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The low-end versions, about $25,000, arguably were the best of the bunch.
HVAC controls require a lot of attention to get the desired airflow
All this stiffening and the convertible top add a few pounds to an already portly vehicle; this manual-transmission convertible weighed 4373 pounds, 255 more than a similarly equipped ZL1 coupe we tested.
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owners of current Camaros will be able to replicate most of the 1LE package from the parts catalog, although they won't have access to the unique final-drive ratio or the new electric power steering. Bummer.
The Chevy Camaro doesn't dwell in stripperville. Even the base versions carry enough features to please today's enthusiasts and tomorrow's collectors, and this year the Camaro makes strides in catching up to the Mustang's more complete list of options.
The lineup includes the Camaro LS, LT, SS, and ZL1. All versions, including the base LT, come with power windows, locks, and mirrors; air conditioning; cruise control; 18-inch wheels; a rear spoiler; Bluetooth; an AM/FM/CD player with satellite radio and an auxiliary jack; and steering-wheel controls. OnStar telematics service is also included, free of charge, for six months.
Options on some models include remote start; leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob; ambient lighting; a USB port; and on coupes, a sunroof.
On all convertibles (LTs and SSs and ZL1s), there's a power-operated fabric roof with a glass rear window; a rearview camera; and Chevy's new Color Touch radio, which also is found on LS and higher coupes.
Color Touch provides a graphic interface on an LCD touchscreen for direct control of audio and phone features, and also runs the Camaro's newly available navigation system--a first for the muscle car. It also connects the car's audio system to smartphones and enables some mobile apps for in-car use, apps like Pandora, and also accepts voice commands for audio, phone and navigation--though it's not quite as flexible or as vocabulary-rich as Ford's system, for example.
From some LT trims and up, the Camaro adds more luxury features, like power-recline front seats; heated and leather-trimmed seats; a head-up display; premium audio; and a three-spoke steering wheel. An RS package gets its own body kit and 20-inch wheels.
The Camaro SS 1LE is treated as an option package, but gets its own suspension design and 20-inch wheels and tires front and back, along with a manual transmission, a matte-black hood and spoiler, a front air splitter, and a flat-bottom steering wheel. See our performance section for a more thorough discussion on it and for the ZL1 and its mechanical differences.
The ZL1 makes almost all available features standard, and gets its own wheel and color choices, along with its own aero-add ons; suede interior trim; alloy pedals; rear parking sensors; a set of four ancillary gauges; and standard remote start on automatic-equipped models. A suede package for the interior and a sunroof are among the few options.
Navigation, new radios and a frameless mirror hustle the Camaro even more quickly into the modern world.