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2021 Chevrolet Camaro Review

The 2021 Chevrolet Camaro sits in the middle of our sports car rankings. It offers ample engine power and deft handling, but it also has a cramped interior and poor predicted reliability.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful V6 and V8 engines
  • Engaging handling
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Cramped second row
  • Mixed interior quality
  • Abysmal predicted reliability rating

Rankings & Research

The 2021 Chevrolet Camaro's #4 ranking is based on its score within the Sports Cars category. Currently the Chevrolet Camaro has a score of 7.7 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 35 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 5.9
Safety:
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 8.5 for safety is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
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Reliability:
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Is the Chevrolet Camaro a Good Car?

Yes, the Camaro is a good sports car. It checks all the boxes for what a modern, performance-oriented muscle car should be. It has potent V6 and V8 engine options that help deliver exhilarating acceleration, while responsive steering makes the Camaro just as fun to throw into a corner as it is to rocket away from a stop. Ergonomic front seats and an intuitive infotainment system round out its driver-first atmosphere.

Other aspects of the Camaro are less peachy. The cabin features noticeable hard plastics and unimpressive materials, and the back seat is very cramped. Additionally, this Chevy rates terribly for predicted reliability.

Why You Can Trust Us: 35 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 35 Chevrolet Camaro reviews – along with reliability ratings, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2021 Camaro is the right new car for you.

This 2021 Camaro full review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2016.

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our team has more than 75 years of combined auto industry experience. To remain objective, we don't accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team manages the advertising on our site.

Should I Buy the Chevrolet Camaro?

From a performance standpoint, the Camaro certainly merits consideration. However, its weak points are more glaring compared to longtime rivals such as the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger. The former has a more refined cabin than the Camaro, and the latter has an adult-friendly back seat and a huge trunk. Depending on your priorities, any of these muscle cars would be a good buy.

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2020 vs. 2021 Chevrolet Camaro: What’s the Difference?

The most notable difference between the 2020 and 2021 Camaro is that Android Auto and Apple CarPlay now have wireless capability. Previously, it required plugging your phone into the infotainment system.

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Here are the key changes for the Chevrolet Camaro since it was redesigned for 2016:

  • 2017: high-performance ZL1 model introduced; Teen Driver added to standard features list
  • 2018: 1LE performance package became available
  • 2019: refreshed interior and exterior styling; gained available forward collision warning and rearview mirror camera; Chevrolet Infotainment 3 replaced MyLink system
  • 2020: LT1 trim debuted; 10-speed automatic transmission became available with 3.6-liter V6 engine
  • 2021: standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay now wireless

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2018 Camaro, 2019 Camaro, and 2020 Camaro reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Much Does the Chevrolet Camaro Cost?

As of this writing, Chevrolet has not announced pricing for the 2021 Camaro. In recent years, the Camaro has had one of the lower base prices among sports cars, undercutting muscle-car rivals by several thousand dollars.

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Chevrolet Camaro Versus the Competition

Chevrolet Camaro vs. Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang is a well-rounded sports car that ranks near the top of the class. It has a more upscale interior than the Camaro, along with a higher predicted reliability rating and a few more cubic feet of trunk space. Also, the Mustang's standard turbo-four engine is more powerful than the Camaro's base engine.

Each car rates very well for handling, and each has several powerful engine options. Though the new Mustang Shelby GT500 delivers 110 more horses than the Camaro ZL1, both models go from zero to 60 mph in about the same time. The Chevy doesn't have a true advantage over the Ford, so while both cars are a good buy, the Mustang is a better one.

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Chevrolet Camaro vs. Dodge Challenger

The Dodge Challenger stands out in this class for its five-person seating capacity and roomy second row. It also has a huge trunk. The nearly 800 horsepower in the Challenger Hellcat Redeye makes that model one of the most powerful cars currently on the market, and it has the highest horsepower rating of any vehicle on our site.

With its lineup of muscular V6 and Hemi V8 engines, the Challenger is the clear pick for those who want to go fast in a straight line but also prioritize passenger space. The Camaro, on the other hand, is the better choice if you prioritize sporty handling through curves.

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Chevrolet Camaro vs. Chevrolet Corvette

With a base price of around $60,000, the Chevrolet Corvette should be cross-shopped with the track-focused Camaro ZL1. Fully redesigned for 2020 and with a brand-new midengine layout, the C8 Corvette employs an updated version of the Camaro SS' naturally aspirated 6.2-liter LT V8 engine.

The Corvette goes from zero to 60 mph faster than the most powerful Camaro, the ZL1. The Vette does that sprint in under three seconds, while the ZL1 takes 3.5 seconds, even though the latter has a supercharger and roughly 150 more horsepower than the Corvette. Talking speed for your money, it's hard to beat the Corvette. If you're set on buying a high-priced, high-performance Chevy, choose the Vette over a top-trim Camaro.

