2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS: Source...of Frustration
January 19, 2010
The steering wheel in our long-term Camaro SS has been the source of much frustration over the past 6 months. Most people don't like the shape of the rim, and the location and thickness of the spokes further complicates how and where you grab it.
But more frustrating than either of those traits is the combination source/track advance button on the right spoke. To move forward or backward in station presents or CD tracks you're supposed to move the button up and down. To switch between media sources (CD, radio, iPod, etc.) you push the button straight in. And to keep from screaming at the button I just use the primary audio controls in the center stack.
It's a sloppy design, really, and one that makes using the button difficult even at a dead stop. With a weak spring underneath the button you're as likely to jump from satellite radio to iPod playlists as you are to switch tracks/stations -- regardless of which action you're truly seeking. Any interaction with the button while in motion is a complete roll of the dice.
A vehicle's steering wheel is the primary touchpoint between car and driver. Like a computer's keyboard or a motorcycle's handgrips. It's unfortunate the Camaro's is so poorly executed, as it makes it tougher to enjoy the Chevy's relatively nimble handling and willing engine.
Karl Brauer, Edmunds.com Editor in Chief @ 10,940 miles