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2018 Chevrolet Camaro

2018 Chevrolet Camaro

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$9,086 — $61,106 USED
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Coupe
4 Seats
16-25 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Acceleration (SS)
  • Crisp handling
  • Mild-to-wild dual-mode exhaust option
  • Blind spot monitoring system available
  • Standard multimedia features
  • Front-seat comfort

The Bad

  • Visibility
  • High starting price (SS)
  • Headroom with sunroof
  • Cargo room
  • Backseat usability
2018 Chevrolet Camaro exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro
  • New ZL1 1LE Extreme Track Package
  • Coupe or convertible body style
  • Four-, six- or-eight-cylinder engine
  • Magnetic Ride Control available
  • ZL1’s available 10-speed automatic transmission

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2018 Chevrolet Camaro Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Chevrolet debuted a 720-plus-horsepower Camaro drag concept at the 2017 SEMA Show, and we talked to a Chevy rep about it in this video.

By Brian Wong

In the battle of muscle cars, no salvo goes unanswered. So when Ford updated the 2018 Mustang with a slew of performance upgrades tied to its Performance Package, it seemed logical to assume Chevrolet would answer soon — and it has. The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro with its turbocharged four-cylinder adds a new high-performance version to its ledger, the Camaro Turbo 1LE. The 1LE is more focused on track performance, which is where I got to run a couple of sessions on the road course at Las Vegas Motor Speedway during a media preview.

Related: 2018 Ford Mustang: Not Just a Muscle Car Anymore

There is now a 1LE version of each Camaro (it joins the V-6, SS and ZL1). The 1LE badge means performance parts from Camaros higher up the food chain make their way down to the Turbo for the first time, which sounds similar to what the Mustang EcoBoost did with its Performance Package.

Strangely, Chevrolet didn’t list the Mustang among the Camaro Turbo 1LE’s competitors, opting for other more all-around performance cars like the Subaru WRX, Honda Civic Type R and even the Kia Stinger. But I’ll go ahead and toss the Mustang in there even if the Bow-Tie brand won’t admit it.

The 1LE pulls its suspension and tires from the SS, including the FE3 suspension with larger front and rear stabilizer bars than standard Turbo models, different shock tuning and stiffer rear cradle bushings, among other changes to enhance stability. It uses summer tires from the SS, Goodyear Eagle F...

In the battle of muscle cars, no salvo goes unanswered. So when Ford updated the 2018 Mustang with a slew of performance upgrades tied to its Performance Package, it seemed logical to assume Chevrolet would answer soon — and it has. The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro with its turbocharged four-cylinder adds a new high-performance version to its ledger, the Camaro Turbo 1LE. The 1LE is more focused on track performance, which is where I got to run a couple of sessions on the road course at Las Vegas Motor Speedway during a media preview.

Related: 2018 Ford Mustang: Not Just a Muscle Car Anymore

There is now a 1LE version of each Camaro (it joins the V-6, SS and ZL1). The 1LE badge means performance parts from Camaros higher up the food chain make their way down to the Turbo for the first time, which sounds similar to what the Mustang EcoBoost did with its Performance Package.

Strangely, Chevrolet didn’t list the Mustang among the Camaro Turbo 1LE’s competitors, opting for other more all-around performance cars like the Subaru WRX, Honda Civic Type R and even the Kia Stinger. But I’ll go ahead and toss the Mustang in there even if the Bow-Tie brand won’t admit it.

The 1LE pulls its suspension and tires from the SS, including the FE3 suspension with larger front and rear stabilizer bars than standard Turbo models, different shock tuning and stiffer rear cradle bushings, among other changes to enhance stability. It uses summer tires from the SS, Goodyear Eagle F1 run-flats, that are wider in the rear. Brembo four-piston brakes up front, single-piston brakes in the rear, an enhanced sound system for the engine and a flat-bottom steering wheel are standard, while Recaro front seats optional.

There are also driving modes that include Sport and Track, with Competition selections within each. The modes come along with updated performance screens and data displays, as well as launch control.

The engine, however, is unchanged. It’s still a 275-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that pumps out 295 pounds-feet of torque. As for transmission choices, you have one: The 1LE only comes with a six-speed manual, unlike the Mustang’s available 10-speed automatic transmission.

A lot of the changes mirror updates to the Mustang with the EcoBoost Performance Package. Both have upgraded brakes and suspensions along with a few visual enhancements, though the Mustang’s are less subtle with its added wing. But there are a few key differences between the two, mainly with the Camaro Turbo 1LE’s greater track focus (given its transmission and stiffer, non-adjustable suspension). In the Mustang, you can option a MagneRide adaptive damping system along with the Performance Package, plus it can be outfitted with a 10-speed automatic, which makes it more suited for everyday use.

Though we’ll have to get a 1LE on the street to do a more thorough examination of the 1LE’s day-to-day livability, the track time did give it a chance to shine as Chevrolet intended.

We were driving on a fairly tight circuit, so there wasn’t much room to stretch the car’s engine, but it did provide an environment for the handling upgrades to shine, which they did. The Camaro’s dynamics are still the best of the three American muscle offerings (the others being the Mustang and Dodge Challenger); the Mustang is very close with its adaptive suspension, but for natural balance, turn-in sharpness and overall dynamic control, I’m still leaning toward the Camaro.

Shifting the Camaro Turbo 1LE into Competition mode also means flipping off traction control. In that setting, the rear end is a little twitchy, but it doesn’t break away abruptly, and it can be easily modulated and controlled with throttle and steering inputs. It was great (if short-lived) fun.

The 2019 Camaro Turbo 1LE is still short on a few key details, including a launch date and how much this uptick in performance will cost you, but I’ll be on the edge of my seat; it’s great to see this and the Mustang go at it on yet another level. The Camaro Turbo is currently the least expensive Camaro, and we anticipate the Turbo 1LE to be the least expensive 1LE. But when the Camaro and Mustang continue to outdo one another, fans of performance cars all win — even those on a budget.

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.9
162 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

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(5.0)

Outstanding style and performance

by Rob from Winston Salem, NC on August 9, 2020

We have a 2018 1LS Camaro with the 2.0 L turbocharged engine. While it may not have the “punch” of the beefier V8 or the V6, it still holds its own. With the 6 speed manual, it will get up and go once... Read full review

(5.0)

Car in excellent condition

by Prad from Santaclara, ca on August 4, 2020

Vehicle Is in excellent mechanical condition and no needs reconditioning...it has clean Title history and no accidents has been reported. There is no mechanical problems. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2018 Chevrolet Camaro 1LS

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
marginal

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
acceptable

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Chevrolet

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)

  • Powertrain

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Camaro received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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