2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS: A Viable Family Car? Sure
August 31, 2009
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).
While the kids easily fit in the back seat I was initially disappointed by what appeared to be a major ergonomic faux-pas. "Where's the quick-release lever? Ugh! You mean I have to use the SLOW power seat adjustment every time the kids get in and out?"
Actually, no. There is a quick-release lever, it's just not apparent by looking at the side of the seat (as the top picture shows). I found it on my second entry/exit run-through with the kids. While this location works for people already sitting in the back seat it's not great for people standing outside of the car who are trying to flop the seat forward (which, of course, is where every rear passenger starts...).
Speaking of ergonomics, the new Camaro does have one I've come to expect in every modern car: a gas cap holder. The Camaro's is pretty basic, with just a tab to hang the fuel-cap tether over. But it's also proof of how easy it is to include this simple feature, thus removing any and all manufacturer excuses for not having it on every 2010 model.