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2020 Chevrolet Camaro: What You Need to Know

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The 2020 Chevrolet Camaro finishes in the middle of our sports car rankings. It's thrilling to drive, but its interior quality is subpar for the class, and it earns a poor predicted reliability rating.

Is the Chevrolet Camaro a Good Car?

Yes, the Chevrolet Camaro is a good car. With the base four-cylinder engine, the Camaro gets solid fuel economy ratings and delivers ample power, but there are V6 and V8 options if you want to really cut loose (at the expense of gas mileage, of course). The Camaro handles well and provides a cushioned ride, making it fun and easy to drive.

Interior quality is more of a mixed bag for the Camaro. The front seats are spacious and comfortable, and cargo space is decent for the sports car class. While this Chevy doesn't have the longest features list, it does come with an intuitive touch-screen infotainment system. Unfortunately, it also has hard plastics and other unimpressive cabin materials. Also, the fun-sized rear seats are too small and not really fun at all.

Should I Buy the Chevrolet Camaro?

You should buy the Camaro if you want an affordable sports car and don't mind sacrificing some interior quality for the sake of performance. That said, there are other options in the class that are worth exploring. At the top of the list are the Camaro's two classic muscle car rivals, the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger, both of which match up well against the Chevrolet in multiple areas.

Should I Buy a New or Used Chevrolet Camaro?

The 2020 Camaro isn’t all that different from the preceding versions, so you can shop for a used model without missing out on too much.

The current Camaro generation began with the 2016 model year, and there have been a few noteworthy updates since then. For 2020, the all-new LT1 trim (not to be confused with the 1LT trim) joins the lineup, and the V6 engine is now available with a 10-speed automatic transmission instead of an eight-speed. For 2019, Chevy updated the Camaro's interior and exterior styling and made some feature upgrades. Chevy's Infotainment 3 system replaced the MyLink system, and forward collision alert and a rearview camera mirror became available.

Chevrolet added a 1LE performance package for the ZL1 trim for 2018. That high-performance trim joined the lineup for 2017. Also for 2017, Chevy introduced new safety features like Teen Driver, and the 1LE performance package became available in every trim but the 2SS and ZL1.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 Camaro, 2018 Camaro, and 2019 Camaro reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

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This 2020 Camaro review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2016.

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How Much Does the Chevrolet Camaro Cost?

The Camaro carries a base price of $25,000. That's one of the lowest starting prices in the sports car class, though most rivals come in around or under $27,000, so it's not like the Camaro is significantly less expensive than the competition.

It's a different story with the higher trims, and there are plenty above the base 1LS (seven more, to be exact). The new-for-2020 Camaro LT1 has a starting MSRP of $34,000, while the lowest SS trim, the 1SS, starts at $37,000.

The range-topping high-performance Camaro ZL1 starts at $62,000. Only the Camaro's rival muscle cars, the Mustang and Challenger, have top trims that are comparable in price to the Camaro ZL1. Most other sports cars' top trims start under $40,000.

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.

Chevrolet Camaro Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Chevrolet Camaro or Ford Mustang?

The Ford Mustang is better overall than the Camaro, but this is a close matchup (and a battle that has endured for decades). These two share many similarities. Both cars come in coupe and convertible body styles, offer several powerful engines, and are fun to drive.

There are some key differences as well, and the Mustang wins out in most of these areas. The Ford features a richer interior and has a larger trunk, making it more comfortable and usable on a daily basis than its Chevrolet rival.

Which Is Better: Chevrolet Camaro or Dodge Challenger?

The Dodge Challenger and Chevy Camaro are similar in terms of overall quality, and each have some advantages over the other. The Challenger makes its bones by delivering gobs of power, and the Challenger Hellcat and Hellcat Redeye have higher outputs than anything in the Camaro lineup. On the other hand, the Camaro gets better gas mileage and handles corners with much more finesse.

Inside, the Challenger mostly wins the day. Both of these cars have easy-to-use infotainment systems, but the Dodge has a more luxurious cabin, a much larger trunk, and an adult-friendly rear seat. The Camaro does have one key advantage, however; it's available as a convertible, while the Challenger is not.

Camaro Performance

Camaro Engine: No Power Shortage

A 275-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine comes standard in the Chevy Camaro, and there are three available engines: a 335-horsepower V6, a 455-horsepower V8, and a 650-horsepower V8. All of the engines have plenty of power for just about any driving situation and deliver quick acceleration. The high-performance V8s are the ones that will impress your friends, though, as they attempt to redefine what it means to put the hammer down.

Camaro Gas Mileage: Typical with the Turbocharged Engine

Fuel economy ratings for the Camaro with the base engine and automatic transmission sit around the class average: 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. As you move higher in the engine lineup, the Camaro gets worse gas mileage.

With the V6, the Camaro gets 19 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Opt for the 650-horsepower supercharged V8, and the Camaro’s ratings drop down to 13/21 mpg city/highway.

Camaro Ride and Handling: What's Not to Like?

The Camaro has superb handling. It feels planted and stable, and you won't notice much body lean when taking turns, even if you're late to hit the brake pedal. It rides smoothly, absorbing most road imperfections with ease. Simply put, this car is fun to drive.

Camaro Interior

How Many People Does the Camaro Seat?

This Chevrolet sports car seats four people. There's a decent amount of space up front, and the supportive, well-bolstered seats are great on long drives and at the track. The rear seats are too small for adults to sit comfortably, and even children may feel cramped. Driver visibility is limited because of small windows and a high beltline, so you may want to get safety features like blind spot monitoring to help out.

Camaro and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the Camaro’s rear seats. The upper tether anchors are easy to find, but the lower anchors are a bit unwieldy. They're buried in the seats, and clipping in a car seat requires extra force.

