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2010 Chevy Camaro: Form Over Function

September 16, 2010

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Other folks have complained about the Camaro's center stack being too busy and an unfortunate example of form over function. I am not one of those people.

Oh sure, the climate controls have tiny buttons that are difficult to operate at a glance. You need to have dainty little fingers to operate them, so forget about using them with gloves (for those in California, imagine the latex gloves your Botox injectionist uses but filled with toasty padding and covered in either leather or a water-proof tech fabric. It's quite the invention).

Where the hell was I? Ah yes, the Camaro center stack. The stereo isn't the simplest thing on Earth either, but in general I'm OK with a little form over function once in a while. Just compare the Camaro's dash design to those in the Mustang and Challenger. Those cars utilize cookie-cutter parts bin controls, which are easier to use than the Camaro's (OK, so the Challenger's Chrysler/Ferrari California navi unit stinks. Yes, a Ferrari uses that turkey and before the Fiat purchase), but they look really dull. GM actually took the time to create bespoke controls, which is a rarity for it to be sure, and I think it deserves credit for doing so. Just as I tolerate a Jag XF or XJ's ergonomic foibles because the interior looks so damn cool, I can do the same for the Camaro.

I can't do that for the ridiculous steering wheel since I hold that all the time and it helps me do important things like steer the car. Turning on the heated seat and going to preset 3 is less important.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 21,422 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS: Battery Power Drain?

September 14, 2010

I pulled over briefly on a side street while dropping off a friend last night, shut off the engine in our 2010 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS and flipped on the hazards. The dome light immediately began to flicker.

Moments later, I reenacted the incident for your edification, but please be warned that the video is not HD and was shot at night, hence, it's not sharp.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 21,379 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro: Still Love the Seats

September 13, 2010

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If there's one thing Chevrolet (or Holden, I suppose) really nailed with the Camaro, it's the driver seat. The seat is pretty wide with a long seat-bottom cushion to accommodate drivers of various sizes, yet it's still very supportive. The cushioning is firm. The lateral bolstering is functional. And I can sit in the seat for hours without getting uncomfortable. Tell me again why I can't have a slightly more compact version of this seat in the Corvette.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 21,376 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro: Best Sports-Car Interior?

September 07, 2010

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I was reading an article recently that mentioned the Camaro was voted a winner in Ward's Interior of the Year awards earlier this year. It competed in the sports-car category, up against the Hyundai Genesis coupe, the Mazdaspeed 3 and the Nissan Z roadster.

Which sports car gets your pick for best interior?

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor

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2010 Chevy Camaro: Rattling Door

September 07, 2010

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Something is rattling in the vicinity of the big shield of shiny plastic on the driver's door. It happens with every booming bass note from the stereo and since the stereo is naturally quite bass-heavy, it rattles quite a lot. When I pressed against the shiny grey plastic, the rattling stopped. Hopefully it can be fixed, because it's kind of annoying.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 21,270 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro: Rearward Visibility

September 02, 2010

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As I was coming into work this morning, I saw that guy, just ahead of me.

I think I've spotted the one car with worse rearward visibility than the Camaro's.

I'm pretty sure our Chevy's more fun to drive, though.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ 21, 218 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS: Booster Seats for Short Passengers?

August 30, 2010

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What are short passengers supposed to do when the top of the dash comes up to their eyes? My friend Bernadette is tiny at 5'1" and when I took her out to breakfast yesterday in our 2010 Chevrolet Camaro she made it be known, "I can't see where we're going."

I told her not to slouch and not to recline her seat so much but even though she angled the seatback forward a bit she still couldn't see. Her fix? Sitting on her sweater allowed her to see over the dash at least.

My only worry is where the airbag would deploy. Are there booster seats for adults?

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 21,133 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS: Practical Hauler?

August 16, 2010

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This weekend was not one for freewheelin' fun with our 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS. Nope, since I'm moving next week I had to do boring stuff like use it to fetch cardboard boxes. Why didn't I just take a more suitable long-term car, you ask? The Camaro and the Miata were my only choices as a car to take this weekend.

