September 10, 2010
Last night I drove our long-term 2010 Chevy Camaro SS home (nine miles on surface streets) and noticed it needed gas, so this morning I filled it up. It took 13.389 gallons after having been driven only 179 miles. That averages to just 13.4 mpg.
Those 179 miles must have all been covered in the city, but still.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 21,350 miles
July 13, 2010
So most people on staff, including myself, just don't like the skip-shift feature on our 2010 Chevrolet Camaro. I mean, at least the skip-shift indicator on the Z06's instrument panel is easier to pick up peripherally speaking in that it's a different color from everything else. But in any case I found an easy work-around with our Camaro and it didn't require that I buy a skip-shift eliminator.
Nope, I just either floor it or simply stay in 1st gear up to 20 mph. Of course, I've also learned to look for the skip-shift indicator out of the corner of my eye, but in any case, easy peasy. So as long as I don't drive like an old lady (not that there's anything wrong with that) I'm fine.
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 18,692 miles
June 21, 2010
It's annoying. Very annoying. And that's all I have to say.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 18,898 miles
February 09, 2010
Ever wonder what the mix is for new Camaros moving off dealer lots? Well, I noticed a post on a Camaro forum that gave a link to a database site that tracks Camaros being sold and gives you the ability to filter for a variety of parameters. There seems to be some disagreement among forum posters about how truly accurate the information is, but it's certainly better than nothing.
I was interested to learn how many 2010 Camaros are like our long-term car, which is to say Camaros with the V8 and the manual transmission. The results:
Percentage of 2010 Camaros sold with the SS trim (V8): 61 percent
Percentage of those Camaro SS models with the manual transmission: 46 percent
I was a little surprised; I would have guessed lower percentages for both. Another way to look at it would be: a little more than one out of four Camaros sold is the V8/manual combination.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 11,716 miles
January 25, 2010
Our Chevy Camaro has that same feature as our Dodge Challenger. You know the one that keeps trying to put you in 4th gear. It drives me crazy. I didn't notice this the first few times I drove it. I must have been in an aggressive mood.
But this weekend, I guess I was feeling mellow. I was listening to music from the 1970s which put me back into Bobby's basement with the black light and the glowing posters. So, I guess I was just kind moseying along to the tunes and the Camaro thought I was in a fuel-saving mood.
The problem is, this skip-shift function is not as smooth as it is in the Challenger. In the Challenger you just sort of end up in 4th. Oops, the Challenger put me in 4th again. But with the Camaro, it's more like you wrestle with the shifter because it feels like it is sticking. And it does it at inappropriate times, like when I'm slowly spiraling the floors in our parking garage. You can bypass this function by driving harder or just hanging onto 1st longer. But why can't it just leave me alone?
Once I learned to drive around its little sidestep, I enjoyed the car. It feels good, has a nice rumble, and you should have seen how many men tried to tackle it at the car wash today.
By the way, the photo above is my favorite angle on the Camaro, low and Corvette-esque.
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor
October 26, 2009
On Friday I posted about possible modifications we should make to our long-term 2010 Chevy Camaro SS. In that post I stupidly forgot to mention my desire to put numerically higher (shorter) rear-end gears in the car.
Of course many of you picked up on my idiocy and began screaming for a set of 4.10 gears to replace the Camaro's tall 3.45s. But it made me wonder what it would do to the car's highway cruising ability.
As you can see in the photo, right now at 80 mph in 6th gear the Camaro's V8 is lumbering along at just under 2,000 rpm (1,860 rpm to be exact). With 3.73 gears that number would jump to 2,015 rpm and with 4.10 gears it would leap up to 2,216 rpm.
What do you think? Would the decrease in highway fuel economy be worth the additional acceleration? I say yes.
Scott Oldham, Inside line Editor in Chief
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
October 05, 2009
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.)
September 09, 2009
Like just about every car on the road these days, the Camaro doesn't really get its advertised highway mileage (24mpg) unless you're crawling along at 60mph or so.
On a recent trip on the wide open highways of California, Nevada and Utah, I consistently averaged 20.5 mpg cruising at a constant 75mph or so. Occasionally I would slow down a bit and edge up to 21mpg, but that's about it.
I'm not surprised it fell short of the EPA number, but I am impressed that it could even achieve 21mpg. That's not bad for a 3,900 pound vehicle with 426 horsepower. Come to think of it, my '68 Chevelle SS weighs about that much, was only rated at 350hp and gets about 10mpg on the highway if i feather it. Now that's progress my friends.
Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor @ 2,676 miles