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CAR OF THE MONTH October 2009

2010 Chevrolet Camaro LT Review

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A three-quarter front view of a black 2010 Chevrolet Camaro LT

In short: A sexy and powerful New Age pony car.


F
ollowing a seven-year absence, Chevrolet’s reincarnated Camaro roars back on the automotive scene with a tantalizing blend of history and modernity. Exhibiting a muscular body strongly reminiscent of the first-generation version, this sexy ultra-designed 2010 pony car shares its platform with the Pontiac G8 and competes with the Dodge Challenger, Nissan 370Z, and Ford Mustang. This four-passenger sports coupe comes in three different trims—LS, LT and the $30,995, 6.2-liter V8 engine-powered SS. A special Transformers edition is even available. Exciting performance and refined handling characterize the Camaro’s personality while driving, and compared to its competitors the car is a sure value, offering plenty of raw power for the dollar.

An interior view of a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro LT An engine view of the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro LT

The Camaro LS, the base-level trim starting at $22,995, can launch from 0-60 mph in a spirited six seconds thanks to its 304-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine. While the Chevy ’s drawbacks comprise a cramped backseat, limited visibility and mediocre cabin materials, it does have, along with its devil-may-care manners, a 29 mpg fuel economy on the open road. Standard equipment includes front cloth bucket seats, folding rear seats, and a six-speaker CD/AM/FM audio system with MP3 and XM Radio capability. Depending on the trim or feature package, a rear spoiler, sunroof, iPod interface module, USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, limited slip differential, and leather-appointed seats are all available.

A three-quarter rear view of a black 2010 Chevrolet Camaro LT

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Warranty/Service: 5-year/100,000-mile basic warranty, powertrain warranty, 24/7 roadside assistance and 24/7 courtesy transportation program; 6-year/100,000-mile corrosion perforation warranty.


QUICK SHEET
Base Price: $23,880 / As tested: $29,400

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, rear-wheel drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe

Engine: 3.6-liter DOHC V6 direct injection with continuous VVT
Horsepower: 304 hp @ 6,400 rpm
Torque: 273 lb-ft @ 5,200 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual

Curb weight:
3,780 lbs
Wheelbase: 112.3 in
Length/Width/Height: 190.4/75.5/54.2 in
Turning circle: 37.7 ft

Brakes:
all-wheel ventilated disc with ABS and hydraulic brake assist
Suspension: double-ball-joint, multi-link strut in front with direct-acting stabilizer bar and progressive-rate coil springs; 4.5-link independent in rear with progressive-rate coil springs over shock and a stabilizer bar

Traction: StabiliTrak electronic stability control

0-60 mph: 6.0 seconds
Top Speed: n/a

EPA City: 17 mpg
EPA Highway: 29 mpg


Safety: driver and front passenger dual-stage airbags and seat-mounted thorax side-impact airbags; head curtain side-impact airbags for front- and rear-seat occupants; front passenger detection system; OnStar; tire pressure monitoring system; daytime running lamps

Likes: style; performance; value
Dislikes: limited rear seat space; trunk access; materials/finish; door operation

 

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