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2010 Chevrolet Camaro CoupeThe new Camaro is a lot of pony car for a little money. Just don't expect much tech!
[ Car engines ] >> And then there were 3 Ford's Mustang, Dodge Challenger, now Chevy's Camaro like the late 60s all over again. This 2010 Camaro in the 1 LT trim level is the real eye opener because of its impressive V6 and almost complete lack of common tech. ^M00:00:19 [ Music ] ^M00:00:24 >> Now inside the new Camaro is a trip down Woodard avenue; flashing back in many ways. First of all, the styling inside has lots of Camaro cues, most notably the square gauge pods and the vintage type face on the speedo and the tack. Unfortunately that speedo is really small the type face is really big, that doesn't leave a lot of room for things like oh 50 mile and hour markers or 45. Now the technology in this car is going to be pretty limited. You're kind of looking at it. This is the head unit in this 1 LT. As you can see there's no color LCD, there's no nav system available on any Camaro. Well I take that back but I'll tell you about that in a minute. You're sources aren't awful; you've got AM, FM and XM radio. The CD is a single slot right here that eats MP3 disks or commercial music CDs. Axillary jack includes several types. The aux input that's analog and you can also get over here to the other axillary which is your USB port right here. Good for USB thumb drives, didn't work with our iPhone. Now I mentioned a second ago that it doesn't have nav but well it kind of does because you've got it up here with OnStar. This car comes standard with the OnStar safe and sound system. Activation for a year under that and that will include their turn by turn directions but there's no map, you're going to be getting audio visual cues that are pretty simple on the screen. Similarly with that you can have OnStars hands free calling as well but most of us want to use our own cell phones so yes you've got to get an option package for Bluetooth. That's the Convenience and Connections Package. That gives you audio controls on the steering wheel that USB jack I mentioned that's part of tat connection I mentioned that's part of that package. You've also got the Bluetooth hands free and it also rolls in remote start here if you have an automatic transmission car. Now the tranny in this guy is optional its $1000 extra cost 6 speed automatic. You may groan but you know most of them by far are going to get sold with one of these. You've got standard PRMD and then you get to M, manual back here which is what activates the petal shifters on the wheel. By the way these little flags up here are not the paddles they look like paddles but they are not. They're little flags that tell you to reach here and then behind there you've got these rocker switches, left for down shift, right for up shift. [ Car engine sound and music ] >> Now I think the star of the Camaro line may be this engine and it's not a V8. This is the base engine: The 3.6 liter gasoline V-6. But it's direct injected and if you haven't been paying attention the last year or so direct injection is the big story in internal combustion engines and can do wonders for their performance as well as their mileage. So 304 horsepower, 0-60 about 6 seconds and on top all that 18, 29 are the EPA mileage numbers. And in general I gotta say this power train is better on the road than it is on paper. Its always ready to run, never caught flat footed, the power is always feeling on cam. It's a nice combination even with that automatic transmission and of course rear wheel drive on all Camaro's. The most important thing about the Camaro is its strong retro through back look, inside and out. Perhaps better than either Dodge or Ford, Chevy has recaptured the look and style of their pony car with a bit of a wink. The face, rump, paunches and stance all scream 1968 almost to the point of being a commemorative rather than a long term product. Now some are gonna scoff at you if you buy a V-6 Camaro but when they crunch the performance, the price and the MPG that should stop. But if they do sneer at your slush box you might have to endure that. The cabin is a low claustrophobic gun battery of a thing. This may the most visually challenging driver's position I've ever set it. Those seat pillars are also a real outrage and since there's no LCD screen there's no back up camera. What you do have instead is a whole lot of kind of cheap looking plastic. But while you're in there at least your teeth won't be crashing against each other because the ride quality in the 1LT really does strike a nice balance between compliant and push able. Now let's price our Camaro coupe 1 Lt reporting live from here in the bunker; about 24 1/2 with delivery for this guy it's with a V6 engine of course. You're gonna want to add the 600 or for the convenience and connectivity package that get's you Bluetooth, USB, wireless key and some other niceties, that's kind of a given. $1000 for the automatic and then another 4 or 500 to upgrade the audio, then you're good to go on a car that's more about value than about high tech but it's fun. ^M00:04:55 [ Music ]