Fresh off a redesign for the 2016 model year, the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro is a significantly lighter, more sophisticated Camaro than the prior generation car it replaced.
The Camaro is offered with four very different engines.The base LT model comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and there's an available 3.6-liter V6. The SS Camaro shares the potent 6.2-liter, 455-horsepower V8 with the base Corvette, and the ultra-high-performance ZL1 has an even more muscular supercharged version of the 6.2 with a monstrous 650 hp. The LT offers a choice of a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. The SS has a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic, while the ZL1 comes with a six-speed manual or a busy 10-speed automatic.
As you'd imagine, highest-to-lowest fuel economy ratings vary considerably, from a best of 25 mpg combined (22 mpg city/31 mpg highway) from the four-cylinder engine with the automatic transmission, to a low of 16 mpg combined (14 mpg city/20 mpg highway) for the ZL1 with the manual transmission. But with a claimed zero-to-60 mph time of an incredible 3.5 seconds, ZL1 customers likely aren't picky about fuel mileage.
Handling on all Camaro models is competent and the steering feel is light and precise. The SS model is now available with magnetic ride suspension, a worthy option.
Inside, the front seats are comfortable, but the same can't be said for the rear. The Camaro has a high waistline, resulting in relatively small side and rear windows, and subpar outward visibility. Chevrolet's improved MyLink infotainment system is worthwhile, as the system is now compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. More electronic safety features, such as blind-spot monitoring, are offered. Trunk space, at barely nine cubic feet, is just adequate. On convertible Camaros, the top stows under a hard tonneau, and can be raised or lowered at speeds up to 30 mph.
The Camaro is stylish and performance-oriented, but it isn't the most practical car available, especially if you plan to make regular use of the Munchkin-sized rear seat. As far as sophistication goes, though, the Camaro is more sophisticated than most of its rivals, even at the base level.
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