2016 Chevrolet Camaro 2.0T Review – Proving That Size Doesn’t Matter

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro 2.0T, an American muscle car icon, a big, muscular car equipped with a big block lazy V8 of pure American muscle; you might think that muscle cars are not affected by stricter emission standards and worsening fuel prices but for 2016, the Camaro follows in the Mustang’s footsteps. The base 2016 Camaro is equipped with a 2.0-liter turbo four cylinder.

2016 Chevrolet Camaro 2.0T Review - Proving That Size Doesn't Matter

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro 2.0T Performs Quite Nicely

For 2016, Chevy followed the styling cues of the Corvette by adding more angles to the overall look of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro 2.0T  while still retaining the classic silhouette of the previous generation. On the outside, when parked next to a previous generation Camaro, you’ll notice the similar shape yet looking at the vents, lights, and other exterior features; you won’t miss the differences as the 2016 looks sleek, modern and more aggressive than the already aggressive Camaro. Under the hood of the base model is a 2.0-liter turbocharged aluminium block four banger that outputs 275hp at a relatively muscle car low rpm level of 5500rpm and 295lb-ft of torque at 3000.

The interior comes in a sleek black finish with color keyed panels on the doors. Overall, the cabin looks simple with a hint of sophistication with the heavy use of angular and curved shapes noticeable on the angular door panels and the oval dashboard in front of the front passenger. Cabin features are a bit lacking though because of the 2.0T being a base model where the other features come as options while being standard on the higher trims.

On the road, the engine of the base 2016 Camaro 2.0T performs as expected; it’s definitely lacking power when compared to the V6 and V8 offerings of the higher trim but deserves to be bunched with them nonetheless. The turbo four has some turbo lag and it sounds weird as a muscle car where the sound doesn’t pair up with the external looks of the car. With the smaller engine, and lower weight overall; the 2016 Camaro can live with the four cylinder as it offers the same if not better levels of grip and agility of the previous generation Camaros. Disappointingly, the four banger only scores an extra 3mpg versus the larger V6 in city and highway driving which is not a lot in terms of fuel savings.

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro 2.0T has sleeker looks, lighter weight, reasonably priced if you’re looking for a muscle car, decent performing four cylinder. Below average fuel economy for a four cylinder, sounds weird despite all Chevy did to enhance the sound of the four banger. Overall, the 2016 Camaro 2.0T is a welcome addition to the Camaro family as it is perfectly priced for an entry level muscle car to cater to those looking into the segment. The engine may be small, but the car is still 100% Camaro.


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