2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe

2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe

WHAT WE LIKE: Besides the Camaro’s ability to depart C/D World Headquarters at the end of a workday sideways in a plume of glorious smoke, you mean? Truth is, we’ve found a lot more to like. The most complimented items in our long-term Camaro’s logbook are power and ride comfort. That’s the Chevrolet Camaro SS in 2016: stupid fast and strikingly comfortable. The next most admired attributes? Handling and chassis composure. This Camaro can abbreviate apexes better than its legacy implies. Road trippers took to the Camaro’s long-distance comfort keenly, noting that both its seats and its suspension offer all-day capability. It’s hard to not like a sports coupe that’s fast and comfortable, disregards midcorner bumps, and demonstrates big grip.

Having its segment counterpart, the 2016 Ford Mustang GT, in our long-term fleet at the same time provides valuable perspective. Several editors noted that the Camaro’s clutch and shifter are easier and more intuitive to use than the Mustang’s—especially in stop-and-go driving.

Other notable entries on the “likes” list include the exhaust sound (“Uncorking the LT1 makes the car,” said one editor) and the ergonomics. Even the small-diameter steering wheel, which is shared with the Corvette, is popular.

WHAT WE DON’T LIKE: Predictably, difficulty seeing out of the Camaro annoys many. Descriptors like “gun slit” and “periscope” litter the logbook with disturbing frequency. It’s “a nightmare for parking and low-speed maneuvering,” wrote one driver. Poor visibility is a deal breaker for many, who would gladly trade the Camaro’s performance for the clearer sightlines offered from the Mustang’s driver’s seat.

And although many like the Camaro’s interior, it’s also the second-most frequently griped about element. The vents, which are ringed by a rotating bezel to adjust climate-control temperatures, draw more criticism than accolades, primarily for low-on-the-dash positioning that translates to a chilly shifting hand. The infotainment screen, tilted slightly down to reduce glare, frustrated several editors who didn’t experience that benefit. For some drivers, the oversize cowl surrounding the instrument cluster further obstructs the view over the hood.

WHAT WENT WRONG: A highway-speed vibration appeared at 6400 miles; rebalancing all four wheels cured the problem before we used the Camaro to shuttle to our annual Lightning Lap tests in Virginia in June. The Camaro went in for its first recommended dealer service at 7500 miles—an uneventful oil and filter change at a cost of $68.41. However, at 11,600 miles, we added another 2.5 quarts of oil—an alarming 25 percent of its total capacity. With no evident oil leaks, the Camaro’s LT1 was either underfilled at the dealer or it’s burning oil. Evidence for the latter is mounting: Another check at 14,200 miles revealed the need for another quart of 5W-30. We will be carefully monitoring the Camaro’s oil consumption going forward. The only other dealer visit was for an Android Auto update at 2100 miles.

WHERE WE WENT: Multiple road trips to Indiana and Virginia proved the Camaro to be a worthwhile distance companion. More interesting than where we’ve gone is the 20 mpg the Camaro has achieved in 14,000 miles of leaden-foot driving; that’s 1 mpg higher than its EPA-estimated combined figure. Logbook notes reveal some editors enduring 1–4 skip-shift entanglements more often than they’d prefer, but let’s not forget that this is a Camaro that runs a 12.3-second quarter-mile and pulls 0.98 g on the skidpad, making it a stunning all-rounder.

Months in Fleet: 5 months Current Mileage: 14,262 miles
Average Fuel Economy: 20 mpg Fuel Tank Size: 19.0 gal Fuel Range: 380 milesService: $68.41 Normal Wear: $0 Repair: $0

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