2018 Chevrolet Camaro

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MSRP: $25,905 - 67,500

2018 Chevrolet Camaro Review

The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro is a high-ranking sports car that boasts great all-around performance, but it’s held back by a cabin that isn't as nice as many of its competitors'.




Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 7.5
Safety: 9.3
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Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engines
  • Excellent handling
  • Good fuel economy with smaller engines
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Undersized trunk, nearly useless back seat
  • Underwhelming materials quality
  • Subpar outward visibility

Is the Chevrolet Camaro a Good Car?

Yes, the Chevy Camaro is a good sports car. It has great handling and a lineup of powerful engines that make it one of the strongest all-around performers in the class. In addition, it has comfortable front seats and easy-to-use technology. The Camaro's tiny rear seat and trunk make it less practical as a daily driver, but neither is out-of-place in a sports car.

Should I Buy the Chevrolet Camaro?

The Chevy Camaro is a great choice if you want a sports car for weekend cruising. However, if you're looking for an everyday vehicle, you should shop around before making your decision. Not only does the Ford Mustang deliver similar performance as the Camaro, but it has more trunk space and a nicer cabin as well. The Dodge Challenger doesn't handle as well as the Chevy, but it has a ton of power and more passenger and cargo space.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Chevrolet Camaro?

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 performance package and some new driver assistance features, like blind spot monitoring and Teen Driver. Chevrolet added a Wi-Fi hot spot to the 2018 model and offers wireless phone charging and a new performance package with the ZL1 trim.

These aren't drastic changes, however; all models since the 2016 redesign are largely 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 2016 Chevrolet Camaro and 2017 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 the 2016 through 2018 model years, which are the years included in the Camaro's current generation.

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How Much Does the Chevrolet Camaro Cost?

The Camaro’s base 1LS trim has a starting price of $25,905. That’s in line with what many class rivals cost, give or take about $1,000. However, prices can balloon depending on which trim you choose. If you want one of the LT trims, you’re only talking about a few thousand dollars more. But if you want a V8 engine, you need an SS trim or the ZL1, and that’s a hefty increase. The 1SS starts at $37,000, and the ZL1 starts north of $61,000.

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Chevrolet Camaro Versus the Competition

There are two types of sports cars: small, sprightly offerings that aren't powerhouses but are extremely fun to drive (like the Mazda MX-5 Miata), and muscle cars that are agile but are better known for their horsepower (like the Camaro).

Which Is Better: Chevrolet Camaro or Ford Mustang?

The Camaro and Ford Mustang have gone head to head for decades, and the showdown continues for 2018. Like the Camaro, the Mustang comes in either a coupe or convertible body style. A turbo-four engine is standard, and you'll spend the least amount of money in fuel costs with this powertrain. Two V8 engines are available. However, Ford has discontinued the Mustang’s V6 for 2018. Still, both cars have similar performance chops. The Mustang’s bigger trunk and nicer cabin, as well as it’s slightly lower starting price and above-average predicted reliability, make it a better choice than the Camaro.

Which Is Better: Chevrolet Camaro or Dodge Challenger?

The Dodge Challenger comes with a standard V6 engine that has more power than the base Camaro. The V8 engines available in the Challenger are among the most exhilarating power plants available. The Challenger also has more space than the Camaro, including an adult-friendly back seat and a large trunk. Additionally, its well-built cabin is full of quality materials, and its infotainment system is user-friendly. While the Challenger has more power than the Camaro, it gets lower gas mileage estimates, it doesn’t offer a convertible model, and it's a little more expensive. 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: No Weak Choices Here

The Camaro’s base engine is a 275-horsepower turbo-four. A 335-horsepower V6 is available, as are two high-performance V8s that put out 455 and 650 horsepower, respectively. The base engine has good acceleration and plenty of power for all driving situations, and it only gets more impressive as you go up the ladder. The 650-horsepower V8 in the Camaro ZL1 will go from zero to 60 mph in a blistering 3.5 seconds.

Camaro Gas Mileage: Shockingly Efficient, With a Catch

Sports cars will always crumble at the altar of mpg deities like the Toyota Prius and Hyundai Ioniq, but that doesn’t mean they all get bad gas mileage. The base Camaro, for example, gets 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Those are good ratings for the class, and they’d be respectable even for a typical sedan.

The catch is that the Camaro’s base engine requires premium gasoline, so despite its high ratings, it’ll still cost you about $200 more in gas money each year than if you opted for the less efficient V6 engine (19/29 mpg city/highway), which takes regular gasoline.

