2012 Chevrolet Camaro
- Starting price: $24,180
- What's retro: Styling
- What's modern: Some models with optional V-8 have cylinder shut-off to save gas.
The Chevy Camaro's retro design is based on the original 1967 Camaro. It's a strong statement that General Motors is back. GM dropped the Camaro after the 2002 model, and then reintroduced it for 2010.
Some six-cylinder Camaro models get an Environmental Protection Agency-estimated 30 miles per gallon. Other versions have features no one would have foreseen for a muscle car back in its early days, such as GM's Active Fuel Management system. The system shuts off half the cylinders in a V-8 engine when cruising at highway speeds to save on gas. With Active Fuel Management, even a 400-horsepower V-8 with automatic transmission gets up to 25 mpg in highway driving. That's twice the estimated mileage and almost three times the horsepower of the original 1967 base model.