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2010 Chevrolet Camaro

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro Review

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There are some who work in the halls of General Motors' newest partner, the federal government, who might find a V8-powered sports model like the Chevrolet Camaro the wrong car at the wrong time, but we believe consumers voting with their hard-earned dollars will feel otherwise. Whether in V8 trim or powered by the also-available V6, the 2010 Camaro is not just a car to be respected; it's a car to be celebrated. Not only does the new model evoke all the good emotions of an earlier time, it also should provide just those same kinds of emotions for new generations who remember the Camaro only as the noisy relic owned by the old guy at the end of the cul-de-sac. The 426-horsepower SS model certainly grabs the headlines, but the 304-horsepower V6-equipped LT offers significantly more performance than you might expect, while turning in laudable fuel efficiency.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want a great-looking car that expresses your personality without forcing you to take out a second mortgage on the declining value of your home, you have to like the Camaro. In SS form its performance-per-dollar ratio is outstanding as well.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you have two kids who are older than toddlers the Camaro's minimalistic rear seat area might just be too tight for them

What's Significant About This Car?

After a seven-year absence that to Chevy fans felt like a century, the Camaro is back and better than ever in just about every way you could imagine.

Driving the Camaro

Driving Impressions While we had a chance to sample every level of the Camaro from the V6-powered LS to the 426-horsepower LS3 V8-equipped SS with its six-speed manual transmission, we have to...

admit that we spent most of our time in the SS. Power and torque are effortless and ever-present, making it an easy car to drive fast, and its 0-60-mph acceleration, aided by electronic launch control, is a more-than-respectable 4.4 seconds. But while you might expect excellent straight-line acceleration, you might not expect the sophisticated handling offered by its multi-link rear suspension, rack-and-pinion steering and substantial tires. Further, the handling is enhanced by the StabiliTrak electronic stability control system that incorporates anti-lock braking, traction control and an active braking system to control wheel slip. Old-school drivers might object, but electronic launch control reduces the level of skill required to get off the line quickly, while "Competitive/Sport" modes for the stability system allow turning off many of the electronic aids, for doing your own thing. And, you would not be wrong to opt for either the less-expensive 304-horsepower V6 version or the 400-horsepower L99 V8 with active fuel management and its six-speed automatic with paddle-activated shifting.

Great Exterior Styling
Certainly beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but we are of the opinion that the new Camaro looks like a car that could command a much higher price tag. The details like the grille, rear roof pillars and taillights are simply gorgeous.

All-Around Performance
Camaros of old were great in a straight line, but a lot less great around corners, especially if the road surface was uneven. With its multi-link rear suspension instead of a live axle, the new Camaro is much more at home in those challenging situations.

2010 Chevrolet Camaro Details
2010 Chevrolet Camaro photo Interior

Frankly, the interior of the Camaro doesn't win as much applause as the truly striking exterior. Several of our colleagues complained about the large expanses of hard plastic, and we have to agree that we wish the dash were a bit more inviting. On the positive side, the key gauges are very readable; the steering wheel has a nice heft and feel and the action of the manual shifter is excellent. We're not fans of the placement of the optional gauges for oil pressure, oil temperature, volts and transmission fluid temperature low in the center console, because it is difficult to scan them quickly, but we do like that old-school touch. We also like the supportive and adjustable front seats, while the back seats are just as small and confining as you would expect.

Exterior
2010 Chevrolet Camaro photo

From where we sit the 2010 Camaro is a design tour de force. It is great looking from every angle, and it is definitely identifiable as a Camaro without drawing too heavily on designs from previous generations. While the front end with its bold grille immediately grabs your attention, our favorite portion of the design is the interface between the roof and the ultra-wide rear fenders. GM designers told us it was hard to accomplish this using factory stamping techniques, but in the end GM production engineers were able to make it happen. We also like the tail with its hooded classic Camaro taillamps.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Perhaps the most notable standard item is the Camaro's good looks, and they are accompanied by a supple and responsive suspension that makes this the best handling, most comfortable Camaro of all time. Cloth-upholstered, four-way manually-adjusted driver seat and two-way-adjusted front passenger seat are standard. The 11.3 cubic feet of cargo capacity can be increased with the standard fold-down rear seat. All models include a three-spoke steering wheel with manual tilt/telescope adjustment, plus cruise control and rear defogger. The Camaro's standard entertainment system is a single-CD radio with six speakers, and it offers XM Satellite Radio. All models also include power door locks and express up-and-down windows. Standard safety technologies include front dual-stage airbags, front seat-mounted thorax side-impact airbags, head-curtain side-impact airbags for front- and rear-seat occupants, front-seat safety-belt load limiters and pretensioners and a front-passenger detection system that senses children and small-stature adults and suppresses airbag deployment when appropriate.

Optional Equipment

While the base Camaro with V6 engine is reasonably well-equipped, some judicious checking of option boxes can add up to a more comfortable while still reasonably priced car. We liked the optional heated, leather-trimmed seats with driver six-way power adjustment. On SS models, the seats feature a distinctive SS logo on the headrests with contrasting stitching, and an "Inferno Orange" interior trim package is also available with leather interiors. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob; redundant steering-wheel controls; Bluetooth and USB port are part of the available "Driver Convenience and Connectivity" package, which also includes remote start on automatic transmission-equipped vehicles, as well as an interface module for iPods and the like. The available premium audio system is by Boston Acoustics, with nine speakers and 245 booming watts. An optional short-throw Hurst shifter provides quick, concise shifting, and there are a variety of available wheel-tire packages, including 21-inch machined aluminum wheels.

