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2013 Toyota Camry Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2013 Toyota Camry was new.


Performance: 7.3

Reviewers are pleased with the 2013 Toyota Camry’s relaxed ride, powerful engines and smooth transmission.

  • "Last year's drivetrain revamps yielded impressive gains in both performance and fuel economy that carry over for all 2013 Toyota Camry sedans." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Count on the … Toyota Camry to deliver the kind of drive you'd expect. It's smooth, comfortable, and quiet, and otherwise unremarkable." -- Motor Trend (2012)
  • "The Camry's liquid-butter driving experience is better than ever." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)

Acceleration and Power

The 2013 Camry has two engine choices: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 178 horsepower or a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 268 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission with manual mode comes with all trim levels, while the SE trim adds steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

The EPA says the base four-cylinder Camry gets 25/35 mpg city/highway, while the V6 gets 21/31. These fuel economy estimates are strong for the class, but the recently redesigned 2013 Nissan Altima has better fuel economy estimates of 27/38 mpg.

Test drivers are happy with the Camry’s engine power. They say the four-cylinder engine is energetic and quiet, and the V6 delivers impressive power. The six-speed automatic receives praise for its fast, smooth shifts.

  • "Tasked with motivating the roughly 3,200 lbs. Camry, the four-cylinder is nearly silent in its operation and perfectly capable of working with its six-speed automatic transmission to deliver perfectly acceptable acceleration." -- Left Lane News (2012)
  • "The new six-speed automatic transmission performs its duties admirably. Shifts are quick enough for family sedan duty and perfectly smooth - just what you want out of a gearbox designed to increase fuel economy and coddle in equal parts." -- Autoblog (2012)
  • "Even though the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine lacks oomph off the line, it actually feels peppy and not too much of a slouch compared to its 3.5-liter V-6 sibling when passing slower traffic." -- Road and Track (2012)
  • "V6 versions are impressively strong in all situations." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

Handling and Braking

Test drivers agree that the Toyota Camry is comfortable on a bumpy road and poised through turns. One critic says the electric power steering is vague and unresponsive.

  • "Though Camrys are engineered more for comfort than corner carving, their handling is predictable and composed in most normal driving situations." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • The Camry hasn't exactly morphed into a driver's car, but it's no longer a one-dimensional cream puff, either." -- Popular Mechanics (2012)
  • "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." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The new cars go down the road well, although the electronic power steering is notably lacking in on-center feel, even by Camry standards." -- Car and Driver (2012)
  • "Road and wind noise are noticeably reduced, and the overall structure feels more rigid, with less impact noise and apparent chassis flex over big bumps." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)

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