2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 - Rating Details


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Edmunds Rating
Vehicle Tested 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 (6.2L V8 Supercharger 6-Speed Manual) Driven On 6/5/2012 Ratings Summary This rating has been carried forward from a prior year because the newer model has no substantial differences.

Given its stunning performance, the Camaro ZL1 gets our highest ranking. It beat the Ford Shelby GT500 in our comparison test for a reason: It's the best car in the segment.
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Comfort This is the magic of the ZL1 -- stunning performance without awful ride comfort. Thank the magnetic dampers and good seats.
Seating Comfort
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We drove the ZL1 2,300 miles across the country and didn't once suffer road butt. These seats work. At least for us.
Ride Comfort
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Magnetic dampers and independent rear suspension provide ride quality far superior to pony cars of the past.
Quietness
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Quieter than some competitors -- especially during highway cruising. Still, this isn't a quiet luxury car.
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Interior Overall, the Camaro's interior is ahead of its chief competition. And the optional microfiber suede in the ZL1 only helps.
Ergonomics
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The Camaro's knob-and-button controls are intuitive and easy to use. All major controls fall readily at hand.
Ingress/Egress
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Like most coupes the Camaro's doors are heavy, but they open wide enough and the seat bolsters don't inhibit entry or exit.
Space/Room
B
Front space is adequate in every dimension, but it feels confined because of the small glass area.
Visibility
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The worst visibility of any coupe we?ve driven recently.
Cargo/Storage
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Small door pockets, small trunk opening and less cargo space than its primary competition.
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Performance Immensely capable in every measure, the ZL1 makes few compromises.
Acceleration
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Running to 60 in the four-second range and the quarter mile in the mid-to-low 12s makes this one quick machine. It's also easy to drive.
Braking
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Running to 60 in the four-second range and the quarter mile in the mid-to-low 12s makes this one quick machine. It's also easy to drive.
Steering
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The ZL1 is the best-steering pony car ever. Precise feedback and good feel inspire confidence.
Handling
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Massive grip, good balance and composure on most any road. Doesn't sound like a pony car, does it?
Driveability
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Very easy to drive -- especially considering its abilities. Drivability is better than Camaro SS thanks to easy clutch and shifter.
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Value As performance cars go, this is good value. But stack it up against the (now gone) BMW M3 and it's a hard choice. Sure, it's quicker, but would we really choose it everyday over that car?
Build Quality (vs. $)
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There's nothing wrong with the ZL1's build quality. It's not German luxury car good, but it's screwed together adequately.
Features(vs. $)
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Magnetic dampers alone make the case for solid feature content. But the ZL1 has also all the safety and convenience features we'd expect at this price.
Cost
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This is a lot of money for a Camaro. But it's a solid performer which justifies a high price.
MPG
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This car gets hit unavoidably with a gas guzzler tax for a reason.
Warranty
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The basic warranty is 3 years/36,000 miles, but the powertrain of this beast is backed for 5 years or 100,000 miles, with roadside assistance to match.
Ownership
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Aside from gas, car payments and -- presumably -- insurance, the mechanical bits should be easy and somewhat inexpensive to maintain. This is, after all a Chevy, not an exotic.
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Fun To Drive Lots of fun to drive. Grippy, powerful, sideways fun at that. Also, a composed driving machine when you want it to be.
Driving Experience
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Less raw than its primary competition, the ZL1 is a focused performer, not just a tire-spinning playground car.
Personality
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There's an element of maturitry here which is unepcted. But if you want to do burnouts, the ZL1 will oblige. It looks mean, too, which helps bring out its wild side.
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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro Zl1 in VA is:

$156 per month*
* Explanation
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