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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Camaro Coupe only: Five stars overall; five stars frontal and side impact; five stars rollover
Not yet tested
horrendous vision out the rear
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enormous rear-three-quarter blind spot
Furthermore, as with every Camaro, visibility is a major issue. The high beltline and low roofline give you that sunk-in-the-bathtub feeling from behind the wheel, and even for your five-foot, seven-inch author, there's a lack of headroom.
The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro is surprisingly strong in safety for a performance-oriented coupe. With a good list of safety features and a top five-star federal score, there's no reason to steer away from the Camaro for safety reasons--provided you can see out of it, that is.
The Camaro Coupe earns National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ratings of five stars overall. However, it hasn't yet tested a convertible--and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) hasn't tested any Camaro.
Safety equipment in the Camaro includes six airbags, anti-lock brakes, and stability control, as well as the OnStar telematics system with six months of emergency service. Bluetooth is an option on some models as well. We think, given the prevalence of mobile phones, it's a necessity.
All of this so far adds up to top-notch safety. But outward visibility is a liability in the Camaro, with the high beltline hindering visibility for drivers of more normal height, all the more so for shorter drivers. Rearward visibility is compromised for all drivers with thick rear roof supports and a small rear window. And with no standard rearview camera (convertibles do include one) and parking sensors--items it sorely needs, given the horrible rearward visibility induced by its coupe body style--you may have to step out of the car, or have a passenger help navigate out of tight spots, embarrassingly often.
The 2014 Camaro Coupe continues to earn excellent safety scores; but desperately needs a rearview camera.