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2013 Chevrolet Camaro

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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
9.1
Out of 10

Based on 626 Ratings for the 2010 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Completely Useless

By on Sunday, January 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,300

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Nice exterior styling."

Cons: "The car does nothing well"

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

"This car does nothing well. I was attracted to the 323 hp and 29 mpg. I get about 17 mpg. It is onboard equipped so you never know if law enforcement is listening to your conversations in the car. The back seat is a joke. The SS suspension and brakes are not available an option so the ride is mushy and it corners like a slug and stops slow. The exterior styling of the car is nice but if you need a back seat get a minivan. Actually my 1999 GMC Safari van rides better and corners as well."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

a lot of car!

By on Sunday, January 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 620

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "daily driver quality parts"

Cons: "sound system but i completely understand"

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

"I rated 10/10 for value but just to be fair I received a GM discount that simply was the game changer. It was a little out of my price range at msrp. Car is a drivers car. I will be keeping this car, It is that nice. Muscle car race car daily driver....."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

2SS convert-owned 2.5 years now

By on Saturday, January 09, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "a blast to drive, turns heads, super quick"

Cons: "trunk is minuscule, headroom could be better"

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

"I've had my SS convert for two and a half years now, and I'm still very happy. I've had no issues at all with the car as far as reliability. My only complaint would be that at 6 ft, 210 lbs, it's a little tough to get in and out of with the top up. I sometimes scrape my head getting out, or my phone clip comes off my belt. Other than that, I've taken it on three trips of 1000+ miles each way between NY and Florida. Watch your speed on the highway, if you're going 65 or so, and punch it out to pass, you cannot hold the pedal down for more than 3-4 seconds, as you'll be closing in on triple digits."

Great car! Looks great and great perfomance!!!

By on Tuesday, January 05, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 44,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Looks great, fun to drive!"

Cons: "The interior could be more well refined."

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

"For the price, I don't think there is a better car on the market. The only complaint I have is that interior is a bit noisy. The seats sometimes creak and the seat-belts in the back tap against the wall. However the interior looks great though. Nonetheless, the car has comfortable seats and the dash fits seamlessly in the vehicle. The car does look amazing inside and out!!! As a side note, I recommend when you replace the brakes to get the high performance pads because brake dust won't be all over the place right after a wash and a few minutes of modest driving."

Best sportscar!

By on Saturday, January 02, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 81,000

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
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, nice looks"

Cons: "Rear pillars inhibit visibility on reverse"

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

"My car is 4 years old. I drive it a lot for work, commuting on average about 1 hour one way (2 hrs roundtrip)5 days per week, especially during winter in the snow. Not a disappointment! My LS Camaro drives awesome even in the snow!"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Smooth Ride!

By on Thursday, December 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,800

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Always a fun drive!"

Cons: "Blindspots"

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

"Other than the blind spots, the cockpit secure feel when behind the wheel, as the seats and my sleeve padded safety belt hold me securely, are all complimentary to the way the car handles the road. I enjoy looking back at it every time. It has had it's number of 1st year issues that needed attending to mechanically. More time consuming than anything, warranties covered most. Last note, just because there is a backseat, doesn't necessarily mean you will be comfortable back there."

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