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2019 Chevrolet Camaro Review

The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro finishes in the top half of our sports car rankings. It's athletic and fun to drive, and it has a decent interior (but rivals are more upscale inside). Add it all up, and you've got a well-rounded performance machine.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engines
  • Excellent handling
  • Comfortable, supportive front seats
  • Disappointing interior quality
  • Rear seats are incredibly cramped
  • Limited outward visibility

New for 2019

  • Updated styling
  • 10-speed automatic transmission now offered with Camaro SS
  • Updated infotainment system
  • Lower base price

Rankings & Research

The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ranked #4 in Sports Cars. Currently the Chevrolet Camaro has a score of 8.1 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 39 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 6.6
Safety: 8.5
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Is the Chevrolet Camaro a Good Car?

Yes, the Chevrolet Camaro is a good car. It offers several powerful and responsive engine options. It also handles well, rides smoothly, and has comfortable front seats. Perhaps its biggest flaw is that its interior is less upscale than some competitors’. Although its safety and predicted ratings are fine, some rivals earn higher scores. Additionally, it has a smallish trunk and a claustrophobia-inducing rear seat, but these are not rare complaints for a sports car.

Should I Buy the Chevrolet Camaro?

Although the Camaro does decently in our rankings and has a price tag similar to many of its rivals, you may want to compare this Chevy against some of its close competitors – like the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger – to make sure it's the right car for you.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Chevrolet Camaro?

The 2019 Camaro belongs to a generation that began with the 2016 model year. For 2019, the Camaro features updated interior and exterior styling as well as some features upgrades. Chevy's Infotainment 3 system replaces the MyLink infotainment system, and the 2019 Camaro also offers forward collision alert and Chevrolet's Rear Camera Mirror.

The Camaro has seen a few changes since its redesign for the 2016 model year. For 2017, Chevy added the high-performance ZL1 trim and offered a new 1LE performance package as well as some new driver assistance features like blind spot monitoring and Teen Driver. Chevrolet added a 1LE package for the ZL1 trim in 2018.

These aren't drastic changes, however; all models since the 2016 redesign are mostly the same. Therefore, you can potentially save thousands of dollars by purchasing a used Camaro instead of a new one without sacrificing many features. If you're interested in a used model, be sure to visit our overviews of the 2017 and 2018 Chevrolet Camaro. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current Camaro generation, which runs from 2016 to 2019.

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How Much Does the Chevrolet Camaro Cost?

The Camaro carries a base price of $25,000. That's on the low end of the spectrum for a sports car, but it's not much lower than many competitors. The starting prices of most vehicles in the class are bunched in the $25,000-$27,000 range.

At the high end of the lineup sits the Camaro ZL1. This performance-oriented model starts at $61,500, which is a lot more than the high-end cost of other sports cars. However, among its muscle car rivals in this segment, the Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang have similarly priced top trims.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Chevrolet dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Chevrolet deals page.

Chevrolet Camaro Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Chevrolet Camaro or Ford Mustang?

The Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro have a long-standing rivalry in the sports car class. It makes sense because these two have plenty in common. Both come in coupe and convertible body styles, offer several powerful engines, handle well, and are fun to drive. However, the Mustang gets the nod over the Camaro because it has higher safety scores, a richer interior, and a larger trunk, making it a better commuter vehicle than its Chevrolet rival.

Which Is Better: Chevrolet Camaro or Dodge Challenger?

The Dodge Challenger bests almost anything on the road in terms of power. While the Camaro features four-, six-, and eight-cylinder engine choices, the Challenger hasn't got time for anything smaller than a V6. It also offers multiple engines with more horsepower than any Camaro power plant, including the 797-horsepower behemoth powering the Challenger Hellcat Redeye. The Challenger also has some practical advantages over the Camaro, like its adult-friendly rear seat and a significantly larger trunk. The Chevrolet counters with superior fuel economy ratings and better agility on winding roads, and it's the only one of these two available as a convertible. Choosing between these two comes down to your priorities. If you're looking for more space and horsepower, go for the Challenger. Those looking for more agility should choose the Camaro.

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Camaro Performance

Camaro Engine: Never Short on Power

The Camaro's base engine is a 275-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder, but you can upgrade to a 335-horsepower V6, a 455-horsepower V8, or a 650-horsepower supercharged V8. Every engine provides eager acceleration and enough power for driving around town or on the highway, but the high-performance V8s deliver track-worthy muscle.

Camaro Gas Mileage: Paying a Premium Despite Decent Ratings

With its V6 engine, the Camaro gets 19 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The turbo-four engine gets the best ratings in the lineup, earning 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.

While those are solid ratings for the class, they don't translate to fuel savings because the four-cylinder engine requires premium gasoline. In fact, you'll save about $150 per year on gas by getting the Camaro's V6 over the turbo-four, despite the latter's superior mpg ratings.

Camaro Ride and Handling: Dynamic and Comfortable

The rear-wheel-drive Camaro has the handling chops to let you take full advantage of its powerful engines. It’s incredibly agile, and it also rides smoothly. The sharp steering and sturdy brakes are perfect for winding roads.

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Camaro Interior

How Many People Does the Camaro Seat?

