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2019 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe

$25,000 - $42,000
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Chevrolet Camaro Coupe

2019 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe Review

by Jay Traugott

The word Camaro is biblical to those who love cars, especially American muscle. Those not in the know, however, might look up the word and find some interesting translations: in French, it can be loosely translated as "friend" or "comrade", and in Spanish, you'll end up with a less flattering description that has something to do with a small shrimp-like creature. To those who know the Camaro, now in its sixth generation, it is a small but vicious critter that hunts Mustangs. The 2019 Coupe stays true to that image, offering accessible performance for not a lot of money, just the way it was done back in 1967 when it first launched. The latest range of cars is stretched out over six trim levels, excluding the ZL1,which means you can choose between low-displacement turbos to fire breathing supercharged V8s. Not only is the spectrum of performance capability impressive, but Chevrolet has done an excellent job at keeping up in the tech department too. Now in its 52nd year of production, is the Camaro Coupe still a muscle car for the people?

2019 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe Changes: What’s the difference vs 2018 Camaro Coupe?

The sixth generation of the Camaro has been in production since 2016, and during that time it has seen a fair amount of updates and small tweaks. For 2019 Chevrolet has given the Camaro a refresh that starts with an updated fascia and front lighting. Behind the scenes, Chevy now offers a 10-speed auto transmission for specific models (some V6 models are excluded), and the infotainment system gets a software update and increased connectivity to cloud-based services. For those with track day ambitions but smaller pockets, the 1LE track package is now available for the entry-level turbocharged 2.0-liter.

Pros and Cons

  • Sharp handling
  • Impressive performance from the base model up
  • Well-balanced ride quality
  • Value for money
  • Visibility is an issue
  • Interior space is cramped
  • Trunk space is limited
  • Some controls can be finicky

Camaro Coupe Exterior

The 2019 Camaro is bold, brash and unashamedly harks back to the days of shapely body lines and the Cuban missile crisis. For 2019 the fascia gets a workover that brings a sleeker look to the party, but that Camaro smirk remains intact. The rest of the exterior is standard sixth-gen, so you get a chiseled body line with aggressive wheel arch flares that ends off with a short tail. Twin exhausts peek out the back, hinting at the Camaro's performance potential. The Camaro rolls on a set of 18-inch wheels in base form, which grow to 20 inches on the higher trims. The updated lighting for 2019 includes LED daytime running lights on the base models and full LED lighting from the SS1 upwards.

2019 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe Front Angle View
2019 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe Rear Angle View
2019 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe Front View
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Dimensions

Dimensions have remained the same for the 2019 year models, and at 188.3 inches, the Camaro is less than half-an-inch shorter than its nemesis the Ford Mustang. The Camaro is 53.1 inches tall, 74.7 inches wide and rolls on a relatively short wheelbase of 110.7 inches, which is one of the reasons why the Camaro is such a sharp handling car. It's one of the lightest modern muscle cars on the market, and in base form only weighs 3,354 pounds; that's 178 pounds less than the Mustang Ecosport Turbo, and a whopping 540 pounds less than the Dodge Challenger SXT. The short wheelbase design and low curb weight are clear signs that the Camaro is built to take corners at pace, and dispels the stereotype that American muscle is only suitable for straight-line speed.

Exterior Colors

As can be expected from a cult classic like the Camaro, the color options include a few odd-ball choices that perfectly reflect the personality of this American beast. In total, there are 11 colors to choose from, some of which come at an extra cost. The complimentary color options are Satin Steel Gray Metallic, Red Hot, Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White, Black, Mosaic Black Metallic, and Riverside Blue Metallic. Extra-cost options include the wild and wonderful Crush (orange as heck), Garnet Red Tintcoat, and Shock; a vivid neon green bordering on yellow. Thanks to the Camaro's shapely body, any color will look good, but the classic red, black or blue are standouts. Orange Crush should be reserved for V8 only models.

