2021 Chevrolet Camaro vs. 2020 Mercedes SLC

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Safety

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To help make backing safer, the Camaro (except LS)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The SLC doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Camaro and the SLC 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 and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

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

The Camaro’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the SLC’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 34 more horsepower (275 vs. 241) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 273) than the SLC’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Camaro’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 94 more horsepower (335 vs. 241) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (284 vs. 273) than the SLC’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Camaro LT1/SS’ standard 6.2 V8 produces 214 more horsepower (455 vs. 241) and 182 lbs.-ft. more torque (455 vs. 273) than the SLC’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Camaro ZL1’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 409 more horsepower (650 vs. 241) and 377 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 273) than the SLC’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

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 SLC 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 SLC requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Camaro has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the SLC (19 vs. 15.9 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 SLC 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 SLC 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 SLC.

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 SLC 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 SLC:

Camaro ZL1

SLC

Front Rotors

15.35 inches

12.7 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

11.8 inches

The Camaro SS’ standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the SLC are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Camaro has larger standard tires than the SLC (245/50R18 vs. 225/45R17). The Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the SLC (F:305/30R19 & R:325/30R19 vs. F:225/45R17 & R:245/40R17).

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 SLC’s optional 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Camaro has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the SLC 300. The Camaro’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the SLC.

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 SLC doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Camaro can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The SLC doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Camaro’s wheelbase is 15 inches longer than on the SLC (110.7 inches vs. 95.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Camaro is 2.3 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the SLC.

Passenger Space

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The Camaro has standard seating for 4 passengers; the SLC can only carry 2.

The Camaro Convertible has 36.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the SLC (85 vs. 48.8).

Cargo Capacity

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The Camaro Convertible has a larger trunk with its top down than the SLC with its top down (7.3 vs. 6.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Camaro Auto has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The SLC doesn’t offer a remote starting 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 SLC does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Camaro (except LS/LT1) offers an available 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 SLC doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Camaro has standard extendable sun visors. The SLC doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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 SLC doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

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 SLC doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The SLC doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Model Availability

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

Recommendations

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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 SLC 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 5 years. The SLC has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

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

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

The Chevrolet Camaro outsold the Mercedes SLC by over 26 to one during 2019.

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