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Camaro Performance: Fast and Agile

Camaro Engine

The Chevrolet Camaro comes standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Most shoppers will be impressed with its power and swift acceleration, but if you expect blistering throttle response from a sports car, you may be a little underwhelmed. This engine can also be loud in an unrefined way.

The Camaro is livelier when it has a V6 or a V8 engine under the hood. The optional 10-speed automatic transmission that’s paired with these power plants is a star, executing smooth and quick shifts. The naturally aspirated V8 was plucked from the C7 Corvette, so you know it means business. Topping the powertrain lineup is a supercharged V8 once shared with other high-performance GM cars. Now exclusive to the Camaro ZL1, it turns this car into a track monster.

Chevrolet Camaro Powertrain/Performance Options:
  • Base engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 275 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque (standard in 1LS, 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT)
  • Available engines:
    • 3.6-liter V6 with 335 horsepower and 284 pound-feet of torque (optional in 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT)
    • 6.2-liter V8 with 455 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque (standard in LT1, 1SS, and 2SS)
    • 6.2-liter supercharged V8 with 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque (standard in ZL1)
  • Drivetrain: rear-wheel drive
  • Transmission: standard six-speed manual; available eight-speed automatic; available 10-speed automatic (with V6 and V8 engines)
Chevrolet Camaro Appearance Packages:
  • Body-Side Stripes or Fender Hash Marks: in White Pearl, Black Metallic, Hyper Blue Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, Red Hot, or Nightfall Gray Metallic
  • Body-Color Spoiler with Wicker package
  • Black Interior Appearance package: black interior and door accent trim and black suede knee pads
  • Camaro Logo package: a Chrome Camaro fender badge, premium floor mats, and a center console lid with Camaro logo
  • Satin Black Front Side Splitter/Rockers package: rocker moldings and a front fascia extension
  • Red or Black Accent Exterior package
  • Wild Cherry Design packages: Black Metallic hash mark stripes, Camaro logo wheel caps, 20-inch forged wheels, premium floor mats with Camaro logo, black suede knee pads, a fuel filler door with carbon fiber insert, ground effects, and a hood center stripe
  • Front Splitter or Front Fascia Extension
  • Hood Stripes, Spider Stripes, or Stinger Stripe: in Red Hot, Satin Black, Silver Ice Metallic, or White Pearl
  • Rear Blade Spoiler or Wing Spoiler: in Satin Black, Carbon Flash Metallic, or body color
  • Side Rocker Moldings: in Satin Black
  • Ground Effects package
  • Black Lower Grille: with Red Hot, Silver, or Gloss Black inserts
  • Interior Door Accent Trim: in black, red, or white
  • Knee Pads: in Black suede, Kalahari, or Ceramic White
  • Ambient Interior Lighting: in Dark Night, Red Day, or Structura
  • Suede Shift Knob and Boot
  • Redline Edition: 20-inch black-painted wheels with red accents, a black Camaro fender badge, Redline Edition graphics, and red seat belts and knee pads
  • RS package: 20-inch gray-painted wheels, dark tint taillights, black front and rear badges, an RS-specific front grille, and a rear spoiler
  • ZL1 1LE Spec Carbon Fiber Spoiler (available in ZL1)
Chevrolet Camaro Performance Packages:
  • 1LE Track Performance package: a Satin Black hood wrap, a black front splitter, outside mirrors, a rear spoiler, black 20-inch alloy wheels with summer-only tires, Brembo four-piston front brakes, a performance suspension, heavy-duty cooling, a limited-slip differential, a dual-mode exhaust, a suede-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel and shift knob, and RS badging and front grille
  • 1LE Spec Suspension package (available in 2SS)
  • ZL1 1LE Extreme Track Performance package (available in ZL1): a fixed rear bench seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a Satin Black hood wrap, a unique front splitter, front dive planes, dark tint taillights, 19-inch black-painted wheels, summer-only tires, red brake calipers with 1LE logo, an adjustable performance suspension, and a visible carbon fiber weave hood insert and rear spoiler
Chevrolet Camaro Individual Performance Options:
  • Chevrolet Performance Front 6-piston Brembo Brake Upgrade System
  • Lowering Suspension
  • Dual-Mode Exhaust
  • Painted Brake Calipers: in orange or red
  • Performance Data Recorder
  • Sway Bar Suspension Upgrade System (available in LT1, 1SS, and 2SS)
  • 6.2L Strut Tower Brace (available in LT1, 1SS, and 2SS)
  • 6.2L Performance Air Intake (available in LT1, 1SS, and 2SS)
  • Magnetic Ride Control (available in 2SS)
Camaro Gas Mileage

The Camaro's fuel economy is a little below average for a sports car, but it's right in line with its American muscle-car rivals. When equipped with the base engine, the Camaro gets up to 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Models with the V6 return up to 19 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Across its lineup of engines, fuel economy is generally a few mpg better with the automatic transmission than with the manual.

