2011 Chevrolet
Camaro SS
vs. 2012 Chevrolet
Impala LT

2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS

9.9

starting from

$31,920

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Camaro SS

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Power outlets
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Quite powerful
426 HP @ 5,900 RPM
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OK drivetrain traction
rear-wheel drive
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Leather
Optional
2012 Chevrolet Impala LT

9.4

starting from

$27,995

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Impala LT

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Spacious back seats
48.2 ft3
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More passenger seats
6
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Spacious front seats
56.6 ft3
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Average highway fuel efficiency
29 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Winner: Camaro SS
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  • Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Camaro SS
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2012 Chevrolet Impala LT Winner: Impala LT
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  • Gets around 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 19 mpg vs 16 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $3,925 cheaper (more than 10% less), $27,995 vs $31,920
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  • Both cars are sporty, but the Camaro SS in particular is a responsive car
  • Both the Camaro SS and Impala LT are quite powerful
  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Neither offers a navigation system
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither offers satellite radio
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.9 vs 9.4

Luxury Features

Chevrolet
Camaro SS
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS
2012 Chevrolet Impala LT Chevrolet
Impala LT
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Not Available Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Camaro SS

Cost

Chevrolet
Camaro SS
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS
2012 Chevrolet Impala LT Chevrolet
Impala LT
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MSRP $31,920 vs $27,995 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 19 mpg The Impala LT has OK city mileage, while the Camaro SS is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Crash Test Ratings

Chevrolet
Camaro SS
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS
2012 Chevrolet Impala LT Chevrolet
Impala LT
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Performance

Chevrolet
Camaro SS
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS
2012 Chevrolet Impala LT Chevrolet
Impala LT
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Horsepower 426 HP @ 5,900 RPM vs 300 HP @ 6,500 RPM Both the Camaro SS and Impala LT are quite powerful
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Automatic transmission The Impala LT's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 9.1 lb/hp vs 11.8 lb/hp Both cars are sporty, but the Camaro SS in particular is a responsive car
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The Camaro SS has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

Chevrolet
Camaro SS
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS
2012 Chevrolet Impala LT Chevrolet
Impala LT
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Not Available vs Standard Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Impala LT; optional upgrade on the Camaro SS
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs OnStar

Practicality

Chevrolet
Camaro SS
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS
2012 Chevrolet Impala LT Chevrolet
Impala LT
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Passengers 4 vs 6 The Impala LT can carry a soccer team, but the Camaro SS has very few seats
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Highway driving range 456 miles vs 493 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 11.3 ft3 vs 18.6 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 52.2 ft3 vs 56.6 ft3 The Impala LT has roomy front seats and the Camaro SS is OK
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The Camaro SS's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the Impala LT
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 2 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Camaro SS
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS
2012 Chevrolet Impala LT Chevrolet
Impala LT
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Number of speakers 6 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Road Tests

Chevrolet
Camaro SS
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS
2012 Chevrolet Impala LT Chevrolet
Impala LT
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0-60 mph 5.1 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 129 ft vs 135 ft The Camaro SS's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Impala LT is quite bad
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1/4 mile 13.6 s @ 108 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.92 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 160 mph vs Unknown

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2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Camaro SS vs Corvette
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2012 Chevrolet Impala LS 2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Impala LS vs Altima 2.5 S
2012 Chevrolet Impala LT 2011 Toyota Corolla LE Impala LT vs Corolla LE
2012 Chevrolet Impala LS 2012 Chevrolet Cruze eco Impala LS vs Cruze eco
2012 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 2011 Honda Accord LX Impala LTZ vs Accord LX

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