2013 Toyota Camry Consumer Reviews

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2013 Toyota Camry
3.9
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2013 Camry SE 4cyl

by from Long Beach, NY on July 2, 2013

I recently purchased a brand new 2013 Camry SE after my 2009 Subaru Legacy was totaled in an accident as it was parked in front of my house. My first and foremost concern was finding a good family ca...
I recently purchased a brand new 2013 Camry SE after my 2009 Subaru Legacy was totaled in an accident as it was parked in front of my house. My first and foremost concern was finding a good family car for my newborn and finding a car that had a decent amount of features for the money. I test drove 3 cars besides the Camry - the Accord, Sonata, and Altima. While I liked the way the Accord drove, I found the interior bland, the seats somewhat uncomfortable, and road noise was an issue. The Sonata gave the most features for the money, but the blind spots were unforgiving and the ride felt cheap. The Altima, like the Accord, drove nice, but the seats felt too low/dash too high (I'm 5'10") and the CVT transmission felt "mushy" and shifted slow. So I went with the "boring" Camry. I say that in quotes because most car "enthusiast" magazines call it such. The whole point of the Camry is having a safe, reliable, and comfortable means of transportation and shouldn't have to apologize for it. The SE model rides a touch "harder" but never kidney busting like the Sonata or my old Legacy. The road noise is minimal, even here on NY's terrible roads. The 4cylinder accelerates adequately and only a smidgen slower than my old 2001 Solara V6 XLE that did me very well throughout the years. Interior seats are comfortable and my baby seat fits in the back without having to move the front seats forward. The interior is comfortable, the AC is ice cold, and the stereo is pretty darn good. My only gripe is that you can only get satellite radio if you get navigation but there is a way around it. Since the base stereo has Bluetooth, you can download the satellite app on your phone and link it through there. People need to test drive this car without listening to the naysayers or worrying about having a "cool" car. Being smart and sensible is cooler than showing off and having a car that just won't last as long, have features that require extra/questionable maintenance, and will meet your needs as they change throughout the years.
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Uses car for Work

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Whyknots car

by from Dickinson, ND on January 14, 2013

I purchased this Toyota Camry Special Edition and have been absolutely thrilled with it!! The detailing to the dash for one is so cool.....right down to the stitching in the leather and the way the up...
I purchased this Toyota Camry Special Edition and have been absolutely thrilled with it!! The detailing to the dash for one is so cool.....right down to the stitching in the leather and the way the upholstery curves in the dash. The color---Barcelona Red is out of this world. Kind of a brown/pink tone to the red metallic....really pretty in the sun. I had a Camry for the past 3 years and the way it handles...I will never buy anything else. I fell in love with the car and drove it right off the showroom floor...never have I done that before!
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Lexus out Toyota in

by from Boston,MA on April 21, 2013

I trading in my 2010 Lexus RX350 and bought the 2013 Toyota Camry because I needed to save money on my monthly payment and MPG. When I took the Camry out on a test drive It felt like I was driving a L...
I trading in my 2010 Lexus RX350 and bought the 2013 Toyota Camry because I needed to save money on my monthly payment and MPG. When I took the Camry out on a test drive It felt like I was driving a Lexus ES ( no joke ) new Interio desigh is awesome, drove smooth and very comfy..If you thinking of getthing a Kia Optima becuase the exterior looks way better they the Camry which i agree its one of they better looking cars out their just test drive both and you'll know they Camry is the better car. I don't think I'll ever spend the extra $$ on a Lexus anymore know the toyota is pretty much the same car but much much cheaper..I've leased the Lexus ES and RX for the last 6 year which are great cars but for the money they camry is the way to go..
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HAPPY CAMRY OWNER

by from Richmond, Virginia on August 3, 2013

This is my fourth Toyota Camry LE. I purchased it in January 2013. As with all of my other Camrys, this car is a joy to drive, is a gas sipper, handles beautifully, has a quiet cabin, and a terrific r...
This is my fourth Toyota Camry LE. I purchased it in January 2013. As with all of my other Camrys, this car is a joy to drive, is a gas sipper, handles beautifully, has a quiet cabin, and a terrific ride. The interior is roomy; and the new technology, which includes Bluetooth for my phone, is terrific. In addition, the sound system is quite good. I am a classical music buff and am picky about my speakers. The car has conservative lines, but is classically beautiful. I also know it is well made and reliable. It will serve me well for a long time. I am one happy owner!!!
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my 4th Camry, loved them all

by from Baton Rouge, LA on July 24, 2013

someone hit one, a hurricane dropped a tree on one and I totaled one. They were all extremely reliable and comfortable. No repairs, just maintenance. Each one had new special features. Roomy inside, l...
someone hit one, a hurricane dropped a tree on one and I totaled one. They were all extremely reliable and comfortable. No repairs, just maintenance. Each one had new special features. Roomy inside, lumbar seat feels great, soft ride with great pick up, it is a beautiful car.
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Used to be Toyota Fan

by from St. Louis, MO on December 5, 2015

Bought a used 2013 Toyota Camry SE with just under 40k miles in August 2015. In December 2015 with just over 40k miles car would not go in reverse and would shift "hard." Took it back to dealership wh...
Bought a used 2013 Toyota Camry SE with just under 40k miles in August 2015. In December 2015 with just over 40k miles car would not go in reverse and would shift "hard." Took it back to dealership where I was told transmission "failed miserably" (Toyota's technician's words). They now must replace the entire transmission thankfully under warranty. I have always been a huge fan of Toyota cars but I have to say this has changed my opinion. Buyer beware.
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Does not recommend this car

