Chevrolet Camaro Review
The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro ranks 7 out of 10 Affordable Sports Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Chevrolet Camaro, as well as reliability and safety data.
While auto writers love the great performance and sharp styling that the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro offers, they’re also let down by its poor visibility and second-rate interior materials.
Reviewers agree that the Camaro offers ample power, regardless of whether you choose the base Camaro with a V6 engine, a V8-powered Camaro SS or a high-performance Camaro Z/28 or ZL1 model. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and with the exception of the 2014 Camaro Z/28, a six-speed automatic transmission is available across the model line. The base Camaro gets up to 19/30 mpg city/highway, which is about average for a muscle car, but considerably less than what smaller sports cars like the Subaru BRZ get. Some reviewers say that limited outward visibility and the Camaro’s heavy weight make it a challenging car to drive when the road gets twisty. However, other test drivers note that the 2014 Camaro offers capable handling and precise steering, especially considering its size. The 2014 Camaro also has a safety score that’s excellent for the class.
Although the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro has an attractive, retro-styled interior, many test drivers note that it’s built with too many hard plastics, which detract from its appeal. The Camaro has a small back seat and trunk, which isn’t unusual for the class, and many test drivers note that outward visibility is quite limited, and that the Camaro coupe doesn’t have enough headroom to accommodate taller drivers. Some test drivers say that the available infotainment system is easy to use, but others note that it responds slowly to user inputs and that it has trouble recognizing some voice commands. The 2014 Camaro comes standard with automatic headlights, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and a six-speaker stereo with satellite radio. Available features include a Boston Acoustics stereo system, a USB port, a head-up display, rear parking sensors, a backup camera, heated front seats, navigation and Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system, which includes a 7-inch touch-screen display.
- "For tire-burning power and Hollywood looks, it doesn't get much better than the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro. The reintroduced Z/28 model is sure to thrill around a racetrack as well." -- Edmunds
- "With its exterior freshening, the 2014 Camaro coupe and convertible still drip with attitude, but interior visibility and materials leave much to be desired." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "When it comes to sports convertibles with big V8-power and racy handling, plus two seats for the kids in back, you basically have your choice between Chevy, Ford, or spending a lot more money on something German. As you'd expect, Mustang is still pretty much in lock-step with Camaro in terms of pricing. These days, with the 'Stang due to be replaced and the Camaro Convertible brand-new and looking as sexy as ever, I know where my money would go." -- Autoblog
- "No Camaro, save for the ZL1, stands head and shoulders above its sporty-car rivals, but its distinctive style and overall sense of refinement makes it worth considering." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Other Cars to Consider
Like the Camaro, the Nissan 370Z is available as a coupe or a convertible, and reviewers love the 370Z’s powerful V6 engine and athletic handling. Additionally, critics note that the 370Z offers an attractive, functional interior.
The Ford Mustang is also available as a coupe or convertible, and test drivers love its nimble handling and powerful base engine. The Mustang also gets good fuel economy for a muscle car, and it’s available in powerful GT and Shelby GT500 trims.
Details: 2014 Chevrolet Camaro
The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro seats four and is available in coupe and convertible body styles. A total of eight models are available, ranging from the base Camaro 1LS to the high-performance Z/28 and ZL1 models. The base Camaro comes with a 3.6-liter V6 engine, a six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. A six-speed automatic is optional. Camaro SS models get a more powerful 6.2-liter V8 engine, as well as other styling updates and performance enhancements. The Camaro ZL1 offers even more performance with its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine and upgraded Magnetic Ride Control suspension system, while the new-for-2014 Camaro Z/28 features a 7.0-liter V8 engine. Aside from the reintroduction of the Z/28, the Camaro receives updated exterior styling for 2014, but sees few other changes. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2010 through the current model year.
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