Camaros with the naturally aspirated V8 engine get up to 16/27 mpg city/highway, while those with the supercharged V8 get among the poorest gas mileage of any mainstream consumer vehicle, with around 13/21 mpg.

Camaro Ride and Handling

There's a lot to like about the rear-wheel-drive Camaro's sporty attitude and handling. It takes corners with enthusiasm and feels planted. Even though it has more heft than lighter two-seat sports cars, this Chevy still delivers responsive steering and strong braking ability.

How Fast Is the Chevrolet Camaro?

The range-topping Camaro ZL1 can go from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, according to Chevy. That time is roughly identical to the sprints of the Ford Mustang GT500 (3.5) and the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye (3.4). The Camaro ZL1 also has a tested top speed of 202 mph.

Does the Chevrolet Camaro Have All-Wheel Drive?

No, the Camaro is rear-wheel drive only. Among sports cars and muscle-car rivals, only the Dodge Challenger is available with all-wheel drive.

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Camaro Interior: You May Feel Blocked In

Camaro Cargo Space

The Chevrolet Camaro coupe has 9.1 cubic feet of trunk space. That's about average for most sports cars, but pony-car rivals such as the Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang offer several more cubic feet of space.

The Camaro convertible serves up 7.3 cubic feet of trunk space, which is a little more than coupe-only classmates from Japan such as the Nissan 370Z, Subaru BRZ, and Toyota 86.

How Many People Does the Camaro Seat?

The Chevy Camaro has four seats. The front seats are comfortable, whether you're engaging in spirited driving or going on a long cruise. However, small windows, a high belt line, and large roof pillars create noticeable blind spots and hamper outward visibility.

An eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat is standard, and a six-way power-adjustable passenger seat is optional. You can also upgrade to Recaro performance front seats, which keep you cradled much more than the standard offerings do.

This vehicle's two rear seats are tiny and barely usable for adult passengers. You're better off leaving the back seat for kids.

Camaro and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use. The lower anchors are set deeply in the seats, and it requires force to attach the car-seat straps.

Camaro Interior Quality

The Camaro's interior offers solid build quality, but hard plastics are abundant, which is especially noticeable around the infotainment screen and some other areas. There are a few soft-touch surfaces, but overall the Camaro feels less upscale than many rivals.

Camaro Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system is a breeze to use. It's easy to run through the menus and figure out where everything is; plus, the graphics look good. For another familiar way to interact with the system, look to standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. These features have wireless capability for the first time, so you don't have to plug-in your phone via a USB port.

Still, there are a few downsides. The 7-inch touch screen is tilted slightly downward at an awkward angle, and it feels a little small. The optional 8-inch display is a better bet.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 7-inch touch screen, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, voice recognition, a six-speaker stereo, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and Bluetooth
  • Available infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, a seven- or nine-speaker Bose stereo, navigation, an 8-inch digital gauge cluster, and wireless device charging
  • Additional standard features: automatic climate control and proximity keyless entry
  • Other available features: a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, customizable interior lighting, remote start, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror

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Camaro Reliability

Is the Chevrolet Camaro Reliable?

The 2021 Chevrolet Camaro has a poor predicted reliability rating of two out of five.

Chevrolet Camaro Warranty

Chevrolet covers the Camaro with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Camaro Safety

Camaro Crash Test Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety hasn't tested the 2021 Camaro at the time of writing, but the nearly identical 2020 model earned the highest rating of Good in four crash tests and the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the roof strength evaluation. The IIHS uses a different scale for grading collision avoidance features. The 2020 Camaro earned the lowest rating of Basic for its optional vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2021 Chevrolet Camaro an overall safety rating of five out of five stars with four stars in the frontal crash test and five stars in the side crash and rollover tests.

Camaro Safety Features

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Teen Driver (lets you do things like set speed and audio volume limits for secondary drivers)

Available advanced safety features:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Head-up display
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rearview camera mirror

Read more about safety »

Camaro Dimensions and Weight

The Camaro is 15.7 to 15.9 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,351 to 4,151 pounds.

Where Is the 2021 Chevrolet Camaro Built?

General Motors builds the 2021 Chevrolet Camaro in Michigan.

When Did the Chevrolet Camaro First Come Out?

General Motors introduced the Chevrolet Camaro in 1966 in response to the inaugural Ford Mustang and that car's success in its first couple of years. The Camaro's first generation only spanned the 1967 through 1969 model years. The second-generation Camaro debuted for the 1970 model year and initially featured performance-oriented trims including the SS and Z-28. This iteration of the car was produced through the 1981 model year.