At first I was skeptical our two-door sports car could handle such a job. I even told the guy who was giving me his cardboard boxes that I probably wouldn't be able to take his whole stack. But then I remembered that the rear seats can fold down so I shoved about 40 broken-down cardboard boxes back there. Sweet! Below is a picture of all the boxes out of the car so you can get an idea of how much the Camaro held.

This weekend, I also had to pick up a dog I'm fostering for the week. I didn't know how I'd be able to fit the dog and her crate in the Camaro but then managed to just stick the crate in the front passenger seat and the dog in the back. After these chores were done, I took the car for a nice drive. It's great to be able to have my cake and eat it, too, for a change.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 20,326 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS: Fun for Family of One

August 09, 2010

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I like our Chevrolet Camaro, really I do, but I only like driving it when I'm alone in the car.

When my daughter's along, I'm constantly worrying about her climbing roughly in and out of the back seat, letting the long doors fly open and smack into other parked cars.

Muscle cars, really coupes of any kind, just aren't as enjoyable when you have a daily back-seat passenger.

Emma's not too keen on the stiffish ride, either. Although there is one Camaro trait of which she's especially fond.

She explains after the jump.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS: Graybeard Approved

August 09, 2010

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It's been a little while since I've driven our Camaro and I was reminded how much fun this car is within a second of firing up the engine. It's that engine and the resounded roar it makes in a parking garage.

First thing I did for the weekend was to go out and shoot a round. In the parking lot of the club, an older guy drove up in his shiny black ML and asked if I liked the Camaro. From experience, people usually ask about a car because either they own one, or want one. If I don't like the car, I don't slam it and offend the person. There is such a thing as constructive criticism. But I don't have a lot of negatives for this car because I realize what it is: a toy.

"So how do you like the Camaro?" the gent with the receding hairline asked asked. After a moment of thought I replied, "To be honest, this thing is a blast to drive." The guy looked at me with a smile. "Yeah, I've been looking at these pretty hard."

The Camaro made my weekend fun because I was able to blip shift this thing so easily. It had motor to blast down the freeway and pass at will. It has the added bonus that it does it all with an awesome engine note. On top of all that it looks mean. It was turning heads all weekend from all kinds of folks, both young and old. But it was graybeard in the second generation Firebird that came bombing up next to me on the freeway, gave the car a look over, flashed me a smile and a thumbs up before he blasted off again that really made my weekend.

I agree with your, Sir. It is pretty cool.

Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS: Lazy Car For a Lazy Day

July 20, 2010

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It's not as derogatory as it seems.

The new Camaro is just, well, it's a little lazy. But by lazy, I mean easy going.

This weekend Southern California baked in its first official heat wave. My house, which is within a nuclear blast radius of the beach, saw the temps hit 88 degrees. Couple that with a 'track' temperature which had to be in excess of 130 degrees and you get a recipe of misery when you're stuck in traffic.

The Camaro? Well it couldn't be bothered. The combination of its huge engine (let's not forget that this thing is over 6 liters!), massive A/C compressor, ridiculously tall gearing and massive flywheel made for an effortless afternoon of parts hauling and errand running. Couple all that overbuilt goodness with a low greenhouse and you've got what could be the perfect car for shrugging off a hot summer day.

With a murderous passion, I still hate the steering wheel.

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 18,897 miles

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2010 Chevy Camaro SS: Gauges Do The Big Sweep

July 07, 2010

I think Chevy invented this. The Corvette has been doing it for years and lately more and more manufacturers have picked up on the gimmick. What am I talking about? Watch the video above and you'll see how the gauges of our long-term Camaro do a full sweep before settling in. There is no denying it's all very dramatic, but in my book it's also a little too contrived.

What do you think? Is this cool or contrived?

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 18,578 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS: Like You Need To Ask

June 30, 2010

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I had the choice between the Miata and the Camaro over the weekend. With a buddy in town, I thought it best to drive the car with four seats.

My lady is kinda of tall at 5'11". Being the nice person she is, she got into the back seat to offer our guest the front seat on our way out to dinner. The back seat is a joke for an adult. Maybe even for kids, too. She was so jammed up back there her leg fell asleep on the way to the restaurant. Hilarity ensued as the valet waited for her to get out of the back seat.

Ok, but seriously, are you buying this car for rear leg room? Does it really matter? You don't buy cars like this for practicality, buddy. You buy them to leave the guy asking what kind of mileage you're getting in a cloud of smoke as you pull a 13.0 @ 110.9.

