Derek Kreindler wrote today that he feels the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro RS “just isn’t very good.” He goes on to compare the view out of the new Camaro to that of a Syrian machine gun nest (in other words hard to see out of) and says that the “interior is only so-so, the driving position is annoying, and there's novocaine running through the power steering lines.” Another complaint was the comparison of the Camaro’s handling to that of a BMW or Audi by Freep.com. So what did Michael have to say?
@MichaelBanovsky. Now I have already mentioned his conclusion at the end of the day, but his specific dislikes had to do with door rattles, “buggy” iPod connection, the car felt too heavy, poor lumbar support, no headroom, cheap dash, numb steering and an automatic that downshifts to soon. Also, I should mention that his impression was that the 300 hp V6 felt more like a 250 hp V6.
These two reviews are pretty far from that of Car & Driver, Automobile Magazine and Cars.com (read the TCC review here). Not to say that they didn’t find any problems with the car, but their impressions were mostly positive. So here is the thing, I am not saying anyone is wrong or right, but I wonder if there is another factor playing here. The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro plays off the classic muscle car design of the late ‘60s. Whereas the Pontiac G8 is based on an Austrailian vehicle—The Holden. So is the nostalgia of the original Camaro enough for most Americans to overlook the shortcomings of the new Camaro?
Bottom line— Most people are going to have to go experience the latest GM muscle car for themselves, but in general the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro is praised for its exterior styling, fuel efficiency and the base model performance. However, don’t be surprised if you experience some of the same quality issues reviewed above.
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