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July 21, 2009

Five Days with a Camaro

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Chevrolet loaned me a 2010 Camaro for a few days. There’s no question that it just nailed the styling: just enough visual linkage to the past, but modern in current execution. It really says, “Don’t screw with me.”

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IMHO, the Camaro and Audi A5/S5 are the two best looking cars on the road today.

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My favorite part of the design is the rear wheel fenders. The Camaro has “shoulders” that remind me of Bill Romanowski.

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It has a “toothy grin” front-end look—reminiscent of Jaws if you’re looking at it in your rear-view mirror.

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The traditional “Guy Kawasaki business card low-profile tire test. I never push a car in terms of road-handling because that would be a stupid way to die, but you won’t be bored with the Camaro’s handling.”

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I asked for a six-cylinder engine because I knew the eight-cylinder would be great. The six is rated 17 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. In five days of driving, primarily stop-and-go, I got 16 mpg. The eight is rated 16 mpg city and 24 mpg highway . If I were buying one, I’d get the eight just for the better engine sound.

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I love two-tone interiors. The car I got was the 2LT version; click here to learn more about the various versions. The car will set you back about $30,000.

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The lever to fold down the front seat is located too far towards the interior of the car. It should be on the outside edge. The front seat belts require a very far reach back to grab.

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The instrumentation is very well laid out: big nobs, dedicated buttons, not a whole bunch of menu traversing.

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A woman told me that the design of the knobs and gearshift was somewhat erotic.

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Bluetooth was easy to set up although I couldn’t find a way to access my phone’s address book.

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This is a USB port.

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This is the view looking out.

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The only aspect that I didn’t like is that there are large blindspots when switching lanes. Update: John W. Turner sent me this article that explains how to eliminate blindspots.

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You can’t get a hockey stick in the trunk.

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But you can easily get two hockey bags in it.

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And there’s plenty of room for hockey sticks in the back seat.

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As well as space for any little “monsters” in your family.

Likes

  • Body style.

  • Fuel economy for a muscle car.

  • User interface of controls—maybe Chevrolet can help BMW in this area.

Dislikes

  • Blindspots when switching lanes (unless you adjust your mirrors properly).

  • Location of front seat belts.

  • Location of lever for folding down the front seats to access the rear seats.

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