2010 Chevy Camaro: Surprisingly Refined, Predictably Bitchin' Page 2

October 8, 2009

2010 Chevrolet Camaro V-6

Having the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro over a few days that involved heavy errands, we found a few other gripes. For instance, the test Camaro had the pricey ($4,680) 21-inch polished-rim flange-and-spokes wheels some expensive wheel options, but its power side mirrors don't include a tilt-down feature when engaging reverse. Instead, we adjusted the mirror downward for parallel parking. And the long, very wide-opening doors don't even have any lights or reflectors at their edges. The auxiliary gauge pack—in keeping with an aftermarket look, perhaps—was full of reflections during daytime and had lighting that wasn't quite consistent with the main gauges at night; it was also far from the line of sight.

In our production 2010 Chevrolet Camaro test car, some of the trims didn't meet quite perfectly, center-console trim around the shifter looks (and was, on our test car) easily scratched, and it was awash with a close-but-not-quite-matching palette of matte-matallic, gray, and pearlescent gray bezels, trims, and finishes that could have been better coordinated. On the other hand, the ventilated leather upholstery was soft and comfortable, and the contrast stitching for the seats and soft-touch elbow areas looked upscale.

All these minor gripes did add up to a more significant impression that the 2010 Camaro doesn't quite strike the right balance inside; but it wasn't enough to damp our enthusiasm about the driving experience. Even in V-6 form, the Camaro was a joy to drive. The suspension is just forgiving enough to isolate jarring bumps yet enforces tenacious grip. Even with our ridiculously large wheels the Camaro stayed composed in tight, rough-surfaced corners that would have had the Mustang's tail stepping out. There's surprisingly little road noise on a wide range of surface types, and noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) overall are astonishingly under control for a pony car. Yet the 304-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 makes all the right engine sounds. There's clearly no substitute for a V-8 under the hood, but it has enough power to rip off six-second times to 60 mph and get the tires loose for just a little bit of wheelspin at launch with the six-speed automatic.

Be sure to visit TheCarConnection.com's overview page on the 2010 Chevy Camaro for specs, prices, multiple Camaro reviews, news on what might be in the works, and galleries of Camaro images. And if you're considering the Camaro, take a look—a long look—around inside. To some, imperfection is part of the appeal here; don't be surprised if, even though you see some flaws, the driving experience is more than enough to maintain the seduction.

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