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Top Features of Base Model
- A variety of engines, transmissions, and features available across the lineup
- Powerful engines at the top of the line making for an extremely capable, track-oriented vehicle.
- Available manual transmission
- Coupe or convertible style
Chevrolet Camaro: Everything You Need to Know
What is the Camaro?
The Chevrolet Camaro is a two-door four-passenger muscle car made by the American auto manufacturer, Chevrolet. It is classified as a “pony car,” or an affordable, stylish, high-performance coupe.
The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro is the sixth generation of the vehicle that dates back to the mid-sixties. It is the third most popular pony car today, falling behind competitors like the Ford Mustang and the Dodge Challenger in sales in the first quarter of 2019.
The Camaro comes in a variety of trims, engines, and transmissions. These include:
- Camaro 1LS: This version gets a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 275-horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque with a manual 6-speed transmission. An automatic 8-speed transmission is available.
- Camaro 1LT: This version can be optionally outfitted with either the 2.0-liter turbocharged four or a 3.6-liter V6 that puts out 335 horsepower and 284 pound-feet of torque. It comes standard with the four-cylinder engine and 6-speed manual transmission, and the 8-speed automatic is an option.
- Camaro 2LT: This Camaro comes with either the 2.0-liter or 3.6-liter engine a manual or automatic transmission and added features like heated and ventilated seats, power driver and passenger seats and a dual-zone climate control system.
- Camaro 3LT: Comes with either engine variant and transmission option as well as a premium infotainment system, Bose sound system and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
- Camaro 1SS: This version gets a 6.2-liter V8 engine that makes 455 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque. It comes in either a manual or automatic transmission. It also gets summer tires, upgraded Brembo brakes, LED headlights and a fancier instrument cluster.
- Camaro 2SS: This version also gets the 6.2-liter engine and option of a manual or automatic transmission. In addition to power driver and passenger seats, you also get the rearview camera mirror, a head-up display, and upgraded driver aids like lane change alerts and rear cross traffic alert.
- Camaro ZL1: The top of the line of the Camaro list, this version gets a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that puts out 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque paired to either a manual or automatic 10-speed transmission. It also gets a limited-slip differential, performance traction management, Brembo brakes, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, wireless charging pad, and a distinct hood, amongst other things.
The Camaro also comes in two body styles: a coupe and convertible. The coupe is the only version that can be outfitted with the 1LE Performance package. For the purpose of this review, we will focus on the coupe.
What’s new in the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro?
For 2019 the Camaro gets a new front end with distinct styling between the trims. It also gets a new performance level trim, the Turbo 1LE, and a new transmission option.
The most significant update for 2019 happens on the V8 models. These versions get a V8 engine paired to a new 10-speed automatic transmission that offers some of the high-performance options like line-lock and launch control.
Across the line-up, Chevy has updated the infotainment software to a new system called Infotainment 3. They have also updated the interior ambient lighting system.
The Camaro 2SS gets the addition of an improved rearview camera and forward collision warning.
The EPA estimates that the Chevrolet Camaro base model, the 1LS with the manual transmission, gets 22 miles per gallon in the city and 31 miles per gallon the highway. The top of the line Camaro ZL1 with the 10-speed automatic transmission is estimated to get 13 miles per gallon in the city and 21 miles per gallon the highway.
What Does the Chevrolet Camaro Compete With?
The Chevy Camaro competes with other pony cars. These include:
The Chevrolet Camaro is an excellent car for those who want may want something that they can drive daily, but that also offers amazing track-oriented performance. These vehicles have been competitors for decades.
Exterior Design of the Chevrolet Camaro
Chevy designers updated the looks of the Chevy Camaro for the 2019 model year so that there is more distinction between the different models. Those updates to really kicked up a lot of polarized opinions about the 2019 Camaro.
One of the biggest points of contention are the headlights and the front and rear bumpers. Many complain that the new headlights make the Camaro look like it’s squinting from the front. The larger grille that comes on the V8 models does not appeal to some people because it looks like the car is gaping.
The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro's design harkens back to the good-looking 1969 edition. The Camaro ZL1 is the only Camaro that did not get an update for 2019.
Interior Style in the Chevrolet Camaro
Inside the Camaro is all American. The seats in the 2SS are comfortable and wide, as most American-made seats tend to be. While visibility out of the Camaro is still a bit like trying to see out of a submarine, the addition of the impressive rearview camera mirror makes it easier to navigate through tight parking lots.
