Not all the Chevy Camaro packages a muscular V-8 and a manual transmission, which makes it accessible and desirable for most driving enthusiasts. Available as a sports coupe and a sun-loving convertible, the Chevrolet Camaro 2020 has a unique style that is ready for customization. While its cabin feels tight and its roof ruins the outward visibility, the horse car is infinitely pleasant to drive. A tense four-cylinder and spunky V-6 are the most affordable engines, but Chevy’s bright 6.2-liter V-8 sounds great and goes stinky. An incredible performance package, called 1LE, is available in all coupes and transforms them into versatile track machines. Still, the Chevrolet Camaro 2020 continues the tradition of the nameplate to offer something for everyone.
A year after the Camaro received a mid-cycle update, Chevy has again updated the front-end style of the 2020 Camaro SS and the new LT1 model. The change repositions the company’s bow tie emblem on the top rack and paints the bar between the two grids the same color as the body. The newly added Camaro LT1 offers the most affordable way to get a V-8, with a starting price that is $ 3000 less than an SS model. The V-6 model is now paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission that replaces the old 8-speed transmission. The line also adds a new Green Rally paint color and more customization options. The Chevrolet Camaro 2020 will go on sale early this fall.
LS: $ 25,995
LT: $ 26,495
LT1: $ 34,995
SS: $ 37,995
The new LT1 model simply makes the power of the V-8 more accessible. Still, we would recommend a Camaro SS coupe with the standard six-speed manual transmission. Your standard 455 hp V-8 is close to perfection (unless fuel economy is a priority) and the manual gearbox is easy to use and ultimately attractive. Of course, this combo is available on the LT1 model for less, but it requires the SS to have the phenomenal 1LE performance package. It costs another $ 7,000, but it’s worth the money. Its abundant track-ready equipment includes adaptive shock absorbers, improved Brembo front brakes, limited slip electronic differential, wider and sticky tires, and a different interior and exterior enhancement. Best of all, the 1LE package does not compromise the quality and habitability of the Camaro.
Interior, Infotainment and Cargo
Likes: Optional Recaro front seats are supportive without being restrictive and effortless operation of the touch screen.
The Camaro interior is an improvement over the previous generation, with better materials and a more modern look. Its comfortable front seats and simple design are high points, but its torturously small rear seat and compromised visibility inhibit habitability. An optional front display is useful and not offered on the Dodge Challenger or Mustang. The Camaro can also be equipped with customizable ambient interior lighting, which adds a fresh look.
Each Camaro has an easy-to-use touch screen that supports Chevy’s latest infotainment software, called Infotainment 3. While the large touch screen fills the space better, the plastic bezel looks chintzy, and its downward angle is awkward. Otherwise, its mix of controls and organized menus is appreciated. The Chevy configuration has everything standard: intuitive controls, attractive menus, responsive feedback, a Wi-Fi access point, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support.
The Camaro outshines its rivals on the track and in the driving fun department, but it is surpassed in terms of cargo and storage space. It had the least amount of carry-on luggage, and has even less interior storage than its already tattooed rivals.
Engines, Transmission and Performance
Likes: V-6 and V-8 have a distinct character and sound, incredible performance value, a transformer 1LE package.
Dislikes: Four cylinders is eclipsed by the other engines.
The 275 hp four-cylinder base is not slow, we tested a manual model that reached 60 mph in a total of 5.1 seconds. But the uneven responses of the accelerator and the unpleasant and unsportsmanlike sounds accompanied his boring behavior. On the other hand, the upgrade to the 335 HP V-6 with natural aspiration completely changes the character of the car. The Gutsy V-6 has its own clearly scorching soundtrack and redeems generations of six-cylinder ho-hum. The Camaro LT1 and SS feature the iconic Chevy V-8 small block, with 455 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque. Its linear power delivery and chest compression acceleration are enhanced by the optional dual-mode exhaust, which explodes with a sharp crust at the beginning and backward sounds during open throttle explosions. The standard six-speed manual transmission keeps the spirit enthusiastic, and the 10-speed automatic is now available with the V-6.
Its amazing chassis provides a car and driver connection (see what we did there?) That is incomparable among horse cars. It is tense on the track but relaxed on regular roads. Together with the 1LE, the coupes transcend their class, competing with cars that cost much, much more. The solid structure of the Camaro generates precise handling and a feeling of quality. Its well-balanced driving is firm enough to be agile on curved roads, but still compatible on rough surfaces. The electrically assisted steering system has reasonable effort and precise answers. The Camaro completes trifecta performance with excellent brakes. The brake pedal provides progressive responses and assurances. 1LE models get Brembo brakes even more powerful and ready for the track.
Fuel economy and real-world MPG
The Chevy’s four-cylinder engine has the highest EPA estimates, while versions V-6 and V-8 performed well in our real-world tests. We tested each of the three available Camaro engines, along with the six-speed manual, and they were all within 1 mpg (more or less) of their EPA road estimates.
Safety features and driver assistance
The 2020 Camaro obtained a five-star crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the 2019 model obtained average scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Still, he has less driver assistance than any of his pony-car rivals. Fortunately, the Chevy can be equipped with blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert to help with its atrocious rear visibility. Key security features include:
> Bliind spot monitoring available and rear cross traffic alert
> Front collision warning available
> Rear parking sensors available
Warranty and maintenance coverage
The Camaro has a guarantee that compares favorably with the Mustang and the Challenger. The Chevy also provides the first maintenance service for free.
> The limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles
> The powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
> Free maintenance is covered for the first visit