2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
- ZL1's new 1LE Extreme Track Performance package
- New base 1LS trim level
- Part of the sixth Camaro generation introduced for 2016
- Surprisingly sharp and nimble handling around turns
- Potent acceleration from V6 and V8 engines
- Relatively smooth ride, especially with the adaptive suspension
- Solid value thanks to lots of standard equipment
- Some controls are awkward to use
- Limited trunk space with small opening
- Tiny backseat is essentially useless
- World War II-era bunkers were easier to see out of
2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Camaro does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating4 / 5
There's a lot to appreciate about the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro. Sure, the Camaro ZL1 gets all the (deserved) views on YouTube for its gonzo 650-hp V8, but it's not the only Camaro you can buy. If you're just interested in stylish motoring, you can go with the base turbocharged four-cylinder engine or the capable V6. Then there's the available 6.2-liter V8, which has more than enough performance for most driving enthusiasts.
We also like the 2018 Camaro's precise handling, smooth ride on the highway and plenty of standard equipment for the money. If you haven't been around a Camaro in a long time, you'll likely be shocked how refined the latest version is. The Camaro still has its drawbacks, and key rivals are happy to pick up where it leaves off. The Ford Mustang, for example, is a bit more livable and practical when driven on a daily basis. And the Dodge Challenger has them both beat when it comes to retro muscle-car looks and usable backseat space. Overall, we're impressed by the Camaro's combination of power, precision and head-turning looks.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro is available as a four-seat coupe and convertible, with 1LS, 1LT, 2LT, 1SS, 2SS and ZL1 trim levels. The LS and LT models come standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder, and a V6 is also available. The SS has a V8 and the ZL1 has a supercharged V8. The 1s and 2s represent levels of equipment, but there are several optional packages and stand-alone items to help you customize your ideal Camaro.
The LS and LT models come standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (275 hp 295 lb-ft), but they can be equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 (335 hp, 284 lb-ft). The 1LS and 2LT come standard with the six-speed manual transmission while the 1LT has an eight-speed automatic. Like all Camaros, the LS and LT models are rear-wheel-drive.
Standard equipment on the base 1LS includes 18-inch alloy wheels, LED running lights, a limited-slip differential (with the manual transmission), a rearview camera, keyless ignition and entry, power-adjustable front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and adjustable driving modes. Technology equipment includes Bluetooth, OnStar emergency communications, 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, a 7-inch touchscreen (Chevy's MyLink interface), Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio.
Additional gear on the 1LT includes remote start, the aforementioned automatic transmission and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
The available Technology package adds a nine-speaker Bose audio system and an 8-inch MyLink touchscreen to the 1LS and 1LT.
The 2LT includes the Technology package's contents and adds dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. If you add the Convenience and Lighting package to the 2LT, you'll get heated and auto-dimming mirrors, rear parking sensors, driver memory functions, a head-up display, a heated steering wheel, wireless smartphone charging, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
The RS package (available on 1LS, 1LT and 2LT) includes 20-inch wheels, xenon headlights, LED taillights, a special grille and a rear decklid spoiler. For the 1LS and 2LT, the 1LE Track Performance package (coupe only) adds the V6, the FE3 sport-tuned suspension from the SS, 20-inch forged alloy wheels, four-piston Brembo brakes, a mechanical limited-slip differential, a short-throw shifter, a track-cooling package, a dual-mode exhaust, special aerodynamic spoilers and a satin black hood. Recaro sport front seats can also be added to the 1LE package.
The 1SS basically gets the 1LT's equipment plus a 6.2-liter V8 (455 hp, 455 lb-ft), a six-speed manual transmission with rev-match downshift (an eight-speed automatic is optional), 20-inch wheels, the four-piston Brembo brakes, the FE3 sport-tuned suspension, a mechanical limited-slip differential, a Track driving mode, a rear spoiler, xenon headlights and upgraded gauges. The 2SS includes the 6.2-liter V8 and all the features from the 2LT trim, along with unique interior accents and the Convenience and Lighting package.
For the 1SS and 2SS, the SS 1LE Track Performance package adds six-piston Brembo brakes, the FE4 suspension with adaptive dampers, an electronically controlled limited-slip differential, different forged alloy wheels, upgraded performance tires, the Recaro sport seats and everything else included with the LT's 1LE package.
Finally, the Camaro ZL1 has a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 (650 hp, 650 lb-ft), a six-speed manual transmission (a 10-speed automatic is optional) and launch control. All of the 2SS and SS 1LE extras, minus the cosmetic differences, are also included. The ZL1 1LE Extreme Track Performance package adds 19-inch forged aluminum wheels with wider tires, special race-oriented suspension dampers, a carbon-fiber hood and rear spoiler, and tinted taillights. With the ZL1 1LE package, a fixed rear seat is also available.
