2017 Chevrolet Camaro Overview
Pros & Cons
- Powerful V6 and V8 engine options
- Superb handling and ride quality
- Better fuel economy than rivals
- Tight trunk space
- Cramped back seat
- Poor outward visibility
Notable for 2017
- New high-performance ZL1 model
- New 1LE performance package
- Teen Driver system is now standard
Chevrolet Camaro Rankings and Research
The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ranking is based on its score within the Sports Cars category. Currently the Chevrolet Camaro has a score of 8.8 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 30 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.
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2017 Chevrolet Camaro Review
The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro features powerful V6 and V8 engine options and handles better than its fellow muscle cars. It also offers some tech features that rivals don't. However, a small trunk, limited outward visibility, and cramped rear seats are weak spots for the Camaro.
Is the Chevrolet Camaro a Good Car?
The 2017 Camaro is indeed a good vehicle. Its powerful engine lineup and adept handling combine to provide an engaging driving experience. The front seats are comfortable and there are plenty of standard and available tech features, some of which cannot be found in the Camaro's competitors. The Camaro also fares well in crash tests and has an above-average predicted reliability rating. However, it has a smaller trunk than some rivals, and the rear seats are too cramped for adults to sit comfortably. Many drivers will also agree that rearward visibility is subpar.
Should I Buy the Chevrolet Camaro?
The Camaro is a worthy choice for anyone looking for a fun-to-drive car with potent engines. As detailed in the section above, there are plenty of things to like about the Camaro, and it has relatively few weakness. But that doesn't mean it's the only sports car that should be on your radar. The Ford Mustang is another American icon with a lineup of powerful engines, and it has a nicer interior and a lower starting price than the Camaro. The Dodge Challenger also has a nicer, more spacious interior than the Camaro, and the Challenger Hellcat is one of the most powerful cars on the road.
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The Camaro was fully redesigned for the 2016 model year. With the exception of the new ZL1 trim and some additional performance packages, the 2017 version carries over with no substantial changes. Consequently, this overview includes research and reviews from the 2016 and 2017 model years.
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How Much Does the Chevrolet Camaro Cost?
The 2017 Camaro has a starting price of $25,905, which is about $700 more than the Ford Mustang and about $1,300 less than the Dodge Challenger. There are multiple higher Camaro trims: 1LT ($26,600), 2LT ($30,405), 1SS ($36,905), 2SS ($41,905), and the high-performance Camaro ZL1 ($61,140). All trims are available as a coupe, which is standard, or a convertible, which adds roughly $6,000 to the price tag.
There are many available features to add, from infotainment items like a Bose audio system, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, to convenience features like dual-zone automatic climate control, wireless phone charging, and heated and ventilated front seats. You have to pay more for these features, but many drivers will argue that they're worth it. A fully loaded Camaro 2SS convertible costs in the low $60,000s, which is a few thousand dollars more than you'd pay for a convertible Mustang or a Challenger (though the Challenger isn't available as a convertible).
If you're looking at a performance trim, know that the 2017 Camaro ZL1 starts at just over $61,000, and a fully loaded model costs about the same as the high-performance Challenger Hellcat (both in the low $70,000s). The high-performance Mustang, the Shelby GT350, starts around $55,000, and the fully loaded R variant tops out in the high $60,000s.
Chevrolet Camaro Versus the Competition
Today's sports cars fall into two main categories. There are cars like the Mazda MX-5 Miata and Fiat 124 Spider – super-agile vehicles with moderately powerful engines – and muscle cars like the Ford Mustang, which sacrifice some handling prowess in favor of providing significant horsepower ratings. The Camaro falls squarely into the latter category. It competes against the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger, with all three looking to put a modern spin on classic American muscle.
Which Is Better: Chevrolet Camaro or Ford Mustang?
Unlike the Camaro, the Ford Mustang comes standard with a V6 engine. A turbocharged four-cylinder (that's more fuel-efficient than any Camaro engine) is available, as is a V8. The Mustang also offers two performance trims that are equally at home on the road or the track. Like the Camaro, the Mustang is available as a coupe or a convertible. In either body style, the Mustang provides an attractive, quality interior and more trunk space than its Chevrolet rival. The Mustang has a long list of standard and available features and a lower starting price than the Camaro. At the end of the day, the Mustang and the Camaro are both fine sports cars with powerful engines and agile handling. However, the Mustang has a nicer interior, better crash test ratings, and a lower price, giving it the slightest of edges over the Camaro.
