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Everyone knows the Chevrolet Corvette and the Chevrolet Camaro, which are two of General Motors’ most historically significant nameplates. In their latest variants, the two sports coupes have some overlap with regard to performance and technology. As a result, buyers may be curious about the differences between the two. Below we’ll compare the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette and the Camaro to help identify the ways in which they are both similar and different.
2019 Chevrolet Corvette
The "C7," or 7th-generation Corvette was introduced for the 2014 model year. Since its launch, the current-generation Corvette has offered the same 6.2-liter V8, but with a few different power options. Like with most Corvette generations, several different trim levels have been offered, including the often praised Z06 and ZR1 models. The C7 Corvette is all but confirmed to be replaced soon by an all-new midengined C8 Corvette, expected to be formally revealed in the coming year.
The Corvette offers three power tiers, all using the same 6.2-liter V8:
Stingray and Grand Sport: 460 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque
15 mpg city/25 mpg hwy/18 mpg combined (automatic)
Z06: Supercharged; 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque
14 mpg city/23 mpg hwy/17 mpg combined (automatic)
ZR1: Supercharged; 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque
12 mpg city/20 mpg hwy/15 mpg combined (automatic)
And two transmissions:
8-speed automatic with paddle shifters
A base model Corvette Stingray starts at $56,000, while a loaded ZR1 carries an eye watering MSRP of over $135,000.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro
The Camaro was last fully redesigned for the 2016 model year and receives an update for 2019. Changes are primarily of the cosmetic variety, but other notable changes include forward-collision warning, an updated infotainment system, an improved rear-view mirror camera and a 10-speed automatic transmission for the SS model. The Camaro’s V8 is shared with the Corvette.
The 2019 Camaro offers four engine options:
22 miles per gallon in the city; 31 mpg on the highway; 25 mpg in combined driving (automatic)
3.6 liter V6 making 335 hp and 284 lb-ft of torque
19 mpg city/29 mpg hwy/23 mpg combined (automatic)
6.2-liter V8 making 455 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque (Camaro SS)
17 mpg city/27 mpg hwy/20 mpg combined (automatic)
6.2-liter supercharged V8 making 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque (Camaro ZL1)
13 mpg city/21 mpg hwy/15 mpg combined (automatic)
And three transmissions:
8-speed automatic with paddle shifters
10-speed automatic with paddle shifters
Camaro prices range from around $26,000 for an entry-level 4-cylinder model, while a loaded Camaro ZL1 will exceed $70,000.
In terms of performance, the Corvette is positioned above the Camaro, but there is some overlap between the top of the Camaro range and the bottom of the Corvette range. The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray — the entry level model — goes from 0-to-60 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds while the Camaro ZL1 — the top-of-the-line Camaro — takes only 3.5 seconds. The performance gap widens from there — both the Corvette Z06 and the ZR1 go from 0-to-60 mph in under three seconds. That said, on-track reviews tend to be pretty good for both the Camaro and the Corvette, regardless of trim level. What it really comes down to here is you budget.
A 1LE performance package is available for the 4-cylinder, 6-cylinder and V8 SS variants of the Camaro that adds a sport suspension, beefier brakes and a number of racing-inspired styling accents. Buyers looking for this degree of modification on a Corvette should look to the Grand Sport model, which uses the same powertrain as the base Stingray, but incorporates aero bits and styling elements from the Z06.
Corvette and Camaro owners should both see average reliability. Chevrolet offers a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
The C7 Corvette has never been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and it doesn’t offer any active safety features. While it still must comply with basic federal safety regulations, the Corvette’s priorities are clearly elsewhere. A new Corvette will certainly be safer than an older vehicle, but compared to most other new vehicles on the market, the Corvette is behind.
The Camaro, on the other hand, has been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and receives generally good reviews overall. In addition, the 2019 Camaro offers forward-collision warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors. As far as modern vehicles go, this is still a fairly weak offering, but at least it’s something.
As if it weren’t already obvious, the 4-passenger Camaro offers far more interior space than the 2-seater Corvette. That said, the Camaro is still rather cramped inside. Up front, Camaro Coupe passengers are offered 38.5 inches of headroom and 43.9 inches of legroom, while the Corvette offers a similar 38.0 inches and 43.0 inches, respectively. The back seat of the Camaro is pretty tight, offering 30.0 inches of headroom and 33.5 inches of legroom. That’s really only suitable for ferrying small children over short distances.
The Camaro Coupe offers a paltry 9 cu ft. of trunk space, while the Corvette Coupe offers a respectable 15 cu ft., thanks to its hatchback design.
Additionally, thanks to its stealthy exterior design and small windows, overall visibility in a Camaro is said to be pretty bad, especially when compared to its main competitor, the Ford Mustang.
Interior Design & Quality
Inside, neither the Camaro nor the Corvette has a particularly interesting interior. Both wear modern design elements and are dominated by black plastic and a large center infotainment screen. The Corvette has a driver-focused dashboard, with the center controls tilted slightly toward the driver and a large silver trim piece isolating the passenger. Fittingly, the more passenger-oriented Camaro has a more passenger-oriented cabin. Both are available with a few different interior colors along with sport seats. Altogether, nobody will find the interior of either of these vehicles to be particularly offensive or exciting, although the Corvette’s interior in particular is pretty lackluster for a vehicle that can exceed $100,000 in the right configuration.
Infotainment and Technology
Both the Camaro and the Corvette offer standard center infotainment screens running Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system, which is generally regarded as being pretty good.
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard on both vehicles. Buyers can also opt for 4G LTE connectivity, which turns either vehicle into a mobile Wi-Fi hot spot. A Bose audio system is standard on the Corvette and optional on the Camaro. The Corvette offers two 12 volt outlets and three USB ports, while the Camaro comes with only one 12 volt outlet and two USB ports.
Beyond having competent infotainment systems, neither the Corvette nor the Camaro offers any particularly notable technology. The focus with both vehicles is clearly on driving performance.
This one is all relative. Compared to the Corvette, the Camaro is a great performance value. Compared to higher-end European and Italian performance cars, the Corvette is a great value. Still, for the same price as a base Corvette, buyers can get a high-performance Camaro ZL1, which is a blast in terms of both straight line acceleration and track day fun. Either way, while both tend to skimp on luxury features and overall refinement, American performance cars like the Camaro and the Corvette tend to be excellent performance car bargains when compared to their foreign competition.
If you want a Corvette and can afford one, you should probably just buy a Corvette. The Camaro, while a good performance vehicle in its own right, just doesn’t offer the heritage or exclusivity of Chevrolet’s halo vehicle. That said, there’s a pretty wide spread here in terms of cost and performance. From the basic $26,000 4-cylinder Camaro all the way to the mighty $135,000 Corvette ZR1, either of these vehicles with any of their available powerplants offers a great muscle car aesthetic and the potential for track day fun.