2020 Chevrolet Camaro vs. 2019 Infiniti Q60

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Camaro and the Q60 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

There are over 14 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Camaro’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Camaro has a standard 700-amp battery. The Q60’s 600-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 Q60’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 19th, below the industry average.

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 Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 11th.

Engine

The Camaro has more powerful engines than the Q60:

Horsepower

Torque

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.

Q60 3.0t 3.0 turbo V6

300 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Q60 Red Sport 400 3.0 turbo V6

400 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Camaro V6 is faster than the Q60 3.0t (automatics tested):

Camaro

Q60

Zero to 60 MPH

5.3 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter Mile

13.8 sec

13.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

102.9 MPH

101.5 MPH

As tested in Car and Driver the Camaro LT1/SS is faster than the Q60 Red Sport 400 (automatics tested):

Camaro

Q60

Zero to 60 MPH

3.9 sec

4.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8.9 sec

10.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

4 sec

5 sec

Quarter Mile

12.3 sec

12.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

116 MPH

111 MPH

Top Speed

165 MPH

165 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Camaro ZL1 is faster than the Q60 3.0t (automatics tested):

Camaro

Q60

Zero to 60 MPH

3.5 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter Mile

11.5 sec

13.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

125 MPH

101.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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 Q60 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Camaro uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The Q60 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

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 Q60 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

The Camaro offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The Q60 doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

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 Q60.

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 Q60 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Camaro ZL1’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Q60:

Camaro ZL1

Q60

Q60 Red Sport 400

Front Rotors

15.35 inches

12.6 inches

14 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

12.1 inches

13.8 inches

The Camaro stops much shorter than the Q60:

Camaro

Q60

70 to 0 MPH

140 feet

164 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

91 feet

110 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Q60 (F:305/30R19 & R:325/30R19 vs. F:255/35R20 & R:275/30R20).

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 Q60 Red Sport 400’s 35 series front tires.

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 Q60 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Camaro is 2 inches wider in the front and .6 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Q60.

The Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe handles at 1.18 G’s, while the Q60 Red Sport 400 AWD pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Camaro SS Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.6 seconds quicker than the Q60 Red Sport 400 (22.9 seconds @ .91 average G’s vs. 25.5 seconds @ .76 average G’s).

Chassis

The Chevrolet Camaro may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 400 pounds less than the Infiniti Q60.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Camaro Coupe a Compact car, while the Q60 is rated a Subcompact.

The Camaro Coupe has 7.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Q60 (93 vs. 85.4).

The Camaro Coupe has .6 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more front legroom, .6 inches more front hip room, .4 inches more front shoulder room and .5 inches more rear headroom than the Q60.

Cargo Capacity

The Camaro Coupe has a larger trunk than the Q60 (9.1 vs. 8.7 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

The Camaro has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Q60 doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

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 Q60 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 Q60 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Camaro offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Q60 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Camaro’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Q60’s parking brake has to released manually.

Keyless Access standard on the Camaro allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Infiniti Q60’s Infiniti Intelligent Key doesn’t unlock the trunk.

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 Q60 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Model Availability

The Chevrolet Camaro comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Infiniti Q60 isn’t available as a convertible.

Economic Advantages

The Camaro will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Camaro will retain 45.92% to 53.69% of its original price after five years, while the Q60 only retains 42.74% to 44.56%.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Camaro second among midsize sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Q60 isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Camaro was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 3 of the last 4 years. The Q60 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Camaro as their 2016 Car of the Year. The Q60 has never been chosen.

The Camaro was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2013. The Q60 has never been an “All Star.”

The Chevrolet Camaro outsold the Infiniti Q60 by almost six to one during 2018.

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