2020 Hyundai Veloster vs. 2020 Chevrolet Camaro

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Safety

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The Veloster (except N) has a standard Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, which uses forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Camaro offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The Veloster (except N)’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Camaro doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Veloster (except N)’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Camaro doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Veloster and the Camaro 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 blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) performs roof strength tests. In that test the Veloster earned the top rating of “Good” because its roof supported over four times the Veloster’s weight before being crushed five inches. The Camaro was rated lower at “Acceptable.”

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Veloster the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 88 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Camaro was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

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The Veloster comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Camaro’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Veloster 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Chevrolet covers the Camaro. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Camaro ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Veloster’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Camaro’s (7/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).

Reliability

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

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Veloster’s reliability 17 points higher than the Camaro.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Veloster second among compact sporty cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Camaro isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 6th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 13 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

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As tested in Car and Driver the Veloster N 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Chevrolet Camaro V6 (manual transmissions tested):

Veloster

Camaro

Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

5.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.3 sec

14.4 sec

Quarter Mile

13.9 sec

14.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

102 MPH

99 MPH

Top Speed

155 MPH

151 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Veloster

Camaro

2.0 4 cyl./6-spd. Manual

25 city/33 hwy

n/a

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Manual

26 city/33 hwy

20 city/30 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Manual

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (250 HP)/6-spd. Manual

22 city/29 hwy

n/a

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (275 HP)/6-spd. Manual

22 city/29 hwy

n/a

n/a

16 city/26 hwy

3.6 V6/Manual

2.0 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

27 city/34 hwy

n/a

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./7-spd. Auto

28 city/34 hwy

22 city/31 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

n/a

19 city/29 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

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

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Hyundai Veloster higher (5 out of 10) than the Chevrolet Camaro (1 to 5). This means the Veloster produces up to 39 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Camaro every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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The Veloster offers an available sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Camaro doesn’t offer an SMG.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Veloster stops much shorter than the Camaro:

Veloster

Camaro

80 to 0 MPH

200 feet

206 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

151 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

118 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Veloster 2.0’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.

The Veloster Premium/R-Spec/ has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Camaro; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed. Some models of the Camaro don’t even offer run-flats.

Suspension and Handling

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The Veloster N handles at .97 G’s, while the Camaro RS Coupe pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Veloster’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the Camaro’s (34.8 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The Veloster’s turning circle is 3.6 feet tighter than the Camaro ZL1’s (34.8 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

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The Hyundai Veloster may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 1050 pounds less than the Chevrolet Camaro.

The Veloster is 1 foot, 9.4 inches shorter than the Camaro, making the Veloster easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Veloster N is quieter than the Camaro SS Coupe:

Veloster

Camaro

At idle

42 dB

55 dB

Full-Throttle

81 dB

94 dB

Passenger Space

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The Veloster has 1 inch more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 4.2 inches more rear legroom and 3.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Camaro Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

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The Veloster has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Camaro Coupe (19.9 vs. 9.1 cubic feet).

The Veloster’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

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The Veloster’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children in the rear seat from operating them, but the driver can still raise and lower all of them with the lock engaged. Chevrolet does not offer a locking feature on the Camaro’s power windows.

The Veloster Turbo Ultimate’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Camaro’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Veloster has a standard rear wiper. The Camaro doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Veloster R-Spec/Turbo/Turbo Ultimate detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Camaro doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

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

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Veloster Turbo Ultimate has a standard Smart Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Camaro doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Veloster is less expensive to operate than the Camaro because it costs $373 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Veloster than the Camaro, including $144 less for a water pump, $484 less for a muffler, $149 less for front brake pads, $219 less for fuel injection, $197 less for a fuel pump and $341 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Veloster will be $8274 to $41257 less than for the Chevrolet Camaro.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Hyundai Veloster, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Chevrolet Camaro isn't recommended.

The Veloster N was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2019. The Camaro hasn’t been picked since 2013.

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