Camaro Coupe Performance

The 2019 Camaro Coupe delivers performance that ranges from mild to seriously wild and everything in between, making it one of the most versatile sports cars on the market today. The range of power plants reflect Chevrolet's willingness to embrace new trends, yet stick to old traditions at the same time. A small turbocharged engine sits at the bottom of the pile, followed by a V6 and then naturally progresses to a set of V8s in various states of tune. What impresses is the fact that Chevrolet offers serious performance at family sedan prices, making the Camaro one of the best deals on the market, in any state of tune. The base model gets to sixty in only 5.5 seconds, and the legendary SS will get there in only 4.3, but what they all have in common is a strict adherence to rear-wheel-drive. An exciting range of engines paired up to a class-leading chassis and a relatively low curb weight spells one thing: fun.

2019 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe Top View
2019 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe Headlights
2019 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe Wheel

Engine and Transmission

Excluding the ZL1, there are three engine choices on offer for 2019. The 1LS is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 275 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. It offers punchy mid-range acceleration and revs out cleanly to 7000 rpm. This is the default option on the LT trims, too, with the option of a 3.6-liter V6 available. This no-nonsense powertrain develops a healthy 335 hp and 284 lb-ft of torque and offers a good balance between outright performance and handling prowess. The SS trims are blessed with a 6.2-liter V8 which pummels its passengers with 455 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque. This engine is the definition of muscle. In terms of transmission options, the LS and LT are available in either a slick-shifting six-speed manual or an eight-speed auto with paddle shifters while the SS gets a six-speed manual with rev-matching technology or a ten-speed paddle-shift automatic. The autos are responsive, but can't match the feel of the manual transmission.

  • Engines
    2.0-liter Inline-4 Gas, 3.6-liter Turbo V6, 3.6-liter V6 Gas, 6.2-liter V8 Gas
  • Transmissions
    10-Speed Automatic, 6-Speed Manual, 8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

The Camaro has almost single-handedly debunked the myth that American muscle cars are not supposed to perform in a corner. The best way to appreciate the Camaro's handling capabilities is to step inside one of its competitors. The Camaro simply feels tighter all-round, and the lower curb weight is clearly felt in the way the car transfers weight through the bends. It should be noted that the Camaro is inherently still a pony car, and can't be compared with German staples such as the M3, but it again puts up an impressive performance. For those seeking even more, Chevrolet offers a track-focused handling package that consists of a choice selection of braking, grip steering and handling upgrades that really brings the Camaro to life on a track or fast backroad.

Camaro Coupe Gas Mileage

With three different engine choices and two transmission options, the 2019 Camaro will see anything between 19 and 25 mpg combined. Breaking the stats down by engine and gearbox configurations gives us the following figures: the manual-equipped 2.0 turbo will return 20/30/23 mpg while the auto will improve on that with 22/31/25 mpg city/highway combined. The 3.6 manual gets 16/27/20 mpg while the auto will do 19/29/22 and the monstrous 6.2 V8 will manage 16/24/19 mpg in manual guise, while the auto will do 16/27/20. The small capacity turbo engine is less efficient than Ford's 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, while the SS does better than the Dodge Challenger R/T, which can only muster 15/23/18 mpg. Fitted with a 19-gallon fuel tank gives the Camaro an estimated range of between 380 and 475 miles.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    19.0 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 20/30 mpg
* 2019 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe RWD Coupe 1LS

Camaro Coupe Interior

The interior of the 2019 Camaro can best be described as being straightforward. Just as the concept behind the car itself, significant power and rear-wheel drive, the interior bucks the modern trend of "more is better" and places the driver and front passenger in a no-frills space that offers enough comfort and functionality to pass as a daily driver, but gives off a distinct old-school muscle car feel, especially when taking note of the circular air vents and recessed dashboard. Controls can take some time to get used to due to their unusual positioning. One of the most significant issues, however, is outward visibility; a small rear window and a high window line make the Camaro difficult to place on the road. Standard interior features include a racy flat-bottomed leather steering wheel with mounted audio controls, power-adjustable bucket seats, and single-zone climate control.

