2013 Chevrolet Camaro Review
The 2013 Chevrolet Camaro offers great performance and attractive muscle-car looks, but automotive critics are let down by the Camaro’s unrefined interior and poor visibility.
With engines that range from a 323-horsepower V6 to a 580-horsepower supercharged V8, reviewers agree that the Camaro has more than enough power, no matter which model you choose. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and a six-speed automatic is optional across the model line. The V6-powered Chevrolet Camaro gets up to 19/30 mpg city/highway, which is about average for the class. Critics are generally impressed with the Camaro’s handling abilities, saying that it corners well for a car of its size. Some reviewers note that the Ford Mustang offers better all-around performance, but others maintain that the Camaro’s powerful engine choices and capable handling make it worthy of your consideration. Additionally, a great safety score makes the 2013 Camaro stand out in the class.
Like most sports cars, the 2013 Camaro has a small back seat and trunk, but some test drivers also note that the front seats don’t have much headroom, and that outward visibility is poor from the driver’s seat. If you’re shopping for a Chevrolet Camaro, you may want to consider adding optional features like parking sensors or a rearview camera to help alleviate this issue. Like the Mustang, some critics also say that the Camaro’s interior materials could use some improvement. Still, the Camaro offers standard Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, which is still optional in many rival sports cars.
- "All rational thinking puts the Camaro ahead of the Mustang. In addition to being the faster car, it's also significantly cheaper than the Boss." -- Automobile Magazine (Camaro SS 1LE)
- "No Camaro, save for the ZL1, stands head and shoulders above its sporty-car rivals, but its distinctive style and overall sense of refinement makes it worth considering." -- Consumer Guide
- "As a staff, we often like driving the Mustang more, but the Camaro remains a more modern car, inside and out, with a better command of the road - if you can live with the compromised visibility." -- Cars.com
- "The Ford Mustang is the most complete and well-rounded muscle car to drive, while the larger Dodge Challenger remains the most accommodating and easy to live with." -- Edmunds (2012)
Other Cars to Consider
If the Camaro’s limited visibility makes you uncomfortable behind the wheel, reviewers say that the Ford Mustang is easy to see out of. Like the Camaro, some reviewers say that the Mustang’s interior materials could use some improvement, but they also say that the Mustang has more passenger and trunk space. Some critics also write that the base Mustang outshines the Camaro with better handling, which makes it a more compelling sports car.
The Scion FR-S can’t match the Camaro in terms of horsepower, but the FR-S leads the pack with its athletic handling, a responsive engine and comfortable and supportive front seats. However, the FR-S has less trunk space than the Camaro, and most reviewers say that both cars have a tiny back seat.
Details: 2013 Chevrolet Camaro
The 2013 Chevrolet Camaro seats four and is available in coupe and convertible body styles. A total of seven models are available, ranging from the base Camaro 1LS to the high-performance ZL1. The base Camaro comes with a 3.6-liter V6 engine, a six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. A six-speed automatic is optional. Camaro SS models get a more powerful 6.2-liter V8 engine, as well as other styling updates and performance enhancements. The Camaro ZL1 offers even more performance, with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine and an upgraded Magnetic Ride Control suspension system.
The Camaro sees a few notable updates for 2013, including the availability of a new infotainment system and navigation. The ZL1 is now available as a convertible, and a new 1LE track package is optional on SS models, which adds suspension and tire upgrades, as well as slightly different gearing to improve performance. A new dual-mode exhaust system is also available on the Camaro SS, which offers a more aggressive exhaust note under hard acceleration. Aside from these additions to the model lineup, the Camaro is largely unchanged for 2013. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2011 and 2012, as well as the current model year.