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author photo by Ron Sessions June 2017

The 2015 Chevrolet Camaro is the last of the fifth-generation models, ably continuing the successful comeback for the storied pony car that began in the 2010 model year. Other than a modified color palette, there are no changes to the Camaro for 2015, which continues to offer 1969 Camaro-inspired styling in coupe and convertible body styles. The 2015 lineup includes the V6-powered LS and LT models, the V8-powered SS, the supercharged ZL-1 and the track-inspired Z28 and 1LE variants.

The 2015 Camaro is a good used-car choice because parts and service are both readily available, and evergreen popularity means it will have a good resale value down the road.

What We Like

Updated 1969 Camaro styling; 7-inch touchscreen and navigation; color head-up display; independent rear suspension; V6 fuel economy; ZL1 has awesome acceleration; 1LE and Z28 are track-ready

What We Don't

Poor outward visibility; rear seat is unsuitable for adults; tiny trunk opening; heavy for its size

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The 2015 Camaro continues to offer five available engines. The base power plant in the LS and LT models is an all-aluminum 3.6-liter dual-overhead-camshaft V6 with direct injection. It produces 323 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque, burns regular unleaded gasoline and has an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rating of 17 miles per gallon in the city and 28 mpg on the highway with the standard 6-speed manual transmission and 18-19 mpg city/27-30 mpg hwy with the optional 6-speed automatic.

Standard in the Camaro SS is an aluminum-block 6.2-liter overhead-valve small-block Chevy V8. SS models with the standard 6-speed manual gearbox come with the LS3 version of the 6.2-liter V8, which produces 426 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. The engine is EPA-rated at 16 mpg city/24 mpg hwy. SS Camaros running the optional 6-speed automatic transmission get a detuned L99 6.2-liter V8, producing 400 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque and EPA-rated at 15 mpg city/24 mpg hwy. The L99 has a cylinder-deactivation system, Active Fuel Management, which idles 4-cylinders under low-load conditions. Premium fuel is recommended but not required for SS models with V8s.

A supercharged 6.2-liter V8 capable of delivering 4.0-second 0-to-60 acceleration powers the ZL1. It produces a prodigious 580 hp and 556 lb-ft of torque. EPA ratings are 14 mpg city/19 mpg hwy for the 6-speed manual and just 12 mpg city/18 mpg hwy for the 6-speed automatic. Premium fuel is also required for the vehicle.

The Z28 gets a naturally aspirated 7.0-liter V8. It makes 505 hp and 481 lb-ft of torque on premium fuel. EPA estimates are 13 mpg city/19 mpg hwy. The only transmission is a 6-speed manual.

All manual-transmission models have standard hill-start assist to prevent rollbacks when releasing the clutch on an incline.

Standard Features & Options

Typical LS equipment includes air conditioning, cruise control, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, remote keyless entry, SiriusXM radio, the OnStar communications system, a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with steering-wheel controls, automatic headlamps, 18-in alloy wheels, stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes, a V6 engine with a 6-speed manual transmission, and power doors, windows and mirrors. Convertibles feature a power-operated soft-top, an acoustic headliner, a glass back window with a defogger and a standard backup camera.

Moving up to the LT trim brings the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system with a 7-in touchscreen, fog lamps, power front seats, an upgraded audio system, 18- or 19-in alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped shifter and steering wheel and a reverse-sensing system. More importantly, options include heated leather front seats, remote starting, navigation, interior ambient lighting, auxiliary gauges, a backup camera, a 9-speaker Boston Acoustics sound system and a power moonroof.

Upgrading to the SS will add the naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 and Brembo brakes, an FE3/FE4 suspension with bigger anti-roll bars, adjustable traction- and stability-control settings, a unique hood and 20-in alloy wheels. Recaro seats are optional, as is a color head-up display and, on manual-transmission models, an awesome-sounding dual-mode "shock and awe" exhaust system.

The available RS package adds a unique grille, a rear spoiler, 20-in alloy wheels, unique paint, HID headlamps with halo rings, and LED taillights.

The awesome ZL-1 brings a 580-hp supercharged V8, magnetic ride shocks with sport, tour and track modes, brake cooling ducts, an aluminum hood with a carbon-fiber insert, LED taillights, interior trim upgrades, a flat-bottom steering wheel and super-wide 20-in summer tires. Optional are Recaro seats.

The 1LE package for the SS includes special close-ratio gearing, a transmission cooler, a suede-trimmed flat-bottom steering wheel, a short-throw shifter, monotube rear shocks, a strut brace, Goodyear Eagle Supercar track tires, a matte hood and special front and rear spoilers.

The track-inspired Z28 coupe includes a hand-built 505-hp 7.0-liter V8, a 6-speed manual transmission, Recaro seats, Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes and 19-in forged aluminum wheels wrapped with Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R racing tires. Air conditioning is optional.

Pricing

Camaros are usually front-row items in used-car lots, and you can expect to pay higher prices during cruising season. Gearheads may prefer a manual transmission, but most of the higher-priced cars you'll see are well-optioned automatics. Generally, Camaros don't see a lot of long-distance driving, so odometer readings will most likely be low.

To get an idea of the 2015 Camaro's price range, investigate the used-car values at KBB.com. You can also search the Autotrader Classifieds to see which models are for sale in your area.

Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced the following recalls for the 2015 Camaro:

The front-seat side-impact airbag inflator module may rupture in a crash, sending metal fragments into occupants and creating a serious injury risk. Additionally, the side airbags may not inflate properly, putting the driver and front passenger at a higher risk of injury in the crash.

Recall repairs are required by law, even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed and, if not, will fix the car at no charge.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

NHTSA gave the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro coupe five stars overall and for frontal and side impacts, as well as rollover performance. It did not rate the crash performance of the 2015 Camaro convertible.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not evaluate the 2015 Camaro for crash performance.

General Motors covered the 2015 Camaro with a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty with roadside assistance, and a 6-year/100,000-mile corrosion-perforation warranty.

Chevrolet certified pre-owned cars cannot have more than 75,000 miles on the odometer and must be 5 years old or less. Every CPO Camaro undergoes a 172-point inspection. Those that pass receive a 12-month/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, plus whatever remains on the transferable original 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage. Also included is a 2-year/24,000-mile maintenance plan with roadside assistance.

Other Cars to Consider

2015 Ford Mustang -- America's first pony car is all-new for 2015, with an independent rear suspension and a 310-hp 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder turbo. The engine lineup also includes a 300-hp 3.7-liter V6 and a 420-hp 5.0-liter V8, plus the exciting, supercharged 662-hp Shelby GT500 model. Both coupe and convertible versions are available.

2015 Dodge Challenger -- The Challenger coupe offers much more rear-seat and trunk space than Camaro. For 2015, it gets an updated interior and infotainment, dynamic cruise control and new safety systems. Power choices include a 305-hp 3.6-liter V6, 375-hp 5.7-liter HEMI V8, 485-hp 6.4-liter HEMI V8 and the supercharged 707-hp Hellcat HEMI V8. However, its handling doesn't quite match the precision of the Camaro's.

Autotrader's Advice

If this Camaro will see everyday use, consider an LT coupe with the 3.6-liter V6. The V6 gets decent gas mileage, has plenty of power, is easier to insure and has better-balanced handling and more precise steering than the V8. However, if this is a long-term investment, a convertible or the V8-powered SS, 1LE, new Z28 or ZL1 are better choices. The V8 cars will always be in demand due to their unique heritage. Go for a Chevrolet certified pre-owned car when available, and check with your dealer to make sure all applicable recalls have been performed on the Camaro you are considering.

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