2018 Fiat 500 Cabrio vs. 2018 Chevrolet Camaro

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The 500 Cabrio has standard Reactive Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Reactive Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Camaro doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the 500 Cabrio and the Camaro have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

The 500 Cabrio comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes free 24-hour roadside assistance. The Camaro’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The 500 Cabrio’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Camaro’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability

The Fiat 500 Cabrio’s engines use a cast iron block for durability, while the Camaro’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the 500 Cabrio have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of some of the engines in the Camaro.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the 500 Cabrio gets better fuel mileage than the Camaro:

 

 

500 Cabrio

Camaro

 

 

1.4 turbo 4 cyl./Manual

28 city/33 hwy

20 city/30 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Manual

 

1.4 turbo 4 cyl./Manual

28 city/33 hwy

n/a

 

 

 

n/a

16 city/28 hwy

3.6 V6/ Manual

 

1.4 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/32 hwy

22 city/31 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

 

1.4 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/32 hwy

n/a

 

 

 

n/a

19 city/29 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

Tires and Wheels

The 500 Cabrio’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Camaro’s standard 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the 500 Cabrio’s turning circle is .5 feet tighter than the Camaro’s (37.6 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The 500 Cabrio’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe’s (37.6 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis

The Fiat 500 Cabrio may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 850 to 1550 pounds less than the Chevrolet Camaro.

The 500 Cabrio is 3 feet, 7.9 inches shorter than the Camaro, making the 500 Cabrio easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The 500 Cabrio is 10.7 inches narrower on average than the Camaro, making the 500 Cabrio easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

For excellent aerodynamics, the 500 Cabrio has standard flush composite headlights. The Camaro has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

Cargo Capacity

The 500 Cabrio’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Camaro Convertible/ZL1 1LE doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

The 500 Cabrio’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Camaro Coupe’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Ergonomics

The 500 Cabrio’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Camaro’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The 500 Cabrio’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Chevrolet charges extra for heated mirrors on the Camaro.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the 500 Cabrio owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the 500 Cabrio will cost $655 to $8655 less than the Camaro over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Fiat 500 Cabrio will be $4490 to $44279 less than for the Chevrolet Camaro.

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