2010 Chevrolet Camaro

2010 Chevy Camaro - Summer Catch

With the '10 Camaro finally hitting the streets (very slowly, mind you. It seems GM is having trouble keeping up with demand-that's a good thing), there's a good chance you've read about the car's driving characteristics from just about every automotive magazine journalist and online "critic" in the industry. But what about everyday people who don't get a chance to testdrive new cars on a regular basis? A good percentage of these folks will (at least GM hopes so) be shelling out the dough for one of these late-model hot rods (sorry, GM. I know you don't like it when we refer to the '10 Camaro as a hot rod). So we got our hands on a stock 2SS (our latest project car) and turned the keys over to a few Camaro.

We're happy to report that our "testdrivers" supplied us with tons of valuable feedback (likes and dislikes) on the car. So, if you are in the market to purchase a new Camaro, we think you'll find some useful information here on GM's latest thrill ride. A firm suspension should be expected in a sports car, and this was. With that said, it wasn't jarring or uncomfortable. It felt very connected to the road and stable through corners. The car was easy to shift. Finding the gears and working the clutch was smooth and swift. The gears are very long and do require a downshift from Sixth to Fifth gear for passing on the highway. The taller gears are probably great for fuel economy, but not for quick response.

The space and seating in the front was great. I am 5 feet 7 inches tall and my boyfriend is 6 feet 3 inches tall, and both of us had plenty of head and footroom, and didn't feel closed-in, plus the seats were comfortable and supportive. I could definitely spend hours in this car. The back seat is another story, and is definitely an obstacle for someone with kids or frequent backseat passengers. It's hard to climb in and out, the legroom is minimal, and headroom is not great. However, I have always loved the Camaro, and not just the first-gens. I like them all. I had a white '89 with T-tops that my dad gave me when I was 19 years old. I loved it, and I still miss that car. So I was really looking forward to driving the new Camaro, and was so excited my friends at Camaro Performers magazine gave me a day with this car.

I've heard the visibility of this car described as a cockpit or gun-turret view, and I definitely agree. The windows are short, and there are some blind spots that will take time to get used to. The rear and sideview mirrors are placed and sized well, so you can still maneuver through traffic and keep an eye out for the highway patrol. I love the looks of the car. The exterior styling is very aggressive - it looks mean and gets a lot of attention while going down the road. I also like the interior. The seats are sporty and I like how the gauges, radio, and other controls are clustered together. I'd also love to have memory settings for the driver seat and mirrors. My boyfriend and I swap cars, and it's a pain to re-adjust the seat. Also, why aren't there any handles inside for the passenger? They need an "oh sh*t" handle for when you're pulling g's around corners!

I'm currently in the market for a new car and I want something fast, and would prefer something American-made this time around (just doing what I can for the economy and the U.S. auto industry). Also, considering my budget limitations and personal taste, I have basically three choices: Camaro, Mustang, or Challenger. Thanks in part to some of the guys I went to high school with, I've never been a fan of Mustangs or Mustang drivers, so that is never going to be my first choice. As for the Challenger, other than a long-standing crush on Bo Duke, I've never been a Mopar person either. The trunk, while very spacious, has a very high lid. You have to lift items to waist-level in order to put them inside. For very heavy or bulky items, it's a workout on your back and there's the danger of scratching up the bumper while you maneuver things in and out.

Overall, I really like the styling of the '10 Camaro. The stance and look are great. I even liked the first concepts that I saw. I've been looking forward to getting my hands on this car to see if the driving experience lives up to the general bad-assness of the exterior. I'm glad to report that this car is a blast to drive! It's fast, corners well, and sounds great. It's easy to shift, which is nice while driving in heavy traffic, and makes hitting the open road a ton of fun. There are also Chevy Camaro accessories that add to the experience and comfort, like good-size cupholders, auxiliary power outlets, a USB audio input for your iPod or Smartphone, and a very big trunk.

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