional on the 1SS, 2SS, and ZL1 trims.
  • Every 2019 Chevrolet Camaro comes standard with 4G LTE connectivity and Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities.1
  • Every 2019 Chevrolet Camaro trim is available in a four-seat coupe configuration, and every trim except for the base 1LS is offered in a convertible body style.


5 Reasons to Buy

1. Robust Engine Offerings

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No fewer than four engine configurations are available on the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro—and they're all pretty impressive. Even the base engine is a turbocharged four-cylinder at a respectable 275 hp—and the options only get more powerful from there. Optional on the 1LT and 2LT trims (and standard on the 3LT trim) is a 3.6L V6 engine at 335 hp. 1SS and 2SS trims get a 6.2L V8 engine at 445 hp, and engine offerings max out with the ZL1's sprightly supercharged 6.2L V8 at 650 hp.

2. Considerable Standard Features

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Even on the base 1LS trim, you don't have to sacrifice convenient features in the 2019 Camaro. Standard equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, smartphone integration, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a seven-inch touchscreen interface. A rearview camera, keyless ignition/entry, and a six-speaker sound system are all standard equipment as well.

3. Standard 4G LTE Connectivity1

The 2019 Camaro's standard 4G LTE connectivity capabilities1 make it possible to turn your vehicle into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot; it works by using OnStar® to connect to local 4G LTE towers in the same way your smartphone already connects to its network. From there, the 4G signal is designed to broadcast as a hotspot within the vehicle. Up to seven devices can be connected simultaneously, but you will need an OnStar® data plan to use it.

4. Available Coupe and Convertible Styles

Except for the base 1LS trim (which is available only as a coupe), the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro is offered in both coupe and convertible body styles. The convertible features fully automatic operation, so you can lower the top with the push of a button while the vehicle is in motion (up to 30 mph). While parked, the car's key fob can be used to control the top as needed.

5. Smooth and Responsive Ride

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Across all trim levels and engine configurations, the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro delivers an incredibly smooth ride with sharp handling and responsive steering. Additional features, such as the ZL1's launch control, is designed to keep rear tires spinning at the proper speed for greater traction and control. Available Magnetic Ride Control™ also stiffens suspension for a smoother ride. No matter which trim or features your 2019 Camaro has, you can expect a smooth ride behind the wheel.

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What You Need to Know

2019 Chevrolet Camaro Trim Levels

The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro is offered in seven trim configurations: 1LS, 1LT, 2LT, SLT, 1SS, 2SS, and ZL1.

The base 1LS trim is the only trim not offered in a convertible body style (coupe only), and comes with the following standard features:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Seven-inch touchscreen interface
  • 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi capability1
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Keyless entry and ignition

On the 1LT trim, standard equipment includes the features of the 1LS trim, plus:

  • Satellite radio
  • Steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters
  • Remote start
  • Six-way power-adjustable passenger seat

The 2LT trim features all the above equipment with the following extras:

  • Automatic dual-zone climate control
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror

The 3LT trim takes things up another notch with these additional features:

  • Premium nine-speaker Bose audio system
  • Built-in GPS navigation
  • Eight-inch touchscreen interface
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors

The 1SS trim is outfitted with:

  • 20-inch wheels
  • Performance suspension
  • Sporty rear spoiler
  • Brembo brakes
  • Limited-slip differential

On the 2SS trim, you'll find:

  • Rearview camera mirror
  • Unique cabin accents
  • Nine-speaker Bose audio system
  • Performance data and video recorder

Finally, the top-tier ZL1 trim boasts:

  • Launch control
  • Upgraded alloy wheels with performance tires
  • Recaro sport seats
  • Magnetic-Ride Control™ suspension
  • Adaptive dampers

2019 Chevrolet Camaro Color Choices

The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro is available in 11 exterior color options:

  • Summit White
  • Silver Ice Metallic
  • Satin Steel Gray Metallic
  • Shadow Gray Metallic
  • Crush
  • Red Hot
  • Garnet Red Tintcoat
  • Shock
  • Riverside Blue Metallic
  • Mosaic Black Metallic
  • Black

Similar Vehicles

In the world of sports cars and muscle cars, the 2019 Camaro shines. However, there are some other vehicles you may want to consider before you decide on your next purchase.

Ford Mustang

This classic American muscle car saw the release of its sixth and current generation in 2015. The 2019 Ford Mustang is offered in both coupe and convertible body styles, though the base EcoBoost and top-tier Bullitt are available as a coupe only. A turbocharged 2.0L engine at 310 hp and six-speed manual transmission is standard on the 2019 Mustang, though GT trims are outfitted with a more powerful 5.0L V8 at 460 hp. Engine power maxes out on the Bullitt trim with a modified intake manifold that allows the 5.0L V8 to put out 480 hp.

Other standard equipment on the 2019 Mustang is generous and includes a limited-slip rear differential, launch control, a six-speaker sound system, and keyless entry/ignition.

Dodge Challenger

The Dodge Challenger is a popular choice among those who want to enjoy the driving experience of a muscle car with a cabin that's roomy enough to comfortably seat up to four adults. The 2019 Challenger boasts a spacious interior, even for taller adults in the rear row. Meanwhile, it offers up to 16.2 cubic feet of storage space in the trunk and 60/40 split-folding rear seats make it easy to expand trunk storage further when needed.

Despite its larger size, the 2019 Challenger doesn't slack when it comes to power. Even its base SXT trim is outfitted with a 3.6L V6 engine at 305 hp—and engine offerings only get more impressive from there. A 5.7L V8 at 375 hp is standard on the R/T trim, and a 6.4L V8 at 484 hp is included on the R/T 392.

But the Challenger doesn't stop there. The 2019 SRT Hellcat trim boasts a supercharged 6.2L V8 at an incredible 717 hp—and the SRT Hellcat Redeye tops things out with the same engine at an almost-unbelievable 797 hp.

Chevrolet Corvette

Currently in its seventh generation of production (2014-present), the Corvette has a longstanding reputation as an iconic sports car. The 2019 Corvette is a two-seater offered in both coupe and convertible body styles, with a standard 6.2L V8 engine at 455 hp outfitting its base Stingray trim. Additional engine options include the Z06 1LZ's supercharged V8 engine at 650 hp and the range-topping ZR1's supercharged V8 at 755 hp.

Other standard equipment on the 2019 Corvette includes summer performance tires, automatic dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, and Brembo brakes.

The Bottom Line

When you're looking for a zippy sports car that doesn't lack creature comforts, the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro is a compelling choice. Looking to do some more research before you decide on your next sports car? Check out these related articles:

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