Driving the cartoonishly cool 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS is like mowing your lawn naked: passersby will gawk and ask questions, and you'll probably be having too much fun to notice. Either that or you won't see the gawkers in the first place, thanks to the Camaro's extraordinarily high beltline and enormous rear blind spots.
But compromised sight lines seem a reasonable price to pay for the Camaro's killer exterior styling, which made even our long-term Nissan GT-R supercar look comparatively mundane down in the company garage. Throw in rear-wheel drive, a 426-horsepower V8 (400 hp with the automatic) and a capable chassis, and you've got yourself a certifiable thrill ride no grassy yard or exhibitionist streak required.
Measured against rival performance coupes, the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS doesn't always come up roses. The six-speed manual transmission's tall gearing means downshifts are required with unbecoming frequency in hard driving, and there's no performance rear axle option à la the Ford Mustang GT and its available 3.73 ratio.
Also, the Chevy lacks the classic V8 exhaust rumble that both the Mustang GT and the Dodge Challenger R/T have in abundance. And while the Camaro SS is a willing and well-balanced dance partner on twisty roads, it can't break it down like an Infiniti G37 coupe or BMW 135i.
Nonetheless, this Camaro has more all-around appeal than just about any performance car in the $30,000-$40,000 price range. For the muscle-car crew, it's got a burnout-ready combination of big V8 power and rear-wheel drive. For the image-conscious, it boasts one of the most inspired and distinctive shapes on the road today. For automotive enthusiasts of all stripes, it offers scintillating speed and reasonably sure-footed handling. Small wonder that the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS is flying off dealer lots, even in these tough times.
Transmission choice determines the power output for the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS. Our test car had the hefty yet precise six-speed manual, so it was treated to the full-bore 426-hp 6.2-liter LS3 V8; opt for the six-speed automatic and you'll be downgraded to the still-formidable 400-hp L99 V8.
At the test track, our Camaro SS roared from zero to 60 mph in 5 seconds flat en route to a 13.1-second quarter-mile at 109.4 mph -- a whopping 7 mph faster than the last Mustang GT we tested. On our slalom course, however, the Camaro swapped places with that 'Stang, snaking through at 65.8 mph to the Ford's 68.4. Braking performance was beyond reproach: Our Camaro's Brembo binders hauled it down from 60 mph in just 111 feet.
In the real world, the Camaro SS is really fast. Constant vigilance is required on the highway, as felonious speeds are shockingly easy to attain thanks to the Corvette-derived LS3 V8's rare combination of force and refinement. Our only complaint concerns the manual transmission's relatively tall gearing, which had us downshifting into 2nd with Honda-like frequency on twisty roads -- not exactly what you'd expect from a Camaro SS. Perhaps Chevy will see fit to offer an optional shorter rear axle ratio in the not-too-distant future.
In the handling department, the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS acquits itself quite well for a 3,894-pound muscle car -- the couchlike Challenger R/T, for example, doesn't stand a chance -- but it's ultimately outdone by the nimbler and more tossable Mustang GT, not to mention the G37 and 135i. Part of this deficit is due to the Camaro's elevated beltline and cowl, which sap driver confidence by making it impossible to see the corners of the car.
The Chevy would also benefit from more responsive steering: Our test car was beset by a noticeable delay between steering input and response, which further eroded our eagerness in quick transitions. Overall, though, the Camaro SS handles well enough to satisfy most shoppers in this segment, and in true muscle car fashion, its enormous V8 power alone is bound to win over some naysayers.
Hop behind the 2010 Camaro SS's wheel and you'll immediately notice one of its most obvious flaws — the wheel itself. We concluded that whoever designed this deep-dish contraption must not have human hands, as the wide rim just isn't shaped and contoured properly; give the standard nine-and-three hand position a shot and you'll see what we mean. Otherwise, the Camaro SS is an impressively comfortable sport coupe.
In typical GM fashion, the air-conditioner had no trouble contending with triple-digit California heat. The front seats are well-cushioned and supportive, the ride is adequately compliant despite the 20-inch wheels (mandatory on SS models), and neither wind nor road noise is objectionable at legal speeds, though we do object to the V8's oddly subdued exhaust note.
The rear seat lacks headroom, so its agreeable contours will likely be lost on adult riders, but we bet most Camaro drivers would rather have more style and less passenger space than the other way around. Bottom line: For such a cool and capable car, the Camaro's comfort easily exceeds expectations.
The new Camaro's control layout is a mixed bag. We applaud Chevy for giving the Camaro a distinctive interior design instead of copying the Challenger's rental-car aesthetic, but the result is not always user-friendly. The lowlight is the tiny climate-control buttons, which are difficult to make out at a glance. On the other hand, the big rubberized knobs for fan speed and temperature are models of convenience and quality.
Standard on our 2SS tester was the uplevel Boston Acoustics audio system, which sounded about how you'd expect: not particularly sophisticated, but plenty loud and punchy. The USB port in the center console storage box made hooking up our iPod a cinch, and we found the head unit's integrated iPod controls to be satisfactory.
In our real-world functionality tests, the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS managed to score a passing cargo-hauling grade despite its compact 11.3-cubic-foot trunk and tiny opening. Our standard suitcase slipped in without issue, and we didn't even have to remove the driver from our golf bag to make it fit — the trick is simply to load it diagonally. As for our rear-facing child safety seat, we did successfully wedge it into the Camaro's backseat, but the front passenger won't be pleased with the meager amount of legroom that's left over.
