2012 Chevrolet Camaro 2dr Conv 1LT







V6 Cylinder Engine



City: 18 / Hwy: 29 Estimated By E.P.A. - Actual Mileage May Vary

Dealership Information

Lara's Trucks

Laras Trucks

4420 Buford Hwy. NE

Chamblee, GA 30341


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Vehicle History

No Accidents Reported
10 Service History Records

Vehicle Details

Given these tough economic times, the Camaro is a car that shouldn't exist. Economic crises have a way of killing off muscle cars (think of the 1970s oil embargo or the recession of the late 1980s), so maybe the fact that the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro is flourishing is a sign that better times are not far off. Of course, when it comes to things like safety and fuel economy, today's Camaro is light years ahead of it ancestors, yet it is equally as powerful as the most legendary Camaros of yore. Heck, the base Camaro V6 car has more horsepower than some of the late 70s and early 80s V8 Camaros! Yet for all its improvements, the Camaro continues to annoy environmentalists and government regulators alike, which is probably why so many people love this car. Also appealing is the long-held friendly rivalry with fellow domestics the 2012 Ford Mustang and 2012 Dodge Challenger. It's a flashback moment to a time when names like Toyota and Honda were barely known, and cruising the boulevard in a big, loud American muscle car was a Saturday night ritual. Be it the 323-horsepower LS, the 426-horsepower SS or the 550-horsepower ZL1 (reviewed separately), in Coupe or Convertible, there is a Camaro to fit just about every need and budget. 

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a high-performance machine that offers the best dollar-to-horsepower ratio in the business, check out the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro. In SS form, it outmuscles most exotics costing twice as much. 

You May Not Like This Car If...

If there is a sacrifice to be made for the Camaro's modest sticker price, it resides in the car's cockpit. If hard surfaces and cheap plastics are a deal breaker, you might want to check out the Ford Mustang instead. Those hoping to find the light, agile handling of a BMW at a Chevy price will be sorely disappointed. 

What's New for 2012

For 2012, the V6 Camaro gains an additional 11 horsepower, bringing its total output to 323. Also new this year is a 45th Anniversary package that adds specific hood and deck stripes, 20-inch wheels and special interior trim. Other changes include a new steering wheel design, a power lift feature for the passenger seat, and the addition of a rearview camera to the Rear Vision Package. The high-performance ZL1 is set to debut early in 2012 with a 550-horsepower supercharged V8 engine. 

Driving It

Driving Impressions

We were given the opportunity to spend equal time in every Camaro trim, from the V6-powered LS to the 426-horsepower SS with the 6-speed manual transmission (our preferred choice as, due to the Active Fuel Management system, the automatic SS has 26 less horsepower). Admittedly, we enjoyed all the cars, but spent the lion's share of our time testing the SS. With its ever-present torque and seemingly endless horsepower reserves it's easy to make the SS go fast. Aided by GM's electronic launch control our Camaro SS was able to tackle the 0-60-mph run in 4.4 seconds, and thanks to the Camaro's multi-link rear suspension, rack-and-pinion steering, and substantial tires our Camaro SS was able to perform as well in the curves as at the track. You still have to use plenty of finesse to get this car around turns, but the enhanced traction provided by the StabiliTrak electronic stability control system (incorporates anti-lock braking, traction control and an active braking system to control wheel slip) is a great ally. Old-school drivers might object, but electronic launch control reduces the level of skill required to get off the line quickly, while "Competitive/Sport" modes for the stability system allow turning off many of the electronic aids, for doing your own thing. 

Favorite Features

Great Exterior Styling 
Certainly beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but we are of the opinion that the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro looks like a car that could command a much higher price tag. The details like the grille, rear roof pillars and taillights are simply gorgeous. 

All-Around Performance 
Camaros of old were great in a straight line, but a lot less great around corners, especially if the road surface was uneven. With its multi-link rear suspension instead of a live axle, the new Camaro is much more at home in those challenging situations. 

Vehicle Details


Standing in sharp contrast to the brilliant execution of the Camaro's exterior is its rather lackluster interior. Large expanses of hard plastics on the doors and center console look and feel cheap, and will likely scratch easily over time. But, what the Camaro's interior lacks in execution it more than makes up for in design, with two large hooded binnacles housing the speedometer and tachometer, and an available gauge package for oil temp, oil pressure, volts and transmission fluid temp placed at the end of the center console. The thick-grip steering wheel feels welcome, but its position relative to the driver seems a bit high. Thankfully, the positioning and action of the manual transmission shifter is just right, as are the Camaro's supportive front seats. Some drivers did complain, however, about the absence of any form of adjustable lumbar support and everyone agreed the ridiculously tiny sun visors were all but useless when positioned to block the sun at the driver's side window. As for the Camaro's backseat, let's just say it is as small and confining as you would expect. 


