I meant to post this thread some time back, but forgot. A discussion with a few friends reminded me.
My example/cool story bro: I had a reservation for a luxury car in San Fran a couple months back. I went to go pick the car up, and behold, a shiny new 2012 Camaro SS is parked out front. I had seen them available online, but the price was a good $50 higher per day. I asked the rental worker how much it would go for...same price? He checked my reservation and said sure, same price.
I'm excited as hell now. I had just been talking to my dad about wanting an American V8 at some point in my life...this is perfect! Automatic, obviously, so I knew that brought a bit less horsepower. 400hp total. Still pumped!
The car had around 3500 miles on it, and was nicely optioned - HID's, backup cam, HUD, etc.
After driving it around for 2 days, my impressions are the following:
-Very well put together, with nice materials throughout the cabin.
-Interior didn't seem as claustrophobic as reviews would have you believe. It's big inside.
-Blind spots are terrible when driving, but the backup cam for parking, etc was great.
-Handled well, and for the most part did not feel as large as the car really is.
-Paddle shifters on the auto worked well and were pretty quick. Downshifts got a nice rev match blip.
-I averaged 14.7mpg in mixed driving.
My biggest letdown:
-The lack of a sense of speed/acceleration.
You could tell the car was moving out of it's own way quickly...but it just lacked the feel. It was really disappointing and kind of killed the car for me.