2013 Toyota Camry Review
Automotive reviewers predict the 2013 Toyota Camry will remain a top seller in its class thanks to its high reliability rating, excellent fuel economy and mass-market appeal.
The Camry has a standard four-cylinder engine and optional V6, both of which are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Test drivers are happy with the Toyota Camry’s strong engine power and say the transmission shifts smoothly. Although it’s not the sportiest car in the class, most auto writers say the 2013 Camry delivers a respectable ride that’s comfortable over rough pavement. Some note that the Camry’s power steering is vague, though. Fuel economy, at 25/35 mpg city/highway with the four-cylinder engine, is very good for the class.
Test drivers say the Toyota Camry has comfortable, spacious seats and a big trunk. Many critics like the 2013 Camry’s upscale materials and good craftsmanship, though a few say some materials fall short for the class, like the faux wood trim and the seat material on the base model. The Camry has more airbags than most rivals, with 10 standard. Other safety features, like available blind spot monitoring with cross traffic alert, are also not found on many competitors. On the other hand, the standard tech features on the 2013 Camry are sparse, and include a USB port and auxiliary jack. Many other affordable midsize cars, like the 2013 Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima, come standard with Bluetooth, for example. The Accord even comes standard with a rearview camera. Upgrading to a higher trim or adding optional features on the Camry gets you things like Bluetooth, navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, 10-speaker JBL audio system and Entune infotainment system, which includes satellite radio, HD Radio, Bing and Pandora Internet radio.
- "It's been twenty years, but the Camry might have just leapt back to the front of the pack as the worry-free car you'd gladly recommend to your mother - without being afraid to be seen in it yourself." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)
- "For those looking for a car that gets you from point A to point B with minimal fuss, the … Camry … is hard to beat." -- Road and Track (2012)
- "With its improved interior materials, higher mileage, and lower prices, this Camry ought to retain its sales crown." -- Car and Driver (2012)
- "On the whole the Camry has improved significantly. It remains, more than ever, a poster car for your right brain." -- Cars.com (2012)
Other Cars to Consider
If you prefer a more exciting driving experience, the redesigned 2013 Nissan Altima is a good choice. Test drivers like its nimble handling and the immediate power delivery from its continuously variable transmission. The Altima sedan has better fuel economy and slightly higher safety scores than the Camry.
The all-new 2013 Ford Fusion has exterior styling that critics think is among the best in the class. The Fusion is also well-liked for its roomy cabin, lively handling and available all-wheel drive. The base Fusion’s fuel economy isn’t as good as the Camry’s, though.
Details: 2013 Toyota Camry
The five-seat Toyota Camry is available in four trims: L, LE, SE and XLE. The Toyota Camry Hybrid is reviewed separately. The Camry’s base engine is a four-cylinder and a V6 is available on SE and XLE trims. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The Camry was redesigned for the 2012 model year, and since it sees no significant changes for 2013, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2012 and 2013.