Which Is Better: Chevrolet Camaro or Dodge Challenger?
Unlike the Mustang and Camaro, the Dodge Challenger is only available with a hardtop. It has a similar range of models, from the base SXT with a V6 engine (which is about $1,300 more expensive than the Camaro) to the formidable 707-horsepower Hellcat. The Challenger stands out from the brat pack by offering more space in the back seat. If you take a lot of road trips or want a daily driver, you'll also appreciate its spacious trunk and softer suspension (though the latter also results in some body roll around turns). The Challenger has an upscale interior and features the Uconnect infotainment system, which is incredibly user-friendly. When it comes to predicted reliability and safety ratings, the Challenger fares worse than the Camaro on both counts. The Challenger is a muscle car with a nice interior and several extremely powerful engine options. However, it doesn't handle as well as the Camaro, due largely to its added size and weight, and it costs more, so unless you just want all the power, the Camaro is a better choice for most sports car shoppers.
Camaro Engine: Dynamic Options
Four different engine options are available for the 2017 Camaro, and reviewers say all are worthwhile, with the best option dependent on your budget and performance aspirations. The most affordable engine is the 275-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder, which comes in the lower-priced LT variant and is meaty enough to scoot from zero to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds.
A 335-horsepower V6 is also available in the Camaro LT, with satisfying acceleration and engine notes. The truly power hungry will want to direct their attention to the V8 options, starting with the naturally aspirated 455-horsepower 6.2-liter engine under the hood of the 2017 Camaro SS. The ultimate performer is the 2017 Camaro ZL1, which houses a 650-horsepower, supercharged 6.2-liter V8 and is branded as the most powerful production Camaro to date. It can reach 60 mph from a dead stop in 3.5 seconds.
For those who prefer to select their own gears, the Camaro's six-speed manual transmission shifts cleanly. An eight-speed transmission is also available in the LT and SS trims, delivering fast, precise shifts with paddle shifters on the steering wheel. The ZL1 can be equipped with a six-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Camaro Gas Mileage: Mpg Ratings on Par With Rivals
With the base engine and a manual transmission, the 2017 Camaro gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Fuel efficiency drops with each successive engine upgrade. With the V6 and a manual, the Camaro gets 16 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway. The least efficient engine is the supercharged V8 in the ZL1, which gets 14/20 mpg city/highway.
The Camaro delivers fuel economy very similar to its rivals, but it's slightly better or worse depending on which transmission you select. A V6-powered Ford Mustang gets 18/27 mpg city/ highway, and a V6-powered Dodge Challenger gets 19/30 mpg city/highway – numbers that nearly match the Camaro's fuel efficiency with a smaller four-cylinder engine. Over the course of a year, the average V6 Camaro driver will spend about $100 more on gas than a Mustang driver and about $250 more than a Challenger driver. However, if you opt for an automatic transmission instead of a manual, the V6 Camaro's mpg ratings jump to 19/28 mpg city/highway – superior to the Mustang's ratings, though still slightly worse than the Challenger's.
Camaro Ride and Handling: Evolving From Portly to Pony-Like
The handling handicap for many pony cars stems from their beefy design: A hulking body means extra weight, and extra weight hurts agility. This nuisance was often mentioned with the previous generation of 2010 to 2015 Camaro models. Engineers put the new sixth-generation Camaro on a diet, helping it drop a few hundred pounds. The resulting 2017 Camaro feels nimble and maintains solid grip and composure through the curves. It also delivers a composed ride over uneven roads.
How Many People Does the Camaro Seat?
The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro seats four. Grading the passenger comfort inside a 2017 Camaro hinges heavily on if you are riding in the front seats or the back. The front seats are well-bolstered and comfortable enough for all-day driving. They come with standard cloth upholstery and power adjustments and are heated and cooled in all but the 1LT and 1SS trims.
Minimal room is available in the back seat of the 2017 Camaro; even smaller travelers may feel squished. The Ford Mustang also suffers from a cramped back seat. Outward visibility is very poor in the Camaro, with rearward visibility nearly nonexistent. If you need your pony car to be a true 2+2, take a look in the back of the Dodge Challenger. It has almost 3 more inches of legroom than the Mustang and can fit lanky members of your crew better than the others can.