Under the Hood

The Camaro offers three engine choices - 304-horsepower 3.6-liter direct-injected V6, 400-horsepower 6.2-liter L99 V8 with active fuel management or 426-horsepower 6.2-liter LS3 V8. The V6 can be backed by either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. The L99 is accompanied by a six-speed automatic with paddle-activated driver shift control, while the LS3 has a six-speed manual.

3.6-liter V6
304 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
273 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/29 (automatic) 17/29 (manual)

6.2-liter V8 (L99)
400 horsepower @ 5900 rpm
410 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/25

6.2-liter V8 (LS3)
426 horsepower @ 5900 rpm
420 horsepower @ 4600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/24

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 607 Ratings for the 2010 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    9.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

FUN POWERFULL CAR

By on Wednesday, July 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "POWERFULL ENGINE, GOOD LOOKS, QUALITY"

Cons: "HEAVY, NO LEG ROOM IN THE BACK"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I OWN A 2010 CAMARO SS. I LOVED THIS CAR SINCE THE FIRST TIME I SAW IT. THE CAR IS VERY APPEALING, NICE FORM AND STANCE (MUCH NICER THAN THE MUSTANG GT) IT HAS A VERY POWERFUL ENGINE THAT WILL HAVE YOU GLUED TO YOUR SEAT, I ADDED SOME PORFORMANCE SLOTTED ROTORS FOR SAFETY AND AN AGRESSIVE SOUNDING BORLA EXHAUST SYSTEM. THIS IS A VERY FUN CAR TO DRIVE AND SHOW OFF, IT IS A 4 SEATER BUT IN REALITY ITS A 2 SEATER, THE BACK SEATS LIKE IN ALL SPORTS CARS ARE USELESS, IF YOU ARE THE DRIVER OR THE CO-PILOT YOU HAVE ALL THE ROOM IN THE WORLS BUT IF YOU ARE IN THE BACK FORGET IT. I RECOMEND THIS CAR FOR THE DRIVING ENTHUSIAST AND ONE THAT LIKES A POWERFUL ENGINE... I ALSO RECOMENT GETTING THE 6 SPEED MANUAL TRANS"

13 people out of 25 found this review helpful

excellent car no hitches runs and drives great

By on Friday, July 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,500

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "super gas mileage and super fast with old school"

Cons: "no way none at all"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Recommend every thing, fun factor, safe factor, always turns heads and never breaks down. Gas mileage great its just all good!!!!!!!"

12 people out of 23 found this review helpful

Decent car, would not buy again however.

By on Sunday, July 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great control, fun to drive."

Cons: "Bad visibility, undrivable in snow."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"The car is great in sunny and rainy conditions, however, lacks any and all control in the snow. Visibility is limited even in good conditions, Roof is low, and side rails make it almost impossible to see when making some turns. It's a fun ride, but lacks in many places."

16 people out of 34 found this review helpful

Very Fast, Very Fun

By on Wednesday, July 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fast, sporty, fun. Did I say fast?"

Cons: "Optional instrument cluster hard to read"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Having grown up during the sixties and 70's (high school age) I saw the emergence of the muscle cars of yester-year. They were all cool and fast for the time. Jump forward to 2015 and I'm now 60, so I bought a sport car for myself. Best thing I ever did. I have a coupe that is nothing less than a thrill ride with very classic looks. Back seat back folds down leaving plenty of room for long stuff in the trunk. A pick up truck it ain't but it's ample for the car. The 426 HP is wicked fast and sounds wonderful. This car is purely a joy to drive. The interior is plenty roomy and the materials are fine for a car in this price range (just under 40K). It's not my commuter car and it's all I can do not to jump in it and drive to work."

15 people out of 24 found this review helpful

Solid 5th gen performance car

By on Friday, June 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Design, drive, power, tribute to the original"

Cons: "Visibility, a few paint chipping issues"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Purchased this RS to pay homage to my 69 Camaro in high school. I love almost everything Chevy has done with these cars. Phenomenal handling, great acceleration, killer external design, and appealing design queues from the 67 - 69s."

18 people out of 40 found this review helpful

Purchased for FUN and it delivers, in spades!

By on Thursday, June 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 39,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Fun, exciting, great features and FAST."

Cons: "Fuel Economy, speed limits are too low :("

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"When forced to buy a new car, I opted for my midlife crisis car to be fun, something that turns heads and get's the blood pumping. The Camaro SS delivers; with paddle shifting and "competitive driving mode," this car turns a lot of heads (even the cops unfortunately). My car is gun-metal gray with dark tinted windows and everyone from high school kids to grandparents remark on how it looks fast, even while parked. The car is easy to drive and though it's 6 years old, it has excellent features like remote starting, USB connection and built in Bluetooth (which works great while keeping you legal). I added on some cool blue interior lights and kick plate "Camaro" sill covers, even my wife has fun driving it. I didn't buy it for the fuel efficiency, from 12 to 18 on average in town, depending on how much A/C is used and the weight of my foot. With over 425 horses, care is needed on corners and wet days as it is easy to spin the rear tires. Love, love, love returning to a rear wheel drive car. Nice return to authentic American muscle without spending too much of the kids' inheritance. Absolutely no qualms with my car, other than you cannot sync your phone as a phone and music device at the same time (you can separately, but either talk on the phone or listen to your playlist). Also, if you listen to music on a USB device, the car will not store you playback preference (when you turn off the car, you have to reselect a folder or playback method or it will default to playing all songs alphabetically). It has been reliable and less expensive than other foreign Swedish or German luxury sports cars."

7 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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