2019 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe Driver Seat
2019 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe Dashboard
2019 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe Gauge Cluster
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Seating and Interior Space

The 2019 Camaro offers a typical performance-coupe style seating configuration; the front of the interior is roomy, and the doors open wide enough for even larger passengers and drivers to get in and out without much fuss. Things are a bit different when it comes to the rear end. Access is considerably more difficult, with even medium-sized passengers struggling to get to the back seat. Once seated, the Camaro offers very little space and should be reserved for smaller adults and children. Front-seat legroom is notable at 43.9 inches, while front headroom measures 38.5. The 2019 Camaro offers only 29.9 inches of rear legroom space and 33.5 inches of headroom. The front seats in the Camaro are comfortable, and even in base trim offer sporty bolstering, but for those who are serious about performance driving, Chevrolet offers a Recaro option which provides even more support. The front seats of the Camaro are power-adjustable.

  • Seating capacity
    4-seater

Interior Colors and Materials

There are a variety of cloth and leather seating options available for the 2019 Camaro. Medium Ash Gray cloth material comes standard on the LS, 1LT, and 1SS, as does Jet Black cloth. The contrasting Ceramic White leather gives the Camaro a sportier look but is only available on 3LT and 2SS models with the optional Ceramic White Interior Package. The 3LT needs to be paired with a convenience and lighting package to be eligible for this upholstery. Medium Ash Gray and Jet Black leather come standard on 2LT, 3LT, and 2SS models. Adrenaline Red leather is available on 3LT and 2SS models with specific optional interior packages. The brilliant Recaro performance seat package is only available when paired with the 1LE Performance Package. Overall, the Camaro is comparable to other cars in this price range, and despite a scattering of hard plastics, the interior is well put together and feels solid.

Camaro Coupe Trunk and Cargo Space

People who buy coupes don't expect lots of cargo space, but by modern standards, the Camaro offers the least cargo space, trunk capacity, and overall daily practicality out of all of the leading coupes on the market today. The Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang both offer more cargo capacity and are more user-friendly overall. The 2019 Camaro's trunk measures in at a disappointing 9.1 cubic feet, barely enough space to fit the average Camaro driver's love for America. Access to the trunk is made even harder by a high liftover height. The Mustang offers 13.5 cubic feet and the Dodge Challenger tops both with 16.2 cubic feet. Personal storage is minimal; the door pockets are shallow and don't provide much space, and the armrest bin is small for this class. One of the only positives are the front cupholders, which offer excellent support, even under hard acceleration.

2019 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe Steering Wheel
2019 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe Front Seats
2019 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe Taillights
  • Trunk Volume
    9.1 ft³

Camaro Coupe Infotainment and Features

Features

At a starting price of only $25,000 the 2019 Camaro offers good levels of standard equipment, and each trim level progressively adds more to the list, culminating in the range-topping Camaro 2SS. The base model LS Coupe offers standard LED daytime running lights, a rearview camera, 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless access, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, front power-adjustable bucket seats, and single-zone automatic climate control. As one climbs up the trim ladder, the seats get more adjustments; on the 2LT, the climate control is upgraded to a two-zone system, and the front seats get heating and ventilation. The 3LT is equipped with an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The infamous SS sees the list of features growing even more with the inclusion of full LED lighting and a host of tech upgrades. The 2SS gets cutting edge tech such as a head-up display system, multi-spectrum interior lighting, heated memory seats, and aluminum interior accents.

Infotainment

The infotainment system in the 2019 Camaro is nothing to write home about but gets the job done. It reacts quickly to inputs and has a general feeling of intuitiveness. Connecting your smartphone is a quick and hassle-free affair thanks to standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration. The touchscreen display measures seven inches, and front passengers get two USB charging ports. Bluetooth is also a standard feature across the range. One quirk that affects the ease of use is the angle of the display, which favors the front passenger instead of the driver. This feature can make it difficult for the driver to make inputs. The 1LT model and upwards feature SiriusXM satellite radio. Stepping up to the 3LT gets you a larger eight-inch display screen with navigation and a great sounding Bose premium sound system with nine speakers. The 2SS is fitted with a head-up display that gives the driver important info such as speed, current gear, G-force levels, navigation routes, and temperature levels.

