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2017 Chevrolet Camaro Review

Despite having great performance and intuitive features, the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ranks in the middle of a tight-knit class. It has high ownership costs compared to rivals, and it comes up short on rear-seat and cargo space.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful V6 and V8 engine options
  • Superb handling and ride quality
  • Better fuel economy than rivals
  • Cramped back seat
  • Limited trunk space
  • Poor outward visibility




Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.7
Safety: 9.3
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2017 Chevrolet Camaro Overview

Is the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Camaro is a good choice if you’re shopping for a used sports car. There are four engine choices with horsepower ratings ranging from 275 to 650. The smaller engines are perfectly fine for daily driving, while larger V8s turn this pony car into a monster. The Camaro also delivers athletic handling to boot.

The Camaro’s downfalls are similar to those of many performance-oriented cars. Its back seats are cramped, and there’s a shortage of cargo space. However, it comes standard with plenty of modern features.

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How Much Is the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro?

Prices for the 2017 Camaro range from about $21,500 to nearly $40,000, with the average price landing around $27,500. This data comes from more than 1,700 listings for the 2017 Camaro on our site. Actual prices fluctuate depending on the vehicle's features, mileage, condition, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro Cost to Own?

The 2017 Camaro tends to be more expensive than its competitors when it comes to gas, insurance, repair, and maintenance costs. You can expect to pay around $33,100 over five years for these expenses. In comparison, a 2017 Dodge Challenger's five-year costs are typically about $1,900 less than the Camaro’s, while the 2017 Ford Mustang's costs are about $5,300 less.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Camaro?

The 2018 Chevy Camaro’s most notable change is the introduction of the 1LE Extreme Track Performance package, which is only available with the top-of-the-line ZL1 model. This bundle includes an adjustable performance suspension, carbon fiber trim pieces and spoiler, and performance tires.

Unless you're after the most tricked-out and track-ready Camaro, there's little reason to consider a new 2018 model instead of a used 2017 one. Although the 2017 Camaro’s average used price is higher than the new 2018 Camaro’s starting price, that’s because the 2017 average price includes higher trims. You can likely save thousands of dollars and get an otherwise similar car by going with a used Camaro.

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The 2017 Camaro’s average list price (around $27,500) is higher than the starting price of many new sports cars. The 2018 Ford Mustang starts at $25,680. It has a standard 310-horsepower engine, but you'll have to move up the trim ladder to get goodies like a touch-screen infotainment system and satellite radio. However, if you're looking to save money, it's probably not worth buying a new Mustang instead of used Camaro.

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Which Model Year of the Chevrolet Camaro Is Best?

The Camaro was fully redesigned for the 2016 model year, and the 2017 model saw a couple of changes. The high-performance ZL1 model debuted, and the Teen Driver monitoring system became standard. If either of these are a must-have, focus your search on a 2017 Camaro. Otherwise, you can likely get a similar 2016 Camaro for less money.

You can probably save even more cash by shopping for a model in the previous generation, like the 2015 Camaro. The handling isn't as refined as it is in the current generation, but these older models come standard with a 323-horsepower V6 engine or even stronger V8 options. The new generation of Camaro weighs several hundred pounds lighter, feels nimbler, and maintains better grip through curves than the previous generation. It also delivers a compliant ride over uneven roads.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro?

The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Chevrolet Camaro Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are no recalls for the 2017 Camaro.

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Which Used Chevrolet Camaro Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Camaro is available in four trims: LS, LT (1LT and 2LT), SS (1SS and 2SS) and ZL1. You'll want to find either an LS or LT with the 335-horsepower V6 engine, or just opt for the V8-powered Camaro SS. Those models deliver plenty of muscle-car thrills and do justice to the Camaro name.

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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?

The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro received an overall rating of five out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It earned four stars in the frontal crash test, and five stars in the side crash and rollover tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Camaro the highest rating of Good in four categories. In the roof strength test, the Camaro earned the second-highest rating of Acceptable.

A rearview camera also comes standard in the 2017 Camaro. If you ever loan your Camaro to another driver, the standard 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. Available driver assistance features include rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a head-up display.

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2017 Chevrolet Camaro Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Chevrolet Camaro or 2017 Ford Mustang?

When comparing the 2017 Ford Mustang and the Camaro, let's start where it counts: power. The Mustang boasts 300 standard horsepower, which is more than the Camaro's standard offering. But the 435 or 526 horsepower you'll get from either of the Mustang's two available V8 engines can't match the Camaro's 455- and 650-horsepower versions. Both cars deliver deft corner-carving abilities.

