The Camaro interior is an improvement versus the previous generation, with better materials and a more modern look. Its comfortable front seats and straightforward layout are high points, but its torturously small back seat and compromised visibility inhibit livability.
What’s New for 2018?
Inside, the Camaro is unchanged for 2018, but the 1LE package can now be paired with the 2SS trim (V-8 only). Although this option will be available later in the model year, it will eventually unlock more standard interior features than the 1SS trim.
2017 Chevrolet Camaro
Interior Space Comparisons
Those interested in transporting more than two adults will be disappointed by the almost unusable back seat in the Camaro; it’s even tighter than that of the Ford Mustang—itself no limo. However, both have spacious front seats with ample legroom.
Front-Seat Passenger Space
Back-Seat Passenger Space
The Camaro cradles front passengers with nicely bolstered seats; the available Recaro front buckets improve support for hard cornering without being too restrictive. The Camaro’s dashboard design is clean, and the driver has a gauge cluster with an available 8.0-inch reconfigurable display. While the screen and analog gauges are easy to read, the large housing looks bulky. An optional head-up display is useful and not offered on the Dodge Challenger or the Ford Mustang. The Camaro also can be equipped with customizable ambient interior lighting, which adds a cool appearance.
|Tilting steering column||Standard|
|Telescoping steering column||Standard|
|Power-adjustable steering column||Not Available|
|Heated steering wheel||Optional|
|Power-adjustable pedals||Not Available|
|Memory driver’s seat||Optional|
|Massaging driver’s seat||Not Available|
|Massaging front-passenger seat||Not Available|
|Power driver’s seat||Standard|
|Power front-passenger seat||Standard|
|Heated front seats||Optional|
|Heated rear seats||Not Available|
|Cooled front seats||Optional|
|Cooled rear seats||Not Available|
|Rear-seat entertainment system||Not Available|
|2017 Chevrolet Camaro LS Coupe||Fore/|
|Recline||Shoulder articulation||Lumbar support||Height||Thigh support||Side bolster||Headrest tilt|
|2017 Chevrolet Camaro LS Coupe||Manual climate control||Automatic climate control||Dedicated vent(s)|
Interior Sound Level
Modern cabins do an excellent job of insulating passengers from ambient noise, but none can completely eliminate the sharp sound of the wind and the drone of tire noise when you’re traveling at highway speed. To measure the interior sound-pressure level, we use a Brüel & Kjær Type 2250-L sound meter, which we position in the middle of the first row of seats at the height of the driver’s ear. The meter automatically averages 15 seconds of sound in A-weighted decibels (dBA), taken while the test car is cruising at 70 mph. (A-weighting is an industry standard that adjusts decibel readings to better reflect how the human ear hears various frequencies.) We take two measurements and average the results. We also correct for speedometer inaccuracies with our GPS-based data loggers. It is worth noting that decibels are a logarithmic unit, so a rating of 40 decibels isn’t twice the sound pressure of 20 decibels; it is 10 times the sound pressure. A six-decibel increase roughly doubles the sound pressure.
Test Results: Interior Sound Levels at 70 mph
Seating and Step-In Height
To accurately measure seating height—the distance from the road to the driver’s hip—we use an H-Point Machine (HPM), a precisely engineered device marketed by SAE International. This versatile tool, in conjunction with a laser device, reveals the width and location of roof-pillar visibility obstructions (blind spots). Our HPM and laser measurement tools determine the length of road obscured by the hood as well as the road obscured by the trunk or hatch (as seen through the rearview mirror).
Test Results: Seating Height
Test Results: Step-In Height
Blind Spots, Visibility, and Obscured Roadway
It’s no secret that the Camaro has notoriously bad outward visibility. Its egregious blind spots and narrow windows are terrible in tightly packed traffic, parking lots, and freeway frenzies. Thankfully, a backup camera is standard, and blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are available.
Roof pillars protect occupants in a rollover crash, but they also create blind spots. We determine visibility by measuring the location and width of each pillar using an H-Point Machine and a laser beam (surrogates for a driver and eyeball, respectively). Front and rear visibility are calculated by subtracting the viewable area blocked by the pillars from a perfect 180-degree score.
Test Results: Obscured Roadway
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