2010 Camaro SS: Ergonomic Fail? Almost...
October 22, 2009
Our Long-Term 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS is equipped with the 2SS package, and that includes the cool console-mounted gauge cluster. If you're a fan of the 1967-1969 models you probably recall the original version of these gauges. I remember seeing them for the first time during a cruising event in the late 1980s (inside a mint silver 1969 Z/28).
I'm glad GM decided to offer them on the latest 'Maro, but depending on your seating position they aren't easy to see. Actually, they're never easy to see because of how low they sit, but that much I'll forgive in the name of reto cool.
However, the new Camaro's protruding climate controls can block these gauges if you sit close enough and or high enough in the driver's seat. When I adjust the seat for my comfort/control position the fan-speed dial just brushes the top of the oil pressure gauge.
I suspect the center stack designer and the console/optional-gauge-cluster designer didn't talk much before the design of both items was set (not sure how else this could happen).
Regardless, I'll give Chevy a pass on this potential ergonomic fail. But I can't speak for people who adjust the seat to a different position than mine...