It's pedal to the metal in this stylish sports car!
The Chevrolet Camaro debuted in 1966 and has been building a name for itself ever since. Known for its sleek design and peppy ride, the Camaro has seen its share of changes over the years. Today, the latest Chevrolet Camaro models offer better performance and a more comfortable driving experience than ever before - coupled with an, aggressive design that is modern yet immediately recognizable. Featuring engine options that push the boundaries, this fun sports car is a joy to drive and will not disappoint. Now in its sixth generation of production since 2016, the Camaro remains a top choice in the sports car category.
Here's what's covered in this Chevrolet Camaro review:
- Key Specs & Features
- 5 Reasons to Buy
- What You Need to Know
- Similar Vehicles
- The Bottom Line
Key Specs & Features (2016-2019)
- Standard 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine at 275 horsepower. Optional engines include a 3.6L V6, 6.2L V8, and turbocharged 6.2L V8 (ZL1 trim).
- Choice of six-speed manual, eight-speed automatic, or 10-speed automatic transmission.
- Generous standard features, including a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power driver and passenger seats, touchscreen interface, dual exhaust tips, and a rearview camera.
- Sleek and stylish interior features, including a flat-bottom steering wheel design and fingertip paddles.
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5 Reasons to Buy
1. Standard OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi Connectivity
Chevrolet was the first major car manufacturer to offer unlimited LTE data, and this technology is included standard in all sixth-generation Camaro models (2016-present). This service is great for those who want to stay connected on-the-go; for about $20 a month, Camaro owners can turn their vehicles into roaming Wi-Fi hotspots using the AT&T network.
2. Impressive Engine Offerings
There are several engines offered on the 2016-2019 Chevrolet Camaro, and they're far from lackluster. The standard engine in the 2016 Camaro, for example, is a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder—which delivers a surprising 275 horsepower. An optional upgrade to the 1LT and 2LT trims is a 3.6L V6 at 335 horsepower, while a 6.2L V8 engine at 455 horsepower comes standard on the 1SS and 2SS trims. The most powerful engine offered on the Chevrolet Camaro is on the ZL1 trim (2017-2019), which includes a supercharged 6.2L V8 at a whopping 640 horsepower.
3. Expansive Trim Configurations
From 2016 through 2019, the Chevrolet Camaro is available in six trim configurations, all with different standard features and optional add-on packages. Those who are less interested in fancy features and more serious about their overall driving experience may be best suited for the base 1LT trim, which comes with all the essentials and a few convenience features, such as a rearview camera and keyless entry/ignition. Each subsequent trim offers more standard features, ranging from heated leather seats to larger wheels.
4. Surprisingly Spacious Interior
Passenger space typically isn't prioritized in the design of a muscle car or sports car, but the Camaro actually offers a generous interior, especially for those with kids. Drivers and front-seat passengers may also be surprised by the amount of leg and head room available due to the car's low profile and clever design.
Combine this with the power-adjustable driver and passenger seats and it's easy to see why the Camaro is a popular choice even among taller drivers.
5. Great Overall Handling
Steering, handling, and maneuverability are where the Chevrolet Camaro really shines. Drivers will enjoy sharp steering and responsive feedback behind the wheel, even around tight curves. Pulling into and out of small spaces is also a breeze, especially for drives who opt for the 1SS or 2SS trim that comes with Magnetic Ride Control suspension in the 2019 model year.
What You Need to Know
Most trims on the Chevrolet Camaro have been offered at least since the sixth generation (2016-present) was released. Exceptions include the 3LT trim (which was introduced for 2019) and the ZL1 trim (which was introduced with the 2017 model year).
- 1LT (2016-2019): Standard features on this base trim include 18-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, keyless entry/ignition, and an eight-way power driver's seat. The base trim also includes a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a touchscreen interface, and Chevrolet's OnStar system with built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity.
