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2010 Chevrolet Camaro: The Reviews Are Starting To Roll In


2010 Chevrolet Camaro

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I have been out reading the reviews for the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro and I find it striking how different the car strikes people. Today on the V-Lane blog, writer Derek Kreindler pretty well roasts the new Camaro. He isn’t the only one; Michael Banovsky also found dislikes with the car that made him come to the conclusion that he doesn’t “like the new Camaro RS. I'd have a WRX 265, Genesis Coupe, or bus pass.” Now they both drove the V6 RS model, but could there be something that other reviewers are missing?

 

2010 Chevrolet Camaro

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In the interest of full disclosure, I haven’t yet gotten a chance to drive the new 2010 Chevrolet Camaro. With that in mind I really can’t confirm or deny any of the praises or the critics of the car. However, I think it is worth talking about the shortcomings found by both Kreindler and Banovsky. Let’s start with Kreindler’s comments.

 

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?

 

2010 Chevrolet Camaro

2010 Chevrolet Camaro

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Michael was tweeting his experience with the new 2010 Chevrolet Camaro RS via @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.

 

 

Stay tuned for more on the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro and other AllSmallCars.com blogs, and reviews. Have comments? Leave them via Facebook Connect, the commenting tool or send email to JEMblogger at Gmail dot com. Need more on the new Camaro? Then check out the CamaroBlog.com.

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  1. If you read Jalopnik's most recent muscle car comparo you'll see that they said the same thing about the V8, albeit sugar coated.
     
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