happykatie graduates from the soccer mom Volvo… for a weekend at least
There's nothing that says 'Hi there, I'm a total bad ass hear me roar' than driving a 2010 Camaro.
I grew up adoring Mustangs (okay and I still do – but I reserve my love for the classic models), but spending a few days in one of these guys has made me a believer. Never before have I driven a car that has turned more heads, incurred more random parking lot conversations and just felt so ridiculously awesome to drive.
(On the random parking lot conversation note, seriously if you are looking to pick up a 40+ year old boyfriend, get yourself in one of these bad boys, ladies. Something about this model that muscle car geeks FREAK OUT over, so prepare yourself as your car — and perhaps yourself as driver — will be fawned over.)
The most surprising thing about the Camaro is… uhmm… hello… trunk space? Where did you come from? It's kind of sort of like a family-ish car. Like… not what you'd want to drop off 3 kids in the carpool lane, but totally do-able with one kiddo or for a fun weekend ride. No joke, I thought we'd be squeezing in and out and cursing the day I said 'HELLS YES' to driving one of these beasts – but it fit us perfectly.
Perfectly until you get a splitting headache in the passenger seat and lean your seat back and have to negotiate with your 3 year old that tapping her feet on your headrest 'to say hello', but sans headache and apparently chatty toddler feet it's a dream.
Gas mileage was great, we adored the XM Radio (Lithium 90's station and oldtime classic radio show station were the constants), were confused as to why my iPhone only worked plugged in half the time (blaming our old crappy iPod cord substitute) and dug the way the car cradled us while we were in it. Kind of like we were in some futuristic speed racer rocket that was giving us a hug.
I hate getting rental cars (and I will freely admit, some of them have been GM vehicles – this is the first GM car in a looong time I'd ever consider owning) that have that 'futuristic' design look to them. And by 'futuristic' I mean craptastic cheap silver-ish plastic and horribly designed dashboards with lame button placement and annoying door handles.
They say 'look at us, our designers were trying so hard at the start of this project but then got drunk and now are totally into WOW at the office now so they needed to hurry up and get something out the door before the next car show'.
The Camaro was everything but 'futuristic' craptastic. Somehow it was modern and retro at the same time – it looks and drives like a shark. A bit menacing at first glance (me likey – RAWR), but smooth, quick and streamline all the way.
Call me a fangirl, but this was one heck of a car to have in my parking spot (sure beats the soccer mom Volvo). I could make this an everyday car and give up nothing (except those 2 rear doors… carpool lane… one day… live a little) except anonymity :)
And in a parting note, I'd like to apologize for freaking out the guy who picked up the car after hugging the hood before he drove it off. Seriously, I'm sorry dude. I know it was weird, but we really had a bond there.
Disclosure: A few months back, I was contacted by a PR gal representing the Great Wolf Lodge
(a chain of ginormous water park resorts) about an upcoming mommy
blogger event. I was invited, along with my happyfamily (YIPPEE!!) to
spend a day/evening in Grapevine, TX splashing, swimming and hanging
with other geeky mamas just like me. General Motors jumped in on the
experience offering a free loaner car to make the trip that much more
I say no to 95% of the PR pitches that find their way into my
inbox (too little time, not the right fit and… honestly, I get afraid
of diluting my brand with the perception that I'm only around these
days to do a PR flack's bidding….) but this one felt cool, sounded
fun and got my whole little family involved. I was game. And it was
awesome. The following are my thoughts on the weekend experience -
straight from my brain and into yours.
I was paid no money to write this post, in fact I wasn't even asked to write this post. I am just that floaty, dreamy, stoked about this frigging car. (love you Camaro!! See you in Austin at SXSWi)