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2016 Chevrolet Camaro Review

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro ranks near the top of the sports car class thanks to its excellent reliability rating, thrilling performance, and feature-filled interior.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful and efficient engines
  • Agile handling
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Poor rear visibility
  • Small rear seat and trunk




Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.0
Safety: 9.6
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2016 Chevrolet Camaro Overview

Is the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is a great option for used sports car shoppers. Fully redesigned for 2016, the Camaro mixes robust engine performance with agile handling and a comfortable ride. Chevy’s Camaro also delights with quality interior materials, user-friendly controls, and above-average safety and reliability ratings. The catch is that the Camaro isn’t very practical; it has cramped rear seats and meager cargo space. Both coupe and convertible models are available.

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We analyzed 16 Chevrolet Camaro reviews to give you an idea of this car’s pros and cons. We’ve also included information on fuel economy, safety, and reliability to help you decide if the 2016 Camaro is the right sports car for you.

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How Much Is the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro?

The average price for a used 2016 Camaro is $25,700. That’s based on the more than 700 listings for this vehicle on our site. Prices range from as low as $18,900 to as high as $36,000. Pricing is dependent upon the vehicle’s condition, mileage, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Cost to Own?

Over five years, expect to spend around $33,100 on fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2016 Camaro. That's about $6,600 per year for these expenses. Rivals like the Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang, and Subaru BRZ cost significantly less to run.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Camaro?

There's very little difference between the average price of a used 2016 Camaro and the base price of a new 2018 model. The new model may seem like a smart idea, but most buyers should stick with a used Camaro. The lowest-priced new Camaro comes with a four-cylinder engine. It's fairly powerful, but you’ll likely want a V6 in this pony car. A comparably priced used model likely has the V6 or V8, and it probably comes in a higher trim level with more features than the base 2018 Camaro.

Still, there are a few reasons to consider buying a new model. The 2018 Camaro comes with a new-car warranty. As the first owner, you can keep the car maintained and not have to worry about the previous owner neglecting maintenance. Additionally, Chevrolet frequently offers better interest rates or cash rebates on new models than on pre-owned vehicles.

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You won't find a new sports car with V6 muscle for around the average price of a used 2016 Camaro. However, there are some new cars with four-cylinder power plants that are equally fun to drive. The 2018 Ford Mustang, 2018 Subaru BRZ, 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata, and 2018 Fiat 124 Spider all start around the $25,000 mark, so you'll have plenty of four-cylinder options to consider.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro?

With a reliability rating of 4.5 out of five, the Camaro beats most vehicles on the market, including other sports cars.

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2016 Chevrolet Camaro Recalls

At the time of writing, the 2016 Camaro has one recall. The seatbelt reminder tone may not sound, so you may forget to buckle up. You should ensure this issue is addressed before you buy a used 2016 Camaro.

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Which Model Year of the Chevrolet Camaro Is Best?

Chevrolet redesigned the Camaro for 2016, kicking off the car’s sixth generation. The 2016 Camaro is lighter, faster, and more refined than its predecessors. Updates for 2017 included a parental monitoring system, a 1LE package with suspension upgrades, and a 650-horsepower Camaro ZL1 model. Models from the previous generation generally have lower scores in our rankings, so you should stick with a 2016 or 2017 Camaro.

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Which Used Chevrolet Camaro Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Camaro is available in coupe and convertible body styles. There are four trim levels: 1LT, 2LT, 1SS, and 2SS. LT vehicles are equipped with either a four-cylinder or V6 engine. Camaro SS models feature a V8.

The base Camaro 1LT has a 7-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and keyless entry. The Camaro 1SS adds an 8-inch touch screen. The Camaro 2LT gives you leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a Bose sound system, and dual-zone climate control. The Camaro 2SS adds a head-up display, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

All trim levels are well-equipped. If you want strong engine performance and desirable options like navigation, consider the 2LT and 2SS models. For the Magnetic Ride Control adaptive suspension, you’ll want the Camaro SS.

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What Does Chevrolet's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Chevrolet offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty after the three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully.

Chevrolet has one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers, but Hyundai, Buick, and Kia are better, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the Camaro?

In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, the Camaro earned the highest rating of Good in four categories and an Acceptable rating (the second highest) in one category. Most sports cars earn similar safety scores.

