Interior: Step into the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro and you’ll find a cockpit that blends themes of the previous-gen Camaro and current-gen Corvette. The flat-bottom steering wheel design is shared with the 2016 ‘Vette, and it includes fingertip paddles that shift through the gears in automatic-equipped cars and enable the rev-matching feature in Camaros with the manual transmission. Chevrolet also integrated the tachometer, speedometer and central driver information screen into one complete group for a cleaner, more modern look. Gone is the quartet of retro-inspired engine information gauges forward of the shifter; air-conditioning vents with knurled surrounds that control the temperature have replaced them.
While the exterior evokes the last-gen Camaro, the cabin is much more modern and contains references to the current Corvette.
Interior quality is a bit hit-or-miss, depending on what panel or trim piece you’re checking out. GM’s incorporation of its latest touchscreen interface is promising, however, especially considering the integration of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. We haven’t fully tested it, but it will be interesting to see how the latest MyLink system compares to the Challenger’s excellent Uconnect touchscreen and the Mustang’s new Sync 3 system.
The front seats are more comfortable and supportive than before, but the dinky backseats are strictly for small children or contortionists. You also need to be a bit of a contortionist to see out of the thing. As with the last Camaro, a high beltline and low roof means outward visibility in all directions is sorely lacking. Plus, with a limited amount of light entering the cabin through the narrow windows, the interior can feel dark and claustrophobic. But hey, it’s a Camaro, right? The point is to look good and turn heads, or so the logic goes.