- 2LT (2016-2019): Bumping up to the 2LT trim adds such features as dual-zone climate control for added comfort, heated and ventilated front seats, and luxurious leather upholstery. It also includes a larger eight-inch touchscreen with voice control and smartphone integration for Apple and Android devices.
- 3LT (2019): The 3LT trim, available on the 2019 Camaro, boasts a 3.6L V6 engine, as well as a premium nine-speaker Bose audio system. It also includes standard GPS navigation and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Multiple add-on packages are available on the 3LT, including a Convenience and Lighting package and an RS package with special grille and spoiler.
- 1SS (2016-2019): Standard on the 1SS trim across all model years is a V8 engine, larger 20-inch wheels, and quad exhaust. A sport-tuned suspension, rear spoiler, and limited-slip differential also make for a sportier ride.
- 2SS (2016-2019): The 2SS trim takes the 2T trim to the next level by adding more interior accents, rear parking sensors, customizable ambient lighting, and a heated steering wheel. The 2SS trim also comes standard with wireless device charging and an upgraded information display.
- ZL1 (2017-2019): This top-tier trim includes all the features on the 2SS trim with the addition of a supercharged 6.2L V8 engine at 640 horsepower.
Between the 2016 and 2019 model years, the Camaro has also been offered with 10 interior fabric/color configurations:
- Medium Ash Gray Cloth
- Jet Black Cloth
- Medium Ash Gray Leather Appointments
- Jet Black Leather Appointments
- Jet Black/Dark Gray Leather With Orange Accents (2017)
- Kalahari Leather Appointments
- Black with Ceramic White Leather Appointments
- Black with Adrenaline Red Leather Appointments
- RECARO® Performance Seats with Jet Black Leather and Sueded Microfiber Inserts (2018-2019)
- RECARO® Performance Seats with Jet Black Leather and Red Accents with Sueded Microfiber Inserts (2018-2019)
The Camaro has been offered in 17 different colors between the 2016 and 2019 model years:
- Blue Velvet Metallic
- Bright Yellow
- Garnet Red
- Hyper Blue
- Arctic Blue (2017)
- Mosaic Black
- Nightfall Gray
- Red Hot
- Silver Ice Metallic
- Summit White
- Krypton Green (2017)
- Orange Crush (2019)
- Green Shock (2019)
- Riverside Blue (2019)
- Satin Steel Gray Metallic (2019)
- Shadow Gray Metallic (2019)
Still not decided on whether the Chevrolet Camaro is the right sports car for you? If you're interested in shopping around more, check out some similar vehicles like the Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger, and Chevrolet Corvette that are also known to turn heads.
If zip behind the wheel is a top priority, the Ford Mustang offers a standard 3.6L V6 engine at 300 horsepower, even on its base trim in the 2016 model years and beyond. Other engine options top out those offered by the Camaro and include a turbocharged 2.3L four-cylinder and a 5.0L V8. The Camaro's top-tier engine (a supercharged 6.2L V8 on the 2017-2019 ZL1 trim) still beats out the Mustang's top-tier V8, however.
Those who love the idea of cruising around in a sports car but don't want to compromise so much space may want to consider the Dodge Challenger, a five-seat coupe that offers a roomy rear row of seating and a full 16.2 cubic feet of trunk space (compared to less than 10 cubic feet in the Camaro). The Challenger is also available with more trim configurations and add-ons than the Camaro; in the 2016 model year alone, there are five trims and five different add-on packages to choose from.
If a classic sports car with luxurious features is what you're after, you won't want to overlook the Chevrolet Corvette. While the Corvette is only offered in three trim configurations and has less interior space than the Camaro, it has some sporty standard features that include Brembo brakes, 18-inch front wheels, 19-inch rear wheels, and a standard 6.2L V8 at 455 horsepower.
The Bottom Line
The Chevrolet Camaro delivers the power and performance you'd expect from a sports car in a sleek and fun package. And with plenty of trim configurations and package add-ons to choose from, you can find a Camaro that best suits your lifestyle.
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