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Auto Insights: 2012 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

2012 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible2012 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

Sometimes you have a pretty good idea what you want out of a car.  Sometimes you need a little help.  AutoBuying101 is in business to help you make those decisions.  But unlike other automotive websites, we aren’t going to do some super, high-tech, fancy review of the latest cars.  Nope.  If we did, we would probably sound kinda silly and – at the same time – not help you with what it is you REALLY want.  And what you really want is some good reasons to buy – or not to buy – a car, from car people who think like you do:  more with your wallet and brain and less with the heartstrings. 

We had the joy of driving the all-new 2012 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible just before it was released to the public and it yanked on a lot of those heartstrings.  And while it wouldn’t be the most practical car in your stable, it would certainly fit. 

PRO’S:

- OK…the first one is a no-brainer:  LOOK AT THE CAR…it’s beautiful, sexy powerful.  It is rolling art.  From an aggressive looking front end to rounded and full hips (yes, we are still talking about a car), the Camaro looks like a dream car.  And the convertible made some changes from the coupe that make this model even better, like better sightlines.

- Believe it or not, the V6 edition (there is also a V8 and V8 SS edition) gets 29 MPG.  The performance on the V6 is pretty cool at 312 HP.  The V8 versions – obviously – get higher HP and lower MPG, but not by much.

- The seating – even in the back – is surprisingly comfortable and the trunk is a lot bigger than expected – especially with the roof up.

- While you should check the Chevy website to be clear on pricing for the trim you like, we can safely say that the 2012 Camaro Convertible comes in from around $25,000 to near $35,000, which we think is very impressive for a sports car of this caliber.

CON’s

- Hmmm…would you consider “driving all the time” a con?

- The lines, while gorgeous, make for some tricky mirror viewing, from both the side view and the rear view.  Your blind spot is more pronounced and you really need to make sure you are clear before merging.

- The manual transmission is a little bit shorter of a shift then we are comfortable with and reverse – though easy to find – can be tricky to get into for a less experienced driver.

All in all, we think that if you are in the market for something sporty, the Camaro is very worth your time.  Just don’t get hung up on its looks…drive it first.