2013 Toyota Camry

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Toyota Camry. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    26-30 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    178-hp, 2.5-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Attractive dashboard
  • Passing power
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Ride comfort, except in SE

The Bad

  • Low-grip tires, except in SE
  • Choppy ride (SE)
  • Sport seats too flat (SE)

Notable Features of the 2013 Toyota Camry

  • Seats five
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Hybrid model
  • Standard automatic transmission
  • Interior upgrades
  • Newly available rear cross-traffic alert

2013 Toyota Camry Road Test

David Thomas

In most forms, the Toyota Camry is a quiet, smooth-riding sedan with few thrills or complaints, but the 2013 SE trim with an uplevel V-6 showed only the Camry's flaws.

The Camry was completely redesigned for the 2012 model year and remains relatively unchanged for 2013. You can read a review of the 2012 four-cylinder and other trim levels here.

Performance
At the heart of the non-hybrid, sport-tuned SE is a 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine that delivers power exceptionally smoothly and relatively quietly through a six-speed automatic transmission. Charging up highway on-ramps and passing at high speeds are non-events with this much power on tap. However, in a fashion similar to what we experienced in the 178-hp four-cylinder, the front tires can break loose under hard acceleration in turning maneuvers.

The two biggest differences between the Camry four-cylinders we've tested in the past and this SE are the obvious mileage penalty and the surprising sacrifice in ride quality.

The four-cylinder Camry is rated 25/35/28 mpg city/highway/combined. That's behind the redesigned 2013 Honda Accord's 27/36/30 mpg, while both lag behind the also recently redesigned 2013 Nissan Altima's 27/38/31 mpg.

Moving up to the V-6 option in any of these three impacts mileage significantly, with the Camry dropping to 21/31/25 mpg. The V-6 Accord is rated 21/34/25, and the Altima is 22/31/25 mpg.

Subjectively, our editors have always found the Camry to offer a quiet an...

In most forms, the Toyota Camry is a quiet, smooth-riding sedan with few thrills or complaints, but the 2013 SE trim with an uplevel V-6 showed only the Camry's flaws.

The Camry was completely redesigned for the 2012 model year and remains relatively unchanged for 2013. You can read a review of the 2012 four-cylinder and other trim levels here.

Performance
At the heart of the non-hybrid, sport-tuned SE is a 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine that delivers power exceptionally smoothly and relatively quietly through a six-speed automatic transmission. Charging up highway on-ramps and passing at high speeds are non-events with this much power on tap. However, in a fashion similar to what we experienced in the 178-hp four-cylinder, the front tires can break loose under hard acceleration in turning maneuvers.

The two biggest differences between the Camry four-cylinders we've tested in the past and this SE are the obvious mileage penalty and the surprising sacrifice in ride quality.

The four-cylinder Camry is rated 25/35/28 mpg city/highway/combined. That's behind the redesigned 2013 Honda Accord's 27/36/30 mpg, while both lag behind the also recently redesigned 2013 Nissan Altima's 27/38/31 mpg.

Moving up to the V-6 option in any of these three impacts mileage significantly, with the Camry dropping to 21/31/25 mpg. The V-6 Accord is rated 21/34/25, and the Altima is 22/31/25 mpg.

Subjectively, our editors have always found the Camry to offer a quiet and comfortable ride that should appeal to commuters and road-trippers alike. In our $26,000 Midsize Sedan Challenge (see the results), judges scored the car well for its ride across the board, while other contenders had inconsistent results.

The Toyota Camry SE model tries to deliver a sporty driving experience that is certainly not present in other Camry models we've tested. The handling and steering are slightly sharper here, but there was still that tire-slip issue. Also, a lot of ride comfort is sacrificed in the name of sportiness — a sacrifice I don't think Toyota Camry shoppers will want to make.

Over highway expansion joints, the SE's suspension delivered pronounced jolts that became an extreme annoyance on my commute. The 18-inch alloy wheels didn't help matters. They're standard on the SE V-6, while 17s are standard on both the four-cylinder SE and the XLE trim V-6.

Interior
As the competition heats up, Toyota finds itself facing not just Honda and Nissan, but also significant entries from similar body-types like Hyundai, Kia, Ford and Mazda. All produce impressive midsize sedans, especially in terms of their interiors.

Some, like the Altima and Hyundai Sonata, offer a similar level of comfort as the Toyota Camry, while the new Accord, Ford Fusion and Mazda6 deliver upscale interiors that the Camry cannot compete with.

The previous-generation Toyota Camry's interior held up over time as one of the classiest in the segment, but the redesigned model seemed cheap to many of us at the outset. That's not a good sign in an atmosphere where Honda had to overhaul its last Civic a year after a complete redesign thanks to similar sentiment.

The problem doesn't stem from the controls or layout, but mainly the use of varied textures along the dash, doors, armrests and other areas that are frequently touched by owners and gazed upon by all.

They feel somewhat spongy to the touch and look too much like vinyl to the eye. Even some stitching techniques that attempt to be upscale fail here. My wife, upon entering our $32,090 Toyota Camry test car (with options and destination), asked if she was in the Corolla, the Toyota compact sedan that starts at half that price.

The Camry still offers a spacious cabin that is comfortable for the driver and passengers. Both passenger and trunk volume — 102.7 cubic feet and 15.4 cubic feet, respectively — are in line with the rest of the class.

Safety
The Camry is equipped with a standard suite of airbags and is a crash test Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It also earned a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It includes standard safety features such as anti-lock brakes and emergency brake assist.

In a recent Car Seat Check by Cars.com's certified installers, the Toyota Camry scored well for fitting all types of child-safety seats in various positions, as well as for ease of installation. You can find all the safety-related features here.

Camry in the Market
As a four-cylinder with lots of comfort and space, the Camry is still a car to recommend. There are just more competitors today that also warrant a close look, no matter what type of ride a shopper wants in a midsize sedan.

In its most performance-oriented version, however, the Toyota Camry is no longer true to what has made it such a popular vehicle and yet fails to deliver well enough on the promise of thrills.

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2013 Camry Video

The 2013 Camry SE offers all the regular Camry’s customary comfort, roominess and general practicality with the added benefit of a V-6, says Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley.

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Great dependable car, not a status symbol.

by Robby from London Ontario on August 12, 2018

Upgraded 4 cyl. LE model. Over 125,000 K's now on it and nothing has ever gone wrong with it. This is our 3rd Camry over the years and the 3rd that's problem free - oh, had a brake light go on my '91 ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great Car

by Toyotagirlj. from orl.fl on August 9, 2018

First Toyota I've ever had. It's just such a dependable car. Great on gas. It's exactly what I wanted in every detail. Love the look. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Toyota Camry currently has 2 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Toyota Camry L

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
acceptable
Overall Evaluation
poor
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
poor
Structure and Safety Cage
poor
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / 25,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Toyota

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, Carfax vehicle history report, travel protection and toll-free assistance line

  • Limited Warranty

    1 year / 12,000 miles

    Comprehensive: 12 months/12,000 miles from date of purchase. Powertrain: 7 years/100,000 miles from original in-service date ($50 deductible) Note: In AL, FL, GA, NC and SC, 7-year/100,000 mile limited warranty coverage begins Jan. 1 of the vehicle's model year and zero (0) odometer miles and expires at the earlier of seven years or 100,000 odometer miles. Hybrid: 8-year/100,000 mile warranty on Factory HV Battery for Toyota Hybrid Vehicles.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 85,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 160 point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Camry received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

A

Booster

(second row)

B

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Latch or Latch system

B

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

B

Rear-facing convertible

A
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker