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Rankings & Research

The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Affordable Sports Cars category. Currently the Chevrolet Camaro has a score of 8.2 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 34 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.2

Overall

Scorecard

Overall: 8.2
Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.6
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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2018 Chevrolet Camaro Review

The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ranks near the top of the sports car class, thanks to its muscular engine performance, rewarding handling, above-average predicted reliability rating, and good safety scores. The Camaro’s cramped rear seats and poor rearward visibility keep it from ranking higher.

Pros & Cons

  • Authoritative engines
  • Balanced ride and handling
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
  • Confined rear seats
  • Limited trunk space

Is the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2018 Chevy Camaro is a great pick if you’re shopping for a used sports car.

The 2018 Camaro has many highlights:

  • Two-door coupe and convertible body styles
  • Powerful four-cylinder, V6, and V8 engine options
  • Agile handling
  • Smooth ride quality
  • Good safety scores
  • Multiple available safety features
  • User-friendly infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Sleek interior styling

Its everyday practicality is limited though, and it has a few drawbacks:

  • Cramped rear seats
  • Minimal cargo space
  • Large rear blind spots
  • Some cheap cabin materials

If you want a performance car with more cargo room and better visibility, consider alternatives like the 2018 Dodge Challenger and 2018 Ford Mustang.

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Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our Best Cars team has decades of combined experience in the auto industry. Though we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to providing helpful consumer advice. To maintain objectivity, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and a third party handles advertising on our site.

We’ve analyzed 34 Chevrolet Camaro reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability ratings and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

How Much Is the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro?

Based on listings for the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro on our site, the average price is $28,500, which is high for the class and slightly higher than other pony cars. Prices range from $20,900 to $57,700 and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro Cost to Own?

The Camaro’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be around $33,000, or $6,600 per year. That’s higher than average for a sports car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Camaro?

The 2019 Chevy Camaro starts at just $25,000, but it can exceed $70,000 in its top trim levels. You can spend less money by buying a used 2018 model, but be aware that you won’t get the few notable updates featured in the 2019 model. These include optional forward collision warning (a previously unavailable safety feature) and refreshed exterior styling.

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You can save more money by purchasing an older used Camaro. Chevy redesigned the Camaro for 2016, and the 2016 and 2017 models have many of the same convenience features as the newer models. That said, you’ll need to stick with a 2017-and-newer Camaro if you want a ZL1 model. This 650-horsepower variant wasn’t offered for 2016.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro?

The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Chevrolet Camaro Recalls

At the time of writing, no recalls have been issued for the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro.

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Which Used Chevrolet Camaro Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Chevy Camaro comes in six trim levels: 1LS, 1LT, 2LT, 1SS, 2SS, and ZL1. Each trim is available as a coupe or convertible. Most buyers should be happy with the entry-level 1LS and 1LT trims. These models offer strong performance plus great convenience features like a touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

  • Chevrolet Camaro 1LS: This base model Camaro is available with a 275-horsepower four-cylinder engine or a 335-horsepower V6. Standard features include a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, two USB ports, remote keyless entry, push-button start, cloth seats, power-adjustable front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 18-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, and Teen Driver, which lets you set volume and speed limits for secondary drivers.
  • Chevrolet Camaro 1LT: The 1LT trim has the same four-cylinder and V6 engine options as the ILS, and it adds remote start.
  • Chevrolet Camaro 2LT: The upmarket 2LT trim also enjoys the same engine options, but it adds an 8-inch touch screen, a Bose stereo, leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control.
  • Chevrolet Camaro 1SS: The performance-oriented 1SS trim comes with a 455-horsepower V8 engine. It has the same standard features as the 1LS trim, in addition to a sport-tuned suspension, Brembo brakes, 20-inch alloy wheels, and upgraded cooling systems for the engine, transmission, and rear differential.
  • Chevrolet Camaro 2SS: The 2SS trim comes with the V8 engine, and it combines the high-performance gear of the 1SS model with the amenities of the 2LT. It also adds blind spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, heated side mirrors, a head-up display, and a smartphone charging pad.
  • Chevrolet Camaro ZL1: The racy ZL1 trim has a 650-horsepower V8 engine. It has the same standard features of the 2SS model, with the addition of a performance exhaust system, adaptive suspension, and Recaro sport seats.

Available features include a navigation system, a sunroof, a heated steering wheel, adaptive suspension, a Performance Data Recorder (a forward-facing camera for recording driving footage), and the 1LE performance packages. These optional 1LE packages add a restyled grille, a front splitter and rear spoiler, heavy duty cooling systems, and upgraded brakes and an upgraded suspension.

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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’s date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully.

Chevy’s CPO program is one of the more comprehensive you can get from an affordable carmaker.

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How Safe Is the Camaro?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Camaro a five-star overall safety rating out of five. The Camaro received five stars in side crash and rollover tests and four stars for frontal crash safety.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2018 Camaro a top safety rating of Good in four crash tests, and it received the second-highest rating of Acceptable for roof strength.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • Teen Driver (lets you set volume and speed limits for secondary drivers)

Available advanced safety features:

  • rear parking sensors
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • head-up display

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2018 Chevrolet Camaro Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Chevrolet Camaro or 2018 Ford Mustang?

