We spent the last week driving a 2019 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE Turbo, and while we were impressed by the car’s performance at the track – especially considering its sales price – we were even more satisfied with its real-world fuel economy.
Now, for those not in the know, the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE Turbo is powered by GM’s turbocharged 2.0L I-4 LTG engine pumping out 275 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The only transmission available with the 1LE track handling package is a six-speed manual. Meanwhile, the 1LE package adds a full battalion of performance upgrades such as a limited-slip differential, Brembo 4-piston brakes, an upgraded suspension along with bigger wheels and tires.
Visually, the 1LE features a satin black hood, blacked-out front lip and rear spoilers, and 20-inch forged-aluminum wheels. Our tester was finished in the Riverside Blue Metallic exterior color and fitted with the RS appearance package, to boot.
On the road, the turbo engine provides a good dose of low-end torque, kicking in at 3,000 rpm, with max power peaking at 5,600 rpm. This low to mid-range character means it’s easy to upshift to a higher gear for optimal gas mileage.
During our time with the car on hot and humid summer days running on premium 92 octane gasoline, the best fuel consumption rating we recorded during city driving was 24.4 mpg. On the highway, with an average speed of 68 mph, the car returned an impressive 31.7 mpg. Our total average combined over a 250 mile run was 26 mpg.
Considering the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE Turbo returns comparable performance to that of a Nissan 370Z while outrunning pretty much all hot hatchbacks at the track, we reckon these numbers are rather impressive. Sold at just under $35,000, the Camaro 1LE Turbo really is a budget-minded sports car, and that’s the way we like it.