The Camaro is available with a few advanced safety features. Blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors are standard in the Camaro 2SS trim. These features are also available in the 2LT trim as part of the Convenience and Lighting package. A rearview camera is standard in all trim levels.

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2016 Chevrolet Camaro Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Chevrolet Camaro or 2016 Ford Mustang?

The 2016 Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro share many positives. Both offer muscular engines, decent fuel economy, poised handling, and coupe and convertible body styles. However, each car also has cramped rear seats. The 2016 Mustang GT350 trim is more capable on a racetrack than anything in the Camaro lineup. The Mustang also offers safety features that the Camaro doesn’t, like forward collision warning. However, the Camaro takes the lead because it has a higher reliability rating and lower ownership costs.

Which Is Better: 2016 Chevrolet Camaro or 2016 Dodge Challenger?

The 2016 Dodge Challenger is a true muscle car, and tops the Camaro with a more powerful V8 engines and a much roomier interior. While the Camaro struggles to seat four, the Challenger can seat up to five in reasonable comfort and still have room for their gear in its large trunk. That said, the Camaro is a better sports car. It boasts sharper handling, higher safety ratings, and a better reliability score. Additionally, the Camaro is available as a convertible; the Challenger is available only as a coupe.

Which Is Better: 2016 Chevrolet Camaro or 2016 Chevrolet Corvette?

The 2016 Chevrolet Corvette delivers sports car performance that its sibling just can’t match. The two-seat Corvette is more athletic around turns, and it boasts up to 650 horsepower, allowing it to sprint to 60 mph in just three seconds. It also has a larger trunk than the Camaro. Both vehicles feature the easy-to-use Apple CarPlay system and earn average reliability ratings. That said, the Camaro is the better car to buy if you want advanced safety features (the Corvette offers few), or if you’re on a tighter budget. You’re also likely to find a used Camaro at a much lower price. Still, both cars are excellent options.

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2016 Camaro Performance

How Does the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Drive?

The 2016 Camaro rides smoothly and feels planted on the road. Its steering is responsive and nicely weighted. Chevrolet’s optional Magnetic Ride Control suspension (available in Camaro SS models) adapts instantly to bumps in the road surface, providing an even smoother ride and sharper cornering. Powerful brakes bring the Camaro to a stop with confidence.

The Camaro comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, rear-wheel drive, and a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 275 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic is available. The small four-cylinder can move the Camaro from zero to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds. The Camaro's available 335-horsepower V6 and 455- horsepower V8 only enhance these muscle car sensations. The V6 delivers lively acceleration and a snarling exhaust note, while the rumbling V8 cuts the car’s zero-to-60 dash time to just four seconds. The manual transmission feels crisp and precise, while the automatic exhibits prompt, seamless shifts.

Does the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Camaro’s four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission is the most fuel-efficient combo in the lineup. This model gets 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, which is above average for a sports car. The Camaro SS with its V8 and manual transmission is the thirstiest model in the lineup, returning only 16/25 mpg city/highway.

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2016 Camaro Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Camaro Seat?

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro seats four. Its front seats are comfortable and supportive, and they offer decent head- and legroom. However, the rear seats are cramped and uncomfortable for anything other than a short drive. Cloth upholstery is standard; heated and ventilated leather front seats are available. Forward visibility is OK by sports car standards, but side and rear visibility is hampered by thick roof pillars and slim rear windows.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro?

Each of the Camaro's rear seats has a full set of LATCH connectors. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the LATCH system a Marginal rating, which is the second lowest score possible.

2016 Chevrolet Camaro Features

The dashboard features easy-to-access controls and soft-touch plastics. Base models have a 7-inch touch screen that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. All other trims have an 8-inch touch screen. Both systems respond quickly and feature simple menus, but the screens can be hard to see in direct sunlight. Available features include navigation, a Bose sound system, and a head-up display that projects pertinent driving information onto the windshield.

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2016 Chevrolet Camaro Dimensions

Chevrolet Camaro Cargo Space

The Camaro’s trunk is short on space; coupes offer just 9.1 cubic feet of cargo room, and convertible models provide just 7.3 cubic feet.

2016 Camaro Length and Weight

The 2016 Camaro is nearly 16 feet long. Chevrolet lists its curb weight as ranging from 3,334 pounds up to 3,943 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Built?

The 2016 Camaro was assembled in Lansing, Michigan.

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