Spring Training, Part 1 - 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS Long-Term Road Test

2010 Chevrolet Camaro Long Term Road Test

2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS: Spring Training, Part 1

March 18, 2010


Our long-term 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS and I have just returned from a 1,000-mile road trip to MLB spring training in Arizona. I still have my doubts about the Dodgers' pitching depth, but as I guessed before the trip, the Camaro has an excellent overall ride quality.

2010_camaro_cruise.jpg No matter what kind of surface conditions you're dealing with, the suspension copes well and remains composed. And somehow even with 20-inch wheels and fairly massive Pirelli PZeros (245/45ZR20 front, 275/40ZR20 rear), the car doesn't beat you up. The cabin stays quiet, too. We've mentioned before that the Camaro comes up a little short in the fun department on back roads, but for long hauls through the desert, our 2SS-RS Camaro's setup works well.

More speed cameras seem to have sprouted up in greater Phoenix (many of them "strategically" placed just before freeway interchanges where a burst of acceleration might be required to situate oneself in the proper lane). Fortunately, Arizona's department of transportation sees fit to give you a quarter-mile warning, so I just set the Camaro's cruise control every time a warning sign came up. The cruise is on the lower left side of the steering wheel and very simple to use -- power button, cancel button and a toggle switch that does set, resume and +/- speed.

And, best of all, the cruise stays on when you shut off the engine. So the next time you start up and see a speed camera warning, you're all ready to set it at 65 mph. Nice.

More on the trip in tomorrow's post.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 14,134 miles

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