The Chevrolet Camaro has always served as an accessible and reliable sports car for those who may not be able to afford to buy or upkeep something like a Chevrolet Corvette. Even though the Bowtie Brand’s entry-level sports car has gotten much more sophisticated in recent years, we’re happy to say that it still remains one of the best options for car enthusiasts who want more performance but don’t want to break the bank.
Don’t take it from just us, though. Consumer Reports recently deemed the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro to be one of the best reliable used sports car buys under $25,000, putting it in a listicle that also included cars like the Ford Mustang GT, Audi A5, Mazda Miata, BMW 2 Series and Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86.
Consumer Reports says the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro “takes classic muscle car looks and sounds and injects them into a modern drivetrain and body,” that has capable handling, good braking performance and a “taut and controlled ride.” It also says the 6.2L LS3 V8 powered Camaro SS model is “very quick,” but noted the 3.6L LFX V6 engine “also delivers decent performance,” for what it is. Between these positive points, the car’s relatively low used value and overall reliability, the Camaro rightfully earns its place on Consumer Reports‘ list of the best used sports car buys.
That said, the fifth-gen Chevrolet Camaro isn’t perfect. Consumer Reports points out that the car’s “emphasis on interior and exterior styling undermines practicality,” with hampered visibility, difficult to read interior controls, a small trunk and a tiny rear seat that’s difficult to access. They also admonished the convertible model for its “awkward” manual roof release lever. These are all fairly minor nitpicks considering the Camaro’s value and performance on the used market, however.
Consumer Reports says a fifth-gen Chevrolet Camaro can be purchased for around $7,925-$11,775 depending on the trim level, options, condition and mileage. That’s a mighty good deal for a fairly high horsepower sports coupe – even if it does have some minor issues with regard to practicality.