Notable changes for the third-generation Camaro, which spanned the 1982 to 1992 model years, included a standard four-cylinder engine for the first time, as well as fuel injection and a hatchback body style. The race-inspired Camaro IROC-Z was available from 1985 to 1990.

Spanning most of the 1990s and briefly into the new century, the fourth-generation Camaro offered only V6 and V8 engines. That included the new small-block GM LT1 V8, which made its debut in the middle of the Chevrolet Corvette's C4 generation.

Low sales and declining demand for performance coupes led Chevy to discontinue the Camaro after the 2002 model year. The hiatus would be brief, as a fifth-generation Camaro concept car riding on a brand-new platform was unveiled at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show. The car also was featured heavily in the 2007 "Transformers" movie. This revamped Camaro went on sale for the 2010 model year, with eventual ZL1 and Z/28 versions that carried a supercharged LS engine and a 505-horsepower 7.0-liter LS7 powertrain. The Camaro's current generation launched for the 2016 model year.

Which Chevrolet Camaro Model Is Right for Me?

The 2021 Chevrolet Camaro comes in coupe and convertible body styles and several trims: 1LS, 1LT, 2LT, 3LT, LT1, 1SS, 2SS, and ZL1. Convertible models are several thousand dollars more expensive than their coupe counterparts. The Camaro's powertrain lineup includes a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a V6, and two V8s, as well as a manual transmission and an eight- or a 10-speed automatic.

V8 engine power is limited to the LT1, SS, and ZL1 models. If you're OK with something more demure, start your search with the 2LT trim. It gives you the choice of the turbo-four or V6 and comes standard with niceties such as leather upholstery and heated and ventilated front seats.

At the time of writing, Chevrolet has not announced pricing for the 2021 Camaro.

Chevrolet Camaro 1LS

The 2021 Chevrolet Camaro 1LS comes standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Standard features include cloth upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, and the Teen Driver safety system. The standard infotainment system has a 7-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, voice recognition, a six-speaker stereo, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and Bluetooth.

Chevrolet Camaro LT

The Camaro 1LT features standard satellite radio and a six-way power-adjustable passenger seat. The optional Technology package adds an 8-inch touch screen and a Bose stereo. Also optional are navigation, a sunroof, and Recaro performance front seats. All LT models have a standard turbo-four engine and are available with a V6.

The Camaro 2LT adds leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The Camaro 3LT trim comes standard with an 8-inch touch screen, a Bose stereo, a heated steering wheel, a head-up display, an 8-inch digital gauge cluster, a rearview mirror camera, customizable interior lighting, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rear parking sensors.

Chevrolet Camaro LT1

The Camaro LT1 features a V8 engine, a performance suspension, and Brembo brakes. It has a nearly identical list of equipment as the 1LT trim.

Chevrolet Camaro SS

With the same V8 engine as the LT1, the Camaro 1SS also comes with an 8-inch touch screen, an 8-inch digital gauge cluster, dark tint taillights, and summer-only tires. Standard features in the Camaro 2SS include leather upholstery, a Bose stereo, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a head-up display, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview mirror camera, customizable interior lighting, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rear parking sensors.

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

The high-performance Camaro ZL1 comes with a supercharged V8 engine, launch control, an electronic limited-slip differential, a performance suspension, Magnetic Ride Control, red brake calipers, an upgraded exhaust, Recaro front seats, wireless device charging, sport pedals, and a suede-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

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The Final Call

The 2021 Chevrolet Camaro isn't very practical, but it's a fun-to-drive, modern muscle car with a lot of appeal, if you can look past its somewhat chintzy interior. For a sports car that delivers thrilling performance but with a nicer and/or larger cabin and better predicted reliability, consider American rivals like the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The 2021 Camaro brings both a decades-long reputation for performance and everyday drivability with modern features and powertrains, all at a price that won’t break the bank. When it comes to power for the dollar, it’s hard to beat the Camaro." -- Autotrader
  • "The Camaro is the pony car for people who prioritize performance over everyday livability." -- Car and Driver
  • "The aggressive styling of the latest Camaro doesn’t appeal to everyone, but it’s an honest performance car that’s rear-wheel drive and available with a manual transmission or an automatic. The Camaro is also relatively livable as a daily driver – as long as you keep a mindful eye on those blind spots and don’t expect to regularly have passengers in the tiny rear seats." -- Kelley Blue Book

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Last Updated: October 8, 2020

Plunging Sales: Camaro sales have spiraled in 2020, down 39.6 percent compared to the same span in 2019. Even so, the Camaro is one of the top-selling vehicles in the sports car class, only outperformed by the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger. The Camaro is being outsold by the Mustang by more than 2 to 1.

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