Our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy have changed.

By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

4 of 4
BACKNEXT
Cockpit view
The Camaro's interior, it turns out, was not to the police officer's liking. Too hokey and retro, he said. He'd wanted something more futuristic and sleek.

I'll disagree with him there. I found it to be just about dead-on perfect. It's flashier than the Challenger's plain plastic treatment where Chrysler designers managed to hide a few "classic Challenger interior" cues as if they were answers to trivia questions. ("What shape was the gauge cluster housing in an early 1970's Dodge Challenger?")

The new Camaro's interior nicely lifts a number 60's touches, recognizable and enjoyable even to those who are not Camaro-philes. There are the big square gauge housing and the mostly pointless but cool - especially at night - rectangular gauges down low just ahead of the shifter. It all gives the driver the opportunity to share in the sense of drama and excitement the car offers those watching from the outside.

Most impressively, the clever presentation never gets in the way of usability. All the knobs and buttons are easy to find and a pleasure to use. At night, it all glows with warm tech-y blue glow with red accent stripes.

This is General Motors at its best and it's nice to see. It's even nicer to drive.

NEXT

Last updated April 10 2009: 8:44 AM ET
Find Your Next Car
More Galleries
A White House press briefing as told by CNN's sketch artist The White House started banning cameras during some briefings, so CNN sent in sketch artist Bill Hennessy. More
The best gadgets for your next business trip Hotels often lack the resources business travelers need to work efficiently. But fear not: These six gadgets will turn any hotel room into a temporary office. More
Must-have gadgets for business travelers For many business travelers, commuting through airports and enduring flights is the worst part of any trip. Thankfully, these seven gadgets help make life on the road -- and in the air -- much easier. More

Special Offer