2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe

Pros: Surprisingly peppy base engines; strong performance of V8 models; decent ride quality for the class

Cons: Tight rear leg room; small trunk opening with high liftover; poor visibility

CG Says: After its redesign for 2016, the Chevrolet Camaro lineup sees the return of the super-performance ZL1 model and 1LE performance package for 2017. The new ZL1 has a 640-hp supercharged 6.2-liter V8 and the choice of a 6-speed manual transmission or GM’s new 10-speed automatic. The 1LE package is available for V6 and V8 coupes with manual transmission and includes performance suspension and uprated brakes. Other Camaros are little changed following their redesign last year. With its impressive roster of engine choices–a 275-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four, 335-hp 3.6-liter V6, 455-hp 6.2-liter V8, or 640-hp supercharged 6.2-liter V8–the Camaro can be tailored to a range of sporty-car tastes and budgets. The new-generation Chevrolet Camaro is smaller, lighter, and more technologically advanced than its predecessor, and the addition of the ZL1 and 1LE bolster its already sterling performance credentials. Some testers grumble about the Camaro’s low, visibility-impeding roofline (a design characteristic carried over from the previous-gen Camaro) and stingy backseat/trunk space, but those quirks aren’t uncommon in this class. The 2017 Camaro offers a compelling blend of technology, performance, style, and refinement–in any of its forms, it’s a worthy competitor to the arch-rival Ford Mustang, and a must-see when shopping sporty two-doors.

The Facts
Class Sporty/Performance Car
Body Style(s) 2-door coupe, 2-door convertible
Passenger Count 4
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive
Manufacturer Chevrolet
Nation of Manufacture Canada
1LT coupe: $26,305
1LT convertible: $33,305
2LT coupe: $30,405
2LT convertible: $37,405
1SS coupe: $36,905
1SS convertible: $43,905
2SS coupe: $41,905
2SS convertible: $48,905
ZL1 coupe: $61,140
ZL1 convertible: $67,140

Base Engine
Turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
275
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
8-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
20-22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30-31

Optional Engine
3.6-liter V6
Horsepower
335
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
8-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
16-19
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26-28

Optional Engine
6.2-liter V8
Horsepower
455
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
8-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
16-17
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
25-27