Camaro Ride and Handling: Attack Those Corners

The Camaro is a fun-to-drive car, and everything about its ride and handling plays into that. It’s nimble and planted around turns, and the ride is comfortable. Responsive steering and strong brakes help you get in and out of corners with ease. For track-day adventures, Chevy offers the 1LE Performance package with the V6- and V8-powered models.

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Camaro Interior

How Many People Does the Camaro Seat?

The Camaro seats four people, but good luck finding people to volunteer to ride in the back. The rear seats are confining, and adults won’t fit comfortably. The front seats are more spacious and have plenty of support.

Camaro and Car Seats

The Camaro has two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors. The tether anchors are easy to find, but the lower anchors are troublesome because they’re set deep in the seat.

Camaro Interior Quality

The Camaro’s cabin isn’t one of the best in the class. It’s pretty good from a styling standpoint, but the materials quality isn’t on the same level as rivals’ interiors.

Camaro Cargo Space

The Camaro has just over 9 cubic feet of trunk space in coupe models and a little more than 7 cubic feet in convertible models. That’s enough room for about 5-7 grocery bags but not enough space for vacation luggage or any large items. The trunk opening is also narrow, and the liftover height is high.

Camaro Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the Camaro include satellite radio, two USB ports, and the MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and voice activation. OnStar with 4G LTE and a Wi-Fi hot spot also comes standard. Available features include a nine-speaker Bose audio system, wireless smartphone charging, and an upgraded MyLink system with a larger screen.

The Camaro offers great standard connectivity features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. The MyLink infotainment system is one of the best around; it’s easy to use, and the touch screen is responsive.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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Camaro Reliability

Is the Chevrolet Camaro Reliable?

The 2018 Camaro earns a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power. That’s considered an average rating among all vehicles.

Chevrolet Camaro Warranty

Chevrolet backs the Camaro with a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Several class rivals offer similar warranty terms.

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Camaro Safety

Camaro Crash Test Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awards the 2018 Chevy Camaro the highest rating of Good in four tests and an Acceptable rating in its roof strength test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives it a perfect five-star overall rating.

Camaro Safety Features

The Camaro comes standard with a rearview camera and Chevrolet’s Teen Driver technology, which lets you set speed and audio volume limits for the vehicle. Available driver assistance features include a head-up display, blind spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, and rear cross traffic alert.

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Which Chevrolet Camaro Model Is Right for Me?

The Camaro comes in six trims and two body styles. The standard body style is the coupe. It’ll cost an extra $5,200-$6,000 to get the convertible model, depending on the trim. In the three lower trims (1LS, 1LT, and 2LT), you can also upgrade from the base four-cylinder engine to a V6 for $1,495.

The three higher trims all feature a V8 engine, and if you want V8 power, those are your only options. A Camaro with a V8 will cost you at least $37,000. If you can live with the V6 engine (or especially if you’re okay with the turbo-four), then the 2LT trim provides great value. It has plenty of standard features, and its starting price is only $30,500.

Chevrolet Camaro 1LS

The Camaro 1LS has a base price of $25,905. There are several available features, including Brembo brakes, a performance suspension, a sunroof, a Bose audio system, and the upgraded MyLink infotainment system. Some features can be added individually for as little as $150, while others are part of option packages that can cost upward of $4,000.

Chevrolet Camaro LT

The Camaro LT is split into two trims: the 1LT and the 2LT. The Camaro 1LT has a starting price of $26,700. The main difference between the 1LT and the 1LS is that the 1LT comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Both trims feature the same options.

The Camaro 2LT starts at $30,500. In addition to the 1LT’s features, the 2LT comes with leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, the upgraded MyLink infotainment system, and a Bose audio system. The 2LT comes standard with a six-speed manual, but you can add an eight-speed automatic for $1,495. Most of the option packages with the 2LT are focused on styling upgrades.

Chevrolet Camaro SS

Like the LT, the Camaro SS is broken down to 1SS and 2SS trims. The Camaro 1SS has a starting price of $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 starts at $42,000. It comes standard with a heated steering wheel, a head-up display, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and wireless device charging.

Beyond the changes listed here, the 1SS and 2SS are comparable to the 1LT and 2LT in terms of available features.

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. New for 2018, you can add the 1LE Track Performance package to this trim for $7,500. It adds a performance suspension, as well as several aerodynamic 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 2018 Chevrolet Camaro delivers exactly what you want from a sports car: It’s athletic and fun-to-drive, and it has plenty of useful features so it’s not a one-dimensional driving machine. It’s not the hands-down class leader among sports cars, but it is certainly worth checking out.

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

  • "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
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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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