Finally, a V-6 pony car that doesn't leave the driver feeling ashamed! It's not going to win many drag races, though the 306-hp engine is much more impressive than the 210 hp V-6 found in a base Mustang. Like the other staffers, I found this V-6 automatic combination to be more than adequate, which is particularly exciting because it's exactly what most shoppers will buy. I agree with Joe DeMatio, this V-6 is more impressive then the V-8 found in the SS model. I really wanted to love the Camaro SS, but the 422 hp can't overcome the excessive curb weight. I know the test numbers don't support this, but the V-6 car hardly felt slower than the V-8.
I might be tempted to choose a V-8 Mustang over a V-8 Camaro, but there's no way I'd choose a V-6 Mustang or Challenger over the V-6 Camaro. Again, this is great news for Chevy because most people will buy a V-6 car. Those looking for pure performance out of a V-6 would be best served with a Nissan 370Z, but the Nissan can't compete on curb appeal when cruising is your main priority. Perhaps the V-6 would satisfy those looking for performance if the exhaust had a bit more menace. As it stands, the V-6 Camaro sounds unrefined and docile. Let the car breathe and it could sound as menacing as it looks.
Phil Floraday, Senior Online Editor