Chevrolet Camaro; remember when?

The sleek and unmistakable styling of the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro sets it apart from any of its competitors.

I wanted one and you know you probably wanted one too when you were growing up.  So if you haven’t achieved that dream just yet, why not do it in 2011 because there is no time like the present.  The 2011 Chevrolet Camaro has a few new tweaks this year with a V6-powered engine offering from 304 to 312 horsepower and it’s better than ever since the price is affordable and the cool factor; even more affordable.

Muscle car, maybe, but that’s not all.

The 2011 Chevrolet Camaro

The 2011 Chevrolet Camaro

Sure, the person in the back seat will be none too happy since there’s not much room, but you have to sacrifice to look good, well sometimes.

The trunk is also not recommended for long-haul trips and the backseats do not fold down to help make extra room, but pack light and you’ll be fine.

The good news is that it’s a good-looking piece of metal that offers power and takes the curves just like you remember.

With both the Ford Mustang and the Dodge Challenger in the market as rivals, what should you choose?

This budget-friendly sports car features all the modern amenities that consumers have come to expect and you’ll find comfortable seats in the driver and passenger position as well.  For 2011 the trims come in a four-seat coupe with V6-powered LS, 1LT or 2LT trim levels or the all-powerful V8-powered 1SS and 2SS trim levels.

On the LS you’ll get 18-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, cruise control, keyless entry, air-conditioning, four-way manual front seats with power recline, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, OnStar and a six-speaker stereo with CD player and satellite radio. Up a notch and the 1LT is 18-inch alloy wheels, foglamps and eight-way power seats. There is a package called the Convenience and Connectivity package with rear parking sensors, remote ignition and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls. The 2LT is all that plus 19-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, a head-up display, heated front seats, leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a nine-speaker stereo.

If you opt for the V8 the 1SS comes with the same trim items as the 1LT except with the bigger engine you get bigger 20-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, a rear lip spoiler and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The 2SS, same thing plus the 2LT’s convenience and luxury features.

On all the trims except the LS you can also opt for a sunroof.

Under the hood, the power still packs a punch with the LS and LT offering the 3.6-liter V6 engine with 312 horsepower and 278 pound feet of torque. The standard offering on this one is the six-speed manual, but the automatic is an option too.

The Camaro SS is a 6.2-liter V8 with 426 horsepower and 420 pound feet of torque.

Safety features are standard and include antilock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side and full-length side curtain airbags and both the V6 and V8 have excellent braking power.

With the exterior looking especially hot, what does the interior offer you ask?  A retro look will remind you of the good old days there’s square gauge hoods and the steering wheel is worth a drive if nothing else; the grip both on the wheel and on the road is impressive. 

Muscle car, you know you wanted one, a few drawbacks, but if Chevy is your “go-to” then the Chevy Camaro will bring you nothing but joy.

 Least You Need to Know: The V6 with the manual transmission took zero to 60 in six seconds while the manual SS made that same zero to 60 in about five seconds.

Miles Per Gallon:  I drove the 3.6L V6, six speed automatic and got 18 miles per gallon in the city and 29 miles per gallon on the highway so expect similar in other trims too.

Cost: A deal in the V6 offering at just $26,875, you can afford it, even the SS in the $31,000 range.


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Rita Cook is a writer/editor with over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 10-plus years. She is the co-host of a radio show in Los Angeles; Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am and is on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings.  Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association and also writes an eco-friendly column for the Dallas Morning News.

 

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