The cabin of the Camaro is truly driver-oriented with all the controls and infotainment system angled toward the driver. Everything inside the coupe is within an easy reach.
Back seat space is extremely limited, and truthfully not for full-grown adults (or really anyone over five feet tall). The base trims get cloth seats that are power adjustable.
One other major complaint that most have about the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro is the tiny trunk opening and small cargo space. It gets just 7.3 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk. There is also very limited storage space inside the Chevrolet Camaro.
What Technology Comes in the Chevrolet Camaro?
The tech that comes in the Chevy Camaro depends greatly on which trim level you get.
At the base level (LS and LT), you get the 7-inch infotainment system, Bluetooth connectivity, and an optional 4G LTE wireless hotspot. The base Camaro is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible.
The 3LT, SS and ZL1 trims come with the upgraded 8-inch infotainment systems and navigation.
The system is easy to use and pair your phone with. It is intuitive and quick to respond to driver or passenger inputs, though passengers will have a bit more of a reach to get into the system since the screen is angled down and towards the driver.
The Camaro can be outfitted with customizable interior lighting as well. The 2019 Camaro does not come with adaptive cruise control, but regular cruise control is available on the LT and higher trims.
What Safety Features Come in the Chevrolet Camaro?
At its base, the Camaro comes with a limited number of safety features compared to rivals like the Ford Mustang and the Dodge Challenger. The LT comes with daytime running lights, Chevy’s OnStar system (for a subscription fee), rear camera, and electronic stability control.
To get things like blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert or forward collision warning you have to step up to the SS trim.
What is the Chevrolet Camaro Like to Drive?
The Chevrolet Camaro is one of the most enjoyable vehicles you can drive today when properly equipped.
In the trim we tested, it felt light and nimble on its feet. The Camaro is fun to drive on curving canyon roads or on long fast straights. While tire noise can be pronounced at highway speeds, the 2SS we drove with the new 10-speed transmission offered up plenty of power and control on crowded highways and local roads.
The Camaro is truly a driver's car and a bit of a sleeper at that. Most people are used to seeing pony cars everywhere—especially as rentals, but the Camaro surprises with its' responsive handling, raucous power, and sheer fun-to-drive nature.
Even at its base, the Camaro offers up more power than the V8s of bygone eras, and it truly makes driving enjoyable and engaging.
If you’re looking for a track-capable Porsche killer, the stellar Camaro ZL1 is one of the best vehicles on the market.
Should I Buy Current Chevrolet Camaro?
If you are a true driving enthusiast, you should absolutely buy a 2019 Chevrolet Camaro. It is truly the most fun you can have for under $60,000.
It’s really hard to go wrong with a 2019 Camaro.
Should I Buy a Used Chevrolet Camaro?
While the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro is a fantastic car, there are certain used Camaros that you should try to steer clear of.
According to Consumer Reports, the 2016-2017 model years were not great for reliability for the Camaro. The 2010 and 2012 model years are not great for Camaros either as many in that era face engine failure and timing chain problems, according to Carcomplaints.com.
How Much Does the Chevrolet Camaro Cost?
The Chevrolet Camaro starts at $25,995 plus delivery for the base model.
The most desirable Camaro is the 2SS, which starts at $42,995 plus delivery.
The top-level Camaro ZR1 starts at $62,995 plus delivery.
Pros and Cons of the 2020 Chevrolet Camaro
- Affordable starting price
- Good looking design that harkens back to the 1960s era Camaro design
- Incredible on-road performance
- Modern technology
- Available in a convertible
- Microscopic back seat not suited for adults
- Limited cargo space
- Limited storage space
- Limited outward visibility
The History of the Chevrolet Camaro: A Race to Keep Up With Ford
The Camaro came about in 1966 after the launch of Ford’s enormously popular Ford Mustang in 1964. Chevrolet rushed the car to production because they saw Ford’s success. The Camaro was originally based off the Chevy II Nova, a compact car that was also a belated response to the Ford Falcon. The first Chevrolet Camaro hit showrooms in September of 1966, after just two years of development. Much like today, it had a variety of engine options. The Camaro convertible was launched in 1967.
