2018 Chevrolet Camaro

Buyer's Guide

Chevrolet is continuing the measured roll-out of its sixth-generation Camaro, which bowed as a 2016 model, with this year’s addition of the ZL1 1LE Track Package.

To a car that already boasts a 650-hp engine shared with the Corvette Z06, the Track Package adds 11 heat exchangers to control powertrain temperatures, upsized Brembo brakes, Recaro seats and Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires that Chevrolet says contribute to 1.02g of maximum cornering grip. There’s also a sueded flat-bottom steering wheel, trim-specific forged aluminum 20-inch wheels, magnetic ride control suspension and electronic limited slip differential.

And all of that is in addition to the standard ZL1 1LE’s spec, which includes carbon fibre aero bits, racing-derived suspension dampers and adjustable front end ride height, camber plates and rear stabilizer bar.

Call the Track Package and, indeed, the ZL1, a cherry on top of what is already an impressive lineup of sports cars. Like last year, the Camaro can be had with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a 3.6L V6 good for 334 hp or a 6.2L V8 that lends the SS trim its 455 hp. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual and eight- and 10-speed automatics.

All of that choice means the Camaro can be cross-shopped against its obvious rival, the Ford Mustang, but also a car like the Jaguar F-Type, which is likewise offered with a wide range of four-, six- and eight-cylinder engines. And if you want to get really crazy, consider the ZL1 1LE, especially with the new Track Package, a competitor for seriously high-end sports cars like the Porsche 911 and Nissan’s GT-R.

And that’s not just us saying that: Chevrolet says the new 10-speed automatic transmission exclusive to the ZL1 can pull off faster upshifts than Porsche’s PDK dual-clutch gearbox. What’s the German for “those are fighting words” again?

As that comparison indicates, muscle cars are not the instruments of brute force they used to be. Now, even sports car owners expect the same high-tech niceties they enjoy in the sedans and SUVs that also occupy driveway and garage space, so the Camaro can be had with dual-zone climate control, a nine-speaker stereo, an eight-inch configurable driver information display and a head-up display.

Standard safety kit includes rear park assist and a backup camera, rear cross traffic, blind spot and lane change alerts. There’s also a teen driver function standard in all trims that allows the setting of certain performance parameters associated with one of the car’s key fobs, a good idea for helping your kid keep the car shiny side up when they borrow it for date night.

2018 Chevrolet Camaro Specifications

There are 12 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $29,695 MSRP
11.4
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
335 hp @6800 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 $29,695 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 $31,245 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 $36,745 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 $37,595 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 $39,145 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 $43,145 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 $43,745 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 $48,745 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 $50,145 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 $55,145 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 $70,045 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 $76,445 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

Expert Review Articles

by Justin Pritchard
October 23, 2018
Near-perfect despite awkward cabin.

Owner Reviews: 2018 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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