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2018 Chevy Camaro Review

2018 Chevy Camaro Review

March 23, 2018

The only changes Chevy made to the 2018 Camaro were the elimination of the Krypton Green paint color and the ability to have the 1LE package added to the 2SS trim. There just isn’t much room for improvement. The Camaro remains up at the top of the list of muscle cars, after 50 years of production. Here are the answers to some of your questions about the 2018 Camaro.


What are the 2018 Camaro trims?


The new Camaro comes in 1LS, 1LT, 2LT, 1SS, 2SS and ZL1 trims. Each of the trims come in coupe and convertible styles. Convertible models cost about $5,000 more than coupes.


Does the 2018 Camaro come with a 455-hp engine?


A 6.2-L V8 DI 455-hp engine is one of the engine options for the 2018 Camaro. It comes standard in two of the trims along with a six-speed manual transmission. The Camaro ZL1 comes with a 6.2-L supercharged V8 DI under the hood that puts out 650 hp. That engine also comes with a six-speed manual transmission.

The 2018 Camaro can be equipped with a 2.0-L Turbo SIDI engine or a 3.6-L V6 DI engine, too. Both are paired with a six-speed manual transmission. An eight-speed paddle shift automatic transmission is standard or available, depending on the trim.


Does a new Camaro come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?


Yes, the 2018 Camaro is equipped with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity and much more. Every trim level comes with Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system. A 7″ or 8″ touchscreen, voice-activated controls, a six- or eight-speaker sound system, wireless phone charging, 4G LTE Wi-Fi and SiriusXM Satellite radio are included. A Bose premium audio system comes standard in the 2LT, 2SS, and ZL1 trims. It is an available option in the 1LS and 1LT trims.


What safety features come standard in the 2018 Camaro?


This is one area where the new Camaro is lacking. The only standard safety features are StabiliTrak electronic stability control, a rear vision camera, keyless open/start and an electronic parking brake. Head-up Display, Rear Park Assist, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are available options.


Which Camaro model is the best buy?


Every trim is well worth the money. It really just comes down to what you want and what you can afford. The lower LS and LT trims come well-equipped and have plenty of get-up-and-go for the average driver. Base MSRP for a 1LS coupe is $26,900, and for the 1LT coupe, it is $27,695. The 1SS and 2SS coupes start out at $37,995 and $42,995, respectively. Both of them come with the 455-hp 6.2-L V8 DI under the hood. The ZL1 coupe starts out at $62,495. It comes standard with the 650-hp V8. This Camaro is ideal for weekend track warriors and well worth every penny.


Which is better, the Camaro, Ford Mustang or Dodge Challenger?


All things considered, the Camaro is the best of the three. All three have similar infotainment and safety features, both standard and available options. The Mustang is cheaper by a few hundred dollars, but it just doesn’t handle as well as the Camaro. Otherwise, the Camaro and Mustang are fairly similar and received about the same Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Ratings.

The Challenger costs a little more than the Camaro. A Challenger SXT, the base trim, starts out at $26,995. A Challenger R/T, which comes with a V8 engine, has a starting price of $33,000. Challengers are roomier and more powerful. They seat five, while Camaros only have room for four, and have 16.2 cubic feet of trunk space, as opposed to the Camaro’s 7.3 cubic feet. The Challenger’s engine options range from a 305-hp V6 to an 840-hp V8. The Camaro handles better than the Challenger, though, especially on winding roads, and the Camaro got better IIHS crash test scores than the Challenger.


Are 2018 Camaros gas guzzlers?


That depends on which engine you get, although even the most efficient trim wouldn’t really be considered a “green” car. The 1LT is the most fuel-efficient model. It gets 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, which isn’t bad for a muscle car.

You can expect to get 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway if you buy a Camaro 1LS or 2LT. Gas efficiency really drops off with the 1SS and 2SS trims. They get 16 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The ZL1 is the gas guzzler in the Camaro family, of course. It only gets 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway.

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