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2013 Chevrolet Camaro Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.8

There was a time, not long ago, when muscle cars and high fuel prices were about as compatible as oil and water. But, despite record fuel prices, the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro and other modern muscle cars continue to defy the odds and post strong sales numbers. Boasting impressive horsepower and mpg to match, the Camaro is a spirited performer that's also reasonably practical for everyday use. The fierce rivalry with the fellow domestics, the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger, is back in full swing, as each manufacturer offers efficient yet powerful standard powertrains plus high-horsepower performance variants. From the fun-loving convertible models to the near super-car performance of the mighty Camaro ZL1, there is a Chevy Camaro flavor for just about every need and budget.

You'll Like This Car If...

Sports car buffs looking to get a great deal of horsepower for the money will find the 2013 Chevy Camaro an enticing proposition. And for those looking to turn some heads, the Camaro has plenty of show to match its go.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The 2013 Camaro's striking visual appeal does not carry over to the interior, where inexpensive materials and hard plastics produce a rather uninspiring ambiance. Although the Chevy Camaro offers exceptional horsepower at an affordable price, the same does not necessarily hold true when it comes to handling.

What's New for 2013

The Chevy Camaro receives a number of improvements for the 2013 model year, highlights of which include an available MyLink Infotainment system with navigation, hill-start assist for manual-transmission models, electric power steering for SS trims and a new track-ready 1LE package designed to bridge the performance gap between Camaro SS models and the range-topping ZL1.

Driving the Camaro

Driving Impressions We were given the opportunity to spend equal time in every 2013 Camaro trim, from the V6-powered LS to the 580-horsepower ZL1. Admittedly, we enjoyed all the cars, but spent...

the lion's share of our time testing the well-rounded SS equipped with the 6-speed manual (our gearbox of choice, as automatic transmissions feature an Active Fuel Management system that reduces horsepower output by nearly seven percent). 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 zero-to-60-mph run in 4.4 seconds, a mere half-second slower than the $56,000 ZL1. On the other hand, tossing nearly two tons of American muscle around a race track required plenty of finesse, and the somewhat portly Camaro's weight could be felt in situations demanding a high level of precision and agility. Furthermore, limited outward visibility made it difficult to judge the Camaro's dimensions and, despite its sensible proportions, parking in tight spots was an overly frustrating task.

SHARP EXTERIOR STYLING
Certainly beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but we are of the opinion that the 2013 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.

PRACTICAL PERFORMANCE
Camaros of old were great in a straight line, but a lot less great around corners, especially if the road surface was uneven. The 21st century Camaro – particularly in 1LE or ZL1 form – is much more at home in those challenging situations.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro Details
Interior

Standing in sharp contrast to the brilliant execution of the Camaro's exterior is its 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 comprised of oil temperature, oil pressure, volts and transmission-fluid temperature placed at the end of the center console. Some drivers did complain about the absence of any form of adjustable lumbar support for the front seats, and everyone agreed the absurdly small 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.

Exterior
2013 Chevrolet Camaro photo

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 from every angle, the 2013 Camaro's visual appeal is striking. Nowhere is this more evident than the intersection between the massive rear fenders and the crisp-edged rear roof pillar, a joining that makes a bold statement as well as a massive blind spot for the driver. The aggressive recessed grille and headlamp treatment add an air of wickedness, as does the SS model's massive 5-spoke wheel and tire package. Rounding out the look are classic hooded Camaro taillights and a subtle rear-deck spoiler.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2013 Chevrolet Camaro offers both coupe and convertible body styles and over a half-dozen trim levels. While this wide array of Camaro models might seem overwhelming at first glance, Chevrolet's trim-dependent ordering structure helps simplify the purchasing process by minimizing the number of individual options and packages. Base LS models (coupe only) include a tilt/telescopic steering wheel, 18-inch steel wheels and 6-speaker audio system with Bluetooth and a basic auxiliary audio jack, while LT versions add alloy wheels, power-adjustable front seats and Chevrolet's new MyLink audio system interface with a 7-inch touch-screen. Stepping up to the SS model will get you 20-inch alloys, a limited-slip differential and, most importantly, the 426-horsepower V8. Safety and security equipment consists of six airbags, GM's StabiliTrak electronic stability control and emergency/concierge services via OnStar embedded telematics.

Optional Equipment

2013 marks the triumphant return of the 1LE package, and brings with it massive 20-inch 10-spoke wheels with high-performance tires, track-tuned suspension and revised gearing. Outside of conventional niceties such as navigation, heated seats and xenon headlights, the 2013 Camaro offers a wealth of appearance enhancements ranging from racing stripes to ground effects. LT and SS models take personalized styling to the next level with the available Dark Special Edition package, which adds an extra dose of sinister to the Camaro with halo rings for the headlights, Blue Ray Metallic paint and a 2-tone interior color scheme.

