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STYLING | 8 out of 10
the rear half just looks too wide
we've always been fans of the Camaro's design, despite the fact that its overt focus on styling causes a lot of interior functionality issues
On the outside, 1LEs get a blacked-out hood and the same matte-black look for the rear spoiler and front splitter, as well as the black ZL1 wheels.
Its chiseled, angled shape looks even better in person.
evocative, contemporary styling that thankfully misses being totally retro
Car and Driver
The Camaro's high-shouldered, cartoonish exterior, muscle-car attitude, and scorching performance carry it through with as much head-turning potential as ever. The look is polarizing, no doubt, and outrageous in every inch of its sheetmetal, from the too-low roofline to the squared-off haunches.
And in the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro, there's quite a bit different in the details compared to last year. The entire Camaro lineup gets its most significant round of changes yet, but they're mainly cosmetic. With somewhat revised sheetmetal all around, a new functional hood vent for Camaro SS models, and a revamped look front and rear, the Camaro strikes a somewhat different chord on the outside. A thinner upper grille with a larger lower grille help make the front end look a little lower, perhaps, while new rear lights are wide, rectangular, and thin, which helps exaggerate the car's width from some angles.
Otherwise the retro-tinged look blasts into the future. It's certainly as full of design hypocrisy as ever, with its bold face, squat haunches, and muscular fenders, all heady and evocative of the best Camaros of the past--let down by the bluff front end and small, cartoonish greenhouse. On the other hand it's all too much to digest in one look--the way really exciting cars should be.Inside, changes are very minimal, with a central gauge-cluster information center the most significant difference for this especially low, cockpit-like layout. Certainly, it's less retro-themed than the outside, with nods to the sleds of the Sixties mostly found in the low-mounted console gauge cluster, vintage type face, and nested bezels. Despite that, rival models like the Ford Mustang do have a more usable, better-finished cockpit.
The Camaro gets some nips and tucks, but it's still a retro blast on the outside with a slight-out-of-sync interior design.