Specs & Key Features of the 2020 Chevrolet Camaro
- Body Style
- 2.0L Turbo
- 275 - 335 hp
- 6-speed manual
- Passenger Doors
- Passenger Seating
- Rear Wheel Drive
- City MPG
- Hwy MPG
- Air Conditioning
- Android Auto
- Apple CarPlay
- Cruise Control
- Leather Steering Wheel
- Engine, 2.0L Turbo, 4-cylinder, SIDI, VVT (275 hp [205 kW] @ 5600 rpm, 295 lb-ft of torque [398.3 N-m] @ 3000-4500 rpm)
- Transmission, 6-speed manual
- Rear axle, 3.27 ratio
- Engine air filter life monitor
- Driver Selector Mode up to 4 modes available for various driving conditions - Snow/Ice, Tour, Sport and Track (SS and ZL1 models only)
- Differential, limited slip (Deleted when (MX0) automatic transmission is ordered.)
- Battery rundown protection
- Rear wheel drive
- Suspension, Sport
- Steering, power, variable ratio, electric
- Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
- Fueling system, capless
- Exhaust, dual-outlet stainless-steel with bright tips
- Wheels, 18" (45.7 cm) 5-split spoke Silver-painted aluminum
- Tires, 245/50R18, blackwall, all-season
- Mirrors, outside power-adjustable, body-color
- Wipers, front variable-speed, intermittent with washers
- Audio system, Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system, 7" diagonal color touchscreen, AM/FM stereo. Additional features for compatible phones include: Bluetooth audio streaming for 2 active devices, voice command pass-through to phone, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capable.
- Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
- Chevrolet 4G LTE and available built-in Wi-Fi hotspot offers a fast and reliable Internet connection for up to 7 devices; includes data trial for 1 month or 3GB (whichever comes first) (Available Wi-Fi requires compatible mobile device, active OnStar service and data plan. Data plans provided by AT&T. Visit onstar.com for details and system limitations.)
- Bluetooth for phone
- Antenna, integral rear window
- Antenna, OnStar and SiriusXM Radio, fin-type (Black.)
- Seats, Cloth front Sport bucket
- Seat trim, Cloth
- Seat adjuster, driver, 8-way power
- Seat adjuster, front passenger, 4-way manual with power recline
- Seat, rear, folding
- Floor mats, carpeted front
- Dead pedal, driver
- Steering wheel, leather-wrapped, flat-bottom
- Steering column, manual rake and telescopic
- Speedometer, miles/kilometers
- Driver Information Center, color display
- Compass display
- Air conditioning, single-zone automatic climate control
- Windows, power with driver and passenger Express-Down/Up
- Door locks, power programmable with lockout protection
- Keyless Open and Start includes 2 remote transmitters that enable automatic door unlock and open by touching door switch
- Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed, steering wheel mounted
- Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night, frameless
- Visors, driver and front passenger vanity mirrors, covered, non-illuminated
- Trunk release, power
- Theft-deterrent system, electrical, unauthorized entry
- Defogger, rear-window, electric
- Glovebox, lockable
- Cup holders, 2 front
- Lighting, front reading lamps
- Shift knob, leather-wrapped
- Chevrolet Connected Access with 10 years of standard connectivity which enables services such as, Vehicle Diagnostics, Dealer Maintenance Notification, Chevrolet Smart Driver, Marketplace and more (Limitations apply. Not transferable. Standard connectivity available to original purchaser for ten years from the date of initial vehicle purchase for model year 2018 or newer Chevrolet vehicles. See onstar.com for details and further plan limitations. Connected Access does not include emergency or security services. Availability and additional services enabled by Connected Access are subject to change.)
- Brake, parking, electric
- StabiliTrak, stability control system with brake assist includes traction control
- Daytime Running Lamps, LED
- Airbags, dual-stage frontal, thorax side-impact and knee, driver and front passenger, and head curtain side-impact includes Passenger Sensing System (Always use seat belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
- OnStar and Chevrolet connected services capable (Fleet orders receive a 3-month trial. Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services vary by model.)
- Teen Driver mode configurable feature that lets you activate customizable vehicle settings associated with a key fob, to encourage safe driving behavior. It can limit certain vehicle features, and it prevents certain safety systems from being turned off. An in-vehicle report card gives you information on driving habits and helps you to continue to coach your new drive
- HD Rear Vision Camera (Rear Vision Camera is not HD with IOR audio system.)
- Seat belts, 3-point, all positions includes front seat driver and front passenger seat belt pretensioners
- LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren), for child restraint seats
- Tire Pressure Monitor System
- Tire Fill Alert
- Trunk emergency release handle