The 2018 Ford Mustang is a fine option if you want to buy a used sports car. Like the Camaro, the Mustang has powerful engine options, sporty handling, and easy-to-use tech features. The Mustang also returns similar gas mileage. Both cars have cramped rear seats. Stick with the Camaro if reliability is your primary concern; the Chevy rates higher in this area. On the other hand, go with the Ford if you’re more concerned about everyday practicality. The Mustang has a bigger trunk, better rear visibility, and more available safety features.

Which Is Better: 2018 Chevrolet Camaro or 2018 Dodge Challenger?

The 2018 Dodge Challenger is a better pick for most buyers. The Challenger has a better predicted reliability rating and a much roomier cabin with comfortable rear seats and a large trunk. It’s also available with all-wheel drive, which can make winter travel much easier. Finally, the Challenger offers strong engine performance. That said, the Camaro is a lot more agile around turns. If it’s corner-carving fun that you’re looking for, stick with the Chevy.

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2018 Camaro Performance

How Does the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro Drive?

The 2018 Camaro provides a great driving experience. The Camaro feels balanced around turns, its steering is crisp and responsive, and its brakes slow down the car assertively. The Camaro also rides comfortably on most road surfaces, especially when outfitted with the available Magnetic Ride Control system, an adaptive suspension that can instantly stiffen or soften the car’s shock absorbers.

There’s no shortage of Camaro engine options to choose from. The standard four-cylinder and available V6 engine are more than capable of hustling the car up to speed quickly. Each feels punchy and can be paired with a slick six-speed manual transmission or a quick-shifting eight-speed automatic. Opt for the Camaro SS and you’ll find a thunderous V8, which can accelerate the car from zero to 60 mph in just over four seconds. At the top of the pile is the supercharged Camaro ZL1, which can dash to 60 mph in as little as 3.5 seconds.

  • Base engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 275 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque
  • Available engines:
    • 3.6-liter V6 with 335 horsepower and 284 pound-feet of torque
    • 6.2-liter V8 with 455 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque (SS)
    • 6.2-liter supercharged V8 with 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque (ZL1)
  • Drivetrain: rear-wheel drive
  • Transmission: standard six-speed manual; available eight-speed automatic; available 10-speed automatic (ZL1 only)
Does the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Camaro isn’t as fuel-efficient as the smaller sports cars in this class, like the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider, Mazda MX-5 Miata, and Subaru BRZ. However, its fuel economy is on par with its pony-car and muscle-car rivals.

  • 2.0-liter turbo I4, automatic: 22/31 mpg city/highway
  • 2.0-liter turbo I4, manual: 20/30 mpg
  • 3.6-liter V6, automatic: 19/29 mpg
  • 3.6-liter V6, manual: 16/28 mpg
  • 6.2-liter V8, automatic: 17/27 mpg
  • 6.2-liter V8, manual: 16/25 mpg
  • 6.2-liter supercharged V8, manual: 14/20 mpg
  • 6.2-liter supercharged V8, automatic: 13/21 mpg

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2018 Camaro Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Camaro Seat?

The Camaro is available as a coupe or a convertible. Both body styles have four seats. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, and they provide adequate head- and legroom, even for taller drivers and passengers. The cabin’s styling is handsome, and the minimalist dashboard evokes the look of the early 1960s models. Some interior plastics do feel a little cheap though.

The Camaro’s back seat is cramped and hard to access. It’s suitable for smaller kids, but only on short trips. To make matters worse, the Camaro’s thick roof pillars and slim windows create large blind spots to the rear and side of the vehicle. This can make parking and changing lanes a chore.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth seats
  • power-adjustable front seats

Available seating features:

  • leather seats
  • heated and ventilated front seats
  • Recaro sport seats
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro?

The Camaro has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. Some of the anchors are difficult to attach due to their location deep within the seat cushions. For its ease of use, the setup received the second-worst rating of Marginal from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

2018 Chevrolet Camaro Features

The Camaro is available with two versions of Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system: The standard version comes with a 7-inch touch screen, while the upgraded system features an 8-inch touch screen. Both are easy to use, thanks in part to the screen's sharp graphics, simple menus, and quick responses. Both also support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which allow users to access their smartphone apps on the screen. You don’t have to rely on tapping the screen for every function either. The dashboard has a few buttons and knobs for the audio and climate controls.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and two USB ports
  • Available infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, a Bose stereo, a navigation system, a smartphone charging pad, and a Performance Data Recorder (a forward-facing camera for recording track driving footage)
  • Additional standard features: remote keyless entry and push-button start
  • Other available features: dual-zone automatic climate control and remote start

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2018 Chevrolet Camaro Dimensions

Chevrolet Camaro Cargo Space

The Camaro coupe has just 9.1 cubic feet of trunk space, and the Camaro convertible has an even smaller 7.3 cubic feet of space. The trunk opening is slim as well, which can make it hard to load suitcases. While sports cars aren’t known for having a lot of cargo space, competitors like the 2018 Ford Mustang and 2018 Dodge Challenger do have more.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Chevrolet Camaro Length and Weight
  • Length: 15 feet, 8 inches to 15 feet, 10 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,339 to 4,148 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro Built?

Chevrolet built the 2018 Camaro in Michigan.

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