Buyer's Guide

2022 Chevrolet Camaro
Select a Different Model (15 Available): 1LS Coupe
Fuel Economy $ 19 / 29 mpg
Horsepower 275@5,600
Torque 295@3,000
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2022 Chevrolet Camaro MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Spectacular handling
  • Wide powertrain selection
  • Excellent performance for the price

Cons

  • Tiny rear seat
  • Even tinier trunk
  • Hard to get in and out

The 2022 Chevrolet Camaro isn't just a fun slice of throwback Americana—it's a genuinely good sports car. With nimble handling, two body styles, and a wide range of trims and powertrains, the Camaro deserves to be in the conversation for the best performance value on the market.

What's New

  • New paint and wheel options
  • 1LE Track Package is no longer available on LT trims

What We Think

The 2022 Camaro continues to surprise. Once upon a time, Chevy's performance models were fine in a straight line but struggled in the corners. Like the latest Corvette, the 2022 Camaro flips the script.

Introduced in 2016, this generation of Camaro is superb when the road gets twisty. It's based on the Alpha platform that underpinned the discontinued Cadillac ATS, another athletic standout. Add a powertrain lineup that ranges from sensible to stentorian, and you have a recipe for a seriously fun driver's car. How much do we like it? We named the Camaro our 2016 Car of the Year.

Outside of the dynamics, the Camaro still has flaws. The rear seat is much better suited to luggage than people, and the cabin offers poor visibility through narrow windows. Ingress and egress are difficult. Trunk space is very limited.

As difficult as life with the Camaro can be, we can't count ourselves among the haters. If you want practicality, hot hatchbacks are waiting. For a joyous drive wrapped in classic pony-car sheetmetal, the Camaro is a winner.

According to our intel, this generation of Camaro will be the last with two doors and an internal combustion engine. It will be around until 2024, at which point a four-door electric replacement will take over.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The Camaro comes only in rear-wheel drive and offers four engine options. A six-speed manual is the default, but two automatic transmissions are available for $1,495 or $1,595. The base turbo engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic; the V-6 and V-8 powertrains get ten cogs.

1LS, 1LT, 2LT, 3LT

  • Drivetrain: RWD
  • Engine: 2.0-liter turbo-four
  • Horsepower/Torque: 275 hp/295 lb-ft
  • Efficiency (city/highway): 19/29 mpg (manual), 22/30 mpg (automatic)
  • Acceleration (0-60 mph): 5.4 seconds (manual), 5.5 seconds (automatic) (mfr)

1LT, 2LT, 3LT

  • Drivetrain: RWD
  • Engine: 3.6-liter V-6
  • Horsepower/Torque: 335 hp/284 lb-ft
  • Efficiency (city/highway): 16/26 mpg (manual), 18/29 mpg (automatic)
  • Acceleration (0-60 mph): 5.2 seconds (manual), 5.4 seconds (automatic) (mfr)

LT1, 1SS, 2SS

  • Drivetrain: RWD
  • Engine: 6.2-liter V-8
  • Horsepower/Torque: 455 hp/455 lb-ft
  • Efficiency (city/highway): 16/24 mpg (manual), 16/26 mpg (automatic)
  • Acceleration (0-60 mph): 4.3 seconds (manual),4.0 seconds (automatic) (mfr)

ZL1

  • Drivetrain: RWD or AWD
  • Engine: 6.2-liter supercharged V-8
  • Horsepower/Torque: 650 hp/650 lb-ft
  • Efficiency (city/highway): 14/20 mpg (manual), 13/21 mpg (automatic)
  • Acceleration (0-60 mph): 3.7 seconds (manual), 3.5 seconds (automatic) (mfr)

The Holy Trinity

The battle for pony car supremacy dates to the late 1960s, when the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro first graced American roads. They were quickly joined by the Dodge Challenger, and the three have been duking it out ever since.

The modern Challenger has the largest rear seat and trunk of the three. It's also the heaviest, and although its range of V-8s is mighty, it's the least exciting to drive. The Mustang is arguably the best combination of livability and performance, but we miss the recently departed GT350R. The Camaro compromises the most on practicality, but it's the best in the bends.

With the industry gearing up for a transition to electric power, the era of the pony car is likely coming a close. The gas-powered pony car, anyway—hybrid and electric replacements are already starting to emerge.

Safety Ratings and Features

The NHTSA awarded the 2022 Camaro five stars overall. In IIHS testing, the 2021 Camaro earned Good scores in all crashworthiness tests except for the roof strength test. In this test, the Camaro was rated Acceptable.

Safety tech is sparse. Blind-spot monitors and parking sensors are included on 3LT trims and above, but automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control are nowhere to be found. Pony cars have never been industry leaders in driver assist tech, but the Ford Mustang offers better features.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

Interior space is the Camaro's greatest shortcoming. Compared to the Dodge Challenger, the Camaro is behind on cargo space and rear legroom.

Cargo space:

  • 2022 Camaro: 9.1 cubic feet (coupe), 7.3 cubic feet (convertible)
  • 2022 Challenger: 16.2 cubic feet

Legroom (first/second rows):

  • 2022 Camaro: 43.9/29.9 inches
  • 2022 Challenger: 42.0/33.1 inches

Technology

The Camaro starts with a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen. An 8.0-inch system with a head-up display and wireless charging is standard on 3LT trims and above. Both versions come with a Wi-Fi hotspot and are compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The software is intuitive to use, and the Camaro's integrated vent control rings are a design highlight.

Recommended Trim

The Camaro is available in no fewer than eight trims, most of which offer multiple powertrains. Prices for the coupe range from a base LS starting at around $26,000 to an automatic ZL1 costing around $68,000. In broad strokes, LT trims use four- or six-cylinder engines, and SS models get the V-8.

Our pick of the litter is the 1SS with the 1LE Track Performance package. At about $46,000, it's an incredible performance bargain. In 2018, we took the SS 1LE to Willow Springs, where it lapped faster than a Porsche Cayman GT4, an Audi R8 V10 Plus, and—wait for it—a Ferrari 458 Italia. It's brilliant on the roads, too.

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2022 CHEVROLET CAMARO SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 2.0 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, Tremec 6 Speed Manual (TR6060)
Trim
1LS Coupe
Class
Sporty/Coupe
Horsepower
275@5,600
Standard MPG
19/29
Body Style
Coupe
Drivetrain
RWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Premium
Seating Capacity
4/4
Package Invoice Retail
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
100,000
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
72
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60,000
Full Warranty Miles
36,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
60,000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
60
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$0 3.24% Financing for a maximum term of 75 Months - GM announces APR rates on select models. 01-31-2022
$0 0% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48 Months - GM announces a GM Financial APR program that is good towards the purchase of select models. 01-31-2022
$0 0.9% Financing for a maximum term of 60 Months - GM announces a GM Financial APR program that is good towards the purchase of select models. 01-31-2022
$0 2.99% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60, 72 Months - GM announces APR rates on select models. 01-31-2022
$0 1.9% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - GM announces a GM Financial APR program that is good towards the purchase of select models. 01-31-2022
$0 3.49% Financing for a maximum term of 84 Months - GM announces APR rates on select models. 01-31-2022