2014 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 - Rating Details

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Vehicle Tested 2014 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe (6.2L V8 Supercharger 6-Speed Manual) Driven On 10/25/2013 Ratings Summary 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. For 2014 it receives revised front fascia, new headlights, one-piece taillights and a new spoiler and exhaust tips.
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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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Good brake performance, but a too-soft pedal.
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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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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The front seats are covered with cheap-looking cloth but are comfortable and hold you in place. Door armrests are hard. No center armrest for the rear, but seats have plenty of padding.
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 are readily at hand.
Ingress/Egress
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Like most coupes, the Camaro's doors are heavy, but they open wide and the seat bolsters don't inhibit entry or exit.
Space/Room
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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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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 every day 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 maturity here which is unexpected. 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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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Zl1 in VA is:

$172 per month*
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