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Chevrolet Camaro LS

Starting MSRP: $22,680

Pony cars -- an industry nickname for stylish, cheap and fast cars first coined for the Ford Mustang -- featuring V-6s had been considered the choice of people who wanted exciting styling and didn't care about the car's tepid performance. The newest generation of pony cars blows away that stereotype.

The base V-6 Camaro packs a whopping 312 horsepower and 278 foot-pounds of torque under its curvaceous sheet metal. That power, delivered to the rear wheels in the time-honored muscle-car fashion, helps it sprint to 60 miles per hour in 6.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 118 mph.

And while the two-door coupe body style of the Chevrolet Camaro doesn't offer the cargo flexibility of a hatchback like the GTI, this fast car is relatively economical on gas compared to its predecessors: 17 city/29 highway mpg.


 

 

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