Camaro and Car Seats
Believe it or not, the 2017 Camaro has two full sets of LATCH connectors in case you want to install a car seat and take your wee one for a thrill ride (hey, it's way cheaper than a trip to Disney World). Don't expect strapping the seat in to be a carefree endeavor, though.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the Camaro's LATCH system a rating of Marginal (the second-lowest rating) for ease of use. The lower anchors are set deep in the seat and require a lot of force when attaching a car seat, making them something of a pain. However, the tether anchors are clearly identified, so you won't have to worry about confusing them with other hardware.
The sports car class isn't exactly brimming with family-oriented vehicles, but if you are looking for a more usable LATCH system, the Dodge Challenger has three full sets of connectors. Its LATCH system earns a rating of Acceptable (the second-highest rating) from the IIHS for ease of use.
Camaro Interior Quality
The interior of the Camaro is better than it once was – clever trim rings double as climate controls, analog gauges extend the muscle-car experience, and there are more soft-touch materials throughout. Still, the cabin remains the weak spot of the 2017 Camaro. In side-by-side comparisons, the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger typically pull ahead in this category with more attractive interiors.
Camaro Cargo Space
The trunk of a 2017 Camaro coupe measures 9.1 cubic feet, and the convertible version comes with a 7.3-cubic-foot trunk. That's quite a bit smaller than the 13.5-cubic-foot trunk of the Ford Mustang, and it’s unimpressive next to the 16.2-cubic-foot trunk of the Dodge Challenger. You can expand cargo room somewhat in the Camaro coupe, where the rear seat folds as a solid unit. The rear seat is fixed in place in the convertible.
The Camaro's trunk can fit two medium rolling suitcases and a couple of small bags, making it spacious enough for a road trip – provided you pack conservatively. However, its cramped area and small opening will be troublesome for large shopping trips or extended excursions.
Camaro Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation
The Camaro's standout tech feature is the MyLink infotainment system, which comes with a standard 7-inch touch screen or an optional 8-inch screen. Favorite apps like Pandora, iHeartRadio, Slacker, and Spotify are integrated into your car with the help of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – features not available in the Ford Mustang or Dodge Challenger. Bluetooth, satellite radio, and two USB ports are also standard. This system is easy to use, with a crisp display that modernizes the cabin's appearance. If you ever loan your Camaro to another driver, the included Teen Driver system prevents some safety systems from being deactivated and gives you a report detailing how fast and how far your Camaro was driven.
Is the Chevrolet Camaro Reliable?
The Camaro earns a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. That's an above-average rating across all tested vehicles (three out of five is considered average), and it's also better than most other sports cars. The Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger receive predicted reliability scores of three out of five.
Chevrolet Camaro Warranty
Chevrolet covers the 2017 Camaro with a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Those are the same warranty terms found on several other sports cars, including the Mustang and Challenger.
Camaro Crash Test Results
The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro fares well in crash tests. In IIHS testing, the Camaro earns a rating of Good (the highest score) in four out of five categories. In the Roof Strength test, the Camaro earns a rating of Acceptable, which is the second-highest rating. The Camaro also receives a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The Camaro has a higher safety score in our rankings than the Dodge Challenger, but it still lags behind the Ford Mustang, which performs slightly better in IIHS and NHTSA crash tests.
Camaro Safety Features
Standard safety equipment in the 2017 Camaro includes a rearview camera. Available safety options include rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, and blind zone monitoring. Note that unlike the Challenger and the Ford Mustang, the 2017 Camaro lacks any type of tech to prevent a front crash, such as forward collision warning.
Which Chevrolet Camaro Model Is Right for Me?
The 2017 Camaro is available in four trims – LS, LT, SS, and ZL1 – each with a different standard engine. The LT and SS trims are further broken down into two different levels: the basic option (denoted by a "1" before the trim) and the premium "2" version.
Both 2LT and 2SS models can be ordered as a 50th Anniversary Edition to commemorate the Camaro's golden anniversary. Highlights include identifying badges and trim, a front splitter, orange brake calipers, Nightfall Gray Metallic exterior paint, upgraded brakes, and the RS package.