Look, I felt bad for my lady. That back seat does suck. But that isn't the point of this car. These cars aren't for soccer practice or for camping. It's for prowling the street in search of stop light victims or laying down a patch and listening to the music of a V8 at full throttle. They're purpose built toys so I shouldn't blame the car for it's lack of creature comfort, the fault was with me in choosing it to shuttle a bunch of people around.

For the rest of the weekend with my buddy, I drove my Mazda 3. It can carry three adults comfortably around town. But believe me, the second my friend left, I was back in the Camaro. I chirped the tires and blip shifted my way to the supermarket and back. The power of this machine is intoxicating. I loved running stupid errands just to get a chance at driving it.

To quote my Boston area friend regarding the Camaro: "This thing is wicked sick." Yes, my friend. Yes it is.

Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer @ 18,911 miles

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2010 Chevy Camaro SS: Father's Day and Musclecars

June 23, 2010

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This past Saturday my father and I decided to drive down to San Diego and take in RM Auctions Classic Muscle & Modern Performance event. It was father's day weekend after all and we had the keys to a muscle car of our very own. Exactly. I grabbed the keys to our long-term 2010 Chevy Camaro SS for the 300 mile trip down the coast and back.

Our Camaro seemed like the right car to take. The RM event was heavy on classic American muscle. Of the 102 cars up for sale, about 80 were muscle cars from the late 1960s and early 1970s, from L88 Corvettes to GTOs to Boss 429 Mustangs to three beautiful 1969 Camaro Z28s. And everything in between. All selling a no reserve, by the way. Plus, my dad's old pal Jim Wangers was selling a few of his cars so we got to see Jim and catch up.

No, we didn't buy anything, but RM puts on a wonderful event and we had a blast. And the our silver Camaro was the perfect car for the day. It not only fit the theme, but it really showed us how far the Camaro and muscle cars have come since the time of free love and Woodstock.

Our new Camaro SS could not be more comfortable on a long trip. Or entertaining. It satisfied my needs and desires from the driver's seat and my dad's demanding requirements from the shotgun position. Although he did complain that our XM radio subscription had expired and he was unable to jam to '50s on 5.

Doo wop withdrawl aside, our Camaro delivered. Great car. Now, what should we drive to the Barrett-Jackson event in Orange County this weekend? Viper?

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS: Cue Ball vs. Pistol Grip

June 17, 2010

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Now that the Camaro's Tremec TR-6060 transmission has been repaired, I'm once again reminded that this transmission represents a big leap forward over the original T-56 found in the 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

More people have noticed the bolt-action style with short throws and relatively high-effort gear engagement that the TR-6060 and T-56 share. Of course the TR-6060 works like something from this century, while the increasingly stubborn linkage of the T56 is starting to bind as if it had come from a rusty hunting rifle of the last century.

But everyone still hates the Camaro's shift knob with its rounded top surface and flat sides.

My guess is that it depends on the way you hold the shift lever.

If you want to hold it with your hand on top as if the knob were a cue ball, the oddly shaped knob feels awkward and the stitching of the leather cuts your hand. If you push the knob forward with the heel of your hand and bring it back with your fingers, letting the spring preload in the linkage find the next gear (which it will do, reminds Danny McKeever, the racing school instructor who gives the Edmunds staff a refresher course every fall at his Fast Lane Racing School), the knob works fine. And if you like to hold the gear lever from behind, reaching around it as if it were the shift lever in an open wheel racing car (which is what I prefer), then the flat sides help it fit your hand perfectly.

My guess is that the Chevy designer tried to combine the traditional cue ball with the Chrysler-style pistol grip. There are plenty of people who like one or the other, but no one seems to like this attempt to combine both. Of course, no one seems to have been able to ask the GM designer what he was after in the first place.

What's interesting here is that the way that you interface with the controls has so much to do with the quality of the driving experience. Sometimes the trouble lies with the car, and sometimes the trouble lies with you. It just depends on how you hold your hand.