Camaro Coupe Problems and Reliability

The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro has proven to be a reliable platform, and since its introduction, there have been only two recalls. The first recall was issued on November 2016, the first year of production, and was due to a faulty audio warning system that would neglect to warn the driver when the key had been left in the ignition or when the driver side door is open, but the driver has failed to fasten the seatbelt. The second recall was issued early in 2019 and was due to a loss of the power steering assist system which could fail, making the steering heavier. Chevrolet backs the 2019 Camaro with a standard three-year/36,000 mile warranty which includes an anti-corrosion warranty for the same span, a drivetrain warranty of five-years/60,000 miles and a roadside assistance package for five-years/60,000 miles.

Camaro Coupe Safety

The 2019 Camaro does an acceptable job of keeping its occupants safe in case of a severe accident. The NHTSA gave it a full five out of five stars with only front impact scoring four out of five. The IIHS gave the Camaro mostly good scores but rated it as basic in terms of optional safety equipment, and the LATCH child safety system was also of concern, as the tight interior, especially in the back could influence the effectiveness of the system.

Key Safety Features

The Camaro falls behind the competition in terms of standard safety tech; the base model makes do with traction control, eight airbags and a reverse camera, which in 2019, makes it look archaic when compared to its peers. If you're looking for more active safety tech, you'll have to look at the more expensive mid-tier models. Forward collision alert, rear park assist, rear cross-traffic alert and lane change alert are available as optional extras starting with the 3LT and become standard on the SS models. In comparison, the Dodge Challenger offers most of its active safety tech as standard, even on the base model, and the Mustang makes safety tech available as an option across the entry to mid-level models. The value for money appeal of the Camaro is slightly blighted by this compromise.

Verdict: Is the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe a good car?

For what the Camaro was designed to do, and in the current market, it offers terrific value for money. The exterior design is in your face and has great presence, just as any proper American pony car should have. The interior is not exactly premium but is well put together and should last a long time, and while passengers in the front will enjoy functional leg space and headroom, passengers in the back will struggle for space. The same goes for the Camaro's limited cargo space. Interior tech is up to industry standards, and the infotainment works well. The Camaro's biggest drawcard should be the way it drives; it feels more nimble and accomplished than any of its American competitors, and with the optional track package ticked, the Camaro turns into a serious track day weapon. The wide range of engine options means that there is a Camaro for every want and need. The SS model provides amazing back-for-your-buck performance, and the small turbocharged power plant is more potent than you would think. Overall, the Camaro's value proposition is so strong that it's hard to ignore.

What's the Price of the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe?

The 2019 Camaro offers great value for money, especially at the extremes of the price spectrum. The base model, called the 1LS starts at a low MSRP of only $25,000. For that money, you get a gem of a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and one of the best handling chassis in its class. The 1LT is the next model in the lineup and will set you back $25,500. The 2LT is slightly dearer at $27,500 thanks to the addition of a bunch of comfort and infotainment tech. The 3LT gets even more, but you'll end up paying $31,000 for the privilege. The classic SS starts off at $37,000, but for that extra $6,000 you get a stonking V8 that gives the Camaro the authentic muscle car feel. The top-of-the-line 2SS comes with the entire basket of features and costs $42,000. Ford's Mustang starts off higher at $26,395, and the Dodge Challenger SXT starts from $28,095. These prices don't include tax, title, license, dealer fees, optional equipment, and a $995 destination charge.

2019 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe Models

For 2019, the Camaro is available in six trims, excluding the ZL1. The LS model forms the base of the range. The next step up is the LT, which is available in three subcategories, namely the 1LT, 2LT and 3LT. The final trim is the classic SS, which is also available in two different trim levels; the 1SS and 2SS. The base model features standard driver modes, single-zone air conditioning, a read vision camera, and LED daytime running lights amongst others. The 1LT adds Sirius satellite radio, different wheel design and six-way power front seats. The 2LT gets dual climate control and heated seats. The 3LT gets the larger V6 engine as well as an upgraded infotainment system with Bose premium sound. The 1SS is fitted with a 6.2-liter V8 and gets full LED lighting, Brembo performance brakes, 20-inch alloys, and an improved driver mode system. Finally, the 2SS adds a number of active safety measures, a head-up display, a heated steering wheel, and multiple interior appearance updates.

