Kelley Blue Book ® - 2001 Chevrolet Camaro Overview

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KBB.com 2001 Chevrolet Camaro Overview

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Chevrolet's drop-top muscle car has a definite Jekyl/Hyde personality. Order it in its base form and you'll get a fairly inexpensive, fun to drive convertible with a 200-horsepower V6 engine and room for two (three in a pinch). Order it with the Z28 package and you get a fire-breathing 310-horsepower V8 engine that can propel you to speeds best left to bullet trains and hurricane-force winds.

The Camaro is a big car. Like the Mustang, it rides on an aging platform that GM has hinted is not long for this world. Its large tires and heavy suspension have to work hard to keep the Camaro from getting unruly, especially during spirited drives, which the Camaro will tempt you to experience each time you take the wheel. The ride is comfortable, with little bounce or sway and the power steering, though very heavily weighted, does a good job of keeping the car from drifting at highway speeds. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on Z28, while the V6 gets a 5-speed. An optional four-speed automatic is available on both.

The Camaro's interior design is a mixed bag. While the driver has plenty of legroom, the passenger side footwell is far less generous. The convertible top works quickly and easily, but has no failsafe to prevent it from being activated while the car is in motion. The bucket seats, while comfortable on short trips, lack lumbar support and do not have adjustable headrests. You may also notice that while most of the buttons and switches in the cockpit have a high-quality feel, the turn signal stalk (which also operates the cruise control and wipers) is clunky and dated. It's clearly out of place in the otherwise excellent interior.

Bonus points for GM: If you like the Camaro's performance but not its styling, Pontiac's Firebird is almost identical, but is wrapped in a more flamboyant package. And the Firebird seats have adjustable head restraints.

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