Here’s some good news Chevrolet Camaro fans will be delighted to hear: the 2021 Camaro has topped the JD Power Consumer Quality rankings in the mid-size sporty car category. This comes as a pleasant win for the Camaro, where recent industry headlines have shown last-place muscle car sales, and have suggested the vehicle may not be renewed for a seventh generation. This quality ranking not only puts it ahead of the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger, but in front of other premium sports cars in other categories.
This JD Power Consumer Quality rating comes entirely from owner feedback, making it a very reliable guide to how actual people rate living with different vehicles. But that being said, the JD Power seems to be tracking some strange data points pertaining to reasons why people like or dislike their 2021 Chevrolet Camaro.
The results show customers liked the, “overall fuel economy and driving range of your vehicle/driving range and speed of charging your vehicle, effectiveness of your vehicle’s headlights and experience of getting your vehicle set up just the way you want.”
Are these metrics any way to truly measure the ever-long pony car war?
Still, the 2021 Camaro was left with a rating of 87, ahead of the Ford Mustang’s 86 and Dodge Challenger’s 85. Small margins, but a win nonetheless. What’s interesting is Dodge recently placed first of all brands in a JD Power Initial Quality Study, while its signature model fell to third in the Consumer Quality Study.
The Chevrolet Camaro also had the highest ranking of all 2021 sports cars, not just the mid-size (muscle car) category. It beat out the Hyundai Veloster in the compact sporty car category with a score of 80, and the Porsche 911 in the premium sporty car category with a score of 79. Even though these aren’t direct competitors, it’s great to see American muscle on top. There are, however, notable omissions from all three sporty car categories, so this isn’t a complete picture of all performance vehicles.