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2013 Chevrolet Camaro Review

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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 604 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

Very Fast, Very Fun

By on Wednesday, July 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fast, sporty, fun. Did I say fast?"

Cons: "Optional instrument cluster hard to read"

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

"Having grown up during the sixties and 70's (high school age) I saw the emergence of the muscle cars of yester-year. They were all cool and fast for the time. Jump forward to 2015 and I'm now 60, so I bought a sport car for myself. Best thing I ever did. I have a coupe that is nothing less than a thrill ride with very classic looks. Back seat back folds down leaving plenty of room for long stuff in the trunk. A pick up truck it ain't but it's ample for the car. The 426 HP is wicked fast and sounds wonderful. This car is purely a joy to drive. The interior is plenty roomy and the materials are fine for a car in this price range (just under 40K). It's not my commuter car and it's all I can do not to jump in it and drive to work."

Solid 5th gen performance car

By on Friday, June 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Design, drive, power, tribute to the original"

Cons: "Visibility, a few paint chipping issues"

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

"Purchased this RS to pay homage to my 69 Camaro in high school. I love almost everything Chevy has done with these cars. Phenomenal handling, great acceleration, killer external design, and appealing design queues from the 67 - 69s."

9 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Purchased for FUN and it delivers, in spades!

By on Thursday, June 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 39,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Fun, exciting, great features and FAST."

Cons: "Fuel Economy, speed limits are too low :("

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

"When forced to buy a new car, I opted for my midlife crisis car to be fun, something that turns heads and get's the blood pumping. The Camaro SS delivers; with paddle shifting and "competitive driving mode," this car turns a lot of heads (even the cops unfortunately). My car is gun-metal gray with dark tinted windows and everyone from high school kids to grandparents remark on how it looks fast, even while parked. The car is easy to drive and though it's 6 years old, it has excellent features like remote starting, USB connection and built in Bluetooth (which works great while keeping you legal). I added on some cool blue interior lights and kick plate "Camaro" sill covers, even my wife has fun driving it. I didn't buy it for the fuel efficiency, from 12 to 18 on average in town, depending on how much A/C is used and the weight of my foot. With over 425 horses, care is needed on corners and wet days as it is easy to spin the rear tires. Love, love, love returning to a rear wheel drive car. Nice return to authentic American muscle without spending too much of the kids' inheritance. Absolutely no qualms with my car, other than you cannot sync your phone as a phone and music device at the same time (you can separately, but either talk on the phone or listen to your playlist). Also, if you listen to music on a USB device, the car will not store you playback preference (when you turn off the car, you have to reselect a folder or playback method or it will default to playing all songs alphabetically). It has been reliable and less expensive than other foreign Swedish or German luxury sports cars."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Miles of smiles!!!

By on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,450

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
Not Rated

Pros: "Fast, suspended well, great brakes."

Cons: "No rain driving on the tires. more power needed"

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

"Car goes where you point it, quickly. Stops fantastic. This is a DRIVERS car, drive it or it will drive you. Sensory overload warning.. Car is addictive to drive. Remove fuse #8 in the trunk to keep the exhaust open all the time, you will be rewarded with delicious exhaust sounds. GM put their money where their mouth is with this car. Unlike the average Camaro out there. Specific interests in mind when they built these."

19 people out of 31 found this review helpful

Greatcar but not fully sports car

By on Tuesday, June 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"i brought LT2 @ weeks ago 500 miles on it. good power and pickup handling and breaking is so far so good, i love this RS pacage with red interior. only few things that disspointed me like a hand break should be on driver side insted of passenger side bcz its not good for fun or smkind sports performence. also ni hate new technique tht stop wheels spining while you push breaks tht make it ordenery car.. otherwise so loving"

2 people out of 6 found this review helpful

I think my car is worth $10,000 more.

By on Friday, June 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,456

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: "asking $38,000 its worth it I pin striped it."

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

"Its perfect in every way its a annevisary car red and grey stripes on the hood and trunk. paint is like new it ought to be its been in a garage since I bought it. It only has 10457 miles on it. I put Mobile 1 full synthetic oil in it 5-30 weight its a 6 speed with cruise. and it it will run 0-60 in 4 seconds. Its quick."

3 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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