2021 Chevrolet Camaro vs. 2020 Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet

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Safety

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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

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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

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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’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 20 more horsepower (275 vs. 255) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 273) than the C-Class Cabriolet’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Camaro’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 80 more horsepower (335 vs. 255) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (284 vs. 273) than the C-Class Cabriolet’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Camaro LT1/SS’ standard 6.2 V8 produces 200 more horsepower (455 vs. 255) and 182 lbs.-ft. more torque (455 vs. 273) than the C-Class Cabriolet’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Camaro ZL1’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 395 more horsepower (650 vs. 255) and 377 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 273) than the C-Class Cabriolet’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Camaro Auto turbo 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the C 300 Cabriolet RWD (22 city/30 hwy vs. 21 city/29 hwy).

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 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-cylinder 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

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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 LS/LT)’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

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

Camaro ZL1

C-Class Cabriolet

Front Rotors

15.35 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

11.8 inches

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

Camaro

C-Class Cabriolet

70 to 0 MPH

137 feet

158 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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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

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The Camaro offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The C-Class Cabriolet’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Camaro is 1.6 inches 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

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The Chevrolet Camaro may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 550 pounds less than the Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet.

Passenger Space

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

Cargo Capacity

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

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

Economic Advantages

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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 39.72% to 48.22% of its original price after five years, while the C-Class Cabriolet only retains 38.12% to 38.61%.

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 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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