Chevrolet Camaro Interior
The 2013 Chevy Camaro pleases reviewers with its performance and aggressive exterior styling, but the Camaro’s interior falls short of most reviewers’ expectations. The 2013 Chevrolet Camaro meshes modern interior features with a retro-inspired design, though not all auto writers are wowed by the end result. Hard plastic trim cheapens the Camaro’s interior feel, while taller drivers may need more headroom. The Camaro’s back seat is also quite small – even for an affordable sports car. One reviewer also comments that the newly available infotainment system seems poorly integrated into the Camaro’s retro-inspired dash.
- "All models suffer from terrible visibility and an interior with some very obvious cost cutting." -- Consumer Guide
- "The [infotainment] system sort of floats in the middle of the dash in a somewhat awkward position. Clearly, the original car's designers never fathomed needing a 7-inch touch-screen for anything." -- Cars.com
- "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 (2012)
While the Camaro has 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." -- Consumer Guide
- "While backseat comfort is never a prime concern for a coupe, the Camaro's the worst among muscle cars." -- Edmunds (2012)
- "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 (2012)
- "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 (2011)
The 2013 Chevrolet Camaro 1LS comes standard with OnStar and a six-speaker stereo with satellite radio and Bluetooth phone and audio streaming. Options and features on higher trims include a Boston Acoustics stereo, USB port, a head-up display, rear parking sensors, a backup camera, navigation and Chevrolet’s new MyLink infotainment system, which includes a 7-inch touch-screen display.
While reviewers appreciate some optional features, such as the head-up display, the new MyLink infotainment system earns mixed reviews. One auto writer says that it doesn’t respond well to voice commands, while another says that MyLink’s controls are otherwise intuitive.
- "We couldn't say ‘no’ to the MyLink system -- or much of anything else, for that matter; most voice commands to the system went misinterpreted, no matter how carefully enunciated." -- Consumer Guide
- "It's an intuitive layout, and the touch-screen ‘buttons’ themselves are large and easy to reach. They also respond to your touch by changing color, limiting how much second-glancing you need to do to complete a task." -- Cars.com
- "Everyone on staff who drove the new Camaro rejoiced that the steering wheel has gone from downright torturous to perfectly mediocre." -- Motor Trend (2012)
- "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 (2011)
The 2013 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 16.2 cubic feet of trunk space, respectively.
- "Chevy claims 11.3 cubic feet of trunk space for coupes, but the high liftover and small aperture make access difficult." -- 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 (2012)
- "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 (2011)
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