In years past the V6-powered Chevy Camaro was dismissed as a "secretary's car," too light on performance to be taken seriously by real driving enthusiasts. The situation has changed greatly with the 2012 Chevy Camaro. Featuring a 312-horsepower V6 as its base engine, even the least expensive Chevrolet Camaro offers a substantial performance kick, while turning in laudable fuel efficiency. We've never had more great choices when it comes to sports cars, but the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro V6 is the only one named best sports car in our 2012 Best Resale Value Awards.
Of course one of the 2012 Camaro's best attributes is its winning exterior design. Looking good from every angle, the 2012 model is immediately 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, we also appreciate the Camaro's low roof line, ultra-wide rear fenders and classic hooded tail lamps. Complementing the exterior is an interior that exudes style despite some hard plastics and a small back seat.
While excellent straight-line acceleration is to be expected, where Chevy's coupe surprises is the sophisticated handling offered by its multi-link rear suspension, rack-and-pinion steering and substantial tires. Old-school drivers might object, but Camaro's electronic launch control makes it easy to get off the line quickly, while "Competitive/Sport" modes for the stability system give drivers the freedom to do their own thing.
With a base price right around $23,500, the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro remains an accessibly priced American performance coupe. And by outpacing key competitors like the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger, the Camaro also wins a 2012 Best Resale Value Award.