2017 Chevrolet Camaro

Buyer's Guide

Chevrolet’s sixth-generation Camaro might just have hit dealer lots, but it’s already proving to be a resounding success. Besides cleaning up at many a comparison test, it has landed on Car and Driver’s 10 Best list, and was crowned Motor Trend’s 2016 Car of the Year. But there’s more in store for 2017.

For starters, the Camaro celebrates its 50th birthday this year. GM has rolled out a commemorative 50th anniversary package, available summer 2016, for buyers that sees the shapely sheetmetal coated in Nightfall Grey with special orange exterior striping, unique 20-inch alloy wheels, and a black and grey interior with orange stitching and 50th anniversary detailing. Six-cylinder models get orange-painted front calipers, while V8s receive orange calipers at all four corners.

While the special birthday gift is nice, bowtie enthusiasts are sure to pay attention to the two new high-performance trims.

Capitalizing on the Camaro’s newfound agility and 200-lb lighter curb weight is the new 1LE Performance Package. This time around, it’s being offered in V6 and V8 forms. LT 1LEs get Camaro SS suspension with unique tuning, wider 20-inch wheels wrapped in stickier Goodyear rubber, a mechanical limited-slip rear differential, plus four-piston front Brembo brakes as standard. V8s get magnetic ride control, an electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential, 305-width rear tires, upgraded cooling, a dual-mode exhaust and if that weren’t enough, bigger six-piston Brembo front calipers and cloth-clad Recaro bucket seats. Both LT and SS 1LEs can be distinguished from their counterparts by their matte-finish hoods and side mirrors, front splitter, and three-piece rear spoiler.

Also making its return for 2017 is the king of Camaros, the ZL1. Borrowing the supercharged LT4 V8 engine from the Corvette Z06 and Cadillac CTS-V, it packs an estimated 640 hp and 640 lb-ft of torque, surpassing supercars like the Nissan GT-R (570 hp), Porsche 911 Turbo S (590 hp), and, its nemesis, Ford’s Mustang GT350 (524 hp). Only the 707-hp Dodge Hellcats and 645-hp Viper offer more grunt. The Camaro ZL1 also receives the GM’s first application of its new 10-speed automatic, though a six-speed manual is standard. Beyond the jaw-dropping thrust, the ZL1 also packs standard magnetic damping, an electronic limited-slip differential, and a Brembo braking system with six-piston front calipers and four-piston rear calipers. The ultimate Camaro will be available in Coupe and Convertible body styles.

Even without these new hot performance models, there’s still much to appreciate about the standard Camaro. Downsized and riding on the same sophisticated platform as the critically acclaimed Cadillac ATS, the Camaro has the cornering ability and performance that will give genuine sports cars a run for their money.

Like the Ford Mustang, the Camaro is offered with a choice of engines in four, six, and eight-cylinder configuration. Unlike the Mustang, the four-pot is standard – it develops 275 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. A 335-hp, 284 lb-ft of torque 3.6-litre direct-injected V6 is an option. The barrel-chested SS gets a 6.2-litre pushrod V8 with 455 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque. All use a six-speed manual as standard; an eight-speed automatic is an option.

Equipment levels are generous on the new Camaro, and include push-button start, an eight-way power driver’s seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a 7.0-inch version of Chevy’s MyLink touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. A rear view camera is standard on all Camaros, which is handy given the car’s otherwise terrible outward visibility. Blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, and cross-traffic alert can all be fitted.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro Specifications

