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Eric's Autos: 2018 Chevrolet Camaro

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The Camaro comes standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. It's not the first time Chevy has offered a four-cylinder engine in a Camaro. The last time was back in the '80s. The difference today is that the 2018 engine is turbocharged, and while it's economical, it is also powerful.

It has nearly there times the horsepower than the '80s-era Camaro's four-cylinder -- which barely had 100 horsepower -- and 100-plus more horsepower than the Camaro Z28 standard 5.0-liter V-8 engine from the same era (which only had 145 horsepower).

A six-speed manual transmission is standard; an eight-speed automatic is optional.

Either way, the Camaro gets from zero to 60 mph in about six seconds flat --quicker than all but a small handful of classic-era V-8 muscle cars.

It also gets 20 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway.

On the Road

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This is a big car even though it's a two-door. At 188.3 inches long overall, it's more than a foot longer than sports cars like the Nissan 370Z and Mazda Miata. This is traditional, as muscle cars were never small cars.

It's a weird feeling if you're not used to driving a big car that is also sporty. The Camaro uses most of its lane, with little margin to either side. But this is OK, because the car's ability to keep on track is as good -- or better -- as that of smaller, sportier cars.

It's like a 300-pound NFL lineman who can also run.

At the Curb

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