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in 2011 Affordable Sports Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $16,355 - $20,563
Original MSRP: $22,805 - $32,775
MPG: 17 City / 28 Hwy
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2011 Chevrolet Camaro Interior

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Inside, the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro's interior carries on the nostalgic theme of the concept car, with modern round gauges recessed into square housings that are meant to evoke its legendary past. Still, critics find the cabin's layout and build quality lacking.

  • "Inside, the…Camaro recalls the flavor of the '67 model that inspired it -- squarish primary instruments plus a rectangular four-pack of secondary gauges in the center console -- but it's far too stylish and modern to appear 'retro.'" -- Motor Trend
  • "Assembly quality and overall fit and finish are good. Materials are disappointing, with the dashboard constructed of an expanse of budget-grade plastic. The 2LT and 2SS models' leather upholstery and optional interior trim package bring a slightly richer ambiance." -- Consumer Guide
  • "[A]n operative word for the interior might be 'awkward,' both visually and ergonomically. Half-hearted nods to the retro look - including cramped, hard-to-read gauges whose cheesy fonts recall an '80s arcade game - don't mesh with modern, well-executed elements like the audio controls and Audi-style steering wheel buttons." -- The New York Times 
  • "Hop in one and like a classic Camaro, the first impression is of claustrophobia. It feels like Chevy's designers have purposefully set out to make the interior, which is actually surprisingly large with adequate space for four adults, feel surprisingly small.  ... Believe it or not, the…Mustang with a few options is actually a nicer place to spend time." -- Jalopnik

Seating

Auto critics complain of cramped head and leg room in the 2011 Camaro's rear seat. If backseat comfort matters to you, consider the Dodge Charger and Challenger. Both are renowned for providing generous accommodations in the rear cabin.

  • "The front seats are decidedly average, including side bolsters so smushy they feel like an inflatable kiddie pool. And the limbo-low driving position will require many drivers to crank the seats up higher than they would prefer, just to see out the windshield." -- The New York Times
  • "Backseat comfort is marginal, as you'd expect -- there's a shortage of headroom and legroom, so don't expect to use the rear quarters for more than short trips." -- Edmunds
  • "The lack of back seat room: two seats, a cramped roofline, and very little exterior visibility. Kind of an accepted negative when you buy a small or mid-size coupe, but it's a negative nonetheless." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Small children might have OK legroom [in the rear cabin], but the shape and slope of the roof line severely restrict headroom." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

Inside, the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro features such standard and optional features as Bluetooth connectivity, an in-dash CD player with an auxiliary input jack and MP3 playback, and a USB port. New for 2011 is an optional head-up display system.

  • "The gauges are clearly marked, but the upper rim of the steering wheel can partially block the view for some drivers. The 2LT and 2SS models' auxiliary four-gauge instrument cluster is located at the leading edge of the console and is more for nostalgic looks than function. Some of the climate-control buttons are small, but all functions are readily apparent. The unique audio deck also differs from the GM norm, a step backward, in our view." -- Consumer Guide

Cargo

The 2011 Chevrolet Camaro provides 11.3 cubic feet of trunk room, the least in its class. For a larger cargo hold, check out the Ford Mustang coupe. It provides 13.4 cubic feet of useable space.

  • "Chevy claims 11.3 cubic feet of trunk space, but the hold is tough to access due to a high liftover and small opening. Interior storage is limited to an average-size glovebox and fairly small center bin that's inconveniently located at the back of the console." --Consumer Guide
  • The Camaro has a "comically small trunk opening (meaning it's hard to load large items into the trunk)..." -- Edmunds
  • "The trunk is larger than expected (11.3 cubic feet), but the opening is relatively small." -- AutoWeek

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