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QUALITY | 6 out of 10
Hefty outside, tight inside, like most sports coupes.
produces a rowdy roar at the higher end of the engine's power band
disappointing are the hard plastics that we had hoped were banished from GM interiors
Car and Driver
the overall feel of the interior is a bit tight
The rest of the cabin is still finished in black plastic with gray accents, the worst of which is found on the sides of the transmission tunnel and center console. It all just looks downmarket.
The Chevy Camaro pays an obvious price for its meta-Sixties sheetmetal. The interior's small even by musclecar standards, and storage and trunk space are minimal.
Taller drivers get the worst of it in the Camaro, and those that race will feel it every time they strap on a helmet. The front seats--from base models to the sporty seats on ZL1s--are comfortable even for long trips. There's simply not enough headroom for six-footers, especially when a sunroof is part of the equation. Then, the low roof loses all its clearance, and the Camaro comes up short. Even getting in and out of the car can be difficult, with the roofline and long, heavy doors stretching the boundaries of convenience.
The rear seats are 911-like, which is to say, almost unusable for anyone beyond their single-digit years. There's simply not enough leg room here even for tweenagers--just under 30 inches of leg room by the spec sheet. The interior also narrows dramatically as the Camaro swells around its wheels at its hips. The trunk struggles to swallow tennis bags, and the cockpit doesn't offer much in the way of storage.
With more expensive models, the Camaro's interior livens up. It's been a sore point since the latest car was introduced in 2010: the look doesn't match the retro sheetmetal, and much of it is covered in dull, grainy plastic. It's improved over time, and the introduction of Color Touch radios glams up the center stack a lot, as do the suede finishes on the ZL1 and the brightly colored trim pieces inside the Camaro SS.
Despite these complaints, everything appears to be well-assembled, with no squeaks, creaks, or rattles intruding on the experience. Cabin noise in general is of the kind we like, and tire and wind noise are kept to a minimum.
Chevy's gradually improved the Camaro's interior, but headroom is tight, and the rear seats and trunk are very small.