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15th of August 2018


2019 Chevrolet Camaro V-6, SS Somehow Get Worse Gas Mileage Than Last Year - Motor Trend

Earlier this year, Chevrolet gave the Camaro a midcycle refresh. Most of the changes were cosmetic, but the 2019 Camaro got a few functional updates, as well. The reworked front end was said to make the car more aerodynamic, for example, and the SS got the ZL1's 10-speed automatic transmission. You'd think those changes wouldn't hurt gas mileage, but you'd be wrong.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency's official figures, the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS with the 10-speed auto is rated at 16/27/20 mpg city/highway/combined. Fifteen years ago, that was the kind of gas mileage you got out of a V-6 family sedan, so it's seriously impressive to see a 455-hp sports coupe with a 6.2-liter V-8 does so well. But the 2018 Camaro SS with an eight-speed auto actually did slightly better, earning a city rating of 17 mpg.

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The automatic V-6 is also interesting. Chevrolet kept the same transmission, and both the city and highway numbers stay the same, but for some reason, its combined rating is 1 mpg worse than in 2018. Choose the manual V-6, and your combined rating stays the same, but highway economy drops slightly. The automatic ZL1, however, did manage to increase its combined rating from 15 to 16 mpg. The gas mileage for the rest of the Camaro lineup stayed the same.

At the moment, we're not sure what caused the Camaro's slight drop in fuel economy, especially since the changes were so inconsistent from model to model. We know the EPA changed the formula it uses for the 2017 model year, but we're not aware of any additional changes for 2019. It's hard to imagine the vast majority of drivers noticing a difference in the real world, though. In most cases, traffic level and driving style have a much bigger impact on gas mileage.


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