By Cars.com EditorsDecember 17, 2015
About the video
We road-tripped in the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS from Dallas to Albuquerque. There's a lot of new hardware that makes this Camaro a great driving machine, but could our backs survive in this coupe for 700 miles? Watch the video and find out.
(car starting) We're driving the all new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS and we're road tripping it. We're going 700 miles from Dallas to Albuquerque. We're going to find the best driving roads in between those two destinations.
And there's a lot of new hardware that's going to make this Camaro with a great driving machine, but can our backs survive in this thing for 700 miles? We're going to find out. (car revving) When we say the SS is all new, it's all new. This is a brand new chassis. The only thing they carried over from the old one, is pretty much the badge and under the hood is the LT1 V8 from the Corvette. That's a direct injected 6.2 liter. It makes 455 horsepower and 455 pound feet of torque. So you have more power, less weight and it's faster. This manual car does zero to 60 in 4.3 seconds and the quarter mile in 12.5 seconds. (car revving) So the SS that we're in has a ton of adjustability, both in steering, suspension, engine through new drive mode selectors. You can tone everything down in touring mode and you can also just really amp it up in track mode. And that's going to change the suspension, firmness, the steering tightness and also the throttle response. And then there's the auto rev match feature, which is it something else we've seen in the Corvette and it's done here with just as good as an execution. Now, what it does is when you downshift, it blips the throttle to match engine speed with transmission speed and it does it smoothly and perfectly every time. It's a little cheating replacing heel-toe downshifting but man, it works so perfectly that I've never turned it off. (car revving) One of the most important qualities you want in a good road trip car is, you want to feel comfortable driving it, not only in the seating position but in visibility and how the car handles and rides. And you look at this car and you think, oh, it wouldn't have good visibility. Well you'd be exactly right. The visibility is awful. It's one of the features of the fifth generation Camaro. The last one that stood out as just not good. And I think it's worse in this one, but this new generation Camaro has a few tricks up its sleeve that helps you deal with the bad visibility, including blind spot monitoring on this 2SS trim level. And I have the utmost confidence in this system. Which you almost have to, because you can't see anything over your shoulder when you're passing or merging. And in addition to that, there's this very, very large screen, eight inch screen that has a backup camera with dynamic lines. So, when you move the steering wheel backing up, those lines also move. It's a very wide angle backup camera. So you can see a lot of what's going on when you're reversing. And it also has cross traffic alert. So, if you're backing out of a parking space, you're not going to be able to see anything that's coming towards you over your shoulder. So this feature will actually alert you with the little flash in the screen that there's someone approaching from either side. (car revving) One of the most bang for the buck features in the 2016 Camaro is the optional $495, eight inch My Link Touchscreen. Now it's high quality display that has navigation, but it also has Apple CarPlay. And if you're a Camaro shopper and you have a newer iPhone, then you have to get this feature. CarPlay seamlessly integrates numerous functions of the iPhone. Now in other cars, you might get half function. Like you'll get voice to text here but you won't get any kind of app compatibility. This thing works flawlessly and any feature that you would need to use in your car, you can. The Camaro also has 4g LTE connectivity with Wifi and Chevy has said it's great for road trips. And after spending 700 miles in the car we get to test. Yeah, it is because there are areas in Texas and New Mexico that we were driving through where there was no cell phone service at all or none that we could pick up on our phones but the car's stronger antenna mounted outside the car was absolutely be able to pick it up. We were able to get texts, send email and also have FaceTime conversations through the iPhone. And even at its strongest speeds, we got very good signal. Much more than we have in the past in some of these systems would have been more gimmicky than useful. The new one is absolutely a working solid feature that made road tripping in the Camaro great. (car revving) We spent 700 miles in the Camaro finding new driving roads. Had a lot of fun. We've done a lot of highway cruising. Been on a lot of curvy roads and the Camaro just surprises in every way. Well, except visibility. There's no surprise there. It's really bad but there are ways around it. You do have to pony up. This Camaro is $46,000 with destination but it's a sports car that you can drive every day. (trunk slamming)