KBB cited the Camaro SS’ aggressive modern/retro styling and solid power as reasons for it retaining 61.3 percent of the original price 36 months after purchase, and 44.5 percent after 60 months. The Camaro SS even bettered its cousin — the Corvette — which came in third in KBB’s rank of retained value, immediately behind the Lexus IS-F. The base model Camaro with the V6 engine also held its own — as it was recognized as having the Best Resale Value in the “Sports Car” class, beating out the Porsche Boxter and the highly-praised Subaru BRZ.
The news serves as music to the ears of new Camaro buyers, but not so much for those looking to scoop up the fifth-gen Chevy pony car second-hand on the cheap at a dealer, from a private buyer, or on eBay or Craiglist. For those looking for performance on the budget, we recommend the 4th Gen Camaros and C5 Vettes — most of which have already depreciated significantly since their original debut.