2012 Chevrolet Camaro Interior
The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro meshes modern interior features with a retro-inspired design, but not all reviewers are wowed by the end result. Hard plastic trim cheapens the Camaro’s interior feel, while head room is in short supply for taller drivers. And while most affordable sports cars lack a useable back seat, the Camaro’s is among the least accommodating.
- "The Camaro laudably mixes retro touches like square gauge hoods and the available four-pack of auxiliary gauges with a modern dash design. The execution has proven to be a little too perfectly retro thanks to hard, cheap plastic, but this year there are soft-touch inserts for the dash." -- Edmunds
- "The dash and door panels still seem cheap, but the shiny plastic inlays are now opaque and used as ambient lighting at night." -- Motor Trend
- "The Camaro convertible's interior is best viewed through the lens of a singleton rather than that of a family. While the basics were all there for a trip to or from work, they didn't go above and beyond to make this car functional for longer stints." -- Mother Proof
- "An 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." -- New York Times
While the Camaro has big, roomy front seats, many auto critics note that the coupe’s low roofline may not offer enough headroom for taller drivers. Convertible models, however, should provide adequate headroom for most people.
Rear seat accommodations are almost always subpar in sports cars, but reviewers say the Camaro trails many of its competitors with one of the most cramped back seats in the class. If back seat comfort matters to you, consider the Dodge Challenger, which provides more passenger space.
- "On coupes, headroom is in very short supply, particularly with the optional sunroof. Oddly enough, convertibles have more headroom, enough to where very tall passengers will be comfortable." -- Consumer Guide
- "While backseat comfort is never a prime concern for a coupe, the Camaro's the worst among muscle cars." -- Edmunds
- "Taller drivers feel cramped because of the low header panel and small windows. Apparently it was not designed with just wider drivers in mind, but wider and lower drivers in mind, just like the car." -- Motor Trend
- "While my girls' two high-back boosters did fit into the back bucket seats, legroom was a challenge. One daughter who sat behind me had plenty of legroom, but the other always complained about getting stuck behind my husband's seat and not having enough space for her feet." -- Mother Proof
- "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." -- New York Times
Reviewers say that while the 2012 Camaro offers some unique features like the available head-up display, its stereo system isn’t as user-friendly as some competing sports cars. However, test drivers do note that the revised instrument panel and steering wheel are a marked improvement from those found in the 2011 Camaro.
- "The unique audio deck also differs from the GM norm, a step backward, in our view. The standard auxiliary audio-input jack and available USB port are inconveniently located far back inside the center console, requiring an awkward reach for either driver or passenger." -- Consumer Guide
- "Everyone on staff who drove the new Camaro rejoiced that the steering wheel has gone from downright torturous to perfectly mediocre." -- Motor Trend
- "The head-up display was a great feature that I acclimated to quickly. This is an image that's projected onto the windshield and shows some basic information, like speed, without requiring me to take my eyes away from the road." -- Mother Proof
The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro coupe provides 11.3 cubic feet of trunk space, while convertibles offer 10.2 cubic feet for cargo. While that’s about average for affordable sports cars, some reviewers note that the Camaro’s small trunk lid hinders its utility. If you need more space to stow your gear, consider the Ford Mustang or Dodge Challenger, which have 13.4 and 15.4 cubic feet of trunk space, respectively.
- "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 11.3-cubic-foot trunk (10.2 cubes in the convertible) itself is of a reasonable size, but its opening is so comically small that loading elongated items is an exercise in futility -- golfers be warned." -- Edmunds
- "The Camaro convertible isn't only just looks. It does have some function to it, as well. I was quite surprised that I was able to squeeze two sets of golf clubs into the trunk. Granted, they were both child-sized; I stashed my full-sized clubs in the front seat." -- Mother Proof
- "The trunk is larger than expected (11.3 cubic feet), but the opening is relatively small." -- AutoWeek