2010 Chevrolet Camaro RS V6 . Click image to enlarge
Review by Justin Pritchard
Vehicle Type: Coupe / Convertible
History/Description: Grease up those mullets! Chevrolet rehashed the Camaro badge for the 2010 model year to the sheer joy of the model’s enthusiasts and supporters – many of whom sent cheques and money orders to GM Canada as a deposit before the new model was even open for pre-order. The floodgates opened, and Camaro quickly became the bestselling sports car in Canada.
A big refresh was recently applied for the 2014 Camaro, so we’ll take a look at how the 2010 to 2013 generation ‘new Camaro’ stacks up as a used car buy.
Feature content included optional head-up display, premium audio, leather and suede heated power seats, a driver computer, OnStar, Bluetooth and more. Further, in case you’ve got to sell the wife on it, all Camaros include peace-of-mind features like advanced stability control, GM’s OnStar communication system, and a full arsenal of advanced airbags. A Bluetooth phone system can be installed too – enabling safer, hands-free phone calls on the go when paired with a compatible phone.
Engines / Trim: Selection was huge – look for coupe or convertible body styles, the latter launching for 2011. All models could be fitted with either a 3.6L V6 or a 6.2L V8. The six-cylinder engine lost some weight and gained a few horses for 2012, boosting output to 323 horsepower. The big V8 made 400 horsepower when teamed with an automatic transmission, and over 420 when drivers opted for the manual six-speed.
Regardless of the engine or model selected, shoppers can have their Camaro with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission with TapShift. Camaro SS can also be fitted with powerful Brembo brakes, high-performance Pirelli tires, performance-tuned suspension and 20-inch wheels.
With the Camaro V6, a Rally Sport (RS) Package added high-intensity discharge headlights, a rear spoiler, 20-inch wheels and performance tires to step up the looks and agility. If you’re an audiophile, look for the 245-watt Boston Acoustics stereo system that’s available, too.
Note that Camaro SS got the V8 engine, while the RS got the V6.
What Owners Like: New-generation Camaro owners tend to be most fond of their vehicle’s performance, styling presence and fan-factor when travelling around town. The cabin is generously sized and comfortable once settled into, and fuel mileage from the V8 on a highway cruise is surprisingly good. Numerous creature comforts, like Bluetooth and steering wheel–mounted audio controls, are frequently appreciated.
What Owners Dislike: Common complaints include a ‘cheap’ feel to many of the cabin’s plastics, bad outward visibility, less-than-impressive mileage from the V6 engine and big, long doors that are easily whacked in parking lot situations. Some owners complain of an awkward shape to the steering wheel and gear shift, too. Finally, headroom will prove tight for taller drivers (unless opting for a convertible and dropping the roof).