Some cars attempt a retro feel that just looks odd or over the top, but the Camaro's design team nailed the spirit of the original without insulting it. A stunning looker at every angle, the 2012 Camaro's visual appeal is striking. Nowhere is this more evident than the intersection between the massive rear fenders and the crisp-edged roof pillar, a joining that makes a bold statement as well as a massive blind spot for the driver. Of course, the aggressive recessed grille and headlamp treatment add an air of wickedness, as does the SS model's massive five-spoke wheel and tire package. Rounding out the look are classic hooded Camaro taillights and a subtle rear deck spoiler. 

Notable Standard Equipment

Perhaps the most notable standard item is the Camaro's good looks, accompanied by a supple and responsive suspension that makes this the best handling, most comfortable Camaro of all time. Cloth-upholstered, 6-way manually-adjusted driver and passenger seat are standard. The 11.3 cubic feet of cargo capacity can be increased with the standard fold-down rear seat. All models include a three-spoke steering wheel with manual tilt/telescope adjustment, plus cruise control and rear defogger. The Camaro's standard entertainment system is a single-CD radio with six speakers, and it offers XM Satellite Radio. All models also include power door locks and express up-and-down windows. Standard safety technologies include front dual-stage airbags, front seat-mounted thorax side-impact airbags, head-curtain side-impact airbags for front- and rear-seat occupants, front-seat safety-belt load limiters and pretensioners and a front-passenger detection system that senses children and small-stature adults and suppresses airbag deployment when appropriate. 

Notable Optional Equipment

While the base Camaro with V6 engine is reasonably well-equipped, some judicious checking of option boxes can add up to a more comfortable while still reasonably priced car. We liked the optional heated, leather-trimmed seats with driver 6-way power adjustment. On SS models, the seats feature a distinctive SS logo on the headrests with contrasting stitching, and an "Inferno Orange" interior trim package is also available with leather interiors. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, redundant steering-wheel controls, Bluetooth and USB port are part of the available "Driver Convenience and Connectivity" package, which also includes remote start on automatic transmission-equipped vehicles, as well as an interface module for iPods and the like. The available premium audio system is by Boston Acoustics, with nine speakers and 245 booming watts. An optional short-throw Hurst shifter provides quick, concise shifting, and there are a variety of available wheel-tire packages, including 21-inch machined aluminum wheels. Specific to 2012 is the 45th Anniversary Package which can be ordered on Camaro 2LT and Camaro SS. The package includes Carbon Flash Metallic black paint with red and silver striping, unique 20-inch wheels, HID headlamps, unique interior trim and 45th Anniversary badges. 

Under the Hood

The Camaro offers three engine choices - 323-horsepower 3.6-liter direct-injected LFX V6, 400-horsepower 6.2-liter L99 V8 with Active Fuel Management or 426-horsepower 6.2-liter LS3 V8. The V6 can be backed by either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The L99 is accompanied by a 6-speed automatic with paddle-activated driver shift control, while the LS3 has a 6-speed manual. 

3.6-liter V6 
323 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm 
278 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm 
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/29 (automatic), 19/30 (automatic 2LS), 17/28 (manual) 

6.2-liter V8 (L99) 
400 horsepower @ 5,900 rpm 
410 lb-ft of torque @ 4,300 rpm 
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/24 

6.2-liter V8 (LS3) 
426 horsepower @ 5,900 rpm 
420 lb-ft @ 4,600 rpm 
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/24 

Pricing Notes

Deciding whether you want a V6- or V8-equipped version is the biggest question you must answer concerning the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro. The LS with V6 has a base price of right around $24,000, with the LT Convertible starting close to $31,000. The V8-equipped SS trim rings the register at just under $33,000 and its convertible counterpart just under $39,000. Options can easily push the SS cars close to or over the $40,000 mark. Unfortunately, the Camaro's popularity means customers will have to bargain hard to make a good deal. Thankfully, our Fair Purchase Price tool, which shows the typical transaction price for the Camaro in your area, can help you make your best deal. In comparison to its American brand competitors, the Camaro is expected to retain a better-than-average residual value than the Dodge Challenger, and a few points higher than the Ford Mustang. 