There are 12 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $69,500 MSRP
14.4
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
650 hp @6400 rpm
Number of seats 4
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Body style Coupe
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
2dr Cpe LS w/1LS $29,595 4 Coupe
2dr Cpe LS w/1LS 335 hp @6800 rpm 284 ft-lb @5300 rpm 6-Speed M/T Rear Wheel Drive
2dr Cpe LS w/1LS 188.3" 74.7" 53.1" 110.7"
2dr Cpe LS w/1LS
2dr Cpe LS w/1LS N/A
2dr Cpe LS w/1LS
2dr Cpe LS w/1LS
2dr Cpe LT w/1LT $31,145 4 Coupe
2dr Cpe LT w/1LT 335 hp @6800 rpm 284 ft-lb @5300 rpm 8-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
2dr Cpe LT w/1LT 188.3" 74.7" 53.1" 110.7"
2dr Cpe LT w/1LT
2dr Cpe LT w/1LT Cloth Seats
2dr Cpe LT w/1LT
2dr Cpe LT w/1LT
2dr Cpe LT w/2LT $36,500 4 Coupe
2dr Cpe LT w/2LT 335 hp @6800 rpm 284 ft-lb @5300 rpm 8-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
2dr Cpe LT w/2LT 188.3" 74.7" 53.1" 110.7"
2dr Cpe LT w/2LT
2dr Cpe LT w/2LT Leather Seats
2dr Cpe LT w/2LT
2dr Cpe LT w/2LT
2dr Conv LS w/1LS $37,500 4 Coupe
2dr Conv LS w/1LS 335 hp @6800 rpm 284 ft-lb @5300 rpm 6-Speed M/T Rear Wheel Drive
2dr Conv LS w/1LS 188.3" 74.7" 52.9" 110.7"
2dr Conv LS w/1LS
2dr Conv LS w/1LS Cloth Seats
2dr Conv LS w/1LS
2dr Conv LS w/1LS
2dr Conv LT w/1LT $39,050 4 Coupe
2dr Conv LT w/1LT 335 hp @6800 rpm 284 ft-lb @5300 rpm 8-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
2dr Conv LT w/1LT 188.3" 74.7" 52.9" 110.7"
2dr Conv LT w/1LT
2dr Conv LT w/1LT Cloth Seats
2dr Conv LT w/1LT
2dr Conv LT w/1LT
2dr Conv LT w/2LT $42,955 4 Coupe
2dr Conv LT w/2LT 335 hp @6800 rpm 284 ft-lb @5300 rpm 8-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
2dr Conv LT w/2LT 188.3" 74.7" 52.9" 110.7"
2dr Conv LT w/2LT
2dr Conv LT w/2LT Leather Seats
2dr Conv LT w/2LT
2dr Conv LT w/2LT
2dr Cpe SS w/1SS $43,500 4 Coupe
2dr Cpe SS w/1SS 455 hp @6000 rpm 455 ft-lb @4400 rpm 8-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
2dr Cpe SS w/1SS 188.3" 74.7" 53.1" 110.7"
2dr Cpe SS w/1SS
2dr Cpe SS w/1SS N/A
2dr Cpe SS w/1SS
2dr Cpe SS w/1SS
2dr Cpe SS w/2SS $48,500 4 Coupe
2dr Cpe SS w/2SS 455 hp @6000 rpm 455 ft-lb @4400 rpm 8-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
2dr Cpe SS w/2SS 188.3" 74.7" 53.1" 110.7"
2dr Cpe SS w/2SS
2dr Cpe SS w/2SS Leather Seats
2dr Cpe SS w/2SS
2dr Cpe SS w/2SS
2dr Conv SS w/1SS $49,955 4 Coupe
2dr Conv SS w/1SS 455 hp @6000 rpm 455 ft-lb @4400 rpm 8-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
2dr Conv SS w/1SS 188.3" 74.7" 52.9" 110.7"
2dr Conv SS w/1SS
2dr Conv SS w/1SS N/A
2dr Conv SS w/1SS
2dr Conv SS w/1SS
2dr Conv SS w/2SS $54,955 4 Coupe
2dr Conv SS w/2SS 455 hp @6000 rpm 455 ft-lb @4400 rpm 8-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
2dr Conv SS w/2SS 188.3" 74.7" 52.9" 110.7"
2dr Conv SS w/2SS
2dr Conv SS w/2SS Leather Seats
2dr Conv SS w/2SS
2dr Conv SS w/2SS
2dr Cpe ZL1 $69,500 4 Coupe
2dr Cpe ZL1 650 hp @6400 rpm 650 ft-lb @3600 rpm N/A Rear Wheel Drive
2dr Cpe ZL1 190.2" 75" 52.9" 110.7"
2dr Cpe ZL1
2dr Cpe ZL1 Leather Seats
2dr Cpe ZL1
2dr Cpe ZL1
2dr Conv ZL1 $75,955 4 Coupe
2dr Conv ZL1 650 hp @6400 rpm 650 ft-lb @3600 rpm N/A Rear Wheel Drive
2dr Conv ZL1 190.2" 75" 52.6" 110.7"
2dr Conv ZL1
2dr Conv ZL1 Leather Seats
2dr Conv ZL1
2dr Conv ZL1

