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2019 Chevrolet Camaro Review

On sale since 1967, the Chevrolet Camaro is an iconic sports car with a lineup of robust powertrains. From the base model to the track-ready ZL1, Chevy offers a trim for every enthusiast’s taste and budget.

Now in its sixth generation, the Camaro has consistently improved over the decades to offer more power, better performance and more technology and safety features. A 2020 version is available, but with few changes from 2019, we focus on the previous year with more available rating information as of press time.

2019 Chevrolet Camaro pricing and trims

The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro starts at $25,000 and comes in seven trims: 1LS, 1LT, 2LT, 3LT, 1SS, 2SS and ZL1. Higher trims feature more power and cabin comforts such as leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats and a premium sound system.

Here are the top features for each trim level:

Trim 1LS 1LT 2LT 3LT 1SS 2SS ZL1
$25,000 $25,500 $27,500 $31,000 $37,000 $42,000 $62,000
Standard Features 4-Cylinder, Manual Transmission

Eight-Way Power Driver Seat, 7-inch Touch Screen, Wi-Fi Hotspot Capable

18-inch Silver-Painted Aluminum Wheels, Six-Way Power Front Passenger Seat Dual-Zone Climate Control, Leather Front Seats, Heated Front Seats, Ventilated Front Seats 3.6-liter, 6-Cylinder Engine, Bose Premium 9-Speaker Stereo System, 8-inch Touch Screen, Voice Recognition 6.2-liter, 8-Cylinder Engine, Rear Spoiler, Front Bucket Seats, Single-Zone Automatic Climate Control, Six-Speaker Audio System Heated Outside Mirrors, Heated Steering Wheel, Heated Front Seats, Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control 6.2-liter, Supercharged 8-Cylinder Engine, 20-inch Wheels, Performance Front Bucket Seats, Suede-Wrapped Steering Wheel

Automatic vs. manual transmission. The Chevrolet Camaro comes with a standard six-speed manual transmission. All trims except the ZL1 offer an eight-speed automatic transmission. A 10-speed automatic transmission is available on the ZL1. The sports car is rear-wheel drive.

What about the Camaro convertible? Upper trims are available in convertible form for an additional $6,000. We focus on the coupe model in this review.

Engine types. The base Camaro comes equipped with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, but that’s not your only option with other trims offering a 6-cylinder or two types of V8 engines.  With a robust 6.2-liter, supercharged V8, the range-topping ZL1 pumps out 650 horsepower.

All models come with Bluetooth and the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system with at least a 7-inch touch screen. Trims 3LT and above come with an upgraded infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen and voice recognition. The ZL1’s interior sports premium seats, microfiber-wrapped steering wheel and a host of safety features.

What’s next?  If you’re in the market for a new car, be sure to spend time shopping around for the best deal. You may be able to pay less than MSRP if you visit different dealerships. Check out online industry guides like Kelley Blue Book or NADAguides, as they can help you find the car you are looking for at a good price.

If you plan to finance your car, take the time to shop around for the best car loan the same way you shop for the car itself. You can apply through Chevy financing, or try your local bank or credit union. Depending upon your creditworthiness, you could get up to five potential loan offers from lenders when you fill out an online form at LendingTree. It doesn’t hurt your credit to apply to multiple lenders any more than it does to apply to one if you do all your applications within 14 days — and some credit scoring methods may even allow you up to 45 days.

2019 Chevrolet Camaro safety

The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro received an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) granted the Camaro the agency’s highest rating (“good”) in crash tests and the second-highest rating (“acceptable”) for its roof strength.

A rearview camera is standard. We’ve highlighted some of the top safety features included on each trim. The 1LS, 1LT, 2LT, 3LT and 1SS trims come standard with the following equipment:

  • Stabilitrak helps the driver maintain control in low-traction situations
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Teen Driver customizes vehicle settings, such as speed and audio volume, for secondary drivers

The 2SS and ZL1 trims come with the following equipment:

  • Forward Collision Alert uses radar to detect a potential collision
  • Rear Park Assist alerts the driver to obstacles in the car’s path when in reverse
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert detects cars and pedestrians in the car’s path when in reverse
  • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert signals obstacles in the car’s blind spot
  • Head-Up Display projects information onto the windshield to help the driver focus on the road

2019 Chevrolet Camaro competitor comparison

The Chevrolet Camaro competes with American muscle cars including the Ford Mustang, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger.

The Camaro and Mustang have competed for muscle car enthusiasts’ hearts for more than 50 years. The Mustang generates 310 horsepower, compared with the Camaro’s 275 horsepower. But the Camaro’s 650-horsepower ZL1 trim bests the Mustang Shelby GT350R’s 527 horsepower. Note that the Mustang achieved slightly higher safety ratings and offers more optional safety features, such as adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist — the Camaro offers lane change alert but not adaptive cruise control.

The Dodge Charger receives lower expert ratings and comes with a higher starting price than the Camaro, but its top trim delivers an astonishing 707 horsepower. The Charger is the only American muscle car offered with four doors.

The Dodge Challenger also features a higher base price than the Camaro. Known for its raw power, the range-topping Challenger Hellcat puts out 717 horsepower. Some models of both the Challenger and Charger offer all-wheel drive.

2019 Chevrolet Camaro 2019 Ford Mustang 2019 Dodge Challenger 2019 Dodge Charger
Base MSRP $25,000 $26,395 $28,095 $29,470
Expert Scores 4.0 4.3 4.0 3.7
Standard Technology Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Chevrolet Infotainment System, 7-inch Touch Screen SYNC System, Two Smart-Charging USB Ports, Six-Speaker Sound System, Voice Recognition Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Six-Speaker Sound System, UConnect Infotainment System, 7-inch Touch Screen Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Six-Speaker Sound System, UConnect Infotainment System, 7-inch Touch Screen
Fuel Economy Combined/City/Hwy 23/20/30 MPG 25/21/32 MPG 23/19/30 MPG 23/19/30 MPG

The bottom line on the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro

The Chevy Camaro has built a long-time reputation on power and performance. But competition in the muscle car market is fierce. The Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger generate more raw power than the Camaro, while the Ford Mustang boasts more safety features and higher expert ratings.

Rivals may feature quicker acceleration and more horsepower, but the Camaro remains an icon. Buyers who have long dreamed of owning a burly Camaro may not be easily swayed.

 

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