2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS, V6 Models See Fuel Economy Worsen15
The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro will usher in its controversial redesigned fascia later this year, but don’t expect fuel economy improvements—even with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The EPA released official estimates for the 2019 Camaro SS and V6-powered Camaros and the numbers show worse figures compared to the 2018 model year cars. Specifically, the 2019 Camaro SS with a new 10-speed automatic transmission returns 16 mpg city compared to 17 mpg in 2018. Highway fuel economy stays the same at 27 mpg. Camaro SS models sporting a manual transmission also see highway fuel economy decrease from 25 mpg to 24 mpg.
V6-powered Camaros equipped with a manual transmission also see fuel economy drop to 27 mpg highway from 28 mpg last year.
Other models in the Camaro stable, such as the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder car and the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, don’t see any fuel economy changes.
For what it’s worth, the 2019 Camaro SS will still return better fuel economy than the 2019 Ford Mustang GT. Ford’s pony is rated at 15 mpg city and 24 mpg highway with a manual transmission and the figures increase by 1 mpg with an automatic.
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What changed besides the switch to a 10 speed for SS automatic cars? These current fuel economy ratings are very bogus in many circumstances. My 2017 LT Impala rates for only 30 highway for 2018 and rated 31 for 2014-2017 yet easily exceeds that figure by up to 5 MPG going well over 70 MPH. Another bogus rating is the nearly identical Terrain vs the Equinox with the same 2.0T/9 speed drivetrain. The Chevy rates 28 highway but the GMC only rates 26. The base 1.5T models are even weirder. The Chevy with an older 6 speed automatic rates 2 MPG higher than the GMC with a newer 9 speed transmission. Yet if you look at the new Traverse/Enclave with the new 9 speed highway MPG goes up by 3 compared to the older 6 speed LLT models that use a non AFM 3.6 with stop/start. Note that stop/start does not affect highway mileage. So it seems that the new 9 speed transmissions and tiny turbo engines only improve MPG in rare circumstances as far as the EPA is concerned.
And several current Camaro owners with the new 3.6 tied to either 6 speed stick or 8 speed auto have easily seen well over 30 on the highway so I’m not buying the new numbers
There must have been a change in how they are rated, which would explain the modest increases with the 2019 Silverado.
1mpg? LOL! Besides, these are pony cars. I owned my Camaro SS for 7 years and never checked the gas mileage. It was a V8 pleasure vehicle that was used 5-6 months out of the year. I didn’t care what kind of MPG’s it was getting. I now own a new Corvette GS and it’ll be the same. I’ll never check it. If I was concerned with MPG’s, I would never buy these V8 toys and I’d buy a Volt instead,
BTW, my daily-driver cars over the past 6 years have been Cruze RS’s. The ’13 Cruze got 36mpg and the ’17 gets 41mpg.
You have to keep in mind, not everyone is in the same stage of life, has the same income, same views on cars, etc. as everyone else. I had a 2014 mustang that I bought to both daily drive and race on the weekends. Driving to work is most of my time on the road, why not do it in a fun car instead of an econo-box? It got snow tires in the winter, sticky tires in the summer, and 25k+ miles a year of use. That’s a lot of fuel. I couldn’t afford to have separate cars each fill a need, nor do some people even have room to park multiple cars. While I agree Fuel economy of a performance car is not usually important, it is to some people.
I get what you’re saying. My statement was purely subjective and spoken from my POV. I’m 37, I busted my nuts to get where I’m at and I; therefore, don’t need to skimp on dinner just to make certain I have enough money to fill my car. Other folks may differ.
With that being said, if you’re struggling to make ends meet, buying a new sports car probably isn’t the brightest idea.
OR go for a Mazda Miata!
There’s a large continuum between struggling to make ends meet and rich enough to own an extra summer car with an empty garage bay in which to store it over the winter.
That said, 1 mpg isn’t going to change anything, and the 2.0T is a fine option for those who drive a lot of miles in a daily driver Camaro.
For every gallon of fuel burned 18 to 21 pounds of pollutants are injected into the atmosphere, so MPG matters.
What we put into the atmosphere today stays there for a minimum of 100 YEARS.
First of all who cares? Non of us who are able to buy these cars are going to be around in 100 years. Do you really think people on the 1700 or 1800 were worrying about solving the problems we are experiencing today? No, they just wanted to make their day better for themselves. Which I dont blame them one bit. I want to enjoy my time on earth and part of that is to be able to drive performance cars and trucks.
Earth is going to be perfectly fine 100, 200, 300 years from now. So why force someone to stop enjoying their lives while they are on this earth!
It seems to me that we have become a culture that wants you to live your life like they want you to or they will simply change the laws to force you to live their way.
If you want to drive a gas guzzler then you should be able to without punishment
Your numbers are way off. EPA has limits. non methane organic gases 0.125 g per mile. NOx 0.4 g per mile. Carbon monoxide 3.4 g per mile. That’s a total of 3.925 g per mile. 18 pounds is 8164.8 g. 8164.8 g divided by 3.94 g per mile is 2080.203821656051 miles. So it actually takes approximately 2080.203821656051 miles to put 18 pounds of pollutants into the atmosphere.
Aero changes for better handling mentioned in a previous article should be to blame!
One has to wonder if all of the specifications of the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS remain the same, one would think there shouldn’t be any changes to the mileage; but like most things, it’s best to wait for the 2019 Camaro SS to be introduced and then tested.
Same thing happened to the 2018 Silverado. When they upgraded from an eight speed auto to the 10 speed, they lost 1 mile per gallon. Maybe it is set up to operate in the real world, not the EPA test.
Is the car faster? That’s all that should matter!
The EPA’s revised fuel economy parameters are getting less and less accurate.