Car Review: The Chevrolet Camaro subtly changes its look

Aesthetics is the major change for the sexy 2014 Chevrolet Camaro for 2014. Photo: Camero / Russell Dandridge

DALLAS, December 10, 2013 — It’s a muscle car and even women love muscle cars these days.  Indeed, the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro (back after production was stopped in 2002) returns with a fury and on the Z/28 version you also get a number of upgrade like different suspension and brake changes, all a part of the Camaro mystique.

Aesthetics is also part of the change too so notice the wider mouth on the low portion in the front and the new headlights as well.  There is also a one-piece taillight now and a new spoiler exhaust tip look.

Camero / Russell Dandridge

Camero / Russell Dandridge

Competition for the Camaro includes the likes of the Dodge Challenger and the Ford Mustang, but each one of these has is its own offerings of the good, the bad and the ugly.  In the case of the 2014 Camaro however, it’s taking the owner back to old school and good times and the car just looks and feels right.

Offered in a four-seat coupe and convertible body style, there are eight trims to choose from and this includes a V6 1LS/2LS and 1LT/2LT,a V8 1SS/2SS or the high-performance ZL1 and last, but not least, the cream of the crop Z/28.

For the 1LS/2LS and Z/28 you can only get in a hardtop coupe style, the other trims also come with the convertible top.

On the entry-level 1LS you get 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, manually adjustable front seats with a power recline, cruise control, manual tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and audio goodies like Bluetooth phone connectivity and auxiliary audio input jack and satellite radio. On the 2LS version add an automatic transmission.

For the 1LT additions include fog lights, remote start, an eight-way power front seats, seven-inch touchscreen  and the Chevrolet “MyLink.” For the convertible version there is a power-operated soft top and rear parking sensors and a rearview camera.

The 2LT gives you 19-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, auto-dimming rearview mirrors and driver’s outside mirrors.  There are also extra gauges and a rear parking sensor with a rearview camera added.  Inside this one is leather upholstery, heated front seats and acoustics that include a nine-speaker Boston Acoustics system. The 2LT differs in its leather upholstery only.

On the 1SS you get most of the 1LT trim package, but with a V8 engine and 20-inch alloy wheels.  There is also a sport-tuned suspension and leather-wrapped steering wheel and on the 2SS add the convenience and luxury features for a higher end ride as well.

The 1LE Performance package is manual transmission only and the ZL1 is equipped much like the 2SS, with a supercharged V8 engine and Brembo brakes along with 20-inch wheels and a retuned power steering.

Under the hood there are a variety of options with the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro LS and LT offering a 3.6-liter V6 engine with 323 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque. You get a six-speed manual transmission standard on these trims, but the automatic is an option too.

Camero / Russell Dandridge

Camero / Russell Dandridge

On the Camaro SS it’s a 6.2-liter V8 engine with 426 horsepower and 420 pound feet of torque along with the standard six-speed manual or, the 400 horsepower and 410 pound feet of torque six-speed automatic.

The ZL1 takes it up even more to a 6.2-liter V8 engine pounding out 580 horsepower and 556 pound feet of torque. This is a six-speed manual transmission, but again, automatic is optional too.

For safety, this sporty Camaro really does play it safe with antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control and front-seat side/full-length side curtain airbags. There is also the OnStar system installed that offers automatic crash notification as well as remote door unlocking.

While the backseat is small and is not recommended for any but the smallest passenger, the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro really isn’t a car for families on vacation anyway.  The trunk only offers 11.3 cubic feet even less at 10.2 cubic feet on the convertible, but the looks you will get makes up for the lack of space.

There is a noticeable blind spot thanks to a low roof line, but after all this is one car that is really all about speed, style and the good old days,  compliments of the many retro touches and the heads that will just keep turning in your direction.

Should You Need to Know: The 2014 Camaro has a number of weight-saving devices included with no standard air-conditioning and reduced sound-deadening material too.  As well, take note of the touchscreen display, which is easy to use and intuitive.

Miles Per Gallon: The 2014 Camaro SS Convertible I drove came in at 16 miles per gallon in the city and 24 miles per gallon on the highway.

Cost: For the 2014 Camaro the LS starts as low as $24,500.

Rita Cook  is a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association and can be followed on Twitter at @ritacook13. She is also a 15-year veteran journalist and author, her latest book from History Press  is about Prohibition-Era cocktails in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

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Rita Cook is a writer/editor with over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 10-plus years. She is the co-host of a radio show in Los Angeles; Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am and is on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings.  Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association and also writes an eco-friendly column for the Dallas Morning News.


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