A new 1LE performance package is available for select V6- and V8-powered 2017 Camaro models. For Camaro LT coupes powered by a V6 engine, this $4,500 package adds performance brakes, Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, and the same suspension as the Camaro SS. A separate $6,500 1LE package for the 1SS adds the same Magnetic Ride Control suspension and electronic limited-slip differential found in the 2017 ZL1.
When it comes to choosing the right Camaro, the choice is really about the power plant. If you just have to have a beefy V8, opt for the 2SS, which has the aforementioned engine as well as a nicely equipped interior. You'll face a starting price tag in the low $40,000s for a coupe and the high $40,000s for the convertible.
If you're satisfied with a still-potent V6 engine, the 2LT is the way to go. It's similarly equipped to the 2SS trim except for the engine, and it's about $11,000 less expensive.
The standard powertrain in the base Camaro 1LS ($25,905 for the coupe, $31,905 for the convertible) is a 275-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission. A 3.6-liter V6 with 335-horsepower is available, as is a power sunroof, a Bose audio system, Brembo brakes, a performance suspension, and the MyLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen.
The Camaro 1LT ($26,600 for the coupe, $32,600 for the convertible) features the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. A 3.6-liter V6 with 335-horsepower is available in both LT models, as is a six-speed manual transmission. Other standard features include a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seats, and a rearview camera.
The Camaro 2LT ($30,405 coupe, $35,605 convertible) has the same engine options as the 1LT and adds a Bose premium sound system, an 8-inch touch screen, voice-activated audio and phone controls, heated and ventilated front seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The RS package can be added to any LT model for $1,950 and features a distinguishing grille, a rear spoiler, upgraded headlights and taillights, and 20-inch wheels. Dual mode exhaust, which gives your Camaro a more aggressive exhaust note, is available in V6-powered models.
The Camaro SS coupe starts at $36,905 and has one engine option: a 455-horsepower 6.2-liter V8. Standard features include a six-speed manual transmission (with the option to upgrade to an eight-speed automatic) and an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system. Interior options in the 1SS are nearly identical to the 1LT; likewise for the 2LT and 2SS models. Pricing for the Camaro 2SS starts at $41,905 for a coupe, with a wireless smartphone charging station, a head-up display, rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot monitoring among the added standard features. Upgrading from an SS hardtop to a convertible adds $6,000. Dual mode exhaust is available in all Camaro SS models.
The 2017 Camaro ZL1 ($61,140 coupe/$67,140 convertible) is powered by a 640-horsepower, supercharged 6.2-liter V8 paired with a standard six-speed manual transmission. A 10-speed automatic transmission is also available. Other standard items include Recaro front sport seats, a suede flat-bottom steering wheel, Magnetic Ride Control (adjustable suspension system), an electronic limited-slip differential, a drive mode selector, and dual-mode exhaust.
The Final Call
The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro will probably impress many sports car shoppers – and it should. There are a lot of reasons to like the Camaro: powerful available engines, nimble handling, plenty of technology, and high predicted reliability. It's not a perfect car, though; the lack of rear-seat and trunk space may be a no-go for some buyers. Anyone looking at the Camaro would do well to cross-shop the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger, which also have the powerful engines you expect from a muscle car and plenty of other attractive qualities. Still, if you decide that the Camaro is going to be your next car, you can rest easy knowing you're making a good choice.
Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.
- "Chevrolet fully redesigned the Camaro just last year, and during that process, the Camaro got faster, more fuel-efficient and better equipped. All these changes certainly help place the Camaro at the front of the pack when it comes to American muscle cars, and even puts it right in step with supposedly more refined European sports-car competitors." -- Edmunds
- "The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro transcends its muscle-car roots, becoming something altogether new: a sports coupe so sophisticated you'd think it was born in Europe. That's because this is basically the Chevrolet version of the Cadillac ATS, a car that happens to be one of the best-driving cars GM has ever made. This newfound maturity is fitting, as this year marks the Chevy Camaro's 50th anniversary." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro is lighter, faster, quieter and smarter than all that came before. It's better put-together, now rides on Cadillac underpinnings and, for the first time, has a better power-to-weight ratio (8.09 pounds per horse) than its mortal enemy, the Ford Mustang (8.51). The historically heavy and brutish pony car is dangerously close to being called sophisticated." -- Autoweek (2016)
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