Flash Drive: 2010 Chevrolet Camaro
This 2010 review is representative of model years 2010 to 2013.
By Staff of MSN Autos
There's no question in my mind — the new Camaro is one of the best-looking new cars on the road. And based on the attention I received while driving it, it appears I'm not the only one who feels that way. Even the base Camaro gets the bold fender flares and power-dome hood. Our test car was further decked out with the RS package, which adds to the good looks with 20-inch wheels, rear spoiler and darker taillights. It had the base engine with the automatic transmission. The V6 is rated at just over 300 horsepower, which should be plenty powerful but just doesn't feel very powerful. Full throttle results in mediocre acceleration, likely due to the fact that the Camaro is no lightweight - it's about 300 pounds heavier than a similar Mustang and 500 more than a Nissan Z car. So as good as the Camaro looks, I'd give up some of the styling for better performance. Of course, there is a more powerful option; I look forward to trying out the SS. —Perry Stern
The 2010 Camaro design is modern, yet captures the essence of the iconic '69. With its big, wide rear fenders and massive C-pillars that create the distinctive design, no one can mistake this car for anything other than a Camaro as it rolls down the street. But the same design element also makes rear three-quarter visibility difficult for the driver. The chassis, suspension and steering all feel good. Ultimately, however, the car feels heavy and not as nimble as I would have hoped. The modern direct-injection V6 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission provide more than 300 horsepower — on paper, all the power you need — and deliver almost 30 mpg on the highway. But it's impossible to drive the Camaro without longing for the low-end torque and missing the exhaust note of a V8. Inside, the Camaro might call on many retro design cues — personally I don't care for the way the door-panel trim wraps into the dash — but you get all the modern amenities you will ever need or want. —Mike Meredith
In my opinion, this is the best-looking American muscle car on the market today. I can't remember how many heads were turned and thumbs-up given during my test drive. The Camaro tested was the 306-horsepower V6 engine with an automatic transmission. Surprisingly, the car felt pretty underpowered; I couldn't tell if it was due to the heavier car weight or the transmission gearing. Getting into the car, it was tough to avoid how wide the doors opened, and that made it difficult to get out without dinging the door near tight spots. There was also a large blind spot over the driver's left shoulder. Even with those faults, the new Camaro is a home run. Getting the Camaro with a V8 and manual transmission would be better, though. —Joe Chulick