The Mustang offers better outward visibility, but neither sports car offers much in the way of rear-seat space. However, you'll get several more cubic feet of cargo space with the Mustang. The Chevy has the edge in features, with its standard touch-screen infotainment system, Wi-Fi hot spot, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Base model Mustangs only have the voice-activated and button-controlled SYNC system, meaning you’ll have to upgrade for a system that’s equivalent to what the Camaro has. However, the Mustang comes out ahead in our rankings due to slightly better safety scores and lower ownership costs.

Which Is Better: 2017 Chevrolet Camaro or 2017 Dodge Challenger?

The 2017 Dodge Challenger has one of the largest trunks in the sports car class, as well as a back seat that can reasonably accommodate adult passengers. The rear seats in the Camaro are better suited for kids. The Dodge has a slightly better predicted reliability rating than the Camaro, but lower crash-test scores.

When it comes to performance, the Camaro is the clear winner. It has nimbler handling and can probably outduel the Challenger in a twisty road course. Still, you can get optional all-wheel drive in the Challenger but not the Camaro. Horsepower figures for the Challenger range from a base 305 to a high of 485 from one of the available V8 engines, not to mention the otherworldly 707-horsepower Challenger Hellcat. Across the board, the Camaro gets better fuel economy. If you value a thrilling drive over all else, go with the Camaro. However, the Challenger is still a good bet if you need the practicality of a large trunk and good rear-seat space in a muscle-car package.

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2017 Camaro Performance

How Does the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro Drive?

The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro is available with four different engine options that all deliver good amounts of power. Camaro LS and Chevrolet Camaro LT models come standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder that puts out 275 horsepower and 295 of torque. Alternatively, some have a V6 that boasts 335 horsepower and 284 pound-feet of torque. The turbocharged engine lets the Camaro go from zero to 60 mph in less than six seconds, while the V6 has satisfying acceleration and gnarly engine notes.

The truly power hungry will want one of the car's V8 options, starting with the naturally aspirated 455-horsepower 6.2-liter engine under the hood of the Camaro SS.  The ultimate performer is the 2017 Camaro ZL1, which houses a 650-horsepower, supercharged 6.2-liter V8. At the time, it was branded as the most powerful production Camaro to date. The ZL1 can reach 60 mph from a dead stop in 3.5 seconds.

A six-speed manual comes standard in the base Camaro. There are also optional eight- and 10-speed automatic transmissions. The manual gearbox shifts cleanly and features rev-matching technology. Manual-equipped Camaros also have a limited-slip differential. The eight-speed paddle-shift automatic snaps off quick and precise shifts.

Available performance upgrades for the 2017 Camaro include Brembo brakes, a performance exhaust, magnetic ride control, and a performance-tuned suspension.

Does the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro Get Good Gas Mileage?

The standard turbocharged engine and automatic transmission offer the best fuel economy in the Camaro’s lineup: 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Those are slightly higher estimates than the best you can get from the 2017 Ford Mustang or the 2017 Dodge Challenger.

With its V6 engine, the Camaro gets up to 19/28 mpg city/highway. The Camaro SS and its V8 engine returns up to 17/27 mpg, and the ZL1's supercharged V8 gets 14/20 mpg.

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2017 Camaro Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Camaro Seat?

The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro seats four. The front seats are comfortable and supportive enough for all-day driving. By contrast, the Camaro’s back seats offer minimal room, to the point that even smaller travelers may feel squished. Outward visibility is very poor in the Camaro, with rearward visibility being nearly nonexistent.

Cloth upholstery and power-adjustable front seats are standard. Available upgrades include leather upholstery, combination leather and suede upholstery, Recaro front sport seats, and heated and ventilated front seats.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro?

The 2017 Camaro has a complete set of LATCH connections in each of its rear seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system the second-lowest rating of Marginal 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 a bit of a pain. However, the tether anchors are clearly identified, so you won't have to worry about confusing them with other hardware.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro Features

Standard features include automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a six-speaker stereo system, two USB ports, satellite radio, proximity keyless entry, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a rearview camera, and the Teen Driver monitoring system.

The standard MyLink infotainment system comes with a 7-inch touch-screen, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. MyLink is easy to use, with a crisp display that modernizes the cabin's appearance. Popular apps like Pandora, iHeartRadio, Slacker, and Spotify are at your fingertips with the help of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, a head-up display, remote start, a sunroof, wireless phone charging, and an 8-inch touch screen.

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2017 Chevrolet Camaro Dimensions

Chevrolet Camaro Cargo Space

With 9.1 cubic feet of trunk space, the Camaro has much less room for cargo than most rivals. The convertible version comes with a 7.3-cubic-foot trunk.

2017 Camaro Length and Weight

The 2017 Camaro is 15.7 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,334 pounds to 3,734 pounds, depending on body style and powertrain.

Where Was the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro Built?

Chevrolet built the 2017 Camaro in Michigan.

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