Excellent performance; aggressive good looks move design forward but keep retro theme; improved interior
Still has huge blind spots; tiny back seats; tall window line makes interior feel a little claustrophobic
For 2019, the Camaro line receives new front- and rear-end styling, upgraded 7- and 8-in infotainment systems and new wheels on RS and SS packages. The LT turbocharged cars can now be equipped with the Turbo 1LE package that brings much of the suspension and performance upgrades from the Track Performance package. SS models get a new 10-speed automatic transmission, a rear backup camera mirror (2SS) and forward-collision warning (2SS coupe). The ZL1 also receives most of the SS upgrades.
The latest Chevrolet Camaro is an excellent performance car at all levels, but as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. That said, we'd bypass the base turbocharged models and place our bet on the obvious: a 2SS model with the muscular V8 and all the trimmings. And yes, we know the ZL1 is bigger, but its price and limited availability will put it out of reach for most.
The Camaro is offered as a coupe and convertible in seven trim levels: 1LS, 1LT, 2LT, 3LT, 1SS, 2SS and ZL1.
The base-level Camaro 1LS ($25,995 coupe) offers standard 18-in alloy wheels, a 6-speed manual transmission, a 7-in touchscreen with GM's MyLink infotainment system, a backup camera, keyless access with push-button start, dual power front seats, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, USB ports for music and automatic headlights.
The 1LT ($26,495 coupe, $32,495 convertible) adds an 8-speed automatic transmission and remote start.
The 1LT offers an optional Technology package that includes a larger touchscreen, voice controls for the infotainment system, a 9-speaker Bose sound system and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Next up is the Camaro 2LT ($28,495 coupe, $34,495 convertible), which offers the upgraded infotainment system from the Technology package, along with heated and ventilated front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control. An optional Convenience and Lighting package adds rear parking sensors, a heads-up display, an improved gauge cluster, driver's-seat memory, customizable interior lighting, a heated steering wheel, a wireless charging system and safety features such as lane-departure warning, a blind spot monitoring system and rear cross-traffic alert.
The Camaro 3LT ($31,995, coupe), ($37,995, convertible) adds the 3.6-liter V6 engine, Bose audio, navigation and a frameless rear view mirror.
A sport-themed RS package is available on either LT model and offers appearance upgrades, 20-in alloy wheels and xenon headlights. The 1LE package offers the FE3 suspension components from the SS plus 20-in forged aluminum wheels, Brembo brakes, a track-cooling package, the SS high-performance fuel system and a dual-exhaust system.
Drivers who choose the 1SS ($37,995 coupe, $43,995 convertible) get the V8 engine, a 6-speed manual and all the 1LT's features, plus xenon headlights, 20-in wheels, the upgraded infotainment system and improved performance options such as enhanced brakes, a sport suspension and a limited-slip differential. The SS can be equipped with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The 2SS ($42,995 coupe, $48,995 convertible) combines the 2LT's equipment with the 1SS's V8 engine and performance upgrades. It also includes the 2LT's Convenience and Lighting package as standard equipment. The coupe features standard forward-collision warning.
The ZL1 ($62,495 coupe, $68,495 convertible) adds a supercharged version of the 6.2-liter V8, a unique shaker-style hood, unique 20-in forged aluminum wheels, an upgraded suspension and steering, Brembo brakes and Recaro front seats. Options include the available 1LE Extreme Track package, a power sunroof, a navigation system and a sport-exhaust system. The ZL1 can be equipped with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
All 2019 Chevrolet Camaro models come standard with side-curtain airbags, a backup camera, antilock brakes, front-knee airbags, front-side airbags and GM's OnStar telematics system. Options include forward-collision warning, a blind spot monitoring system, lane-departure warning and rear cross-traffic alert.
In crash tests, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the 2019 Camaro a 5-star overall rating, with 4 stars in the frontal crash test and 5 stars in the side-impact and rollover tests. The nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested the 2019 Camaro coupe and gave it a Good rating in all crash tests except the roof-strength test, where it earned a score of Acceptable.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases|
|Corrosion||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Rust-Through||6 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases|
|Maintenance||1 Year/1 Visit|
2019 Dodge Challenger -- The sporty Dodge Challenger is starting to show its age compared to the Camaro, but it still boasts a handsome look and surprisingly good driving dynamics for its size. The GT trim features all-wheel drive, while the 717-hp Hellcat handily outmuscles the ZL1.
2019 Ford Mustang -- The Camaro's longtime rival offers a little more technology than the Chevy in a smaller, more manageable package. It also boasts a high-performance GT350 variant, with a GT500 model on the horizon.
Used Chevrolet Corvette -- If you like the Camaro's General Motors roots and its no-nonsense powertrain, consider a sporty Chevy Corvette. Prices are high, though, so you may have to check out a used model.