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2013 Toyota Camry Review

Despite its lack of engaging handling and user-friendly features, the 2013 Toyota Camry sits near the pinnacle of its class thanks to its top-notch reliability rating, roomy interior, and efficient yet powerful engines.

Pros & Cons

  • Phenomenal reliability rating
  • Two commendable engine choices
  • Spacious rear seats
  • Good fuel economy
  • Low safety scores for the class
  • Numb steering feel
  • Learning curve for infotainment features

New for 2013

  • Touch screen became standard
  • Rear cross traffic alert became available
  • Minor changes to interior materials




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 6.4
Interior: 5.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 8.4
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2013 Toyota Camry Overview

Is the 2013 Toyota Camry a Good Used Car?

The 2013 Camry is definitely a good used midsize car. The Camry is consistently one of the best-selling used cars because it has great reliability, lots of interior space, and a good price. The Camry is available with two capable engine choices that both deliver good fuel economy. There are some trade-offs, however. The Camry has low safety scores for the class, its handling leaves a lot to be desired, and its infotainment features aren't as intuitive as they should be.

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How Much Is the 2013 Toyota Camry?

Prices for the 2013 Toyota Camry range from about $9,600 to about $16,000, with an average price of around $13,000. This data comes from more than 500 listings for the 2013 Camry on our site. Actual prices fluctuate depending on the vehicle's features, mileage, condition, and location.

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How Much Does the 2013 Toyota Camry Cost to Own?

The 2013 Camry is less expensive than its competitors when it comes to projected gas, insurance, repair, and maintenance costs. These expenses will cost your around $22,800 over five years. In comparison, a 2013 Honda Accord's five-year costs are typically about $1,250 higher than the Camry's, while the 2013 Nissan Altima's costs are about $775 higher.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Camry?

The fully redesigned 2018 Toyota Camry enjoys a top ranking among new midsize cars. It has a ton of standard driver assistance features and quality materials throughout its cabin. There are two peppy engine choices, and unlike the 2013 Camry, the 2018 is one of the most engaging vehicles in the class. However, its starting price of almost $24,000 is higher than the most expensive 2013 Camry by about $8,000. For a solid car at a reasonable price, the 2013 Camry is a good choice. But if you can afford the new model, you’ll get a better vehicle and a new-car warranty.

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A high-end 2013 Camry with the V6 engine will run you around $16,000. There are plenty of new cars you could buy for this price, but none match the authoritative power of a V6 Camry. Many new subcompact cars retail for under $16,000, but they deliver anemic performance or come up short on overall space. New compact cars with the lowest base prices offer few standard features, and some don’t offer much more than a stereo and a USB port. You could look to a car like the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze, which starts at just under $17,000. Its quality cabin has a spacious back seat and a standard infotainment system with a touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a rearview camera. On the downside, the Cruze takes some time to get up to speed, despite having a turbocharged engine. An available turbodiesel engine offers better fuel economy, but not improved acceleration.

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Which Model Year of the Toyota Camry Is Best?

Toyota fully redesigned the Camry for the 2012 model year, and that's as far back as you'll want to go to buy a Camry. The 2012 model received a much-needed styling update, improving on the prior generation's bland design and subpar cabin materials. Lots of features became available for the first time in 2012, including a touch-screen infotainment system, a rearview camera, and blind spot monitoring. A touch screen became standard for 2013, and rear cross traffic alert became available. There were no major changes for the 2013 and 2014 model years. The difference is price between a 2012 Camry and a 2014 Camry is only a few thousand dollars. Choose the model that has the features you want while also balancing factors like your budget and the mileage of the cars you find.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Toyota Camry?

The 2013 Camry has an excellent reliability rating of five out of five from J.D. Power.

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2013 Toyota Camry Recalls

At the time of the writing, two open recalls apply to the 2013 Camry. One recall applies to a clogged air conditioning drain and a short circuit, which may cause the airbags to either become disabled or inadvertently deploy. The same issue can also cause the power steering assist to become inoperable. The windshield wiper switch assembly may short circuit, reducing visibility and increasing the risk of a crash. Before buying a used 2013 Camry, make sure a Toyota dealer has addressed these issues.

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Which Used Toyota Camry Model Is Right for Me?

The 2013 Toyota Camry is available in four trim levels: L, LE, SE, and XLE. All come standard with a four-cylinder engine, though SE and XLE models are available with a V6. Even if you're looking at a lower trim to save money, you'll still get modern features like a touch-screen infotainment system.

That said, most shoppers should look to an SE or XLE model for additional features. SE models have either leatherette upholstery or suede and leather upholstery, and they are available with navigation, the Entune app suite, a JBL stereo, a rearview camera, proximity key entry, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. Dual-zone automatic climate control and full leather seating are only found in the Camry XLE.

