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Camaro now outselling Mustang? Vroom.

Camaro combines new look with solid feel to attract buyers. In its first five months, Camaro outsold Mustang 40,000 to 30,000 units.

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There is plenty of reinforcement to quell vibration. The car's tight, solid feel can be seen when traversing bumps; there's little of the flex one experiences in some convertibles. The rearview mirror can be used; it doesn't vibrate.

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The steering is a willing partner in crime, telegraphing what's going on. It's neither too light nor too heavy. Like the steering, the suspension muffles road imperfections without filtering out their presence. Road and wind noise are nicely muffled.

The front seat is spacious, although it feels as if you're sitting very low thanks to this car's small windows. Unlike the coupe, which can be hard to see out of, the convertible's top goes down, eliminating that problem.

High-quality materials line the cabin; it's nicely assembled. The gauges and switches are distinctively styled, especially the audio system. It has eight buttons, six for station presets. But each button is, in reality, a toggle switch. Hitting the top of the button offers up your favorite station, while hitting the bottom activates a different function. Each button has a backlit label, and the primary function of each shines brighter. It's a small thing, but it indicates that GM sweats the design details.

That said, the already small trunk is puny on the droptop: 10.24 cubic feet with the top up, 7.85 cubic feet with it stowed.

But hey, that's what the back seat is best used for.

If you've waited to buy one, think of the money you'll save. Someone bought one of the first convertibles recently at a Barrett-Jackson charity auction for $205,000. One hundred others bought the 2011 Neiman Marcus Edition Camaro convertible for $75,000 each. They sold out in three minutes.

But you can stroll over to your nearest Chevy store and grab this year's hottest muscle car for half of that price.

And these days, we're all looking for bargains.



—Base price, base model: $30,125 (after destination charge)

—As tested: $36,185

—Engine: 3.6-liter DOHC V6

—Wheelbase: 112.8 inches

—Length: 190.4 inches

—Weight: 3,986 pounds

—Cargo space: 7.85-10.24 cubic feet

EPA rating (city/highway): 18/29 mpg

—Fuel consumption: 23.5 mpg

—Fuel type: Regular


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