The results are in, and the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro has been declared by Motor Trend as its Car of the Year.
“Our 2016 Car of the Year, the Chevrolet Camaro, is one of the finest driving vehicles in the world at any price, though its price is well within reach of the average consumer, ” the automotive magazine’s editor-in-chief Edward Loh said.
The 2016 Chevrolet was pitted against 25 other models in four days of intensive judging by leading car experts, and it emerged supreme in the categories of design advancement, efficiency, safety, value for money, engineering excellence, and performance against intended function.
According to Motor Trend’s post, the 2016 Camaro was lauded by the judges for its evolutionary design prodded by its C-pillar and quarter window area. It was also praised for its improved interiors.
It also received a five-star rating from IIHS and NHTSA for all five tests for crashworthiness, which added to its appeal.
As for value, the 275-hp turbo model sells for $27K, the 335 horsepower for $28.5K, and 455 hp for $37K, therefore putting the cost against its specs ahead of the competition in terms of pricing.
Under the Performance of Intended Function category, the 2016 Camaro impressed the judges by reducing the weight of the new Camaro SS by 200 pounds compared to its predecessor. This translated to 0-60 mph accelaration in 4 seconds flat, reaching a quarter mile in 12.4 seconds.
Automotive reviewer Andrew Ganz of Cheat Sheet seemed to echo the judges’ decision.
“A muscle car that’s ready for the track, the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is as adept at ripping off quick quarter miles as it is snaking through a tight canyon road thanks to its taut chassis and communicative steering. You’ll look good behind the wheel, too, since the chiseled Camaro takes its predecessor’s unmistakable style and refines things further,” he concluded in his review.