Under the Hood

The 2013 Camaro offers four engine choices: A 323-horsepower 3.6-liter direct-injected LFX V6, 400-horsepower 6.2-liter L99 V8 with Active Fuel Management, 426-horsepower 6.2-liter LS3 V8 and a 580-horsepower supercharged LSA V8. The V6 and the LSA 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 steering wheel-mounted paddle-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: 18/27 mpg (automatic), 19/30 mpg (automatic 2LS), 17/28 mpg (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 mpg

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

6.2-liter supercharged V8 (LSA)
580 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
556 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/19 mpg (manual), 12/18 mpg (automatic)

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2013 Chevrolet Camaro Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 612 Ratings for the 2010 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    9.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Superb driving experience..Handling, power AAA+++

By on Thursday, August 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Looks, power, handling unmatched to date !!!"

Cons: "Blind spots...but still good vision"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

Bumblebee at its best

"This is an amazing design and auto. The power, the handling may only be topped by a corvette, but much easier on gas and way easier to get out of for sure... Never seen snow or rain for that matter, in heated garage in winter, but the best summer driving machine owned..."

Bumblebee at its best

Blast to Drive. Love driving it.

By on Thursday, August 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Blast to drive anywhere."

Cons: "can't get a bucket of KFC in the window."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

My Baby

"I love this car, but I am a Camaro lover. It is a little hard to see out of. But it handles great and gets up and goes. I had it on a track doing 155 and it is just smooooooth. I have gone thru 4 sets of brakes and 3 pairs of tires and now at 78k miles maybe a transmission. But I drive it very hard. I will wait and buy a 2016 or 2017 Drop top ZL1 when it comes out if I can afford it:-)"

My Baby

Excellent value, fit and finish tops.

By on Friday, August 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 440

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great value, look, drive"

Cons: "Keep the horsepower coming keep making it lighter."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Chevrolet 's rebirth so to speak in re staging the Camaro is both aggressive and on point. The 2015 2SS, short throw manual drive with recaro seating is pure adrenaline and plush! The sound of the NPP quad exhaust gives you goosebumps as it oozes power, while formally announcing itself to the world every time you start it, letting you know I am unique! "If you build it, they will come!" I came to it and have never before been so pleased with the fit and finish of this modern day, with some old school roots, muscle car! I love this car!"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Best Style Power Quailty for 2015 Muscle Car

By on Saturday, August 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Style Power Fun"

Cons: "back seat no room"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My 2015 Camaro LT1 RS is the muscle car with all the options you would ever need. The Corvette styling outside and Rearview camera inside makes backing up a breeze.The touch screen Chevy My Link system is easy to operate. The power of 323 HP V6 has the accelerator of the V8s with use of Unleaded gasoline. Quality: Leather dash,fit and finish of panels done well with no raddles. I feel I got my Money's Worth out of this car and still turn heads when I go by."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

FUN POWERFULL CAR

By on Wednesday, July 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "POWERFULL ENGINE, GOOD LOOKS, QUALITY"

Cons: "HEAVY, NO LEG ROOM IN THE BACK"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I OWN A 2010 CAMARO SS. I LOVED THIS CAR SINCE THE FIRST TIME I SAW IT. THE CAR IS VERY APPEALING, NICE FORM AND STANCE (MUCH NICER THAN THE MUSTANG GT) IT HAS A VERY POWERFUL ENGINE THAT WILL HAVE YOU GLUED TO YOUR SEAT, I ADDED SOME PORFORMANCE SLOTTED ROTORS FOR SAFETY AND AN AGRESSIVE SOUNDING BORLA EXHAUST SYSTEM. THIS IS A VERY FUN CAR TO DRIVE AND SHOW OFF, IT IS A 4 SEATER BUT IN REALITY ITS A 2 SEATER, THE BACK SEATS LIKE IN ALL SPORTS CARS ARE USELESS, IF YOU ARE THE DRIVER OR THE CO-PILOT YOU HAVE ALL THE ROOM IN THE WORLS BUT IF YOU ARE IN THE BACK FORGET IT. I RECOMEND THIS CAR FOR THE DRIVING ENTHUSIAST AND ONE THAT LIKES A POWERFUL ENGINE... I ALSO RECOMENT GETTING THE 6 SPEED MANUAL TRANS"

25 people out of 45 found this review helpful

excellent car no hitches runs and drives great

By on Friday, July 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "super gas mileage and super fast with old school"

Cons: "no way none at all"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Recommend every thing, fun factor, safe factor, always turns heads and never breaks down. Gas mileage great its just all good!!!!!!!"

14 people out of 25 found this review helpful

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