2012 Chevrolet Camaro

MSRP $24,480 - $28,430

Ranked #5 in Coupe

6.9

Overall Rating

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2012 Chevrolet Camaro Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 3, 2021

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The Chevrolet Camaro name was discontinued in the year 2003 and saw a revival for the 2010 model year. Since it came back in the muscle car segment, the old rivalries have been revived. For the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro coupe, the looks have been kept similar to the retro Camaro design. The car promises a capable engine and great handling as well.

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Pros

Aggressive acceleration

V6 engine returns good fuel economy figures

Balanced handling

Refined ride quality 

Cons

Space in the rear is tight

Small trunk

Less visibility

Subpar interior materials

What's New?

Revival of the ZL1 trim

Sportier steering wheel, standard spoiler

Special 45th Anniversary optional package

Standard V6 engine sees a bump in power


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24480

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

217 cu.in.

horsepower

323 hp @ 6800 rpm

torque

278 lb.-ft. @ 4800 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

112.3 in.

length

190.4 in.

width

75.5 in.

height

54.2 in.

curb weight

3769 lbs.

ground clearance

4 in.

capacity

passenger volume

93 cu ft.

cargo volume

11.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/23/29 mpg

highway range

551 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

LS$24,480 onwards

LT$25,280 onwards

Colors and Styles

2012 Chevrolet Camaro in Anthracite Gray color
Anthracite Gray

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Ratings

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

6.0

6.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

6.9

Overall Rating


It entered the third year of production after its revival and once the Chevrolet Camaro name was re-introduced, its sales shot up and have remained since. The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro is a good-looking, powerful, and fun-to-drive muscle car that is loved by many across the States. It rivals the likes of the Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger, and Nissan 370Z.


8.0/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2012 Chevrolet Camaro Features

8.0/10

The standard lineup of Camaro comes in four trims. Starting from the base 1LS trim which comes at a sticker price of $23,280. The top trim is 2LT which comes with a lot of modern techs, features, and gadgets fitted in the car, and although the 2LT trim is well equipped, it still does not see a major bump in price, and the 2LT comes at a sticker price of $28,430. The SS and ZL1 trim levels are reviewed separately.

Trim

1LS

2LS

1LT

2LT

MSRP

$23,280

$24,480

$25,280

$28,430

Key Features

V6 engine

Adds or Replaces the features of 1LS trim: 

Adds or Replaces the features of 2LS: 

Adds or Replaces the features of 1LT:

 

Post-collision safety system

18-inch steel wheels

8-way power-adjustable front seats

Rearview camera with parking sensors

 

Rear limited-slip differential

Dusk sensing auto delay headlamps

Premium Cloth Upholstery

9-speaker Boston Acoustics audio system

 

Cloth upholstery

Front and rear head airbags

Leather Steering wheel

19-inch alloy wheels

 

6-speaker audio system

 

18-inch Alloy wheels

Multi-level heated front seats

 

Tilt and telescoping steering wheel

 

Front Fog lights

12-months paid satellite radio service

       

Leather Upholstery

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1LT trim is the one to go for as it comes with better interior materials, more features as standard which increases not only the upscale feel of the car inside but also makes it more safe and modern thanks to the added tech. The Convenience and Connectivity package is optional on the lower trims as standard from this trim level onwards.

2012 Chevrolet Camaro Engine and Performance

6.0/10

As standard, the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro comes with a 3.6 L V6 engine, which has been improved slightly for this year as it sees an increase in power from the previous year’s engine. The new 3.6-liter V6 produces 323 horsepower, 11hp more than what the last year's model produced. The torque figure stands at 278 pound-feet. The more powerful engine comes in the SS and ZL1 trim levels. 

All the engines come paired with a standard six-speed manual transmission, however, there is an optional six-speed automatic transmission available. All the power is sent to the rear wheels as standard. 0-60 MPH with the V6 engine comes up in just under 7 seconds whereas covering a quarter-mile takes 15.3 seconds. This is itself a great performance.

Models

2012 Chevrolet Camaro

2012 Ford Mustang

2012 Dodge Challenger

2012 Nissan 370Z

MSRP

$23,280

$22,310

$25,195

$32,280

Engine 

3.6L naturally aspirated V6

3.7L naturally aspirated V6

3.6L naturally aspirated V6

3.7L naturally aspirated V6

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

6-speed manual 

6-speed manual

5-speed automatic

6-speed manual

Power 

323 HP @ 6,800 RPM

305 HP @ 6,500 RPM

305 HP @ 6,350 RPM

332 HP @ 7,000 RPM

Torque

278 lb-ft @ 4,800 RPM

280 lb-ft @ 4,250 RPM

268 lb-ft @ 4,800 RPM

270 lb-ft @ 5,200 RPM

0-60 MPH (sec)

6.9

6.7

6.8

6.8

Quarter mile (sec)

15.3

15.1

15.4

15.4

Top Speed (MPH)

132

130

130

130

The Camaro is the most powerful among all the cars on road with the only odd one out being the Nissan 370Z. The Mustang also offers the most amount of torque. In practicality, the main rivals of the Camaro are the two true muscle cars, Mustang and Challenger which have a long legacy of rivalry. 0-60 and quarter-mile times, with top speed, remain almost identical for every car in the segment which explains how tough a choice is to select one between them. 

