Buying a Used Camaro

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Before you purchase a used Camaro from your local used cars Albany NY dealership, check out the new Camaro, coming this fall.

Chevy has built the future Camaro on the success of the past, and so it’s worth looking back to appreciate what we can expect from the upcoming model year. The path to the 2016 Chevy Camaro is paved with generations of stunning Camaros, celebrated for their performance, style, and surprising affordability.

Chevy Continues the Camaro Charge in 2016

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Although this isn’t a complete redesign, the upcoming Camaro sports a new Cadillac CTS-based chassis, and arrives with some serious bragging rights with its more powerful engines.

This sixth generation of Camaros features three competitive engine options, starting with the turbocharged 2.0-liter, generating 275 horsepower with 295 lb.-ft. of torque. Chevy expects this engine to exceed 30 highway mpg in fuel efficiency, while still being able to crush the zero to sixty mph road race in under six seconds.

Followed by the 3.6-liter V6, able to produced 335 horsepower and 284 lb.-ft. of torque, using Direct Injection, Variable Valve Timing, and the available eight-speed transmission with Active Fuel Management. Last, but certainly not least, the 6.2-liter LT1V8 engine, rated at 455 horsepower with 455 lb.-ft. of torque, making the Camaro SS the most powerful to date. Each of the engine choices comes with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, complete with paddle shifters.

A fun and convenient new feature is the fully electronic convertible top, able to drop at the push of a button, even at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. Watch this clip to see experience this sunny day drive technology:

Shorter than the current model by two inches, the difference is barely perceptible as far as looks are concerned. Even though the designers softened the Camaro’s squat edges, the stance is the same, highlighted by the addition of gun-slit windows. Sold as LT or SS trims, both models are outfitted with four driver-selectable modes: Snow/Ice, Tour, Sport, and Track for SS models, which enhances acceleration, as well as steering and traction on tricky terrain. On the LT, expect to see the Camaro perched on 18-inch wheels with available 20-inch wheels as an option; while standard equipment on the SS comes from 20-inch alloy wheels and LED taillights. Lighter by 200 pounds, thanks to strategically placed aluminum within the structure itself, the new Camaro is more rigid than its predecessor by approximately 30 percent. Magnetic Ride Control active suspension, like that equipping current Corvettes and Cadillacs, is also an option on the Camaro SS model.

Consumers can expect to check out the new Camaros by late fall. Pricing is estimated to start right around $25,000 for the base-level, four-cylinder models.

The Current Camaro Chapter, 2015 is a Champion

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For the most up to date used or certified pre-owned Camaros, the 2015 model year has plenty to offer.

Available in five distinct trim levels: the LS, LT, SS, ZL1, and Z/28, the 2015 Camaro comes as either a two-door coupe or a convertible.In the base and mid-level LS and LTs, the engine is a 3.6-liter V6, which is rated at 323 horsepower and 278 lb.-ft. of torque, and operated by a six-speed manual or available six-speed automatic transmission. The SS takes things up a notch with the roaring 6.2-liter V8 engine, also available with manual and automatic transmission choices. Supercharged action comes from the ZL1, but the Z/28 presents serious power from the 7.0-liter V8 engine, able to produce 505 horsepower from the exclusive six-speed manual transmission.

The 2010 Return of the Camaro

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The 2010 model year marked the wildly anticipated return of the Camaro after it had dropped off production lines seven years earlier. To mark the comeback, the Camaro came as a V6-equipped coupe, rated at 304 horsepower. The following year delivered the convertible, and a V6 enginevpower boost to 312 horsepower.

Originally listed between the MSRP of $22,680 – 26,875, used and certified preowned Camaros from the 2010 model year can be purchased from $15,100 – 17,426, according to U.S. News & World Report, which ranked the 2010 Camaro as the second most affordable sports car on the market in 2013.

By 2012, the Camaro shared the same capability as the current model year and the ZL1 was introduced with some cabin enhancements. For 2014, the Camaro was really refreshed and re-styled. This was also the year that launched the Camaro Z/28.

When you’re scouting for outstanding used Camaros, the 2015 model year is a great bet; however, any of the post-2010 models present similar capability and performance. But, an even earlier generation is considered responsible for pushing the real crowd-pleasing Camaro.

Earlier Camaros Set the Pace, 1993 – 2002

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Between 1993 – 2002, Camaros were churned out with a priority placed on stylish performance.

First available strictly as a coupe, the base model was outfitted with a 160-horsepower 3.4-liter V6, while the Z28 was equipped with 275-horsepower rated LT1 5.7-liter V8 engine. Either engine was operated by a five or six-speed manual, or a four-speed automatic transmission.

In 1994, the Camaro was back with its classic ragtop, and the following year presented an improved base engine, courtesy of the 200-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 engine. By 1996, the SS was rocking a 305-horsepower iteration of the 5.7-liter V8, while the Z28 was rated at 285 horsepower. Minor upgrades in 1998 included a revised front fascia and more powerful 5.7-liter LS1 V8 , rated at 305 horsepower in the Z28, and 320 horsepower from the SS. The Z28 benefitted from another power boost in 2001, bringing it to 310 horsepower total. Continuing to the 2002 model year with modest tweaks at best, Chevy released a 35th-anniversary SS to celebrate the car’s 35 years on the road.

Part of the reason the Camaro line was pulled from production had to do with competitors and the general lack of refinement from the Camaro models. But, consumers routinely target this early generation as a favorite for used car purchases because of the car’s performance, solid fuel efficiency, cargo space, style, and overall reliability. You can easily research the prices of these used Camaro models, by consulting this used Chevrolet Camaro database, compiled by U.S. News & World Report. Extending your used Camaro search to include these model years for your potential purchase is a smart move, one that should afford maximum maneuverability with respect to used and certified pre-owned deals.

No matter what model year you choose, behind the wheel of a used Camaro, you’ll be delighted to “Find New Roads.”