Overview

Overview

Sporting a fresh exterior design and the return of the nearly track-ready Z/28, the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro, in coupe and convertible body styles, offers sporty performance at what many consider to be bargain prices. Add to its appeal the fact that Camaro is American-born and bred - and has the pedigree to prove it.

What Experts Think

A mild refresh was already expected, but the big news among automotive journalists is the return of the performance and virtually track-ready Z/28 to the Camaro lineup after a lengthy hiatus (it last appeared in 2002). Typical criticisms of the low-slung, pavement-ripping Camaro aren't much different today than they have been for years (compromised visibility, no rear seat room), but the grins from auto enthusiasts can't be ignored. There is literally a Camaro to suit drop-top aficionados to young adults looking for a sporty car to dyed-in-the-wool performance enthusiasts.

Kelley Blue Book says that the 2014 Camaro may be right for "20-something performance enthusiast seeking a car that boasts loads of power and aggressive looks," but it can just as easily appeal to a "mid-lifer ready to get your crisis on/relive your youth." In any case, the consensus is the Camaro delivers "serious thrills" for the money.

"A fresh look and tire-roasting power make the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro a compelling choice in the muscle coupe segment. A new track-focused Z/28 model tempts weekend racers." (Edmunds)

About the 2014 Camaro Z/28, Car and Driver has this to say: "A 500-horse LS7, standard carbon brakes, and a reduced curb weight should make for one mighty track missile."

"The automaker returns to offering a classic desire of the American car consumer: pure, unadulterated power [referring to the Z/28]." (AOL Autos)

"Muscle car choice is good for enthusiasts and future collector car shows." (Consumer Reports)

How does the new Z/28 drive? According to Autoblog, Jay Leno "managed to snag the Z/28 that was shown at New York [Auto Show] for the latest episode of Jay Leno's Garage, making the funnyman the first person outside General Motors to drive the reborn performance car."

What Owners Say

Among the owner accolades are the predictable comments about the Camaro being a dream car, a real head-turner, fast and fun. Owners also like the very smooth ride, tight and responsive steering, the comfort factor for daily driving and long road trips, and the way the car grips the road in any weather. Some even find the car surprisingly roomy, considering the design.

As for the gripes, these, too, are what you'd expect. Owners who bothered to offer a few negative comments said the trunk space in the convertible is "nil," but they expected that. One owner, who admittedly loves the Camaro's power, price and value, wrote that he's trading it in due to Iowa winter driving. Other negatives include tiny back seats, blind spot and confusing infotainment system.

Model/Trim Lineup

Buyers looking for a sporty, retro-styled performance car that won't break the bank have numerous choices in the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro lineup. Included are coupe and convertible body styles and eight different trims.

The base Camaro LS comes in coupe only and standard equipment includes 18-inche steel wheels, a limited-slip differential, cruise control, a six-speaker AM/FM/CD/satellite audio system with Bluetooth and an auxiliary jack.

Move up to the Camaro LT and features such as power front seats, a seven-inch touch screen, and Chevrolet's MyLink telematics system with a USB port (but no CD player) come standard.

The Camaro SS boasts the 6.2-liter V8 engine, Brembo brakes and 20-inch wheels.

The Camaro ZL1 is available as a coupe and convertible, and is marketed as the top of the performance ladder with its supercharged 580-yhorsepower version of the 6.2-liter V8 and magnetic shocks that grace the Corvette.

The much-anticipated all-new Z/28 returns for 2014, which is music to the ears of former Z28 owners. Standard features include Recaro racing seats and the flat-bottomed steering wheel from the ZL1. The interior finish is a matte-metallic called, fittingly, "Octane." Although it probably won't be in dealer showrooms for a few months, expect pricing to be higher than the Camaro ZL-1's $56,000 sticker.

Options include the Camaro RS package, which adds 20-inch aluminum wheels and high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights. There's also a nine-speaker, 245-watt Boston Acoustics premium sound system as an added-cost option. And a two-tone interior package dresses up the car's interior to give it a slightly more upscale look and feel.