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor @ 18,443 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS: Wish It Wouldn't Do This

May 27, 2010

It's worse on rain-grooved pavement with lots of expansion joints, but it happens to some extent on all pavement, which I know is to be expected... but it looks so odd with the large baseball shifter cap bobbing around. Shot on a closed course, of course.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 16,767 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS: Sunglasses Optional

May 24, 2010

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If there's an upside to what passes for a "greenhouse" in our long-term 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS it comes in the form of light control.

I was driving it on a cloudless day this weekend and suddenly it ocurred to me: I'm not wearing my sunglasses. I hadn't put them on because I hadn't felt any need to protect my eyes from the sun's glare; the Camaro's lack of cabin glass was doing it for me.

Admittedly, it was about mid-day and the sun was almost directly overhead. Had it been late afternoon, with the car pointed west, I'm sure I'd have reached for the Ray Bans. But between the black interior that sucks up light and the pillbox style of the car's upper body I didn't need to don any protective eyewear.

Does this make up for the car's lack of outward visibility? No. But when faced with a negative circumstance we should always try to look on the bright side...so to speak.

Karl Brauer, Editor at Large @ 16,581 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS: The Fog's Getting Thicker

May 20, 2010

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On my drive home, I noticed an odd patch of fog accumulating just above the defroster vents. No big deal, since we've been getting an unusual amount of gloomy weather for the last couple of days. I cranked up the defroster, but the foggy patch remained. Weird. I reached up to run my finger through it and realized it was on the outside of the car. A quick flip of the wipers got rid of it, but about 10 minutes later, it reappeared. I'm guessing it's just some residual moisture under the hood that's being directed towards the windscreen from the hood cowl.

It's not nearly as bad as my little Elise, though. When it rains, the hood mounted radiator produces enough steam to completely white-out the windshield every time I take off from a stop.

Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor @ 16,830 miles

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2010 Chevy Camaro SS: Racing at California Speedway

March 31, 2010

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On Saturday I packed the wife and kids into our long-term 2010 Chevy Camaro SS and drove it out to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana to take in the AMA motorcycle races.

It sucked. Badly.

Not the Camaro. The 150 mile round trip in the Camaro was great. The races sucked. 4,000 mph winds delayed the track activities and made spectating quite uncomfortable. We drove over an hour to get there. Sat in the wind for an hour. Watched 15 minutes of practice. Decided it wasn't worth it and got back in the car.

So instead of a fun day at the track I had a fun day behind the wheel of our SS. Before heading home we continued east on I-10 to Redlands, California to one of our favorite Mexican restaurants, Oscar's in downtown Redlands. Don't miss it.

Then we hit the inlaws in San Bernardino. We headed for home late when the traffic was light and I can take advantage of the Camaro's motor and stability.

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2010 Chevy Camaro SS: Digital Speedometer?

March 29, 2010

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Somebody that helped design the interior of the 2010 Chevy Camaro SS has driven a Porsche Boxster, Cayman or recent 911.

How do I know?

Simple. They decided to compromise the readability of the Camaro's analog speedometer in the name of style (Packed full of numbers with a thick needle that covers more than 5 mph at any one time.). Then they added a digital speed readout so you can see how fast you're going.

Hey, if it's good enough for the folks in Stuttgart...

Personally, I applaud the GM guys for recognizing the need for the digital speedo and addressing it, but I'd also rather just have an analog speedometer I can read.

Scott Oldham, Inside Line Editor in Chief @ 14,697 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS: I Like This Character Line

March 10, 2010

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A crisp horizontal line sweeps across the dash of our 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS and flows through to the rearmost end of either doortop panel. When the doors are closed, this one design element has a strong unifying effect, as the whole cabin feels like a single, enclosed space -- a genuine cockpit.

The line also has the effect of lowering the very high Camaro dash. The effect is more psychological than actual, but I'm sure the small windshield area would be more bothersome without this character line.

At night, I like this design element even better, because a thin ribbon of turquoise (or aquamarine) light flows all the way through, to the rear edges of the door panels.

This character line also helps distinguish (for better or for worse) the 2010 Camaro from the Pontiac G8. From the cabin, the muscle car feels completely different from the big sedan.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 13,071 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro: Family Road Trip

February 16, 2010

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Normally vehicles like our Ford Flex or the XC60 are the vehicles of choice for family road trips. But over the weekend I decided to try out our Chevrolet Camaro by doing a 600-mile trip with my wife and two-year-old daughter. I knew the Camaro would automatically be more interesting to drive than about 90 percent of every other new car out there, but would its inherently small backseat and trunk make it a poor road-trip companion?

