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2013 Chevrolet Camaro Review

The 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ranks high among sports cars thanks to its engaging performance, great reliability rating, and high safety score.

Pros & Cons

  • Punchy powertrains
  • Well-weighted steering
  • Top-tier reliability rating
  • Cheap interior materials
  • Poor outward visibility

New for 2013

  • ZL1 convertible became available
  • SS 1LE package became available
  • Dual-mode exhaust became available on SS models

8.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 6.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
N/A
Reliability:
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2013 Chevrolet Camaro Overview

Is the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro a Good Used Car?

Without a doubt, the Camaro is a good car. Although it doesn’t have the roomiest or most upscale cabin, you don't buy a muscle car for those reasons. The Camaro delivers where it really counts: raw engine power and deft cornering ability.

Used 2013 Chevrolet Camaro Performance and Interior

There's no denying the Camaro is a quick car, even with the standard 3.6-liter V6. There are two available V8 engines, including a supercharged 6.2-liter that puts out 580 horsepower and 556 pound-feet of torque in the high-performance Camaro ZL1 trim. The V8s give the Camaro the authoritative power that muscle cars are known for. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard with all engines, while an automatic is available. With the base engine, the Camaro gets up to 17 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, which is on par with direct rivals. The Camaro is very athletic around turns and has nicely weighted steering. Available performance upgrades like Brembo brakes and sport-tuned suspension further improve the Camaro's agility.

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Low-rent plastic covers many surfaces in the cabin. The interior design pairs retro-inspired styling like square gauges with modern tech features. Both coupe and convertible models have seats for four. The Camaro's front seats are roomy, but tall drivers may want more headroom. The car’s roofline limits headroom and hampers rearward visibility. While cramped back seats are common in coupes, the Camaro’s have even less space than many sports car rivals. Cloth upholstery comes standard; leather upholstery, heated front seats, and power-adjustable front seats are available.

The base Camaro 1LS comes equipped with a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and keyless entry. Available upgrades include a sunroof, a nine-speaker Boston Acoustics audio system, a USB port, navigation, and a head-up display. Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system is also available. Its 7-inch touch screen is easy to use thanks to large digital buttons, but the voice recognition system doesn't always respond correctly. Other muscle cars offer more trunk space than the Camaro.

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Used 2013 Chevrolet Camaro Prices

The base price for a 2013 Camaro is around $12,900 for the 1LS coupe. The range-topping ZL1 coupe is priced about $29,400. Convertible models usually cost a bit more than a corresponding coupe. Vehicle condition, mileage, and location can all affect the price you pay.

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We Did the Research for You: 41 Reviews Analyzed

To help you decide if the Chevy Camaro is the right car for you, we've gathered and analyzed 41 professional reviews. We've also included information about the Camaro's fuel economy, safety, and much more to give you an idea of the Camaro's strengths and weaknesses.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro?

The Camaro has the highest reliability rating in the class, with a score of four out of five.

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How Safe Is the Camaro?

In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests, the Camaro earned a five-star overall rating (out of five), with the same score in every test category. That's a bit higher than the safety ratings earned by other muscle cars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not test the 2013 Camaro. Rear parking sensors and a rearview camera are available.

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Is the 2013 Camaro the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 Chevrolet Camaro is part of a generation that spans the 2010 through 2015 model years. You’ll likely save money with a 2012 Camaro, which is essentially the same as a 2013. Older models have a less powerful base engine.

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Which Used Chevrolet Camaro Is Right for Me?

The Chevy Camaro coupe is available in seven trims: 1LS, 2LS, 1LT, 2LT, 1SS, 2SS, and ZL1. We suggest stepping up to at least the 1LT model to get power-adjustable front seats and the MyLink infotainment system. The 2LT adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a premium audio system. For V8 muscle, hunt for a 1SS, 2SS, or ZL1 model.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned vehicle. For all of its CPO vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether or not it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Chevrolet Camaro and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Chevrolet Camaro or 2013 Dodge Challenger?

The Dodge Challenger can't keep up with the Camaro. The big difference is reliability – the Challenger’s reliability rating of three is lower than the Camaro’s rating of four. The Challenger also isn't quite as athletic as the Camaro. However, you’ll get more passenger and cargo space in the Challenger than the Camaro offers.

Which Is Better: 2013 Chevrolet Camaro or 2013 Ford Mustang?

The Camaro and the Ford Mustang are neck and neck in many ways, but the Chevy ultimately comes out on top. Both models have punchy engines, spry handling, and subpar interior materials. That said, the Camaro's higher reliability rating and better infotainment system help it pull ahead in our sports car rankings.

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