2018 Chevrolet CameroShould you buy? Well, it depends..
What’s New For 2018
Sometimes new year models don’t bring many upgrades to the table, but Chevy certainly has this year. The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro offers an entirely new Camaro ZL1 variant, the 1LE, which shifts the focus from a regular sports car to a track-focused car. The 1LE includes a full aero kit for stability on the track as well as unique light-weight wheels and tires.
Top 10 Reasons to Buy a 2018 Chevrolet Camero – The Pros
1. Trim Selection
Most cars come in three or four trims, but the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro offers an astounding six trims this year. The base 1LS and 1LT models are fantastic on their own, but the upgraded 2LT, RS, SS, and ZL1 packages take the Camaro to a new level. The previously mentioned ZL1 gives the car amazing performance on the track, while the RS, SS, and 2LT packages include more technology and comfort options than the standard packages.
2. Engine Choices
The biggest point of pride in any sports car is its engine. All sports cars need extremely powerful engines that can let out a mean growl, and the Camaro delivers. Base models come standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged V4 engine, which works nicely and provides amazing power. The upgraded trims offer beefier engines - especially the 1SS model. The 1SS includes a 6.2-liter V8 engine with an astounding 455 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque. The second you get in the 1SS, you feel like you’re truly in a muscle car.
3. Precision Driving
Sports cars can sometimes feel like they don’t have any grip on the road when conditions aren’t ideal. The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro at all trim levels doesn’t have this problem. The V4, V6, and V8 engines all provide good power, while the tires maintain grip on the road without a problem.
4. Solid, Reliable Transmission
Chevy offers both manual and automatic transmissions in the Camaro. While the manual transmission works well if you’re used to it, the automatic transmission is surprisingly good. At high speeds, the automatic transmission is snappy and well-tuned. However, the low to high-speed shifting is more tuned for manual shifting.
5. myChevrolet Mobile App
Never to be outdone in the connectivity age, Chevy has designed a special app that interfaces your phone with your car. The myChevrolet app is extremely customizable, and at its base lets you lock and unlock your car’s doors and start or stop your engine - all from your phone. You can also view car diagnostic information and shuttle navigation information between your phone and the Camaro’s in-built navigation system.
6. Easy-to-use Navigation System
Speaking of navigation, Chevy’s patented MyLink touchscreen system works beautifully. While previous versions of the MyLink software and hardware were somewhat clunky, the Camaro’s touchscreen is fast and responsive. It’s Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible and offers voice-activated controls. The Camaro offers either a standard 7-inch screen or 8-inch screen that fits right into your center console.
7. In-built Driver Aids
While many cars come with a rearview camera, others offer much more. The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro is a car that offers much more, including blind-spot monitoring technology. This is particularly useful, as the Camaro does have a significantly large blind spot to worry about. The Camaro also includes rear traffic alerts and a lane departure warning system in its Convenience upgrade package.
8. Comfortable Ride at All Speeds
The base model suspension does an amazing job of keeping the ride smooth and responsive even at high speeds on rougher surfaces. This is not the norm in most current sports cars. The optional upgrade of the adaptive suspension does an even better job at keeping the ride smooth, particularly at high speeds and with large impacts like big potholes or random cracks in the road.
A sports car can’t be considered great without fast 0-60 mph times. The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro gives those fast times seemingly without effort. The V6, with 355 horsepower, goes from 0 to 60 in just over 5 seconds. The V8 measures in at just under 4 seconds.
10. Sleek Exterior Styling
The Camaro is instantly recognizable from its bold front grille and sleek lines. The 2018 model only tweaks those well-known exterior curves a little bit (with the exception of the ZL1 model’s full aero kit), but those little tweaks make the car look even sexier.
Reasons Not to Buy a 2018 Chevrolet Camero – The Cons
1. Trunk Space
Though most fast cars aren’t known for their exceptional ability to store material in the trunk, the Camaro does not do well in this category. Even compared to other sports cars, the Chevy has very little trunk space. If you’re considering this car for some sort of daily drive or commute, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to fit everything you need here.
2. Interior Design & Space
Similarly to the trunk, the interior space in the Camaro is extremely limited. The front seat door pockets are not built to hold much of anything, and the cupholders are just big enough to hold a standard water bottle.
3. Lots of Vibration Noise
Though the Camaro’s engines do quiet down when cruising, the high-speed vibrations in this car are quite loud. To keep weight down, the car’s designers may not have included quite as much noise dampening as they should have. That said, if you enjoy feeling your car on the road, this can be a positive.
How it Stacks Up to the Competition
Though there are many challengers in the sports car field, the 2018 Chevy Camaro definitely leads the pack. From its top-tier acceleration from its V8 engine to the technology built in, the Camaro offers a full package. While the BMW 2 Series and the Dodge Challenger evoke similar feelings while driving, the Camaro is a classic car that truly tops its category.
The 2018 Chevy Camaro is a fantastic sports car for those aiming to get a powerful, beefy, and nimble car. With a plethora of trim levels and customization options to choose from, you can personalize this car to your heart’s content.
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