Results from the Camaro drive follow after the jump.

First, some specific observations:

Highway passing power: Heh, with the 426-horsepower V8, there's not much to worry about here. But sixth gear is pretty tall. At speeds less than 70 mph, I typically kept it in fifth gear. For a respectable highway pass, you'll want fourth.

Ride quality and road noise: For a sport coupe, the Camaro was fine. Its ride is not as comfortable as our long-term Challenger's, but it doesn't beat you up, either. Wind and road noise are again acceptable.

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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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2010 Chevy Camaro: Shifter Also Not Intended for Humans

January 20, 2010

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So it's not as bad as the nonsensical steering wheel, but the Camaro's shifter is also an ergonomic annoyance. Note how its knob is essentially a ball with its edges chopped off. As such, it doesn't exactly fit well or comfortably in the human hand.

Instead, Mike Magrath instantly identified the person this shifter is meant for ...

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2010 Chevy Camaro SS: Retro Gauges

January 14, 2010

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I love the retro cool look of these gauges in the 2010 Camaro SS.

But do you think they are hard to read?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS: Visibility

January 13, 2010

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More video. Yay!

As you can see, visibility from the Camaro is not terrible. It's certainly better than our Challenger and 370Z.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 Camaro SS: Speak Softly and Carry a Big V8

January 12, 2010

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When I was a teenager I briefly dated a guy who had a semi-beat Camaro that he used to tinker with himself. That thing idled so high and was so loud inside, it used to turn my stomach. That relationship didn't last very long, especially when my Dad spotted me in that car.

Our 2010 Camaro doesn't have any of that grit. Well, it also hasn't been worked over by whatever-his-name-was.

This new Camaro keeps you insulated from its own noise. The cabin stays fairly quiet. I made a video for you of it starting. But it was so quiet, I had to make it again with the windows down so you could hear it:

It's still kinda quiet. Sounds like any car.

When driving, the revs stay very low. I assume for fuel economy? It seems no matter how fast I was going, even if I was only in third gear, the tach always hovered around 2,000 rpm.

It's reserved for a muscle car. But it's got plenty left in case you find a hole in traffic.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro: Coupe Carrying Coupe

January 04, 2010

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On your 16th birthday you dream of walking into the garage to find a shiny new Chevy Camaro coupe wearing a big red bow.

On your 1st birthday your expectations are a little more realistic, considerably less expensive, and your dream coupe will fit in the rear seat of a 2010 Camaro.

But boxed or assembled, the Cozy Coupe won't fit in the Chevy's trunk.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 9,763 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS: These Gauges Don't Work

December 03, 2009

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Ergonomically speaking, they don't work. Electrically speaking, they don't work either.

I have a feeling the guy that bolted on our spoiler also installed the gauge pod.

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 8,916 miles

PS. Nothing gets the heart going like looking at your oil pressure gauge and seeing it read zero.

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2010 Chevy Camaro SS: Good Road Trip Ride

November 27, 2009

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My recent road trip to Palm Springs, California in our long-term 2010 Chevy Camaro SS wasn't quite the excursion of my Monterey run in our long-term Genesis, but it did reveal the road trip friendliness of Chevy's new muscle car.

This thing loves the highway.

Now, Palm Springs isn't exactly on the other side of the Earth from our Santa Monica office. It's about 125 miles due east on Interstate 10. Still, I appreciated the Camaro's compliant ride, its well-shaped seats and its above average cross-wind stability, which was truly put to the test our in the gusty California desert.

More than once we've complained about the Camaro's large size and high heft, but out on the open road, lumbering along at 1,900 rpm at 80 mph, that big long wheelbase and nearly two-ton curb weight are appreciated. They help give the car a locked down feeling, which makes a long drive less fatiguing on the driver. In the old days they used to call it road hugging weight. And while I understand its drawbacks (which are many), it's one of the reasons the Camaro is so good on a long drive.