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
1LS
2.0-liter Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Rear-Wheel Drive
$25,000
1LT
2.0-liter Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Rear-Wheel Drive
$25,500
2LT
2.0-liter Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Rear-Wheel Drive
$27,500
3LT
3.6-liter V6 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Rear-Wheel Drive
$31,000
1SS
6.2-liter V8 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Rear-Wheel Drive
$37,000
See All 2019 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe Trims and Specs

Additional Packages

The Camaro can be customized with a large variety of optional packages that range from increased comfort and practicality to purely performance-focused options that will help owners get the most out of their cars. The $1,950 RS package adds 20-inch alloys, LED tail lamps, and a custom grille and rear spoiler. The Heavy Duty Cooling and Brake Package is the perfect option for those who would like to take their Camaro to the track from time to time and includes an external oil cooler and larger Brembo four-piston calipers. The $900 Technology package adds a Bose sound system and the higher-spec Infotainment 3 Plus system. The Convenience & Lighting package aims to provide extra comfort and includes a heated steering wheel, memory seats, and a larger infotainment screen, amongst other improvements. The Adrenaline and Ceramic Winter packages are interior appearance packages. The 1LE and SS 1LE packages are all about performance and add bigger brakes SS suspension parts (on lower models) and heavy-duty cooling. SS1LE cars get Recaro bucket seats, six-caliper brakes, a limited-slip diff, finely tuned suspension, and magnetic ride.

What Chevrolet Camaro Coupe Model Should I Buy?

Chevrolet has made their cult classic available to a broad spectrum of people. The small turbocharged engines will appeal to those who care more about style and fuel economy, while the mid-range V6 gives a taste of both worlds. The SS is a proper muscle car and will be the reserve of more hardcore fans. In other words, it is difficult to suggest only one model. Looking at the best proposition in terms of value for money and in terms of comfort, features, and performance, the 1SS should be at the top of the list. Performance from the 6.2-liter V8 is unrivaled in this price bracket, and supporting parts such as larger Brembo brakes, performance-tuned suspension, and a limited-slip differential make the 1SS one of the best handling modern muscle cars on the market. What it lacks in space and safety tech, it more than makes up for in terms of price, capability, and pure attitude.

2019 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe Comparisons

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2019 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe vs Ford Mustang Coupe

The battle between Ford's Mustang and the Chevy Camaro is as old as the pony car itself, and not much has changed since both vehicles were introduced over 50 years ago. Both offer a turbocharged four-cylinder engine option; however, the Mustang foregoes the V6 option offered in the Camaro and jumps straight to a V8. The Mustang's turbocharged engine is more powerful, but the Camaro's V8 is in a different league compared to the 5.0-liter effort from Ford. Fuel efficiency in the ford ranges from 21/31/25 mpg city/highway/combined for the EcoBoost powered car to 16/25/19 mpg for the 5.0-liter V8. The Mustang offers more standard safety tech and interior space. It also has more cargo space and should prove to be more comfortable to live with, but the Camaro offers better bang for your buck performance, especially in SS guise, and offers a more intuitive driving experience, making it our pick.

See Ford Mustang Coupe Review

2019 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe vs Dodge Challenger R/T

The Dodge Challenger might not be as renowned as the Camaro, but with a rich muscle car heritage and some serious performance, the 2019 Challenger puts up a stiff fight. Instead of a small turbocharged power plant, the Challenger is offered in V6 and V8 configurations. The V6 option in the Challenger can be compared to the Camaro's, but the Camaro SS's 445 hp V8 is no match for the Challenger R/T 392's 485 hp. The V6 Challenger will use 19/30/23 mpg city/highway/combined, while the 392 V8 will get 14/23/17 mpg. The Challenger offers considerable more space overall but feels more cumbersome and less dynamically talented than the Camaro. For the price, the Challenger poses stiff competition, and at the higher trim levels, the Challenger offers more performance for less money, but the Mustang is more nimble and ideally suited to those who love to drive in more than just a straight line.

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