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An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Camaro V6/V8 Auto’s fuel efficiency. The Civic Si doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.
The Camaro has 6.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Civic Si (19 vs. 12.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
The Camaro offers an optional automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. The Civic Si doesn’t offer an automatic transmission.
The Camaro (except 4-cylinder/V6)’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 Civic Si doesn’t offer launch control.
The Chevrolet Camaro SS/ZL1 manual has a downshift rev synchronizer that automatically raises engine speed to make downshifts perfectly smooth. This keeps the car from lurching during downshifts, preventing loss of control during cornering. The Civic Si doesn’t offer a downshift rev synchronizer.
For better stopping power the Camaro’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Civic Si:
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 Civic Si are solid, not vented.
The Camaro stops much shorter than the Civic Si:
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For better traction, the Camaro has larger standard tires than the Civic Si (245/50R18 vs. 235/40R18). The Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Civic Si (F:305/30R19 & R:325/30R19 vs. 235/40R18).
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 Civic Si’s optional 35 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Camaro offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Civic Si’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 Civic Si 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 Civic Si doesn’t offer run-flat tires.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Camaro’s wheelbase is 4.4 inches longer than on the Civic Si (110.7 inches vs. 106.3 inches).
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Camaro is 2.8 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Civic Si.
The Camaro’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51.9% to 48.1%) than the Civic Si’s (60.3% to 39.7%). This gives the Camaro more stable handling and braking.
The Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe handles at 1.18 G’s, while the Civic Si Coupe pulls only .97 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.
The Camaro SS Convertible handles at .98 G’s, while the Civic Si Sedan pulls only .94 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
The Camaro Coupe has 4.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Civic Si Coupe (93 vs. 88.6).
The Camaro Coupe has 2 inches more front headroom, 1.6 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front hip room and .5 inches more rear headroom than the Civic Si Coupe.
To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Camaro’s trunk lid uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. Its intrusive beam hinge reduces the Civic Si’s useful trunk space.
A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Camaro. The Civic Si doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
The Camaro uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Civic Si uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.
The engine in the Camaro is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Civic Si. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.
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 Civic Si doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
When two different drivers share the Camaro (except LS/LT1), the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Civic Si doesn’t offer a memory system.
The Camaro (except LS/LT1)’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Civic Si doesn’t offer an easy entry 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 Civic Si does not have an oil pressure gauge.
The Camaro offers an optional 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 Civic Si doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
When the Camaro with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Civic Si’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.
The Camaro offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Civic Si offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
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 Civic Si doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
On extremely cold winter days, the Camaro’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Civic Si doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
The Camaro’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Civic Si’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.
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 Civic Si doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
Insurance will cost less for the Camaro owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Camaro with a number “1” insurance rate while the Civic Si is rated higher at a number “10” rate.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Camaro is less expensive to operate than the Civic Si because typical repairs cost much less on the Camaro than the Civic Si, including $292 less for a starter.
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 Civic Si isn’t in the top three.
Motor Trend selected the Camaro as their 2016 Car of the Year. The Civic was Car of the Year in 2006.
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