Dad asked Cullen the other day which car he'd prefer: the Dodge Charger or the Chevrolet Camaro. Cullen, 12 years old, picked the Chevrolet Camaro. Maybe it's his family roots in General Motors, but he swears the Camaro is simply cooler. As any 12-year-old would do, he gave me some ambiguous statements, like, "It's more aerodynamic," and "I dunno. I just like it."
Believe it or not, these are two viable family cars. Sure, it might seem a little selfish to get a hot rod and try to pass it off as a grocery getter, but it could work. Sure, The Car Connection's review is critical of the rear seat room, but at least the car seats will fit. And small children happen to fit nicely with little head and leg room. In fact, my 12-year-old is still small enough to fit well; or maybe he's willing to put up with it just for the sake of riding in such a cool "family" car.
So, now Cullen has had his vote for our next family car. Time for the stuff I care about: Safety, price and fuel economy. The Car Connection gives the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro a solid 8 out of 10 on its review. Not only do all models come with side curtain airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system, but they also add dynamic stability control, too. All models. No price premium for safety on the Camaro. One thing to know: That cool style sacrifices a good amount of visibility. I wouldn't nix the Camaro based on this, I would just be extremely aware, and adjust my driving habits. This car is so worth it.
With prices ranging from $22,245 - $33,430, it's a reasonable price to pay for one of the coolest ways to chauffeur two car seats safely holding your children. Gas mileage? A little disappointing in the city, at 16-17 miles per gallon; highway makes up for it with ratings up to 29 MPG. So, if you take car trips, commute longer distances or survive mostly highway driving, the Camaro would be quite economical.
Are those enough reasons to make a 2010 Chevrole Camaro your family vehicle? I'd love to know what you think.
Get your kids and check this out: Pics of the 2010 Chevy Camaro.