The Chevy Camaro was one of the cars that helped spark the American muscle car era. Today, it continues to excite drivers with its powerful performance and aggressive styling. Premium features make this modern day muscle car even more appealing. Meanwhile, an available 1LE performance package transforms the Camaro into a serious track machine. Let’s take a closer look at what 2021 Chevrolet Camaro has to offer.
2020 vs 2021: What’s the Difference?
For 2021, Chevy has updated the car’s infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The popular 1LE package can also now be added to models equipped with an automatic transmission. Wild Cherry is the newest paint option.
What Do the Various Trim Levels Have to Offer?
Priced at less than $26,000, the base Camaro LS is the most affordable trim in the lineup. Its turbo four-cylinder engine generates 275 horsepower. While a six-speed manual gearbox comes standard, an automatic transmission is on the list of options. Keep in mind that Chevy only offers the LS trim in a coupe body style. A dual-outlet exhaust with bright tips and LED daytime running lights enhance the car’s exterior styling. Interior highlights include an 7.0-inch touch display, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a six-speaker stereo.
A step above the base model is the LT trim, which offers an optional V6 engine with 335 horsepower. Satellite radio and a nicer set of 18-inch alloy wheels come standard. Several upgrades are available. A few of the most notable features include a Bose premium sound system, heated/ventilated front seats, a larger 8.0-inch HD touchscreen, and a digital gauge cluster.
Unlike the other trims, the Camaro LT1 comes equipped with a muscular V8 engine. Output increases to a more exciting 455 horsepower. Larger 20-inch alloy wheels and a vented dome give the car a meaner look.
While the Camaro SS is powered by the same V8 engine, it receives an upgraded cooling system and Brembo performance brakes. An 8.0-inch color touchscreen comes standard. Meanwhile, LED headlights and tinted taillights are found on the outside. All the premium upgrades are offered, such as climate-controlled seats and a Bose sound system.
Atop the performance ladder is the supercharged ZL1 model. It’s rated to crank out a staggering 650 horsepower. A Magnetic Ride Control suspension elevates handling. To enhance airflow, Chevy equips the ZL1 model with a larger lower grille and a special hood with carbon-fiber air extractor. Exclusive interior touches, like red accent stitching and microfiber suede inserts, further set apart the ultra-powerful Camaro ZL1.
Which Trim Is Right for Me?
The base LS trim is ideal for drivers who desire an economical muscle car. Its list of standard equipment is extremely rewarding. If you want the Camaro in the form of a convertible, you must move up to at least the LT trim.
To experience the power of a V8 engine for a more affordable price, choose the value-packed LT1 model. While the pricier SS model isn’t more powerful than the LT1 model, it does offer a wide selection of premium upgrades. Drivers who have a big budget will love the thrilling ZL1 model, which has a starting MSRP of nearly $64,000.
What Kind of Technology Does It Have?
The 2021 Chevrolet Camaro offers an abundance of technology. With the arrival of wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, it’s now even easier for drivers to link their smartphone. Wireless Wi-Fi is another great feature that comes standard. On the Camaro’s list of options is a cool Performance Data Recorder. Aside from calculating 0-60 times and other performance data, this system’s front-mounted HD camera can be used to record your entire driving experience.
How Does It Perform?
All versions of this muscle car are relatively quick. Rated to return up to 31 mpg, the Camaro’s turbo four-cylinder saves the most fuel. Meanwhile, drivers can trust the V6-equpped Camaro to deliver up to 29 mpg. Folks seeking serious performance will want the V8 engine. Its 455-horsepower production enables the Camaro to hit 60 mph in a blistering 4.0 seconds. Acceleration is even quicker in the supercharged ZL1 model.
This is a strictly a rear-wheel-drive vehicle, which may concern folks living in snow-prone areas. However, no American muscle car handles better than the Camaro. It attacks twisty roads with pure confidence. Chevy’s optional 1LE Track Performance package further improves agility. Ride comfort is also not bad for a sports car.
Is It Safe and Reliable?
The 2021 Chevrolet Camaro receives an NHTSA five-star rating in overall crash protection, One of the car’s most thoughtful safety features is the Teen Driver system. It enables parents to monitor their teenager’s driving habits and set a top speed. Available accident-avoidance technologies include forward collision alert, blind-spot alert, and a rear camera mirror.
Unfortunately, this car isn’t known for its bulletproof reliability. In terms of dependability, it receives a rather poor 2.0 out of 5.0 rating.
How’s the Interior?
There’s a lot of legroom in the front of the Camaro, which makes it an appealing car for taller drivers. Seat comfort is very good. While the rear seat is spacious enough for small children, few adults will have enough room. The Camaro also provides 9.1 cubic feet of trunk space.
Interior quality have drastically improved over the years. However, rear visibility is still a major weakness. The coupe's narrow rear windows create extra blind spots.
What Are the Alternatives?
The 2021 Ford Mustang is another top-selling muscle car. It offers a few safety technologies that aren't available on the Camaro, including adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking. However, expect the Camaro’s handling to be just a bit crisper.
Drivers who desire a more practical muscle car will enjoy the 2021 Dodge Challenger. Its backseat and trunk are far more spacious. All-wheel drive is also available for the Challenger. However, a heavier design puts the Challenger at a disadvantage in the handling department.
Note: All Chevrolet Camaro lease prices and dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.