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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
While Ford's Mustang can be had with an astounding touch-screen, sterling navigation operation, dual-zone climate control, six-disc CD changer and a reversing camera, the Camaro gets no such fripperies
HVAC controls require a lot of attention to get the desired airflow
There's no LCD in this dashboard, and no onboard navigation system available. Instead, the Camaro offers route guidance through OnStar, which we regard as an inferior solution
uplevel Boston Acoustics audio system, which sounded about how you'd expect: not particularly sophisticated, but plenty loud and punchy
The low-end versions, about $25,000, arguably were the best of the bunch.
The 2011 Chevrolet Camaro sure has the looks and performance to bring traffic into the dealership, but the wealth of standard and optional features will help seal the deal.
All 2011 Camaros are well equipped with air conditioning, power windows, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, a rear-window defroster, and a capable audio system with XM Satellite Radio compatibility. The three trim levels include increasingly more equipment: the base LS, the uplevel LT, and the V-8-powered SS. The RS option group can be added to the LT or SS models, and it gives the Camaro a more aggressive look with HID headlamps and "halo" rings, a rear spoiler, unique taillamps, and 20-inch aluminum wheels.
If you want to load up an SS, the bottom-line price, should you choose items like heated leather seats, a moonroof, and one of many customization and wheel options, can approach the $45,000 mark.
Among the few disappointments is the lack of a screen-based nav system, and Bluetooth connectivity isn't standard; Bluetooth comes with a USB port and iPod controls in a so-called Connectivity Package. Among the most intriguing options is a nine-speaker Boston Acoustics sound system.
For 2011, a new Synergy Green color joins the palette, and a Head-Up display—like what's been offered in the Corvette for a number of years—is now also available in the Camaro.
Although the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro can function as a rather basic pony car, it has the potential to become a sophisticated, tech-savvy coupe.