2016 Chevrolet Camaro Overview
Pros & Cons
- Powerful engine lineup
- Agile handling
- Above-average predicted reliability
- Poor outward visibility
- Tiny trunk and back seat
Notable for 2016
- Fully redesigned
Chevrolet Camaro Rankings and Research
The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro ranking is based on its score within the Sports Cars category. Currently the Chevrolet Camaro has a score of 8.8 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 16 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.
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2016 Chevrolet Camaro Review
The redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is the runner-up in our sports car rankings. Our analysis of professional reviews and data shows that critics like the Camaro's powerful engine lineup and nimble handling. Drivers may wish for better visibility, however, and the trunk is smaller than many rivals'.
Though it isn't the cheapest sports car, with a starting price of $25,700, the Camaro is less expensive than many of its competitors. The highest Camaro trim has a starting price in the low $40,000s, but be aware that there are many options packages that can add several thousand dollars to the price tag. Most notably, opting for a convertible will cost you $7,000 more than the corresponding coupe.
Chevrolet backs the Camaro with a three-year warranty. The Camaro also has an above-average predicted reliability rating for the class.
Power for Days
The 2016 Camaro comes standard with a new-for-2016 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that puts out 275 horsepower. It's smooth and has ample power for most driving situations. The four-cylinder is also easier on your gas bill than a typical sports car, earning an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway.
But you're not buying a sports car just to have "ample power for most driving situations," are you? Fortunately, you can upgrade to a 3.6-liter V6 that makes 335 horsepower. The V6 has more punch than the turbo-four, and it definitely feels fast. It does get worse fuel economy, but its rating of 18 mpg in the city and 27 on the highway is pretty typical for the class.
Still, some people don't feel like they're driving a muscle car unless stomping the gas pedal induces heart palpitations. Enter the Camaro SS and its 6.2-liter V8 engine, which it shares with the Corvette. This bad boy puts out 455 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque. Whether you're at a stoplight or on the highway, once you hit the gas, the only cars you'll see will be in the rearview mirror. It earns an estimated 16 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway, which is better than some V8-powered rivals like the Dodge Challenger.
A six-speed manual transmission is standard in the Camaro, and an eight-speed automatic is available. Both transmissions deliver precise shifts. The automatic comes with paddle shifters that give you greater control over the power output.
In addition to its array of powerful engines, the Camaro delivers a cushioned ride. The steering is sharp, which gives you a better sense of control over the vehicle.
The Camaro has a high curb weight – nearly two tons. That weight prevents it from being a true corner carver like the Mazda MX-5 Miata, but the Camaro still attacks corners with minimal body lean.
Fresh Interior, but Poor Visibility
The redesigned Camaro's interior has a modern look and feel that puts a 21st century spin on the classic muscle car. There are plenty of quality materials, which add to the cabin's ambience.
The front seats are comfortable, and the available Recaro sport seats have extra bolstering that give you even more support. But while you may be comfortable in the driver's seat, don't expect a great view of the road. The Camaro's outward visibility is fairly poor, and you may want to spring for optional features like blind spot monitoring and front and rear parking sensors to help detect any objects you might not see. Fortunately, a rearview camera is standard.
As with most sports cars, the rear seats in the Camaro are mostly for show. They're incredibly small, and almost anyone will be uncomfortable sitting back there. The trunk is undersized as well, and it has a small opening, making it harder to load your cargo.
Latest Tech Features
The Camaro has plenty of standard features that you'll love. Satellite radio gives you plenty of listening options, and Bluetooth and two USB ports make sure you have ways to connect and charge your smartphone.
As part of the MyLink infotainment system, the Camaro also comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which let you transform your vehicle into an extension of your smartphone, right down to the touch screen's menus, which look the same as they do on your device.
The Camaro is available with an upgraded version of the MyLink system that features an 8-inch touch screen (instead of the standard 7-inch) that can also be controlled with voice commands. Other available features include navigation and a nine-speaker Boston Acoustics audio system.
Sun's Out, Guns Out
At their core, sports cars are about enjoying your driving experience, and what better way to do that than to feel fresh air whipping through your hair? The Camaro has you covered, as every trim is available as a convertible.
Convertible models come with a soft top that is fully automatic, allowing you to put it up or down with the touch of a button. You can even do this while on the move – the top can raise and lower as long as you are going under 30 mph. The top can also be raised or lowered remotely by using the key fob.
Camaro Pricing, Options, and Trims
The Camaro's 1LT (base) trim starts at $25,700, which is considerably less than competitors like the Nissan 370Z, but higher than the base price of the Ford Mustang. The highest trim is the 2SS. It carries a starting price of $41,300, which is about what you'd pay for a high-end Mustang GT or Dodge Challenger R/T.
In many cases, you have to step up in trim to get extra features in your Camaro, but there are also option packages and individual upgrades. Regardless of which trim you choose, you can upgrade from a coupe to a convertible for an extra $7,000.
On the 1LT and 2LT trims, it'll cost you about $1,500 to upgrade from the four-cylinder engine to the V6. If you want the V8 engine, you'll have to step up to at least the 1SS trim, which starts at $36,300. No matter which trim or engine you choose, it'll also cost you about $1,500 to get the available eight-speed automatic transmission.
There are multiple brake upgrade packages for up to $3,200, and the SS trims offer an adjustable suspension for about $1,700. There are also several optional styling upgrades on every trim that cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to around $2,000.
Camaro Safety and Reliability
The 2016 Camaro scores well in crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, earning a rating of Good (the highest rating) in four out of five categories and a rating of Acceptable in the roof strength category.
The only standard driver assistance feature in the Camaro is a rearview camera, but that still gives the Camaro a leg up on most other sports cars, which generally have no standard driver assistance features. Rear parking sensors and blind spot monitoring are available on the Camaro, but class rivals like the Ford Mustang offer more advanced safety features such as forward collision warning.
The Camaro has an above-average predicted reliability rating, and Chevrolet covers the 2016 Camaro with a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Other Cars to Consider
Like the Camaro, the Ford Mustang is available as a coupe or a convertible. No matter which engine you choose, the Mustang delivers strong acceleration. The available turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers better fuel economy than most muscle cars. The Mustang handles curvy roads with ease, and it offers a performance package designed to provide even sportier handling. Inside, the Mustang features a blend of classic and modern styling with quality materials and comfortable front seats. The Mustang also has a lower starting price than the Camaro.
The Dodge Challenger is the modern essence of an American muscle car. Its base V6 puts out over 300 horsepower, and there are a range of V8 engines, culminating in the supercharged V8 powering the Challenger SRT Hellcat, which produces 707 horsepower. The Challenger has strong brakes and handles well considering its size and weight. The Challenger seats five and – unlike the Camaro – actually has room for adults in the back seat. The Challenger also has one of the largest trunks in the class, and its infotainment system is responsive and easy to use.
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.
The 2016 Camaro's standard features include a rearview camera, Bluetooth, 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, rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, a head-up display, and a power sunroof.
- "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
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