This Is A Good Car - 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS Long-Term Road Test

2010 Chevrolet Camaro Long Term Road Test

2010 Chevy Camaro SS: This Is A Good Car

October 19, 2009

Camaro-car-wash.jpgI just spent seven days living with our long-term 2010 Chevy Camaro SS. Yes, seven days in a row. I drove it to work. I drove it to the store. I drove it home. I used it to take my kids to school, the family to the pumpkin patch and the dog to the groomer. The car and I enjoyed several clutch dump burnouts. Sat in more than enough traffic. Touched 100 mph more than once. And on Friday it got me to the Formula D event at Irwindale Speedway.

Overall we covered about 450 miles together.

Camaro-patch.jpgAnd the more I drive it the more I like it.

If you know me this wouldn't surprise you. I like big motored, big cars. Always have. And my garage is filled with V8-powered, overweight American muscle. Fact is, if you like stock Miatas and get goosebumps from a Civic Si then the Camaro SS will be disappointing. But if you ask me, that's exactly as it should be.

No it's not perfect. In fact I can find more than a few things to complain about. But, the past seven days have convinced me that if the Camaro was my car, my one and only mode of transportation, then I would be happy. It's right in all the right places. And it pushes my buttons.

I enjoy it. It makes me smile. It's always fun to drive if I can use the cliche, but it knows when to back off and just be a comfortable, usable, tractable vehicle when that's what you need. In fact, my wife and kids didn't complain once yesterday during the hour and half drive to the pumpkin patch (pictured above in the mud parking lot) or the two-hour drive home.

Well, that's not exactly true. My 6-year old did say I was driving crazy when I powershifted second for the 20th time or so. By the way, a 2010 Mustang GT lays more stripe on a hard second gear shift.

That aside Camaro is a wonderful combination of performance, comfort and practicality and I'm a fan.

Scott Oldham, Inside Line Editor in Chief

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