The Camaro ostensibly seats four, but in practice, it's more like two. That's because the rear seats are so small that they're nearly unusable. The front seats, however, are comfortable and supportive, and the ample side bolstering holds you in place around turns. Driver visibility is limited in all directions, though.

Camaro and Car Seats

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use.

Camaro Interior Quality

Although it's attractive and stylish, the Camaro's cabin doesn't have the upscale feel of some other sports cars' interiors because of its unimpressive materials quality.

Camaro Cargo Space

The Camaro provides about 9 cubic feet of trunk space in coupe models and a little over 7 cubic feet in convertible models. Those aren't bad totals by sports car standards, but some rivals offer considerably more space. The Camaro's trunk only gives you enough room for about six grocery bags.

Camaro Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include the Infotainment 3 system with a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, two USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Available features include a sunroof, wireless smartphone charging, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, and satellite radio.

The Camaro comes with helpful connectivity features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hot spot; these are optional or unavailable in some rivals. The new Infotainment 3 system works well and is generally user-friendly.

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Camaro Reliability

Is the Chevrolet Camaro Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2019 Camaro a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

Chevrolet Camaro Warranty

The Chevrolet Camaro comes with a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Camaro Safety

Camaro Crash Test Results

The 2019 Camaro earned a five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it the highest rating of Good in four out of five crash tests, and the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the roof strength evaluation. Additionally, the IIHS noted that models equipped with the optional forward collision alert provide a Basic level of front crash prevention. 

Camaro Safety Features

A rearview camera comes standard in the Camaro. Available driver assistance features include a head-up display, forward collision alert, blind spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, Chevy's Rear Camera Mirror, and rear cross traffic alert.

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Camaro Dimensions and Weight

This Chevy measures between roughly 15.7 and 15.9 feet long. It has a curb weight ranging from 3,354 to 4,113 pounds.

Where is the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro Built?

Chevrolet builds the Camaro in Michigan.

Which Chevrolet Camaro Model Is Right for Me?

The Camaro comes in two body styles and seven trims. Every trim is offered in the coupe body style and with rear-wheel drive. You can upgrade to the convertible body style in any trim but the base for about $6,000. You can also swap the standard manual transmission for an eight-speed automatic (with four-cylinder and V6 engines) or a 10-speed automatic (with the V8s). The eight-speed costs $1,495, and the 10-speed costs $1,595. All but the base trim are also available with a 1LE performance package, which adds features that enhance the vehicle's handling abilities, such as stronger brakes and upgraded suspension components.

Choosing the right trim partly boils down to engine preference, since the powerful V8s are only offered in the SS and ZL1 trims. The SS models feature the same engine that comes in the Corvette Stingray and should satisfy most folks' need for V8 power and sound.

If you're OK with the turbo-four or V6 engines, check out the 2LT, which is one of the best values in the lineup. It comes with more infotainment and comfort features than the lower trims, and it only costs about $2,500 more than the base trim.

Chevrolet Camaro 1LS

The Camaro 1LS sports a base price of $25,000. It comes with a 275-horsepower turbo-four engine and a six-speed manual transmission, and it's the only trim not offered as a convertible. Standard features include Teen Driver, a rearview camera, and the Infotainment 3 system with a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, two USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Chevrolet Camaro LT

The Camaro LT is split into three trims: the 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT. The Camaro 1LT has a starting price of $25,500. It comes with a power-adjustable passenger seat and satellite radio, and it offers features not available in the base trim like an 8-inch infotainment touch screen and a Bose audio system.

The Camaro 2LT starts at $27,500. In addition to the 1LT’s features, the 2LT comes with leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

The Camaro 3LT has a starting price of $31,000. It comes with a 355-horsepower V6 and an upgraded Infotainment 3 system with an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, and a nine-speaker Bose audio system.

Chevrolet Camaro SS

Like the LT, the Camaro SS is broken down to the 1SS and 2SS trims. The Camaro 1SS starts at $37,000. The big change with the SS trim is that it comes with the 455-horsepower V8 engine. Brembo brakes also come standard.

The Camaro 2SS carries a $42,000 price tag. It comes standard with a heated steering wheel, a head-up display, leather upholstery, forward collision alert, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and Rear Camera Mirror.

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

The Camaro ZL1 starts at $61,500. It comes with the 650-horsepower supercharged V8 engine, Recaro sport seats, Magnetic Ride Control, and several other performance and styling upgrades.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Chevrolet dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Chevrolet deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro checks all the boxes for a good sports car. It's powerful, agile, and a lot of fun to drive. For all these reasons, the Camaro finishes in the top half of our class rankings. This Chevy deserves a look from anyone considering a performance vehicle.

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

  • "Unlike the classic muscle cars of decades past, this pony car is also easier and more pleasant to drive day-to-day, while adding ever more high-tech safety and infotainment features." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro is lighter, faster, quieter and smarter than all that came before. … The historically heavy and brutish pony car is dangerously close to being called sophisticated." -- Autoweek (2016)


Expert Advice

Last Updated: October 18, 2019

Cooling Sales: Chevy dealers have sold 7.6 percent fewer Camaro models through the third quarter of this year compared to the same span in 2018. The Camaro is being outsold by the class sales-leading Ford Mustang by more than 50 percent.

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