Five-Point Inspection: 2012 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible

Five-Point Inspection: 2012 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible

Everyday Livability

With modern amenities like a backup camera, OnStar, tire pressure monitoring and traction control, the Camaro sheds much of its old flaws while keeping its gung-ho draw.

The clutch is heavier than Kris Humphries’ post-Kardashian heartbreak — something you’ll soon be tired of after a long day, but as cars with 426 hp and a V8 go, it’s easy to get along with.

Don’t buy the 2012, though. Instead, wait until next year when the decade-dated stereo unit will be swapped for a touch screen display. That is, unless you prefer analog controls.

At $43,895 before taxes and fees, it’s a good value for the power. Still, little things like a plastic-laden interior, plastic gas door, cheap-looking stereo and poorly fitted chrome plastic accents make every dollar sting a little more than it should.

  • agreed.  Won’t buy a car with an interior made by Fisher Price.  

  • Robert Foster

    As a 2012 Camaro SS convertible owner, I totally disagree with this review. First, the clutch is not heavy. It is smooth and easy to use. Second, the interior is very attractive and improved over the 2011 model, especially the new smaller steering wheel. You failed to mention the standard power adjustable power seats for driver and passenger. Most sports cars do not have that in this price point. Third, the trunk or boot as you put it, is very usable for a convertible. We used two large soft bags, a small carry on, and a garmet bag for a two week 2500 mile trip , with the top up , with no issues. I have owned many sports cars and the Camaro is a fine car. More importantly, is just a fun car. That’s really the whole point of the Camaro. It’s not meant to have the traits of a vanilla sedan or crossover

  • Robert Foster 2012 1SS Camaro

    By the way Luke, I averaged 21 MPG combined on that 2500 mile trip. Including, two-hundred miles with the top down.

  • Banks

     Let me guess Robert… you’re over 50…

  • Robert Foster 1SS convertible

    Guess again, Banks

  • Robert Foster

    Now go back to your Prius

  • Banks

    I see. You’re just an old geezer at heart.

  • Robert Foster

    You cant “see” me. Go charge your weak Prius.

  • Hdcabriales

    It’s meant to be fun you are right Robert . Props to you