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2010 New Chevrolet Camaro review


Chevrolet Camaro Overview

The new 2010 Chevrolet Camaro price at MSRP: $22,245 – $33,430 is a well defined two-door coupe. It has a thoroughly modern design with some visual cues from the 1969 Camaro model.  This is the perfect car of recent times with a striking style. It also offers the true value of every dollar spent.

The only official information that we have received is that this model will be a perfect blend of high tech innovations and groundbreaking designs. They have promised to raise the benchmark for the existing luxury car segment.  The company boasts of many new innovative features but sadly we may not know as the cars are likely to be sold in the overseas markets only. The main reason that we can conclude for Lexus entering into the Overseas market is that the new hatchback will be an entry-level model and will definitely be priced below the IS range – a segment that is unlikely to enter in North America.

Chevrolet Camaro Body Style

The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro is styled on the basis of the retro model but lacks the vintage looks. It offers a true balance between the older Camaro version using modern elements. The exterior body is designed with a low roofline that offers an appealing look to this coupe. The vestigial vents situated ahead of the rear wheels and the hooded headlights are cues taken from the past model and blend well with modern materials and build quality. The overall exterior of this model offers a rich contemporary look. The interiors of the cars are also designed keeping in mind the retro look. The controls are situated on the cool center stack. The buttons are tiny and can be ergonomically challenging in the operation. Overall the exteriors as well as the interiors have taken the best of the older model and revamped it to give a fashionable look.

Chevrolet Camaro Features

The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro is available in five trim levels viz. LS, 1LT, 2LT, 1SS and 2SS.The LS, 1LT and 2 LT are equipped with the V6 while the latter two models are equipped with the V8. The basic features included in all the models are 18 inch black Heritage steel wheels, front bucket seat with power-reclining seatbacks, cruise control, keyless entry, cloth upholstery, a tilt or telescoping steering wheels and a CD/MP3 audio system with satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack. The new Camaro is equipped with numerous features that one would generally expect from a car of this range. We feel that if the NAV screen was added to the standard features, it would have been quite appreciating. There are many additional features that are available for all those who are tech crazy. Those buyers who wish to buy a fully-loaded car even at a higher price can buy the SS versions. The optional features that are available in a single package are Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port and iPod controls that come with the Connectivity Package, nine-speaker Boston Acoustics sound system xenon headlights, exclusive 20-inch aluminum wheels and a spoiler.

Chevrolet Camaro Performance

The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro offers such good performance that it can give a toss to its competitors. The new Camaro is powered with a 304 horsepower, 3.6 liters, V6 engine which is so powerful that it can compete with Mustang GT which features V8 engines. The SS version of the new Camaro is equipped with the V8 and gets 400 hp and 410-pound feet of torque when combined with automatic transmission and a complete 426 horsepower and 420-pound feet of torque when paired with manual transmission. The V6, as well as the V8 engine, comes with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. We found that the V6 manual transmission offers good overall precision while the V8 with automatic comes with a cylinder-deactivation feature for enhanced fuel economy. This model is also equipped with independent multilink suspension and  Z rated 245/45 front and 275/40 rear Pirelli P Zero tires mounted on 20-inch wheels which offer smooth handling even on uneven roads with hardly any disturbance to the cabin.

We noticed that the steering wheel has enough power assists to make it a daily driving car, it also adapts well even on curvy roads. The brakes were mushy on the V6 models while the SS models were equipped with Brembo brakes. The automotivecraze team found that the SS model offered a smooth ride from zero to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds with either automatic or manual transmission which is quite appreciating while the V6 model goes from zero to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds.  This car has an abundance of power to offer a smooth ride. During the various test drives, the new Camaro offered an impressive fuel economy despite the powerful engines. The V6 version offers fuel economy of 17 mpg city levels on manual transmission and 18 mpg city with the automatic transmission and 29 mpg highway. The V8 version offered a fuel economy of 16mpg on city roads and 24 mpg on highways with manual transmission and 25mpg on highways with automatic transmission.

Chevrolet Camaro Quality

The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro is well designed using good quality materials to provide the utmost comfort to the passengers traveling. The front seats of this model have enough leg space and headroom and can accommodate anyone and of any size however, the rear seats are tiny and not as comfortable as the front row. The trunk space is also small and cannot haul large cargo. The interiors are designed with good quality materials and Chevy has made their repute by using higher quality materials. They have taken care even for the finer details like window switches, A/C dials to the turn-signal stalks, radio buttons, etc.  The plastics used in the inner cabin have low-gloss finishes across the doors and dash which imparts good looks but are a little hard to touch. The proof of good quality can be noted from the driving experience, as while you travel you cannot experience any road noise or wind noise.

Chevrolet Camaro Safety

The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro comprises of a long list of standard safety features. They include front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, antilock disc brakes, stability control, and basic OnStar. There have been no crash tests conducted to verify the authenticity of these features. The main safety drawback that can be noted is that there is a huge blind spot in the C-pillar that blocks the rear vision while driving. This could turn out to be a safety hazard.

Chevrolet Camaro Conclusion

The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro is a perfectly styled modern car with inputs from the past. The main highlights of this car are its unique body style which makes heads turn, extraordinary acceleration with both the engine types, good fuel economy and above all it offers smooth handling and a comfortable drive. The only drawback that we noted was its compromised visibility, uncomfortable rear seat and the interiors could have been better.