Chevrolet Camaro Review
Test drivers say the redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Camaro has strong engines and athletic handling, but they note it has a tiny back seat and poor outward visibility.
The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is ranked:
- #2 in Affordable Sports Cars
Powering the redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that reviewers agree delivers plenty of power. An available V6 engine impresses test drivers with its additional strength, and they say the optional V8 engine is incredibly strong and provides rapid acceleration. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and reviewers say it offers slick, accurate shifts. An eight-speed automatic is available. Chevrolet estimates that the base model will earn up to 30 mpg on the highway. The EPA estimates that the V6 Camaro earns 18/27 mpg city/highway, which is close to average for the class. Test drivers write that the Camaro has athletic handling that produces little body roll around corners. They add that its steering is appropriately weighted and crisp. Available Brembo brakes provide excellent stopping power, a few reviewers note.
According to auto writers, the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro's redesigned cabin is well-constructed and made with quality materials. The front seats are comfortable, they say, but the back seat is incredibly cramped. Reviewers caution that the Chevrolet Camaro's small windows and large back pillars create very limited outward visibility, and a few recommend buyers opt for blind spot monitoring. Standard features in the 2016 Camaro include Bluetooth, a rearview camera, satellite radio, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a 7-inch touch screen. Available features include Chevy's voice-activated MyLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker Boston Acoustics audio system, navigation, blind spot alert, lane change alert, rear parking sensors, a head-up display and a power sunroof. Critics say the Camaro's MyLink infotainment system is easy to use, and it features a clear display screen. They add that using Apple CarPlay is convenient and simple. A few test drivers point out that climate controls are easily adjustable. The Chevy Camaro has poor trunk space for the class, and auto journalists lament the trunk’s small opening.
- "It's leaner, meaner, and true to its heritage as Chevy's emphatic response to the Ford Mustang. Yes, this new car looks about the same as the old one, and the interior still has some foibles. But take our word for it, the Camaro is demonstrably better - quite literally from its now-lighter core. Don't be fooled by its familiar looks, and definitely, do not overlook the V6 model. We're glad we didn't." -- Autoblog
- "The 2016 Camaro may look very familiar, but having finally banished its David Byrne suit once and for all, this bowtied pony car is hardly the ‘same as it ever was.’ It's much, much better." -- CNET
- "The new Camaro offers the kind of handling and braking that was once the exclusive purview of higher-end European sports coupes and sedans, all with distinctly American styling and big V8 rumble." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro is lighter, faster, quieter and smarter than all that came before. It's better put-together, now rides on Cadillac underpinnings and, for the first time, has a better power-to-weight ratio (8.09 pounds per horse) than its mortal enemy, the Ford Mustang (8.51). The historically heavy and brutish pony car is dangerously close to being called sophisticated." -- AutoWeek
Other Cars to Consider
Reviewers say the Ford Mustang has an attractively styled cabin composed of high-quality materials. They add that its front seats are supportive, and its rear seats have a good amount of space for adults. Additionally, auto writers like the Mustang's powerful engine options and agile handling.
The Dodge Challenger has ample back seat and trunk space, reviewers say. Auto writers find the Challenger's interior good-looking and made with premium materials. They also agree that models equipped with the V8 engine offer fast acceleration.
Details: 2016 Chevrolet Camaro
The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro seats four and comes as either a coupe or convertible. The base Camaro has a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. A 3.6-liter V6 engine, a 6.2-liter V8 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission are available. The Camaro comes in four trims: 1LT, 2LT, 1SS and 2SS. The Camaro is fully redesigned for 2016.