Silver Linings - 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS Long-Term Road Test
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2010 Chevrolet Camaro Long Term Road Test

2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS: Silver Linings

January 22, 2010

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You know, I really want to like our Camaro. But it seems like every time I come across a positive attribute, something gets in the way. I've got some examples. For one, our Camaro has got a pretty good stereo. The nine-speaker Boston Acoustics system is quite impressive, with hefty and clear bass and clean tones in the upper registers. It ably got things bumpin' and thumpin' with L.L. Cool J's "Goin' Back to Cali" and revealed all of the complexity of a Thomas Newman film score (his mischevious use of pizzicotto amazes me). But, there's a rattle in the passenger door somewhere that bugs me when the bass hits. Rats!

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I like the seats in the Camaro. They have plenty of padding and just enough support for my frame. I can see myself driving cross-country in this car, were it not for the headrest. Ugh! I did it again, didn't I? Well, I might as well finish my thought. The bottom of the headrest seems to jut out just enough to contact the bottom of my neck (my chiropractor would call it the C4 or C5 vertebrae). I slid the headrest up as far as it'll go and it still pushes uncomfortably against the base of my neck.

OK, so there's one silver lining I'm sure that doesn't have a dark cloud - the sound of the engine. It's mean and gruff. It's just as effective as the horn to scare L.A.'s idiotic drivers back into their own rain-soaked lane. And the wonderful backpressure burble when I lift off the throttle. It's as good as a baffle-free Harley. There, no complaints on the exhaust!

Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor @ 10,890 miles


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