2012 Chevrolet Camaro Fuel Economy

8.0/10

Muscle cars are not the most eco-friendly or fuel-efficient cars. The standard V6 engine in the 2012 Chevy Camaro performs decently when it comes to fuel economy and returns quite respectable figures. EPA estimates state that the standard engine will return 17 MPG in the city, 28 MPG on the highway, and 20 MPG in combined driving conditions. It comes fitted with a 19-gallon fuel tank which results in 532 highway miles of driving range on a full tank.

Models

2012 Chevrolet Camaro

2012 Ford Mustang

2012 Dodge Challenger

2012 Nissan 370Z

MPG (City)

17

19

18

18

MPG (Highway)

28

29

27

26

MPG (Combined)

20

22

21

21

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

19

16

19.5

19

Range (City/ Highway) (miles)

323/532

304/464

351/527

342/494

All the cars have almost identical engines, but the Mustang is the most fuel-efficient of them all. Yet a smaller fuel tank reduces the overall range which is a plus in the Dodge. Chevy as well as the Nissan come with large 19-gallon fuel tanks allowing for a better overall driving range. Overall, there’s nothing to complain about in any car. 

2012 Chevrolet Camaro Interior

8.0/10

Stepping into the 2012 Camaro you will notice that it is not the most luxurious car you have been in. The materials used inside are not all hard plastics, but they are more prominent and can be seen in several places. Bright-color interior inserts are also present which help liven up the look of the interior. Upfront, the seats are comfortable, and they do not cause fatigue on long trips. The 2LT trim gets you heated front seats and leather upholstery. However, tall passengers will suffer from headroom issues. 

Rear seats are better suited for children and the materials inside the cabin of the base 1LS trim might not be as good or premium. There are no squeaks, rattles, or loose panels inside the Camaro. Road and wind noises remain minimal while engine noise is heard nicely, just like you would want in a muscle car like the Camaro.

Models

2012 Chevrolet Camaro

2012 Ford Mustang

2012 Dodge Challenger

2012 Nissan 370Z

Seating Capacity

4

4

5

2

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.4/56.9/42.4

38.5/55.3/42.4

39.3/58.2/42

38.2/54.4/42.9

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

35.3/50.4/29.9

34.7/51.6/29.8

37.4/53.9/32.6

N/A

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

11.3

13.4

16.2

6.9

The Dodge Challenger is the most spacious and practical car of the muscle car segment as it comes with better legroom and headroom, both, upfront and at the rear, while Ford and Chevrolet suffer from less headroom and cramped rear seating, and smaller trunks. Nissan remains a two-seater car with the smallest boot. Standout interior features:

  • Air-conditioning
  • 8-way power seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather upholstery

How intuitive is the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro’s infotainment unit?

The standard infotainment unit in the 2012 Camaro comes with Chevy’s OnStar system, which includes Bluetooth connectivity, a standard six-speaker sound system, a CD player, and so on, all in a graphic display screen. The Convenience and Connectivity package adds remote ignition, an iPod interface, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls. The 2LT trim gets you a nine-speaker Boston Acoustics sound system. Standout infotainment features:

  • iPod interface
  • MP3 Player
  • OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation
  • SiriusXM satellite radio w/3-month trial ‘XM Select’ package
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • 9-Speaker 245 watts Boston Acoustics premium audio system. 

2012 Chevrolet Camaro Exterior

7.0/10

The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro is styled in a way that is a perfect blend of retro and modern style. It upholds the old iconic Camaro style with modern touches and styling cues that give it a bold and aggressive stance. Whether the Camaro in question is the standard one or the ZL1 model, it comes with strongly flared fenders, bold faces, and tall, buff overhangs upfront. The rear fascia helps to give the car quite a heavy and muscular look. As standard, you get black 18-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights while the 2LT trim gets you 19-inch alloy wheels and heated mirrors

Models

2012 Chevrolet Camaro

2012 Ford Mustang

2012 Dodge Challenger

2012 Nissan 370Z

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3,780

3,453

3,834

3,245

Length (in.)

190.4

188.1

197.7

167.2

Width (in.)

75.5

73.9

75.7

72.6

Height (in.)

54.2

55.6

57.1

51.8

Ground Clearance (in.)

4

5.7

5.7

4.8

Wheelbase (in.)

112.3

107.1

116

100.4

Muscle cars have a wider and longer stance to give them their bold look. The Camaro is based on GM’s Zeta rear-wheel-drive platform which is wider, almost equal to the Dodge Challenger and is also longer and heavier than the Mustang. The Challenger is the heaviest car of the bunch. Standout exterior features:

  • 18-inch steel wheels
  • Automatic headlights
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Fog Lamps
  • Heated front seats

2012 Chevrolet Camaro Safety

7.0/10

The 2012 Camaro Coupe has been tested by the NHTSA for its crash test safety ratings, and it passed with flying colors gaining a total of five out of five stars. The IIHS has not yet tested the Chevrolet Camaro so there are no safety ratings available. The standard list of safety features include airbags, traction and stability control, and ABS. Standout safety features:

  • OnStar automatic crash response
  • Heads-up display
  • Post-collision safety system
  • Rearview camera with parking sensors.

2012 Chevrolet Camaro Final Verdict

Muscle cars are the kind of vehicles that not everyone prefers, but something that everyone desires to own. The Chevrolet Camaro is a combination of retro and modern styling which grabs the attention of an old enthusiast or a new high school teen alike. The price also remains quite less and the engine inside is a perfect combination of power and efficiency. If you love Muscle cars and you know the compromises that come with them, then the Camaro is the best choice to go for. 

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