2017 Chevrolet Camaro vs. Its Competition

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

The Chevrolet Camaro now has a broader appeal than ever before.

The addition of a four-cylinder model makes the Camaro more affordable, the V-6 offers a compromise, and its V-8 makes zero apologies.

And it needs to cast a wider net because the Ford Mustang is better than ever: its handling is superb thanks to its adoption of a new independent rear suspension making the live rear axle history.

The Nissan 370Z excels as a V-6-powered sports car, though with a Japanese flair that stands in contrast to the Camaro's all-American theme.

The other American on the block, the Challenger, can be fitted with one of the most powerful engines on the planet in Hellcat form, but its 707 horsepower is not always tractable—and, truth be told, the Challenger is a helluva lot chunkier.

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Quick Specs
7.0
The 2017 Chevy Camaro is more than just a muscle car. It is now a true sports car, and the new 1LE and ZL1 performance versions only amp up the fun.
6.6
The 2017 BMW M4 is a near-perfect performance coupe that can be hugely rewarding to competent drivers.
6.7
Charting a decidedly different course than the Mustang and Camaro, the Dodge Challenger is a touring coupe with unmatched bravado.
7.3
From base to Shelby, the 2017 Ford Mustang reminds us why America loves its pony cars so damn much.
6.6
The 2017 Nissan 370Z has a classic sports-car shape, excellent sports-car handling, and a tuned Nismo track weapon in its lineup.
MSRP From    
$25,905$41,950$26,995$25,185$29,990
Gas Mileage    
14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class    
CompactCompact CarsMid-Size CarsSubcompact CarsTwo-Seaters
Style Name    
2-Door Coupe LS w/1LS430i Gran Coupe SULEVSXT Plus CoupeV6 FastbackCoupe Manual
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
45542
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
CoupeHatchbackCoupeFastbackCoupe
Transmission    
ManualAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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