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2019 Chevrolet Camaro Gets Worse Fuel Economy Ratings in Several Trim Levels

The EPA has announced their official fuel economy ratings for the restyled 2019 Chevrolet Camaro and remarkably, fuel economy numbers of the new car are down among V6 and SS models, while the turbocharged 4-cylinders remain unchanged and the ZL1 gets a little better fuel economy.

The new face of the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro has caused some controversy, with a great many people criticizing the new front end design. This information is likely to shock the automotive community as well, as in the ongoing race to offer better fuel economy with each new year – the fuel economy numbers for the 2019 Camaro are actually worse than the 2018 numbers in the most popular forms.

Before getting into the fuel economy details, I should point out I understand very well that most people who buy muscle cars don’t care about fuel economy, but with the constant push for better MPGs from all makes and models, the fuel economy slide by the Camaro is both surprising and strange.

No Turbo Change
First up, the 2019 Camaro powered by the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder remains unchanged. With the automatic offering 22 around town, 31 highway and 25 combined, while the manual transmission yields 20 city, 30 highway and 23 combined with the turbo-4.

The Drops
The 2019 Camaro in V6 and SS form with both of their transmission options see declines in official fuel economy ratings.

The 2019 Camaro V6 with the 8-speed automatic offers the same 19 city and 29 highway, but the combined number drops from 23 to 22. With the manual transmission, the city number is still 16 and the combined figure is still 20, but highway numbers are down from 28 to 27.

For the V8-powered Camaro SS, we have the biggest surprise. With the new 10-speed automatic transmission, city fuel economy drops from 17 to 16, while the combined and highway numbers stay at 20 and 27. It is surprising that the 10-speed doesn’t offer better fuel economy numbers than the 8-speed, as the highway number is generally where these modern transmissions shine the brightest in terms of miles per gallon.

Also, the Camaro SS with the manual transmission offers the same 16 city and 19 combined, but highway numbers are down from 25 to 24.

One Bright Spot
The one good news for those prospective Camaro buyers who care about fuel economy is with the 2019 Camaro ZL1. Unlike the other trim levels, the ZL1 does not get the new front end and with the 10-speed automatic that was also available for 2018, the supercharged muscle car offers 1mpg better combined – up to 16 from 15. The auto ZL1 also offers 13 city and 21 highway while the manual models offer the same 14 city, 20 highway and 16 combined as the 2018 models.


DeanMcManis (not verified)    August 14, 2018 - 7:33PM

The differences almost seem to be due to rounding errors, since the losses (or gains) average out to around 1 MPG. The only surprise is that the 10 speed auto did not gain any MPG over the 8 speed auto. However it could be how they test the cars. My guess is that in the real world over time there are MPG improvements that aren't seen in a specific set of gas mileage tests. It would be interesting to see how they do once regular drivers start to put some miles on the new 10 speed cars.