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2013 Toyota Camry Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.5

Whether it was years of criticism regarding the Camry's lackluster styling, or a gentle wakeup call from Korean competitors like the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima, Toyota finally took the plunge last year and gave its hot-selling family sedan the red-carpet treatment. With a stronger appeal to younger buyers, Toyota hopes to keep the 2013 Camry's impressive sales figures running high, and with models ranging from the base L to the sporty SE, to the fuel-efficient Hybrid or the luxurious XLE, it seems there is no shortage of variations to appeal to just about every taste. Still, the Camry is facing some tough competition this year from the new Chevy Malibu and Ford Fusion, as well as more visually alluring models from Nissan, Kia and Mazda.

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If you like the idea of Toyota quality and resale value, but years of Camry mass-appeal styling has made you look elsewhere, the 2013 Toyota Camry will bring a smile to your face. Fuel economy on the hybrid model is actually better than some compact sedans.

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While its styling has improved, the 2013 Toyota Camry still looks the wallflower when placed beside the new Fusion, Optima or Mazda6. And, Toyota still doesn't offer an all-wheel-drive option, an important attribute for those who live in snowy climes.

What's New for 2013

The 2013 Toyota Camry sedan sees some improvement in interior materials and color matching. Cross Traffic Alert is added to the Blind Spot Monitoring System, which is now optional on the SE trim. Camry L and Camry Hybrid LE gain the new Display Audio radio as standard equipment, and all models now feature a new turn-signal stalk requiring only one tap to initiate a 3-blink sequence.

Driving the Camry

Driving Impressions Last year's makeover saw Toyota engineers diligently work to improve the Camry sedan's structure and suspension. More high-strength steel was used, increasing rigidity of the body while trimming weight –...

significantly on gasoline models and by over 230 whopping pounds on the hybrid models. Revised chassis components and new geometry give all Camrys a more confident feel with better ride compliance and body control, changes that are particularly noticeable when the going gets twisty. Numerous new noise-abatement technologies also make the 2013 Toyota Camry nearly silent over most roads. Without a doubt, the biggest beneficiary of Camry's recent remake is the Hybrid. With major mass reduction, handling dynamics on par with its conventional kin, and a redone Hybrid Synergy Drive system that finally has the engine/motor/transmission triumvirate speaking far more directly to each other, the most fuel-efficient Camry variant has far greater consumer appeal regardless of the price of gasoline.

UPGRADED HYBRID SYNERGY DRIVE (HSD)
Taking a much-needed next step in the greener arena, the 2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid features Toyota's most technologically advanced HSD system to date. Light, tight and impressively integrated, the new system yields spirited performance under all conditions and an eye-popping set of fuel economy numbers.

TOYOTA ENTUNE INFOTAINMENT
Still a work in progress, Toyota's new Entune multimedia/telematics system already shows solid introductory capabilities and offers both a user-friendly interface and the promise of an ever-expanding group of downloadable apps that should make it a worthy state-of-the-art rival to in-car alternatives of its competitors.

2013 Toyota Camry Details
Interior

The Toyota Camry cabin for 2013 is generous in both space and contemporary sophistication, highlighted by a leather-covered "layered" dash set off by trim-specific instrumentation and a center cluster inspired by portable music players. Headroom is generous in all positions, while aft passengers are treated to ample hiproom and legroom. Other key pluses include a set of supportive front bucket seats, and revised lower cushions on the 60/40 folding rear bench seat that adds stretch space for the middle rider. Trunk space is also generous, but sees a 2.1 cubic-foot reduction on hybrid models.

Exterior
2013 Toyota Camry photo

The 2013 Camry sedan sports a bold front and rear look with highly expressive contours and character lines that impart a wide, low look and a pronounced wedge-like profile. Helping the cause are a host of subtle touches like mini-strakes on the mirrors and taillights that channel air to improve stability, and new underbody work that further reduces drag. Unique front/rear/side-sill styling adds more cosmetic swagger to the Camry SE while blue-trimmed "Hybrid" and "HSD" (Hybrid Synergy Drive) badges visually define the most fuel-efficient 2013 Camry.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base Camry L sedan offers numerous power assists, air conditioning, cruise control, Display Audio with USB/iPod inputs, Bluetooth, Toyota's STAR safety system and 10 airbags. The LE adds keyless remote entry, a multifunction steering wheel, and an upgraded Display Audio sound system. Moving up to the Camry SE nets you a dedicated sport suspension/wheel/tire package with unique trim, Softex covered sport seats and paddle shifters. The top-line Camry XLE sedan features dual power seats, dual-zone climate control, a power moonroof and premium fabric or leather (V6-only) upholstery. Both the SE/XLE V6s add Navigation and Entune multimedia telematics, HD radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. The Camry Hybrid sedan offers LE and XLE trim-level appointments.

Optional Equipment

The 2013 Toyota Camry sedan's extras roster is confined to color choices on the L trim and a power driver's seat and moonroof on the LE. SE/XLE buyers can opt for upgraded Display Audio packages with Navigation and Entune – including a 10-speaker premium JBL system – as well as dedicated Convenience Packages and Leather-trimmed Ultrasuede Sport Seats, while SEs can also be had with a power moonroof. Camry Hybrids offer a Leather Package, Moonroof Package and two tiers of JBL-enhanced Upgrade Packages, one with Navigation and one without.