Other available extras include a sunroof, a performance exhaust (all V6- and V8-powered models), a navigation system (2LT, 2SS and ZL1 trims), and a Heavy Duty Cooling and Brake package (1LS, 1LT and 2LT).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Camaro has received only minor revisions. Our findings are applicable to the 2018 model.
Noise & vibration3
Ease of use2
Getting in/getting out2.5
Audio & navigation4
2018 Chevrolet Camaro videos
CARLOS LAGO: I'm Edmunds Senior Writer Carlos Lago, and here's a features rundown of the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro. From any angle, the Chevy Camaro is distinctive, blending retro personality with sharp modern styling. CARLOS LAGO: Unfortunately, the exterior styling comes at the expense of outward visibility. Thick roof pillars and narrow windows make it one of the most difficult vehicles to see out of. Like its chief rival, the Ford Mustang, the Camaro is available with either a turbocharged 4-cylinder, a V-6, or a beefy V8. There's also a 650-horsepower supercharged V8 in the top dog ZL1. All of that power is well-balanced with very capable handling, and with the available adaptive suspension, ride quality remains relatively smooth. The Camaro gets particularly low scores for its limited trunk space. On top of that, the opening is narrow and liftover height is quite high. Muscle cars have never been very accommodating the rear passengers, but the Camaro is even more restrictive than usual. Even kids will feel cramped back there. The Camaro's interior features some higher quality materials, but suffers from oddly placed switches and climate control vents. The Chevy MyLink system is quick to respond and easy to use, but the screen's placement and angle are awkward. The front seat cushions may be a little too narrow for some, but are otherwise comfortable and supportive. As far as space for your personal items, the Camaro offers the bare minimum. So you may want to travel light. Chevy Camaro's top competitors include Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger, and BMW 2 series. The bottom line, if you haven't been around the Camaro in a long time, you'll likely be shocked at how refined the latest version is. It still has its drawbacks, and key rivals are happy to pick up where it leaves off, but overall, we're impressed by the Camaro's combination of power, precision, and head turning looks. [MUSIC PLAYING]
2018 Chevrolet Camaro Features Rundown
With the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro's wide range of engine offerings, there's plenty of power to be had, from the base four-cylinder all the way up to the ZL1's 650-horsepower supercharged V8. But the 2018 Camaro also boasts precision handling and an appealing set of features, making it an impressive all-around performance car. In this video, we highlight the key features that matter most. From mpg, interior space and technology to design and comfort - these pros and cons will help steer you toward a perfect car.
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Camaro safety features:
- Side Blind Zone Alert
- Notifies the driver if vehicles are in a blind spot or if cars are approaching in parking-lot situations.
- Includes services such as automatic crash notification, on-demand roadside assistance, remote unlocking and stolen vehicle assistance.
- Front Knee Airbags
- Provides extra airbag coverage beyond the typical front and side airbags. The Camaro has earned high crash test safety scores.
Chevrolet Camaro vs. the competition
2018 Chevrolet Camaro
2018 Ford Mustang
Chevrolet Camaro vs. Ford Mustang
The Camaro and Mustang are two of the closest rivals on the road, and they have very similar strengths and weaknesses. Both start out as inexpensive base models and range up to massively powerful racetrack-ready machines. Both have modern interiors with available high-tech infotainment systems as well. The Mustang is a little easier to see out of and live with every day, but the Camaro counters with an edge on overall performance. A choice between the two will almost certainly come down to personal preference.
Chevrolet Camaro vs. Dodge Challenger
In the two-door muscle-car category, the Challenger is the choice for comfort. It has a more usable back seat than the Camaro, a larger trunk and a more comfortable ride. The Challenger is larger than the Camaro, allowing for that extra space, but it's also heavier, by several hundred pounds in some cases. The Camaro is vastly superior in terms of handling. But the Challenger does offer its drag-strip-focused Hellcat and Demon models.
Chevrolet Camaro vs. Dodge Charger
The Charger, with its four doors, is a bit of an outlier in this class, but it still has all the modern muscle-car cred. Much like the Camaro, the Charger offers a handful of powerful engines, lots of high-tech amenities, and nostalgia from the moment you start it up. But it also has a usable back seat and a big trunk. Essentially, the Charger is a Dodge Challenger with the added practicality of a sedan body style.
2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Sale
2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Overview
The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is offered in the following styles: ZL1 2dr Coupe (6.2L 8cyl S/C 6M), and ZL1 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl S/C 6M).
What do people think of the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1?
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2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 ZL1 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl S/C 6M)
The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 ZL1 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl S/C 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $71,755. The average price paid for a new 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 ZL1 2dr Convertible (6.2L 8cyl S/C 6M) is trending $6,747 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 ZL1 2dr Coupe (6.2L 8cyl S/C 6M)
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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Chevrolet Camaro?
Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.