2010 Chevrolet Camaro Long Term Road Test

2010 Chevy Camaro and 2009 Nissan 370Z: Gas, Oil and Money

October 08, 2009


The other day I realized that our long-term 2010 Chevy Camaro SS runs on regular gasoline (87 octane) but requires expensive synthetic oil. But our long-term 2009 Nissan 370Z requires more expensive premium gas (91 octane) but its engine is filled with much cheaper conventional oil.

Obviously, over the life of the car the Z will cost you more as you'll buy far more fuel than oil in the years you own the vehicle. But I'm still not sure it's right that the budget-buyer minded Camaro requires expensive synthetic oil.

By the way, the V6 in the Camaro LT uses conventional oil and runs on regular gas.

What do you think?

Scott Oldham, Inside Line Editor in Chief

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro in NJ is:

$251 per month*
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