Retro-styled and brimming with character, the Chevrolet Camaro has evolved into an accomplished performance machine offering a range of models that include the supercar-rivaling ZL1. This former MotorTrend Car of the Year winner remains one of the best balanced sports cars available. Like its predecessors, the current Camaro is available in coupe or convertible body styles.
The Chevrolet Camaro is a genuine sports car regardless of the body style or engine under the hood. More than most cars on the market today, the Camaro feels connected to the driver. The chassis, steering, and suspension are cohesive, giving it a similar level of performance as vehicles more than double its price. In its most potent guise, the ZL1 LE, the Camaro puts its power down well and offers prodigious grip to achieve world-class performance. Despite the ride being on the stiffer side, the Camaro remains a capable cruiser that won't beat you up over rough pavement.
Four-cylinder and V-6 models—especially in 1LE guise—are more tossable because their front ends are lighter; they evoke cars like the Subaru BRZ, only with more power and some turbo lag. The V-8 models turn the Camaro into a sledgehammer. With the slick-shifting six-speed manual, its power is easily accessed with just one downshift. The available 10-speed automatic makes it even simpler to extract the most out of the Camaro thanks to its quick shifts and immediate responses.
One major shortcoming is the interior. There's not much space, and the cabin feels claustrophobic regardless of body style. Visibility is also compromised due to the narrow windows. Drop the top on the convertible, and the trunk shrinks from its already small 7.3 cubic feet of space. At least the infotainment system is user-friendly and doesn't require more than a few seconds to learn.
Sportiness remains the Camaro's forte, but the Chevy sacrifices practicality in the process. You'll enjoy driving the Camaro, but make sure you can accept the intimate interior and small trunk.
The 2021 Chevrolet Camaro's four engine options can be paired to a manual or automatic transmission.
Model: Camaro LS, Camaro 1LT, Camaro 2LT, Camaro 3LT
Engine and Transmission: 2.0-liter turbo I-4 - six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic
Horsepower/Torque: 275 hp/295 lb-ft of torque
Efficiency: 19/29 mpg city/highway (manual); 22/30 mpg (automatic)
Model: Camaro 1LT, Camaro 2LT, Camaro 3LT
Engine and Transmission: 3.6-liter V-6 - six-speed manual - 10-speed automatic
Horsepower/Torque: 335 hp/284 lb-ft
Efficiency: 16/26 mpg (manual); 18/29 mpg (automatic)
Model: Camaro LT1, Camaro 1SS, Camaro 2SS
Engine and Transmission: 6.2-liter V-8 - six-speed manual or 10-speed automatic
Horsepower/Torque: 455 hp/455 lb-ft
Efficiency: 16/24 mpg (manual); 16/26 mpg (automatic)
Model: Camaro ZL1
Engine and Transmission: Supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 - six-speed manual or 10-speed automatic
Horsepower/Torque: 650 hp/650 lb-ft
Efficiency: 14/20 mpg (manual); 13/21 mpg (automatic)
NHTSA: 5 stars (out of a possible five stars; only the coupe has been rated)
IIHS: The Camaro received a Good score in four crash tests and an Acceptable on roof strength (Good is the highest score). In the IIHS' front crash prevention test, the Camaro received a Basic rating (Superior is the highest rating).
Forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert are standard on the 3LT and 2SS grades.
In the Camaro, Chevrolet's infotainment system features a 7.0-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility (wirelessly available for 2021), and a six-speaker audio system as standard. Moving up to the 3LT grade gets you a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen a nine-speaker Bose audio system (seven-speaker on the convertible), wireless charging, a head-up display, and an 8.0-inch instrument cluster display. Built-in navigation is optional only on the 3LT, 2SS, and ZL1.
The best deal on the Camaro lineup is the SS 1LE, which elevates the car's already superb handling prowess to another level. On the eight-cylinder SS, the 1LE Track Performance package adds Brembo brakes with red calipers, a performance-tuned suspension with magnetic dampers, an electronically controlled limited-slip differential, dual-mode exhaust system, a head-up display (1SS only), Recaro performance seats, 20-inch alloy wheels, a satin black hood wrap, black side mirrors, a black rear spoiler, and a front splitter.
You can also get the 1LE Track Performance package with the 2.0-liter turbo I-4 and 3.6-liter V-6. However, they don't include magnetic dampers. Four-cylinder models also miss out on the dual-mode exhaust system.
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