Our long-term Dodge Challenger R/T is cut from the same cloth. Neither of these machines is rather intoxicating on a mountain road. They handle fine, but they are just too large and heavy to really carve up a twisting two-lane.

But they both thrive on the highway. On the open road. Out in the great expanse that is America.

I don't think I'd have it any other way.

Scott Oldham, Inside Line Editor in Chief

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2010 Chevy Camaro SS: Heated Seats Are Good

November 26, 2009

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Recently, one of you guys asked for a review of our Camaro's heated seats. Well here it is. Don't ever say I don't come through for ya

The Camaro's two-level heated seats are very good. They warm up quickly, deliver even heat throughout the seatback and bottom cushions and are powerful enough when on "high" to force me into the sweats on a 55 degree evening. Usually after five minutes or so I have found myself backing the heat off to the "Low" setting and leaving it there for the duration of the trip.

In truly cold climates I think the Camaro's seat heaters have the power to satisfy the butt warming needs of most consumers. Even on Thanksgiving.

Scott Oldham, Inside Line Editor in Chief

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS: Members Only

November 20, 2009

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When I first saw the seat belt strap on our 2010 Chevrolet Camaro, I couldn't help but remember those old Members Only jackets from the 80s. To this day I can't look at the seats without a laugh.

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS: The Purchase Dilemma

November 09, 2009

Our long-term 2010 Chevy Camaro SS leaves me a little perplexed. On one hand, I'm pretty sure I like it more than some other editors on staff. But when a friend posed the following question yesterday -- "Would you buy one?" -- I stumbled with uncomfortable uncertainty.

Well, first, let's assume that if I didn't buy one, which new muscle/pony car would I buy? I do find it more than a little ironic that the Ford Mustang GT, live rear axle and all, handles and steers better. You get a better interior out of the deal, too. But current-generation Mustangs are ubiquitous and I'd get tired of seeing myself all the time. When is the next Mustang Bullitt coming out? That'd be what I want.

Then there's the Challenger, the Washington Redskins of the new pony car wars. It came in third in the two comparison tests we've done, and that was with the R/T and SRT8 -- I'd hate to see how the V6 model would shape up. But it's also surprisingly lovable when viewed with retro 3D glasses. All is right with the world in our long-term R/T when I load up some James Brown, prop my elbow on the window sill and hit the highway. Our black Challenger is down on muscle, and I'd need to give it a redo in regards to the tires, wheels and suspension to make it look right, but there's a refreshing honesty here.

Which leads me back to the Camaro. The Camaro's interior foibles don't really bother me. Yep, the steering wheel is lame and outward visibility is poor, but as Jay wrote in the first pony car comparison, "You want to kick ass, or fondle the door panels, sissy?" Meanwhile, for the two things muscle/pony cars are supposed to do best -- go fast and look good -- the Camaro SS gives you a beefy V8 under the hood and well-conceived exterior styling.

So what's missing? I think it's personality. As awful as they were, the old F-bodies had a certain appeal that translated roughly to: "Let's go do burnouts at the high school!" They were low-brow, but they were fun. The new Camaro, in contrast, is more refined. That's a good thing, of course, and it's the best pony car here. But there's very little here that speaks to my heart. I don't find myself aching to own one, and I have to admit that I'd probably put a Challenger in my garage before a new Camaro.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 6,302 miles

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2010 Camaro SS: Ergonomic Fail? Almost...

October 22, 2009

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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...

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro: Down Low

October 12, 2009

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After a full weekend with the Camaro, I'm starting to get used to some of its little (and not-so-little) quirks. But one that still gets me every time is the position of its interior door handles. They're down low. Real low. After dark, there's not a lot of light down there, and I always find myself struggling to get a grip on the handle.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro: Button, Button, Who's Got the Button?

October 05, 2009

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Last night was the first time I've had to gas up our 2010 Chevrolet Camaro. And since it was dark and I'm not familiar with this car, I was a bit irritated when I couldn't find the switch to display the tripmeter on the instrument panel. I frantically felt around the IP trying to find that little knob but to no avail. Can you figure it out looking at the above picture? (BTW apologies if someone else has already blogged about this. I can't figure out how to look at the old Camaro posts. Aarrrgh! I've already reported this bug.)