Camaro Interior Quality

The Camaro's interior is a mixed bag. On the one hand, the cabin is stylish, but on the other, many rivals have higher-quality materials and feel more upscale than this Chevy.

Camaro Cargo Space

The Camaro has more cargo room than most sports cars, but it still sits well behind the Dodge Challenger, which leads the sports car class with more than 16 cubic feet of trunk space. The Camaro gives you 9.1 cubic feet of trunk space in coupe models and 7.3 cubic feet in convertibles. That's enough room for a few pieces of carry-on luggage, but you'll have a hard time carrying large cargo.

Camaro Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Every Camaro comes with the Infotainment 3 system and a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, two USB ports, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Convertible models also come with a power-folding soft top.

Available features include a sunroof, a customizable 8-inch driver information display in the gauge cluster, wireless device charging, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, a Bose premium audio system, and satellite radio.

The Infotainment 3 system is intuitive and user-friendly. The interface is easy to navigate, and there are physical controls so that you don't have to use the touch screen for all functions.

Camaro Reliability

Is the Chevrolet Camaro Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2020 Chevrolet Camaro a bad predicted reliability rating of two out of five.

Chevrolet Camaro Warranty

The Chevrolet Camaro comes with a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

How Much Does It Cost to Insure a Chevrolet Camaro?

The cost of insuring a Chevrolet Camaro will depend on a variety of factors, including your deductible, the level of coverage that you want, and the type of insurance that you choose. Your age, gender, location, credit score, and driving record can also have an impact on your insurance rates. Check out our car insurance guide to find the best policy for you.

Camaro Safety

Camaro Crash Test Results

The 2020 Camaro earned an overall safety rating of five out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Camaro received five stars in the side crash and rollover tests and four stars in the frontal crash evaluation.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Camaro the highest rating of Good in four crash tests and the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the roof strength test. Camaros equipped with available active safety features such as forward collision warning received the lowest rating of Basic for front crash prevention.

Camaro Safety Features

The Chevy Camaro comes standard with a rearview camera and the Teen Driver system, which lets you do things like set speed and audio volume limits for secondary drivers. Available active safety features include a head-up display, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, and a rearview camera mirror.

Camaro Dimensions and Weight

The 2020 Camaro is 15.7 to 15.9 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,332 to 4,120 pounds.

Where Is the Chevrolet Camaro Built?

Chevrolet builds the 2020 Camaro in Michigan.

Which Chevrolet Camaro Model Is Right for Me?

The Camaro comes in two body styles and eight trims: 1LS, 1LT, 2LT, 3LT, LT1, 1SS, 2SS, and ZL1. Every trim is offered in the coupe body style and with rear-wheel drive. For about $6,000, you can upgrade any trim except the base model to the convertible body style. You can also swap the standard manual transmission for an eight-speed automatic (with the four-cylinder engine) or a 10-speed automatic (with the V6 and V8s).

With so many options, you should first pick an engine. That can help you narrow your choices, since the outrageously powerful V8s only come in the top four trims.

If you're OK with the turbo-four or V6 engines, check out the 2LT, which is one of the best values in the lineup. It comes with more infotainment and comfort features than the lower trims, and it only costs about $2,500 more than the base model.

All but the 1LS and LT1 trims offer the 1LE Track Performance package. This includes a number of performance-oriented features, such as Brembo brakes, an upgraded suspension, and a flat-bottomed steering wheel.

Chevrolet Camaro 1LS

The Camaro 1LS sports a base price of $25,000. It has a 275-horsepower turbo-four engine and a six-speed manual transmission, and it's the only trim not available as a convertible.

Standard features include automatic climate control, Teen Driver, a rearview camera, and the Infotainment 3 system with a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, two USB ports, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Chevrolet Camaro LT

The Camaro LT is available in three trims: 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT. The Camaro 1LT has a starting price of $25,500. In addition to the base trim's features, the 1LT includes a power-adjustable passenger seat and satellite radio, and it offers features not available in the base trim, like an 8-inch touch screen and a Bose audio system.

The Camaro 2LT starts at $27,500. In addition to the 1LT’s features, the 2LT comes with leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

The Camaro 3LT has a starting price of $31,500. It gains blind spot monitoring and the Infotainment 3 Plus system with an 8-inch touch screen and a Bose audio system.

Chevrolet Camaro LT1

The new-for-2020 Camaro LT1 starts at $34,000. The LT1 comes with a 455-horsepower V8 engine and driving upgrades like Brembo front brakes and a performance suspension. From a features standpoint, the LT1 closely resembles the 1LT trim.

Chevrolet Camaro SS

Like the LT, the Camaro SS is broken down into subtrims, in this case, the 1SS and 2SS. The Camaro 1SS starts at $37,000. It features the 455-horsepower V8 engine, front and rear Brembo brakes, and the Infotainment 3 Plus system with an 8-inch touch screen.

The Camaro 2SS carries a $42,000 price tag. It comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, a Bose audio system, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, a head-up display, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera mirror.

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

The Camaro ZL1 starts at $62,000, and it boasts a supercharged 650-horsepower V8 engine. Standard features include Recaro sport seats, wireless device charging, Magnetic Ride Control, and several performance and styling 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.

The Final Call

The 2020 Chevrolet Camaro is a great sports car, and it's a real pleasure to drive. It offers powerful engines, adept handling, and a refined suspension system. It doesn't have the most upscale interior in the class, but it has easy-to-use technology and comfortable front seats. The Camaro earns a spot in the middle of our sports car rankings, and it's a worthy choice for shoppers.

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

Read the full 2020 Chevrolet Camaro review on U.S. News & World Report for more details, photos, specs and prices.

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