2014 Chevrolet Camaro Review

March 7, 2014
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The biggest news about the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro is the comeback of the race-ready Z/28. It carries a V8 engine that produces 500 horsepower and a quite overwhelming sticker price. Learn more about the new Camaro below.

NEW FOR THE 2014 CAMARO

  • redesigned exterior
  • Camaro Z/28
  • optional Recaro front seats on SS and ZL1 models

UNDER THE HOOD

The 2014 Camaro LS and LT get their power from a 3.6-liter V6 that puts out 323 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque. The Camaro SS gains more power with a 6.2-liter V8 that kicks at 426 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. The optional six-speed automatic weakens it to 400 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. A more powerful engine sits under the hood of the Camaro ZL1: a 6.2-liter V8 engine with 580 horsepower and 556 pound-feet of torque. The returning Camaro Z/28 boasts of a 7.0-liter V8 engine that makes 500 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque.

All Camaros are standard with a six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic is optional except on the Z/28.

The 2014 Chevy Camaro gained the following fuel economy ratings from the EPA:

Model

City/Highway MPG

Camaro LS/LT, manual

17/28

Camaro LS/LT, automatic

18/27

Camaro 2LS, automatic

19/30

Camaro SS, manual

16/24

Camaro SS, automatic

15/24

Camaro ZL1, manual

14/19

Camaro ZL1, automatic

12/18

ON THE ROAD

Buying a Camaro with a V6 under the hood isn’t exactly a disgrace to the buyer. The engine is responsive and cannot be accused of lacking power. But the V8 just fits the Chevy better and chiefly makes its personality up. The Camaro ZL1 with 580-hp V8 under the hood offers more.

Camaro’s steering is precise. It is quite heavy to be managed easily in corners but it handles winding roads well. What sets the ZL1 apart from the competition and even from the 2014 Camaro lineup is the chassis (Brembo brakes and adaptive suspension, particularly). The result: excellent behavior in both daily and performance driving.

INSIDE THE 2014 CAMARO

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The 2014 Camaro is a modern pony car—that’s what its interior says. The modern take on the vintage Camaro gauge cluster is an element that made the look. The use of less plastic also helped. Aluminum details make the cabin more attractive.

The seats are comfortable but the rear seats are significantly smaller than what most of the Camaro’s rivals are offering. The trunk is also small at only 11.3 cubic feet in the coupe and 10.2 cubic feet in the convertible. These spaces cannot be expanded because the rear seatbacks are fixed. Loading and unloading are also a challenge because of the tiny opening. Another downside is the poor outward visibility largely caused by the low roofline and thick roof pillars. This is something you have to put up with when driving a Camaro.

KEY FEATURES

The 2014 Camaro can be a coupe or a convertible. Both body styles are offered in three trim levels namely, LT, SS and ZL1. Only the coupes can be had in the LS trim.

Standard on the Camaro LS are keyless entry, electronic stability control system with traction control, single-zone manual climate control, Bluetooth, auxiliary audio jack, driver information center, OnStar, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, CD/MP3 player, satellite radio, and 18-inch aluminum wheels.

The Camaro 1LT adds fog lights, power top (convertible), rear park assist (convertible), leather steering wheel and shift knob, and Chevrolet MyLink Radio (with USB port, voice recognition, smartphone integration and 7-inch diagonal color touchscreen). The 2LT trim level includes 19-inch aluminum wheels, 9-speaker Boston Acoustics audio system (8 speakers in convertible), heated front seats, color driver information center, gauge cluster in center console, Tonneau cover, and color head-up display.

The 1SS features Brembo brakes, SS-specific exterior styling, rear spoiler, and 20-inch aluminum wheels. The additional standard features on the 2SS model are similar to the 2LT model.

The ultimate Camaro in the lineup, the ZL1, boasts of red interior accent, flat-bottom leather steering wheel with cruise and audio controls, faux-suede seating surfaces, xenon headlights with LED halos, ZL1-specific exterior details, Performance Traction Management, Magnetic Ride Control, and 20-inch black wheels.

Navigation system, Recaro seats, power sunroof, faux-suede interior trim, RS Package, and remote start, are some of the optional features in the list.

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