Performance

As far as powertrains go, the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro offers five engine choices, certainly enough, say the automotive press, to satisfy the most discerning Camaro buyer.

In the base Camaro LS and LT, the standard powerplant is the 323-horsepower 3.6-liter direct-injected V6. This engine produces 278 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway (automatic), 19/30 mpg (automatic 2LS), and 17/28 mpg (manual).

The Camaro SS is powered by a 400-horsepower 6.2-liter L99 V8 with Active Fuel Management (in automatic transmission-equipped models) or a 426-horsepower LS3 V8. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 15/24 mpg for the L99 V8 and 16/24 mpg for the LS3 V8.

ZL1 models boast the 580-horsepower supercharged LSA V8 engine that delivers 556 pound-feet of torque. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 14/19 mpg (manual) and 12/18 mpg (automatic).

Underpinning the all-new Camaro Z/28 is a 7.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine matched with a Tremec six-speed manual transmission (no automatic will be offered for the Z/28). Horsepower is rated at 500, with 470 pound-feet of torque. In addition, the Z/28 features carbon ceramic brakes, and Pirelli P Zero Trofeo tires. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the Z28 is not yet available, but don't expect it to be not terribly fuel efficient. This is a Z/28 Camaro, after all, say the auto critics, who note that performance-car enthusiasts are salivating over the return of the Z/28 after so long an absence.

Interior

Among auto critics, the chief complaint - make that two chief complaints - about the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro are that the back seat is suitable only for children and that rear visibility is severely compromised.

Drilling down to specifics about the quality of the interior materials in the Camaro sparks more dissent. Some reviewers ding the hard plastic on the doors and center console. Not only does it look cheap, but it feels that way, too.

Others find that the retro-styled gauges for oil pressure, oil and transmission temperature and battery voltage lend the Camaro a certain sense of old-style charm, harkening back to muscle-car days of yore.

Taller drivers will need to slouch to counter the lack of headroom. Sun visors are also too small to be anything but an afterthought.

The trunk opening is deemed by reviewers to be a bit awkward, but at least the rear seats fold to expand cargo space.

For true Camaro aficionados, however, criticism of the car's interior doesn't really matter all that much. They're enamored by the car's overall persona, one that exudes performance both inside and out.

Safety & Reliability

All 2014 Chevrolet Camaro models feature six airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, stability control, traction control, and the GM OnStar communications system with automatic crash notification and other emergency and concierge systems.

There are no available options for blind spot warning, forward collision warning or lane-departure warning systems in the Camaro lineup for 2014.

In crash testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro coupe received a perfect five-star overall rating, including five stars each in frontal, side and rollover crash testing. The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro was not rated for frontal or side and does not yet have an overall rating, but rollover rating is five stars.

There is no reliability data yet available for the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro.

 

 

Trim Style Engine Drive Train MSRP
Convertible - RWD
LT 2dr Convertible LT w/1LT V6 RWD 31055
LT 2dr Convertible LT w/2LT V6 RWD 35155
SS 2dr Convertible SS w/1SS 8 Cylinder RWD 39355
SS 2dr Convertible SS w/2SS 8 Cylinder RWD 42255
ZL1 2dr Convertible ZL1 8 Cylinder RWD 60555
Coupe - RWD
LS 2dr Coupe LS w/1LS V6 RWD 23555
LS 2dr Coupe LS w/2LS V6 RWD 24755
LT 2dr Coupe LT w/1LT V6 RWD 25855
LT 2dr Coupe LT w/2LT V6 RWD 29055
SS 2dr Coupe SS w/1SS 8 Cylinder RWD 33355
SS 2dr Coupe SS w/2SS 8 Cylinder RWD 37155
ZL1 2dr Coupe ZL1 8 Cylinder RWD 55355
Z/28 2dr Coupe Z/28 8 Cylinder RWD 72305

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