Jaw-dropping performance. The 2020 Chevrolet Camaro is one of a handful of incredible options in the sports coupe segment. This sporty Chevy gives buyers a wide range of powertrain options, and each one delivers surprising performance.
As with any sports coupe, there are plenty of compromises to make when considering the Chevy Camaro. But with all its competitors requiring similar trade-offs, these may be easy to overlook for some shoppers.
Striking modern-retro look limits visibility. Look up “form over function,” and you may be staring at an image of the Camaro. There's no mistaking that this is one striking sports coupe with its long hood, slim headlights, sporty fascia, bulky shoulders, and chop-top-like roofline.
This design gives the Camaro an incredible look, but the low roofline cuts deeply into driver visibility. This is especially true when looking through the rear window, but this is where that standard rearview camera helps out.
Despite its stunning exterior, the interior is surprisingly simple with only basic styling elements. Plus, the Camaro has interior limitations, as its 9.1-cubic-foot trunk hauls little more than a few days’ worth of groceries.
Plus, its 29.9 inches of rear leg room and 33.5 inches of rear head room limit the back seats to non-adult occupants.
None of the Camaro’s competitors are overly roomy, but the Dodge Challenger offers a more adult-friendly 33.1 inches of leg room and 16.2 cubes of trunk space. The Ford Mustang also has a small advantage with 30.6 inches of leg room, 34.8 inches of head room, and a 13.5-cubic-foot trunk.
Power on power, sans fuel economy. Want power? The Chevy Camaro offers it in gobs, starting with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that pumps out 275 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Up a notch is a 3.6-liter V6 with 335 hp and 284 lb-ft.
Serious V8 power starts at the LT1 trim level, which makes the Camaro the most affordable V8-powered car. This 6.2-liter monster delivers 455 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque. Folks who need even more power will get that from the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that injects 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque into the ZL1, giving it a 3.5-second 0-60 mph time.
With the four-cylinder engine, the Camaro delivers decent efficiency at 22 miles per gallon city, 31 mpg highway, and 25 combined, according to the EPA. The bottom falls in the V8 engines, as the lower-tuned 6.2-liter delivers 20 mpg combined, and the supercharged variant 16 mpg combined.
Loads of features, but don’t look for safety. The Camaro offers loads of great features, even in its base LS trim. These include 18-inch alloy wheels, a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, 4G LTE wi-fi, two USB ports, and more.
The Challenger matches most of these features, but the Mustang and Nissan 370Z have glaring holes in their standard equipment. The Mustang's standard fare includes a 4.2-inch center screen and no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. The 370Z also lacks Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, plus the infotainment system is very outdated.
Unlike many far cheaper cars on the market, the Camaro lacks any standard advanced safety tech like automatic emergency braking or lane keeping assist. Making matters worse, the Camaro lacks these as even being optional.
While its key competitor, the Mustang, also lacks standard automatic emergency braking, it does offer it as an option.
Final thoughts. The 2020 Chevy Camaro is a fantastic sports coupe at every level, even with its base four-cylinder engine. But it has serious shortcomings buyers must consider, including limited outward visibility and a virtually useless rear seat.
Buyers seeking a more family-friendly muscle coupe will be better suited in the Challenger, but this larger coupe is not as nimble as the Camaro. The Mustang offers a middle-ground between the Camaro and Challenger, but its interior feels cheap in its lower trims.