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How Safe Is the Camry?

The 2013 Toyota Camry has low safety scores for its class. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the sedan a five-star overall crash-test rating, with five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Camry a 2013 Top Safety Pick, giving it the highest score of Good in four out of five areas tested. The Camry received the lowest rating of Poor in the small overlap front crash test.

A rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert are available in the 2013 Camry.

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2013 Toyota Camry Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2013 Toyota Camry or 2013 Honda Accord?

The Camry ranks much higher than the 2013 Honda Accord. While the Toyota has a much higher reliability rating (the Accord's is just average), the Honda has higher safety scores. Both midsize cars have similar engine offerings, comparable performance, and solid fuel efficiency. The Accord is more fun to drive overall, thanks to its nimbler handling. It also has standard amenities like a rearview camera, dual-zone climate control and an 8-inch touch screen. There are also several features you can get in the Honda that you can’t in the Toyota, like adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and a blind spot camera. The Accord costs more though, with higher average prices and higher projected five-year expenses than the Camry. If you're looking for a solid value with top-notch reliability, it’s hard to argue against the Camry, though the Accord is a great choice if you prioritize an engaging drive or advanced safety tech.

Which Is Better: 2013 Toyota Camry or 2013 Nissan Altima?

The 2013 Nissan Altima has a very fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine and a muscular available V6. With its responsive steering and strong brakes, the Altima handles corners with poise. This Nissan’s smooth ride makes it a great daily driver, too. Although the Nissan has higher safety scores than the Camry, it earns a lower reliability rating. The Altima’s projected ownerships costs are a little higher than the Camry’s, but its average list prices are lower by a couple thousand dollars. However, keep in mind that the 2013 Altima lacks standard features like a USB port. For most buyers, the Camry is the better choice in general, unless you prefer the sportiness of the Altima.

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2013 Camry Performance

How Does the 2013 Toyota Camry Drive?

The 2013 Toyota Camry comes standard with a 178-horsepower four-cylinder engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. The base engine does a good job of scooting the Camry around town, and it can get up to cruising speeds with little drama. The transmission is refined, delivering smooth shifts right when you need them. Look to the Camry's available 268-horsepower V6 engine for more power. It gives the Camry impressive acceleration off the line, and this engine should be your choice if you often ferry around a full complement of people.

The Camry has a comfortable and quiet ride, and the suspension does an excellent job of softening bumps and dips in the road. Even at higher speeds, there is little road and wind noise inside the cabin. The brakes are strong, and the Camry feels stable around corners. However, its numb steering takes away any hint of sportiness. Camry SE models have a stiffer suspension and larger wheels intended to spice up handling. The effect is minimal, and the ride quality suffers as a result.

Does the 2013 Toyota Camry Get Good Gas Mileage?

With its four-cylinder engine, the 2013 Camry gets 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, which are good numbers for the class. Gas mileage drops to 21 mpg city and 30 mpg highway with the V6 engine.

The 2013 Camry Hybrid, which we review separately, gets up to 42 mpg city and 38 mpg highway. Driving a Camry Hybrid would save you about $450 per year in fuel costs over a standard four-cylinder Camry, or about $650 per year over a V6-equipped Camry.

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2013 Camry Interior

How Many People Does the 2013 Camry Seat?

The 2013 Camry sedan seats five on standard cloth upholstery. Available features include leatherette upholstery, leather and suede upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, and a leather-trimmed shift knob and steering wheel. The front seats are comfortable and have ample support for long drives. Adult passengers should find the back seat to be spacious.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2013 Toyota Camry?

The 2013 Camry has two complete sets of rear LATCH connections, along with another tether anchor for the middle seat. Though the lower anchors aren't set very deep in the seat, it's hard to access them because of how stiff the rear seat cushions are.

2013 Toyota Camry Features

The Camry’s standard infotainment system comes with a 6.1-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a USB port, and an auxiliary input. This system has a slight learning curve, and some of the on-screen buttons can be slow to respond to inputs.

Available features include proximity keyless entry, push-button start, a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-speaker JBL audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, voice recognition, a 7-inch touch screen, the Entune app suite, a rearview camera, and navigation.

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2013 Toyota Camry Dimensions

Toyota Camry Cargo Space

The Camry has 15.4 cubic feet of trunk space, which is typical for the class. A split-folding rear seat is standard.

2013 Camry Length and Weight

The 2013 Camry is 15.8 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,190 pounds to 3,420 pounds, depending on the trim and powertrain.

Where Was the 2013 Toyota Camry Built?

Toyota built the 2013 Camry in Kentucky and Indiana.

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