Visit Laras Trucks online at www.larastrucks.com to see more pictures of this vehicle or call us at 678-410-6038 today to schedule your test drive.

Vehicle Options

  • Air conditioning- single-zone manual
  • Air filtration system with pollen filter
  • Alternator- 150 amps
  • Antenna- AM/FM (Located within spoiler.)
  • Antenna- OnStar and SiriusXM Satellite Radio fin-type- body-color (Located on decklid.)
  • Axle- 3.27 ratio
  • Battery- maintenance-free with rundown protection and retained accessory power
  • Bluetooth for phone- personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system
  • Brakes- 4-wheel antilock- 4-wheel disc (Single piston front brakes with super corner rear brakes.)
  • Compass- located in Driver Information Center
  • Console- floor- with armrest
  • Cruise control- electronic with set and resume speed- steering wheel mounted
  • Cup holders- 2 front
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • Dead pedal- driver
  • Door handles- body-color
  • Engine- 3.6L SIDI DOHC V6 VVT (323 hp [240.8 kW] @ 6800 rpm- 278 lb-ft of torque [375.3 N-m] @ 4800 rpm)
  • Exhaust- dual-outlet stainless-steel with polished tips
  • Fascias- front and rear body-color with front grille and rear diffuser
  • Fog lamps (When (WRS) RS Package is ordered- fog lamps act as Daytime Running Lamps.)
  • Glovebox- lockable
  • Hood blanket with debossed Chevrolet bowtie
  • Instrumentation- analog with Driver Information Center display- includes speedometer- tachometer- fuel gauge and engine temperature gauge
  • Lighting- front reading lamps
  • Map pockets- front doors
  • Mirrors- outside power-adjustable body-color
  • Moldings- body-color lower rocker
  • Power outlets- 2 auxiliary 1 located in center console storage area and 1 located at front of center console
  • Rear Park Assist- Ultrasonic
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Rearview Vision Camera display integrated into rearview mirror
  • Seat adjuster- driver- 6-way power (fore/aft- up/down- tilt) with power recliner
  • Seat adjuster- front passenger- 6-way power (fore/aft- up/down- tilt) with power recliner
  • Shift knob- urethane
  • Spoiler- rear
  • StabiliTrak- stability control system with traction control
  • Steering column- manual rake and telescopic
  • Steering- power- variable ratio
  • Steering wheel- 3-spoke- urethane
  • Steering wheel controls- mounted audio controls
  • Suspension- Sport
  • Tire sealant and inflator kit in place of spare tire
  • Trunk release- remote- located on driver-side
  • Visors- driver and front passenger vanity mirrors
  • Windows- power with driver and passenger Express-Down/Up
  • Wipers- front intermittent
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    Lara's Trucks- Price does NOT include Tax/Tag/Title *Internet Cash Price. SOME VEHICLES WILL APPEAR WITH DEMO WHEELS, PLEASE CALL FOR MORE INFO Call: 678-410-6038 Buford Hwy Chamblee, GA 30341. Other bank restrictions may apply such as loan amount, term, payment per month and minimum income requirements. Call now to speak to a sales professional or apply online to get pre-approved. Georgia Buyers We recommend that all of our buyers set up an appointment before coming to our dealership. This way we can provide the highest level of service and make sure that the vehicle you are interested in is available. We rely on Auto Check reports to give you the full history of the vehicle that is available. These sources pull from different resources and are never 100% accurate, sometimes some information does not make the history reports. We highly recommend that our customers preform a pre-purchase inspection. Registration can take up to 30 days to be completed. Once all paperwork has been transferred to the appropriate tag office we will send you a registration letter via mail or email. Georgia emissions are required to be performed if the county requires them. Please confirm with your knowledgeable sales team if your new purchase would need emission work done. You can also go to a third party source, cleanairforce.com to confirm that the vehicle has been tested and passed. Georgia law does not allow us to hand over any title during the sale, even if you pay cash. Certain processes are required and we must abide by the regulations. Out-of-State Buyers Lara's Trucks does a lot of business with customers outside the state of Georgia. This eliminates any surprise that could happen when you get here. We try to do our best to satisfy all of our customers and we would be more than happy to take the vehicle to the mechanic of your choice (you will be fully responsible for any and all charges that may apply).

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