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Drive-Thrus And The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro: Not A Good Match

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro 2LT -- Run to the Sun

2010 Chevrolet Camaro 2LT -- Run to the Sun

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro

2010 Chevrolet Camaro

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A few weeks ago we posted some follow-up impressions on the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro. While nearly everyone here at TheCarConnection.com loves the way it drives and performs, this time we took a slightly more critical look, in a week of errand-running and daily-grind commuting.

To make it as blunt as possible: when you let that adrenaline rush of the driving experience subside and focus on what's inside, the Camaro doesn't feel nearly so appealing.

"First off, visibility of the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro is about the worst we've seen in any production vehicle of late," we observed at that time, mentioning slim field of vision through the back window and the huge, convertible-like blind spot as part of the problem. We also pointed to the wide-opening doors, which could have used more stops (and didn't have lights or reflectors), and the seemingly uncoordinated palette of matte-metallic and gray trims.

And overall, we assessed, "the feeling is that you're driving a relatively large car with a relatively small cabin."

Now Consumer Reports has noticed that the narrow window opening in the new Camaro, along with its low seating position (and relative lack of headroom) leaves many hurdles for the drive-thrus all so common across the U.S.

CR's Jim Travers recommends that "if your motoring plans ever include a drive-through ATM or stop for a cheeseburger and bucket-sized beverage, you might want to wait to see if Chevy introduces a convertible model." Yep, cruising the Miracle Mile and going to drive-ins and drive-thrus might have been central to Camaro ownership way back when, and we know old Camaros sure didn't have cupholders, but the modern one gives up a good deal of functionality for its form.

Eating or drinking while driving is as dangerous as using a cellphone

Eating or drinking while driving is as dangerous as using a cellphone

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And that goes without mentioning the low, delicate chin spoiler that we worried about all week, creeping sideways up driveway ramps.

Putting the interior to the test is a must for any car shopper, but it's especially important in a type of vehicle that makes compromises for the sake of design and performance. Take a good, long look around inside, try to use it like you normally would while you're still on the test drive, and make sure you know what you're getting into.

For more information on how the Camaro looks, performs, protects, and prices out, visit our overview page on the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro. There you'll find galleries of images, in-detail specs, and a library of related news from the High Gear Media network, including the latest from CamaroBlog.com.

 
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  1. Interesting. In my brief Camaro drive, I noticed the same thing.
    Worse, Chevrolet seems to have replicated the same dreadful rear visibility in the new 2010 Equinox crossover, which is otherwise quite a nice car. Thankfully the Equinox I drove came with a backup camera, because its height and the gigantic blind spots on the rear sides made it almost impossible to see anything out the rear. See Drive Report, here:
    http://www.greencarreports.com/blog/1037186_drive-report-26-mpg-in-2010-chevrolet-equinox-four-cylinder
     
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  2. I will echo the interesting comment that John did above. This to me though seems to be a move a lot of the specifically American cars are taking. I recently drove the 2010 Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKT...neither of which have good rear visibility. In fact, the Taurus didn't have the reverse camera and I had a heck of a time backing it into a parking sport on a rainy and dim Colorado day. Maybe visibility is overrated?
     
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  3. This article is stupid.The excitement does not wear off.This car is SICK in Every respect.It IS THE HOTEST car out right now and EVERYONE knows that.Quit trying to act like you dont like it when you just cant afford one lame.
     
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  4. ARE you serious?? Your eating fast food in your car?? your a NASTY MF. This car is meant to be driven its not a cafeteria. Take your lame ass comments and go review a 1988 escort for christs sake.
     
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