2020 Chevrolet Camaro vs. 2019 Hyundai Veloster

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Both the Camaro and the Veloster have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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There are almost 4 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Camaro’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Camaro has a standard 700-amp battery. The Veloster’s 550-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

The battery on the Camaro is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Camaro’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Veloster’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 8th.

Engine

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The Camaro has more powerful engines than the Veloster:

Horsepower

Torque

Camaro 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

275 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Camaro 3.6 DOHC V6

335 HP

284 lbs.-ft.

Camaro LT1/SS 6.2 V8

455 HP

455 lbs.-ft.

Camaro ZL1 6.2 supercharged V8

650 HP

650 lbs.-ft.

Veloster 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

147 HP

132 lbs.-ft.

Veloster Turbo/R-Spec 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

201 HP

195 lbs.-ft.

Veloster N 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

250 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Veloster N 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. Perf. Pack.

275 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Camaro turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Veloster Turbo/R-Spec (manual transmissions tested):

Camaro

Veloster

Zero to 30 MPH

1.9 sec

2.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

6.5 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

8.7 sec

10.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.7 sec

16.3 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.7 sec

3.3 sec

Quarter Mile

13.9 sec

14.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101 MPH

95.6 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Camaro V6 is faster than the Veloster Turbo/R-Spec (automatics tested):

Camaro

Veloster

Zero to 60 MPH

5.3 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

13.8 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

102.9 MPH

92.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Camaro V6/V8 Auto’s fuel efficiency. The Veloster doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Camaro has 5.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Veloster (19 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Camaro has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Veloster doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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A 10-speed automatic is available on the Chevrolet Camaro, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Veloster.

The Camaro (except 4-cylinder/V6)’s optional launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Veloster doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Camaro’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Veloster:

Camaro LS/LT

Camaro ZL1

Veloster

Veloster N

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

15.35 inches

11 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

14.4 inches

10.3 inches

12.4 inches

The Camaro SS’ standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Veloster are solid, not vented.

The Camaro stops much shorter than the Veloster:

Camaro

Veloster

80 to 0 MPH

192 feet

200 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

140 feet

154 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

91 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

119 feet

123 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Camaro has larger standard tires than the Veloster (245/50R18 vs. 215/45R17). The Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Veloster (F:305/30R19 & R:325/30R19 vs. 235/35R19).

The Camaro SS 1LE/ZL1’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Veloster N’s optional 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Camaro has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Veloster 2.0. The Camaro’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the Veloster N.

The Camaro has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Veloster doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Camaro can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Veloster doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Camaro’s wheelbase is 6.4 inches longer than on the Veloster (110.7 inches vs. 104.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Camaro is 2 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Veloster.

The Camaro’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51.9% to 48.1%) than the Veloster’s (63.8% to 36.2%). This gives the Camaro more stable handling and braking.

The Camaro SS Coupe handles at 1.12 G’s, while the Veloster 2.0 pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Camaro SS Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 4.4 seconds quicker than the Veloster 2.0 (22.9 seconds @ .91 average G’s vs. 27.3 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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The Camaro Coupe has 3.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Veloster (93 vs. 89.9).

The Camaro Coupe has .4 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front legroom and .4 inches more front hip room than the Veloster.

Cargo Capacity

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A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Camaro. The Veloster doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

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The Camaro uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Veloster uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

The engine in the Camaro is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Veloster. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the Camaro (except LS/LT1), the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Veloster doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Camaro (except LS/LT1)’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Veloster doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Camaro’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Veloster does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Camaro’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Veloster has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

The Camaro’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Veloster’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

Consumer Reports rated the Camaro’s headlight performance “Fair,” a higher rating than the Veloster’s headlights, which were rated “Poor.”

When the Camaro with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Veloster’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Camaro’s optional rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Veloster doesn’t offer the luxury of automatic dimming mirrors.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Camaro (except LS/LT1) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Veloster doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Camaro’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Veloster doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Camaro’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Veloster doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Model Availability

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The Chevrolet Camaro comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Hyundai Veloster isn’t available as a convertible.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Camaro owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Camaro with a number “1” insurance rate while the Veloster is rated higher at a number “3” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Camaro is less expensive to operate than the Veloster because typical repairs cost less on the Camaro than the Veloster, including $17 less for a starter, $7 less for front struts and $60 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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The Camaro was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 3 of the last 4 years. The Veloster has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Camaro as their 2016 Car of the Year. The Veloster has never been chosen.

The Chevrolet Camaro outsold the Hyundai Veloster by almost five to one during 2018.

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