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Owner Reviews: 2017 Chevrolet / Camaro

Average Rating

2012 Chevrolet Camaro

Trim: SS
by MartinV on 10-16-2012
Its a modern muscle car, keep reading to know what I mean by that
There are a few cars that leave you desiring to own them, very few are (relatively) affordable but this is one of them.

Performance / Fun factor
-Wow this is way above average in terms of power delivery
**However that is not the impressive part.**
-Instead I am more impressed by the way it delivers it, a V8 orchestra sings melodious tunes while you use the throttle, it leaves me wondering why they bothered with the sound system?
-The overall sensation of acceleration is overwhelming in a welcomed way.
-It is fast but feels even faster.

Who would like this car?
-Get this car if you want to have automotive fun and gather everyone's attention at the same time.

Cons
-Power steering feels or is non-existent, get ready to handle the wheel like a trucker.
-Cars in this category have large wheels, good at first but (very) expensive to replace the rubber.
-You want the V8 but that will kill your gas expenses and insurance rate. So you cant really win unless funding is not an issue
-Overall the cost of ownership is not reflected by the purchase price point.
-Head Up Display (HUD) available on some models
-Don't know why they bothered putting back seats in...

Pros
-Low initial cost
-You get to buy a poster car
-You will love to drive this (while the fun factor lasts)

Overall buy this car if you realize the long term financial commitment you are getting yourself into and do realize the fun does wear out a bit.
Overall
3.5
Comfort
3/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
2/5
Interior Design
2/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
2/5
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1991 Chevrolet Camaro

Trim: RS
by Vortex91 on 10-16-2012
Lots of fun with the tops down.
This was an impulse buy and let me tell you, I don't regret it for a second.

It has T-tops and in the summer is a lot of fun. The engine is a V8 305 TBI Small Block Chevy; I wished it were a 350 but it's got a lot of torque and you just feel the power when you pinch the gas.

I love the 3rd generation Camaro body style and so far it's proved very reliable. Whatever problems I've had with it were easily fixed and the parts very inexpensive due to the aftermarket immense supply of parts.

It still has the original paint and it still looks good.

A few years back I went autocross racing with it and had a blast taking it around the corners, there is nothing like rear wheel drive.

3rd gen Camaros are a lot of fun (especially the V8s) and just like the 2nd gen, their value is starting to appreciate.

The breaks could be better but if you find one with the 1LE package you're good.

This is not my daily driver anymore but it sure is fun to drive.
Overall
4.5
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
3/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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1996 Chevrolet Camaro

Trim: V6 Y87
by mikeautos on 10-13-2012
Stylish, but not the most fun
I bought this car when it was 10 years old and had 135,000 km on the odometer.

Ride is firm but the suspension still allowed for a lot of body roll. The engine was fairly powerful, but ran out of power on the upper-end. The car used a lot of gas.

The interior looked dated, even for 1996, but was functional enough. The front seats were comfortable, but the backseats were pretty useless. Trunk space disappeared when the T-Tops were stowed in the trunk.

Visually, the car did look great on the outside, one of the reasons I bought it.

By 150,000 km the crank sensor was in need of replacing.
Overall
3.0
Comfort
2/5
Performance
3/5
Fuel Economy
2/5
Interior Design
2/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
3/5
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