Under the Hood

Last year's drivetrain revamps yielded impressive gains in both performance and fuel economy that carry over for all 2013 Toyota Camry sedans. Modest internal enhancements to the 178-horsepower 2.5-liter four, 268-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 and their standard 6-speed automatic transmissions, plus lower-rolling-resistance tires, help improve EPA city/highway numbers. Improvements to the Camry Hybrid include lighter, more compact and better-managed electrical components – including a newly redesigned battery pack and a CVT (continuously variable transmission) automatic with new ECO and EV modes. While the total hybrid-system output is set at 200 horsepower, preliminary EPA figures – 43/39 mpg for the LE and 41/38 mpg for the XLE – reflect superb fuel economy for a mid-size sedan.

2.5-liter inline-4
178 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
(PZEV 173 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm)
170 lb-ft of torque @ 4,100 rpm
(PZEV 165 lb-ft @ 4,100 rpm)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/35 mpg (6-speed automatic)

3.5-liter V6
268 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
248 lb-ft of torque @ 4,700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/30 mpg (6-speed automatic)

2.5-liter inline-4 plus a 105-kilowatt battery pack
Engine: 156 horsepower @ 5,750 rpm
Battery: 141 horsepower @ 4,500 rpm
Total hybrid system (engine and battery): 200 horsepower
Engine: 156 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
Battery: 199 lb-ft of torque @ 0-1,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 43/39 mph (LE with CVT automatic), 41/38 mpg (XLE with CVT automatic)

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2013 Toyota Camry Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 299 Ratings for the 2012 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.6/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

Reliable

By on Sunday, January 31, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "relibality milage traction control"

Cons: "none, as long as you don't mind a firm ride"

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

"My 2nd Camry. we've had five in the family. presently we have three I hope the 2014 is as reliable. So far so good. I get approx 35 mpg hwy. and mid 20's around town. The ride is very firm. with it handles fantastic under PANIC situtations."

Immaculate low-mileage hybrid delivers low mpg

By on Sunday, January 31, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,000

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: "Good, solid drive"

Cons: "None"

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

Toyota Hybrid means you can enjoy the trip knowing you're saving on fuel.

"This XLE Hybrid Sedan has been a joy to own. We love the backup camera, and of course, the fuel mileage. The tan suede interior has been kept immaculately clean. The navigation, Bluetooth and stereo will not disappoint.Very handsome car."

Toyota Hybrid means you can enjoy the trip knowing you're saving on fuel.

One of the best car purchase I've ever made!!!!!

By on Saturday, January 23, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great gas mileage,style power,comfort,reliablility"

Cons: "none"

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

"This is my wife's car and I'm glad it has a proper 5 speed auto compared to my Nissan Murano's CVT transmission. I still wish the the SE model came with a 5 speed manual like the previous generation CE. The cars exhaust is pretty good for a Toyota making all the right noises but of course it's not anything super car. The Camry even with the SE trim gets outstanding gas mileage and it's one of the best on gas in it's class due to real world testing. This car is very reliable, my wife and I had never had any issues besides regular routine services at a local Toyota dealer since we bought it brand new in late October 2014. We've driven it long to Florida and South Carolina, 18, and 12 hour drives with no issues and it was very comfortable. No wonder it's America's best selling car which is both good and bad. It's good because you know something that sells well sells for a reason and it"s bad because wherever you go nationwide you will always see the same exact Camry (take that how you wish). Purchasing this car couldn't have been a better buy and my wife loves her car."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Great price, reliable car with good resale value

By on Monday, January 18, 2016

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

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
9/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great price, reliable, holds it's value"

Cons: "Very noisy, no lumbar adjustment feature"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I needed to replace my 2000 Honda Accord and have had good experience with the reliability & quality of Toyota in the past, so I thought I'd check it out. I was able to get this car for a very reasonable price and it certainly meets the needs of my family, but the expert reviews indicated it was a very quiet car. In fact the description was 'eerily quiet'. I was looking forward to having a quiet car after the road noise issue of my Honda, but sadly it's quite loud...louder than my Honda. The ride is also not very smooth. I could be extreme & say it rides like a tank, but that's probably a bit excessive. You may ask why I bought the car and the answer is that I was tired of looking and researching, so it's my fault that I ended up with a very noisy car. But it filled all of the other qualifications for me in size, price, reliability, safety and had the added bonus of a leather interior that looks quite nice. So, except for the noise issue and the fact that I need to put a small pillow behind my back for comfort, it's probably the best car for my budget."

Toyota You Lost Me

By on Monday, January 18, 2016

I owned and sold this car
Reason: bad car

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "looks"

Cons: "bad customer service, there are many much better"

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

"i liked the car owned another camry that lasted a while, but... i was driving down the highway when there was a wreck ahead i looked t switch lanes then... BAM!!! i hit a car at a meer 25 MPH they said my camry was totled. i of course disagreed i was going 25 MPH but still no they wanted to fix stuff that wasent even broken!!! i finally gave in, i went to the dealer to buy the 2015 model but i decided to look further i bought a lovly hyundai sonata the camry just dosent mesoure up anymore :("

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Great Car

By on Thursday, January 07, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

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
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Pricepoint, quality, reliability"

Cons: "Tad loud on the highway but expected"

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

"This is my first Toyota and I must say that we are impressed overall. I was returning from a deployment and needed to buy a car ASAP. The 2014s were on closeout and I found a Camry SE with basically no options. It's been a great car thus far. No issues to report and it has been a solid car."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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