2021 Chevrolet Camaro vs. 2020 Mercedes AMG C-Class Coupe

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Safety

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Both the Camaro and the AMG C-Class Coupe 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

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

The Camaro’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the AMG C-Class Coupe’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

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 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 third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 61 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 30th, 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

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The Camaro ZL1’s 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 147 more horsepower (650 vs. 503) and 134 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 516) than the AMG C 63 S Coupe’s optional 4.0 turbo V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Camaro V6/V8 Auto’s fuel efficiency. The AMG C-Class Coupe 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-cylinder engine for maximum performance). The AMG C-Class Coupe requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Camaro has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the AMG C-Class Coupe (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 AMG C-Class Coupe 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 nine-speed automatic is available for the AMG C-Class Coupe.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Camaro stops much shorter than the AMG C-Class Coupe:

Camaro

AMG C-Class Coupe

70 to 0 MPH

137 feet

151 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Camaro has larger standard tires than the AMG C-Class Coupe (245/50R18 vs. 225/45R18). The Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the AMG C-Class Coupe (F:305/30R19 & R:325/30R19 vs. F:255/40R18 & R:285/35R18).

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 63 S Coupe’s optional 35 series front tires.

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

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 AMG C-Class Coupe doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Chassis

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The Chevrolet Camaro may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 650 pounds less than the Mercedes AMG C-Class Coupe.

Passenger Space

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

The Camaro Coupe has 13.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the AMG C-Class Coupe (93 vs. 79.3).

The Camaro Coupe has 1.9 inches more front legroom and .2 inches more front shoulder room than the AMG C-Class Coupe.

Ergonomics

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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 AMG C-Class Coupe does not have an oil pressure gauge.

On extremely cold winter days, the Camaro’s optional (except LS) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The AMG C-Class Coupe doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Camaro owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Camaro will cost $6920 less than the AMG C-Class Coupe over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Camaro is less expensive to operate than the AMG C-Class Coupe because it costs $36 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Camaro than the AMG C-Class Coupe, including $241 less for a water pump, $62 less for a muffler, $212 less for a starter, $234 less for a fuel pump, $141 less for front struts and $365 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Camaro will be $3735 to $34648 less than for the Mercedes AMG C-Class Coupe.

Recommendations

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The Camaro was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 3 of the last 5 years. The AMG C-Class Coupe has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

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

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

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