2019 Chevy Camaro drops fuel economy despite new transmission

Adding gears doesn't always mean adding MPGs, but thankfully the losses are limited to certain trims.

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2019 Chevy Camaro

When the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro debuted, its refreshed face resulted in some polarizing opinions. For those who aren't fans of it, the Camaro's recently unveiled fuel economy figures aren't about to sweeten the deal.

The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro's EPA fuel economy estimates are out, and things are okay, but far from great. A majority of trims feature no change in fuel economy, which means the Camaro's updates don't do anything to improve aerodynamics -- but they don't exactly make things worse. Or do they?

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Some trims have actually seen a reduction in fuel economy for 2019. The 2019 V6 Camaro with an eight-speed automatic loses 1 mpg combined, from 23 to 22. The manual variant loses 1 mpg on the highway, from 28 to 27. The manual V8 Camaro SS also loses 1 mpg on the highway, dropping from 25 to 24. And, despite, the addition of two more forward gears, the SS' new 10-speed automatic reduces city fuel economy from 17 mpg to 16. Ouch.

Even the supercharged ZL1 doesn't offer any improvements. The 10-speed automatic in this variant also sees a fuel economy reduction, albeit just in the combined figure (15 mpg vs. 16). Thankfully, the manual transmission variant stays the same, not that the ZL1's fuel economy is anything worth writing home about.

The 2019 Camaro's updates go beyond its... interesting new face. It packs the latest version of infotainment system, which gains over-the-air updates in addition to improvements in response times and graphics. The latest generation of Chevy's sports coupe hits dealerships later this year, likely in the fall.

(Hat tip to the New York Daily News!)

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