What's New For The 2017 Camaro, Details And Reviews
What's New For The 2017 Camaro, Details And Reviews
What's New for 2017
For 2017, the V6-powered 2017 Chevy Camaro gets a bump in
horsepower from 304 to 312. OnStar is now standard, while a head-up display is
now included with the 2LT and 2SS trims. Later in the 2017 model year, the
much-anticipated convertible version will debut.
The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro may officially be a muscle car,
but in so many ways it seems more like an exotic sports car, albeit at a very
unexotic price. Just like an exotic, the 2017 Camaro looks spectacular, with
the sort of proportions and flourishes you used to doodle over. There's plenty
of go to match the show, too, with potent acceleration and an inherent carefree
attitude that'll make your fellow motorists envious.
Yet, just like an exotic, the 2017 Camaro is rife with
compromises. It's hard to see out of and has an uncomfortable backseat, a
not-so-useful trunk and quirky ergonomics. As such, the 2017 Camaro requires
its driver to sacrifice much in return for its looks and tire-burning power.
Compared to its Ford and Dodge rivals, the 2017 Camaro is simply a harder car
to live with on a daily basis.
For 2017, it also has less of a performance advantage, as
the Challenger and Mustang have gained new V6 and V8 engines. Chevy upped the
output of the 2017 Camaro's V6 this year to remain king of the specification
charts, but because the 2017 Ford weighs less, the two old rivals are nearly
identical in straight-line acceleration. And just like last year, the 2017 Camaro remains the less enjoyable car to drive around corners.
On the positive side, a new 2017 convertible version debuts
this year. Fitted with a power-operated top, the 2017 Camaro convertible is
offered in the same V6 and V8 configurations as the coupe. GM says it wanted to
keep the 2017 convertible's performance high, so rather than soften the
suspension, it made many reinforcements to the body structure to keep body flex
to a minimum.
If you like its looks, the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro will
deliver. And it's not totally one-dimensional. You also get a refined ride,
comfortable front seats, ample feature content, a low price and impressive
performance out of the deal. But for us, the extensive compromises are just too
hard to ignore. If you're looking for the most compelling muscle car to drive,
our pick is the Mustang. And if you're looking for the most personable and
livable muscle car, that's the Dodge Challenger.
2017 Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2017 Chevy Camaro is a four-seat coupe or convertible
available in V6-powered LS (coupe only), 1LT and 2LT trim levels, and V8-powered
1SS and 2SS trim levels.
Standard equipment on the 2017 LS includes black 18-inch
steel wheels, automatic headlights, cruise control, keyless entry,
air-conditioning, four-way manual front seats with power recline, a
tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, OnStar and a six-speaker stereo with CD
player, auxiliary audio jack and satellite radio. The 2017 1LT adds 18-inch alloy
wheels, foglamps and eight-way power seats. The Convenience and Connectivity
package adds to the 1LT rear park assist, remote ignition (automatic only),
Bluetooth, an iPod interface and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio
controls. The 2LT includes those items plus 19-inch alloy wheels, heated
mirrors (driver-side auto-dimming), extra gauges, a head-up display, heated
front seats, leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a
nine-speaker Boston Acoustics stereo (available separately on 1LT).
The 2017 1SS is equipped similarly to the 1LT but adds a V8,
20-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, a rear lip spoiler and a leather-wrapped
steering wheel. The 2SS essentially features the 1SS's performance bits with
the 2LT's convenience and luxury features.
The 2017 RS package (available on all trims but the LS) adds
20-inch wheels, xenon headlights and a unique taillight design. A sunroof is
optional on all coupes but the LS, while a variety of exterior stripes and trim
items are available across the board.
In addition to a soft top that powers down in about 20
seconds, all convertible versions also come standard with rear park assist.
2017 Powertrains and Performance
The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro LS and LT come with a 3.6-liter V6
good for 312 hp and 278 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual is standard
and a six-speed automatic is optional. In our performance testing of last year's
slightly less powerful model, a manual V6 went from zero to 60 mph in 6.1
seconds. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 17 mpg city/28 mpg highway and 20 mpg
combined with the manual, and 18/29/22 mpg with the automatic.
The 2017 Camaro SS gets a 6.2-liter V8 that produces 426 hp
and 420 lb-ft of torque with the standard six-speed manual and 400 hp and 410
lb-ft with the six-speed automatic. With the manual, the SS hits 60 mph in 5
seconds. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 16/24/19 with the manual, and despite featuring
cylinder-deactivation technology and less power, the automatic achieves only a
slight 1 mpg improvement on the highway.
Every 2017 Chevy Camaro comes standard with antilock disc
brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain
airbags and OnStar. In Edmunds brake testing, both Camaro V6 and V8 coupes with
20-inch wheels came to a stop from 60 mph in an excellent 111 feet.
The 2017 Camaro coupe has not been rated using the
government's new, more strenuous 2017 crash-testing procedures. However, the
coupe's 2016 ratings (which aren't comparable to the new methodology) were four
out of five stars for frontal crash protection (driver and passenger) and five
stars for front-occupant side protection. The convertible has not yet been
Interior Design and Special Features
Muscle cars have traditionally had bland interiors, but the
2017 Camaro laudably mixes retro touches like square gauge hoods and the
available four-pack of auxiliary gauges with a modern dash design. However,
this style comes with notable drawbacks. Most surfaces consist of hard, cheap
plastic, and those retro gauges look as if they're from a plastic toy. Worse,
however, is the overstyled steering wheel that is seemingly not designed for
Visibility is also a significant issue, as the 2017 Camaro's
low-profile windows make it difficult to park and place in corners. The
backseat, meanwhile, is the smallest in its class and doesn't fold down to
expand trunk space (though there is a pass-through). The 11.3-cubic-foot trunk
(10.2 cubes in the convertible) itself is of a reasonable size, but its opening
is so comically small that loading elongated items is an exercise in futility
-- golfers be warned.
Whether you choose the rapid V6 or tire-shredding V8, no one
will ever accuse your 2017 Chevrolet Camaro of being slow. The Camaro also
displays impressive amounts of grip, communicative steering and a refined
suspension that make it exponentially more talented around corners than any
2017 Camaro that came before it.
We just wish the experience were less like driving a really
agile tank, as the 2017 Camaro's poor outward visibility makes it hard to get a
real feel for the car's dimensions when cornering. Around town and on the highway,
the 2017 Camaro is actually quite civil, with a comfortable ride and minimal wind
and road noise.