2020 Chevrolet Camaro vs. 2019 Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Camaro and the C-Class Cabriolet have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee 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

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Camaro 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the C-Class Cabriolet. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the C-Class Cabriolet ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Camaro’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the C-Class Cabriolet’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are almost 8 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Camaro’s warranty.

Reliability

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 Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 12th, 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 Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 13th.

Engine

The Camaro has more powerful engines than the C-Class Cabriolet:

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.

C 300 Cabriolet 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

255 HP

273 lbs.-ft.

AMG C 43 Cabriolet 3.0 turbo V6

385 HP

384 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Camaro Auto turbo 4-cylinder gets better fuel mileage than the C 300 Cabriolet RWD (22 city/31 hwy vs. 21 city/29 hwy).

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 C-Class Cabriolet 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 C-Class Cabriolet requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Camaro has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the C-Class Cabriolet (19 vs. 17.4 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 C-Class Cabriolet doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

The Camaro offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The C-Class Cabriolet 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 nine-speed automatic is available for the C-Class Cabriolet.

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 C-Class Cabriolet doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Camaro ZL1’s brake rotors are larger than those on the C-Class Cabriolet:

Camaro ZL1

C-Class

AMG C 43

Front Rotors

15.35 inches

13 inches

14.2 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

11.8 inches

12.6 inches

The Camaro stops much shorter than the C-Class Cabriolet:

Camaro

C-Class

70 to 0 MPH

140 feet

158 feet

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Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Camaro has larger standard tires than the C-Class Cabriolet (245/50R18 vs. 225/45R18). The Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the C-Class Cabriolet (F:305/30R19 & R:325/30R19 vs. F:225/45R18 & R:245/40R18).

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 AMG C 43 Cabriolet’s optional 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Camaro offers optional 20-inch wheels. The C-Class Cabriolet’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

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 C-Class Cabriolet 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 1 inch wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the C-Class Cabriolet.

The Camaro SS Convertible handles at .96 G’s, while the C 300 Cabriolet pulls only .94 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

The Chevrolet Camaro may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 500 pounds less than the Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet.

Passenger Space

The Camaro Convertible has 3.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the C-Class Cabriolet (85 vs. 81.3).

Cargo Capacity

The Camaro Convertible has a larger trunk than the C-Class Cabriolet with its top down (7.3 vs. 7 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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 C-Class Cabriolet does not have an oil pressure gauge.

Recommendations

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

Motor Trend selected the Camaro as their 2016 Car of the Year. The C-Class Cabriolet has never been chosen.

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

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