The used Chevrolet Camaro is speed and style incarnate, and – no matter what model year you choose – it never disappoints. Our used buying guide is here to take a look at how these classic American muscle cars have evolved throughout the decades. More importantly, it’s here to help you choose the right used Camaro for you.
Why choose a used Chevrolet Camaro?
Chevy’s answer to the Ford Mustang has become an American icon in its own right. Since it first hit the pavement in the late 60s, the Camaro has offered two constants: sporty style and superlative speed.
These days, this muscle car is available with either a V6 or V8 engine (newer models even offer a turbo four-cylinder), but you’ll find no shortage of speed. And their modern-day exteriors cut through the wind with handsome grace. The latest generation even has some vintage flourishes to remind you of the original Camaro.
Used Chevrolet Camaro History
For almost five decades, the used Chevrolet Camaro has been burning tires and turning heads. But every model year brings tweaks and adjustments, so it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with recent Camaro generations before you start test-driving in earnest.
Sixth Generation: 2016-Current Model Year
When the new generation of Camaros first rolled off the assembly line, it introduced some modern twists. New performance hardware means for a sharper, nimbler performance than previous models. And, in spite of its sporty capabilities, this new Camaro even gives you a smooth, quiet ride – not unlike a grand touring coupe.
A new turbocharged four-cylinder engine combines sporty speed with pretty impressive fuel economy. Not only does this base engine pump out 275 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, but it also puts you in a position to earn up to 25 mpg combined.
Compared to the previous generation, this used Chevrolet Camaro increases the heat with more powerful versions of its V6 and V8 engine offerings. The 3.6-liter V6 boosts performance with 335 horses and 326 pound-feet of torque. At the top of the powertrain heap, the 6.2-liter V8 makes an incredible 455 horses and 455 pound-feet of torque.
Fifth Generation: 2010-2015
Perhaps this comes as no surprise, but this batch of used Chevrolet Camaros is also known for its sharp handling and plentiful power.
You’ll notice some important changes from model year to model year. The Camaro convertible didn’t reappear until 2011, for example. The 2011 model year also gave the V6 engine a power bump, boosting it from 304 to 312 horses.
For the 2014 model year, the Camaro revealed a new exterior design, including one-piece taillights. The Z/28 also debuted for the 2014 model year, burning up the highways with a supercharged version of the 6.2-liter V8 engine rated for 580 horsepower and 556 pound-feet of torque.
Note that the Camaro was on an extended hiatus for seven years prior to this generation. The fourth-generation Camaro was available from 1993 through the 2002 model year.