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2012 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible Review

Sporty Soft-Top Convertible

A three-quarter rear view of a red 2012 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

In short: A stylish and athletic 4-passenger convertible.

This cool specimen of big American muscle features an attractive and sporty stance alongside an athletic 3.6-liter V6 engine with direct injection. However, The Camaro Convertible is not exactly a sophisticated ride. Lots of plastic accoutrements adorn the convertible's four-passenger interior and mechanical noises detract from the overall driving experience. Nor is it born in the USA — assembled in Canada from Mexican- and French-made parts, the Camaro is American only in the loosest sense of the word. Nonetheless, this stylish Chevy is fun to drive around town — especially in sunny states like California and Florida where drivers can take full advantage of its cruising potential — and does offer some utility. That being said, the Chevrolet Camaro Convertible might not be our first choice for a sporty drop-top.

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Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty; 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty; 6-year/100,000-mile rust warranty; 5-year/100,000-mile roadside assistance program

Base Price: $32,650 / As Tested: $36,185

Technical Specifications

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

Engine: 3.6-liter V6 engine with VVT and direct injection
Horsepower: 312 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Torque: 278 lb-ft @ 5,100 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Curb weight:
3,289 lbs
Wheelbase: 112.3 in
Length/Width/Height: 190.4/75.5/54.7 in
Turning circle: 37.7 ft

4-wheel disc brakes with ABS
Suspension: multi-link front strut; 4.5-link independent rear

Traction: traction control system; StabiliTrak electronic stability control system

EPA City: 14 mpg
EPA Highway: 29 mpg

driver and passenger airbags

Likes: stlye; performance; heads-up display

Dislikes: poor quality build; gas mileage (14.5 mpg combined); clinking noises; interior design

A three-quarter front view of a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS Convertible

2012 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS Convertible
This car picks up where the base V6 model above leaves off, throwing in a bunch of little things — not the least of which is the 6.2-liter V8 with 426 horsepower. The problem with this car is that in order for it to perform at its highest potential, you'll have to drive it in the sporty manner it was designed for — which is rather fun if you can hide from the authorities and don't mind achieving 12 MPG. The soft top is fast-retracting once you have manually unlocked it. Unfortunately, you'll need to trade off a lot of room to allow adults to wedge themselves in the back, and unless they love roller coaster rides, they won't be very good friends with you when they get out.

Price: $40,600
Engine: naturally aspirated V8 with sequential fuel injection
Horsepower: 426 hp @ 5,900 rpm
0-60: 5.2 seconds


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PNW071411 (Updated: 01/31/13 NW)