Design/Fit and Finish
The new Camaro's bold exterior styling has been the driving force behind both its early sales success and its starring role in the movie Transformers. We suppose there are better-looking cars on the road, but most of them cost a lot more than this attainable Chevy.
Inside, the Camaro gets high marks for creativity but low marks for materials quality, where it's outshone by both the Mustang and the Challenger. Fit and finish on our test car was mostly solid, but we noted a persistent squeak from the driver-side B-pillar and a misalignment where the driver door panel met the dashboard.
Who should consider this vehicle
The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS is a muscle car with crossover appeal. If you want a ride that turns heads, goes fast and handles well for a reasonable price, put this one on your list. Shopping options are both plentiful and alluring at this price point, though. In particular, be sure to check out the smaller and more maneuverable Ford Mustang GT.
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2010 Chevrolet Camaro Overview
The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro is offered in the following submodels: Coupe, 2SS, 1SS. Available styles include 2SS 2dr Coupe (6.2L 8cyl 6M), 1LT 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl 6M), and 1SS 2dr Coupe (6.2L 8cyl 6M). Camaro models are available with a 6.2 l-liter gas engine or a 3.6 l-liter gas engine, with output up to 426 hp, depending on engine type. The 2010 Camaro comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed manual. The 2010 Camaro comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ 100000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 100000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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Price comparisons for used 2010 Chevrolet Camaro trim styles:
The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro LS is priced around $9786 with average odometer reading of 110750 miles.
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Review Fun car to drive. I have never owned such a fun car to drive. Power and performance are outstanding. Reliability? Come on, Chevy. I know you can do better. Within months of purchasing the car it began to do "funny" things. Like telling me all 4 tires were flat and not one was, giving me an airbag warning and adjusting radio volume on its own to name a few. The Chevy dealer said it needed a computer upgrade and we did that. Everything was good for a few weeks, and the issues began again. Back to dealer, same problem. Now, 60K miles into it, the car has left me stranded twice and I no longer have any faith in the reliability. Be warned if you are looking for a reliable vehicle.
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2010 chevrolet camaro 2SS 2dr Coupe (6.2L 8cyl 6M), 6-speed manual, premium unleaded (recommended) 19 combined MPG 16 city MPG/24 highway MPG
2010 chevrolet camaro 1LT 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl 6M), 6-speed manual, regular unleaded 21 combined MPG 17 city MPG/29 highway MPG
2010 chevrolet camaro 1SS 2dr Coupe (6.2L 8cyl 6M), 6-speed manual, premium unleaded (recommended) 19 combined MPG 16 city MPG/24 highway MPG
What options are available on the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro?
Available Chevrolet Camaro 2010 Submodel Types: Convertible, Coupe, ZL1, 2SS, Hatchback, 1SS, Z/28
Available Trims: LT, SS, ZL1, 1LS, 2SS, LT w/1LT, SS w/2SS, 2LT, Base, Z28, 1LT, LT w/2LT, 1SS, SS w/1SS, Z/28, LS, RS
Exterior Colors: Hyper Blue Metallic, Red Hot, Nightfall Gray Metallic, Garnet Red Tintcoat, Mosaic Black Metallic, Ashen Gray Metallic, Red Rock Metallic, Blue Ray Metallic, Bright Yellow, Crystal Red Tintcoat , Arctic Blue Metallic, Black, Blue Velvet Metallic, Red Jewel Tintcoat, Silver Ice Metallic, Imperial Blue Metallic, Inferno Orange Metallic, Rally Yellow, Cyber Gray Metallic, Synergy Green Metallic, Bright Rally Red, Victory Red, Aqua Blue Metallic, Bright Red, Carbon Flash Metallic, Navy Blue Metallic, Sebring Silver Metallic, Summit White, Light Pewter Metallic, Onyx Black, Arctic White, Deep Magenta Metallic, Kinetic Blue Metallic, Monterey Maroon Metallic, Mystic Teal Metallic, Polo Green Metallic, Torch Red
Interior Colors: Jet Black cloth, Jet Black leather, Black leather, Jet Black w/Red Accents leather, Medium Ash Gray cloth, Kalahari leather, Adrenaline Red leather, Black leather/sueded microfiber, Ceramic While leather, Black premium cloth, Medium Ash Gray leather, Beige premium cloth, Gray cloth, Inferno Orange leather, Gray leather, Blue leather, Ebony, Beige leather, Gray premium cloth, Medium Gray, Black w/Synergy Green Accent Panels leather, Mojave leather, Black (Hot Wheels Edition) leather, Black cloth, Neutral
Popular Features: Alarm, Back-up camera, Auto Climate Control, Keyless Entry/Start, Mobile Internet, Apple Carplay/Android Auto, Heads up display, Navigation, Cooled Seats, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Blind Spot Monitoring, Soft Top, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Aux Audio Inputs, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Post-collision safety system, Power Driver Seat, Rear Bench Seats, Stability Control, Tire Pressure Warning, Trip Computer, Lane Departure Warning, Bluetooth, Parking sensors, Heated seats, Leather Seats, USB Inputs, Upgraded Headlights, Remote Start, Sunroof/Moonroof, Upgraded Engine, 2nd Row Bucket Seats, Upgraded Stereo