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2010 Chevy Camaro: Priorities

October 02, 2009

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Over the last year we've produced, shot, and edited almost 10 different videos featuring Chevy's latest Mustang slayer. But as with most road tests, we don't drive much. Actually, we never do. Now's our chance to get behind the wheel.

During three hours of highway time, and a healthy back and forth banter between Edmuunds Video Team members, we were able to get a consensus, a first impression, of our long term Camaro.

Here's what we don't like. It's got a mushy and ill-placed shifter. The salad bowl-like steering wheel. The visibility is horrible. Transformers association. Will it be worth anything in 5, or even 2 years?

But really, at the end of the day, when you hear this, does any of that matter?

Seth Compton, Field Producer

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2010 Chevy Camaro SS: Find the AC Button

September 28, 2009

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Try to de-select the air-conditioner's recirculation button while driving the Camaro SS (at night or early in the morning), and this is what it looks like. A combination of a busy ride and lots of small buttons makes it a challenge. Follow the jump to see the same center console after I parked and the task becomes only a little easier.

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS: Nice Little Detail, Good Job Chevy

September 24, 2009

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This is a simple thing. Just a small strap to keep the seat belt close to the seat so you don't have to reach very far to grab it. Looks nice doesn't it? There's even a real metal snap on the end to open it up if you need too.

So why does this deserve praise? Because I've seen far too many cars, both cheap and expensive, with an ugly piece of plastic mounted on the seat to accomplish the same job. Not only do they typically look flimsy, they usually have some narrow little slot to get the belt out that inevitably causes the belt to flip and tangle, or it simply releases the belt entirely rendering the whole contraption useless.

I don't imagine the Camaro's strap was the least expensive option, but Chevrolet's engineers found a way to use it anyway. Good on them.

Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor, Inside Line @ 4,223 miles

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS: The Steering Wheel of Safety

September 18, 2009

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Yes, the steering wheel of the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS is very much a retro design with its recessed hub. It has aroused a lot of comment because the odd ergonomics of the rim make it hard to hold the wheel comfortably and also compromise the action of the controls mounted on the spokes.

But back when the Camaro was new (and before three-point seat belts had become more than just a wacky bit of safety technology from Volvo), the recessed hub was considered a serious safety feature. You see, a steering column close to your chest proved a very unpleasant thing in a car crash, and a recessed hub not only reduced chest injuries but the rim design also provided a crude form of energy absorbtion.

When safety began to be taken seriously during the 1950s, recessed steering wheel hubs became a useful feature. Even in the front-engine roadsters at the Indy 500 had elaborately padded steering wheel hubs.

So there once was a time when a steering wheel like this served a useful (and very serious) purpose. We'll see how we get along with it over the next year.

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor @ 4,025 miles.

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2010 Chevy Camaro: The Right Chevy Wheel

September 04, 2009

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Last week after I WRONGed the Camaro's wheel, I seem to recall a lot of people commenting to the gist of "Chevy can't win. If GM had put the boring wheel from the Vette in the Camaro, you guys would have complained about that too!"

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS: A Viable Family Car? Sure

August 31, 2009

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A weekend with our new long-term 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS meant it was time to put it through my most important test regimen. Power slides on Mulholland? Smoky burnouts in the quiet industrial parks? Seeing how far it goes after the fuel light comes on?

No, those are my second most important test parameters. First, in any car with a back seat, I have to see if that seat is a functional feature or simply a cruel joke meant to fool insurance companies into offering lower rates. In too many two-door coupes it's often the latter.

But not in the new Chevy Camaro. While four full-sized adults will never fit comfortably in this car, two adults and two children can realistically travel for extended periods. My son, at 5-foot even, fit easily behind my wife of 5'4", while my daughter at 4'8" squeezed behind my 6-foot frame with no actual contact between seat and legs (though it was pretty close).

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS: WRONG Wheel

August 28, 2009

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You're going to hear a lot about form over function in the next year regarding our new long-term 2010 Camaro SS. The entire car is an extravaganza of exuberant car designers getting the upper hand on ergonomics and practicality. The debate on whether this is a good thing or bad thing shall be interesting.

But sometimes there should be no debate and that's what the WRONG stamp is for. And my largest WRONG stamp is reserved for bone-headed disasters like the Camaro steering wheel.

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