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2013 Toyota Camry L

by from Birmingham, AL on February 19, 2014

I'm a car enthusiast. There, now that we've got that out of the way, I can say that I actually happen to like the whipping boy of the automotive journalism industry. I've owned number of vehicles, ran...
I'm a car enthusiast. There, now that we've got that out of the way, I can say that I actually happen to like the whipping boy of the automotive journalism industry. I've owned number of vehicles, ranging from taut and sporty to big and comfortable, and have driven many more. The Toyota Camry definitely fits into the latter category; however, from 2012 onward the Camry has been stiffened up and made a bit more driver-centric (though you'd never know that from the mass loathing this car gets on the internet). Comparing cars MSRP to MSRP, the Camry is hardly favorable against more exciting entries into the the mid-size competition (See the Honda Accord or Mazda 6). However, as the reigning king of sales, Toyota is giving major discounts on many models to stay competitive. In this case, I purchased a new base-model Camry L upgraded with keyless entry and the XLE's leather upholstery and still undercut the MSRP by almost six large. The 2.5L four-pot puts out 178 horses and 170 lb-ft of twist at the front axle, which makes it slightly less powerful than most of it's competition. Fortunately, at roughly 3200 pounds dry, it's also one of the lightest mid-sizers. The engine is creamy-smooth, rev-happy, and delivers a surprising amount of low-end grunt. The standard 6-speed automatic gearbox is also smooth and rarely gets in its on way during hard acceleration or passing maneuvers, and the selectable manual or "sport" mode operates smoothly and relatively obediently. The engine regularly returns just below its promised 30mpg mixed (my measurements put the exact number around 29), but I've (briefly) seen the fuel mileage crack 37mpg. Not bad at all. Much has been made of the numb steering, and while the wheel does not communicate information from the front wheels very well, it's significantly improved from previous models. It's still over-boosted and extremely light, but it's also linear and still loads up slightly in effort off-center. The chassis and suspension are not exactly sporty, but the car feels capable and solidly planted. The ride is pillowy-soft, but controlled; an improvement over the boat-like characteristics of early models. Due to the overly light steering effort, however, expect to make small adjustments relatively frequently. Regardless, this car eats highway miles with absolute ease. The interior is quiet, refined, but frankly dated in design. Which is perfectly fine by me, because it's spacious and functional and ergonomical. I do question the completely hard plastic door inserts and the odd Fisher-Price grade plastic with fake stitching around the lower half of the center stack, but otherwise the cabin is a nice place to spend a lot of time. Wide, soft seats keep the driver comfortable (I'm 6'3" and 170 pounds, so your comfort might vary). The standard six-speaker audio and infotainment system is excellent; standing toe-to-toe with my wife's 10-speaker Bose outfitted in her car (and I'm an audiophile). Overall, the look isn't appreciably modern, but it feels relatively upscale and avoids the cheesy Star-Wars-setpiece design cues of other competition. Exterior styling is a matter of taste. It's overly conservative, yes, but the lack of forward and rearward windshield raking means the cabin is more airy and the rear seats more roomy than in the Fusion, 6, or Optima. Despite it's been-there-done-that visual cues, it still looks much better than the Passat or the already-aging Sonata, and it avoids aping supercars it has no competition with, a la Fusion. Again, if making a visual statement is all you care about, go with the Kia Optima or 6. Overall, the Toyota remains the most conservative choice in the mid-size market. It does everything well and nothing poorly, and it's driving character has improved significantly over previous models. Other options are "better" (Again, Accord or 6 come to mind), but when dealers frequently undercut the MSRP by 3-4 grand, you can't go wrong - especially with typical Toyota low maintenance costs and strong resale value. Definitely gets my recommendation.
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Toyota Does It Again!

by from Twin Cities, MN on June 23, 2013

I am a second time buyer of toyota, the first being a 4runner I bought used. This car has impressed me on every mark! It's very peppy, gets great gas mileage, and is SUPER comfortable! The cars featur...
I am a second time buyer of toyota, the first being a 4runner I bought used. This car has impressed me on every mark! It's very peppy, gets great gas mileage, and is SUPER comfortable! The cars features are enough to not only please, but keep a Computer techinical person busy! That being said, computer novices may struggle with Radio as it's a bit complicated. Once mastered though it performs like no other I've ever had! Five stars all the way down the line! THANKS TOYOTA!!!
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Disappointed n Camry 2013 Interior Design Comfort

by from Cincinnati, OH on July 20, 2013

I have owned three Toyotas over last 11 years, (CamryXLE 2002, Tacoma 2002, Corolla 2007). The Camry 2002 has 215,000 miles and still doing great but wife wanted a new one. The 2002 has plush lather s...
I have owned three Toyotas over last 11 years, (CamryXLE 2002, Tacoma 2002, Corolla 2007). The Camry 2002 has 215,000 miles and still doing great but wife wanted a new one. The 2002 has plush lather seats coupled with16 inch tires to provide an extremely comfortable ride. We purchased a new 2013 Camry thinking it would be as comfortable. Went on a 600 mile round trip in it first thing and wife is constantly complaining about the rough ride. The leather seats in the 2013 Camry XLE are very firm and the tires are 17 inches with lower aspect which means they ride rougher than the 16 inch. We are now trying to get padded seat cushions made by local auto upholstery company and trying to get answer from Toyota as to whether I can purchase 16 inch wheels to replace the 17 inch and hoping this combination will give a better ride. Toyota builds a great vehicle that lasts long time, but with the new Camry XLE the engineers have apparently determined to appeal to the much younger generation by going with sportier comfort as far as seats and tires rather than appealing to the retirement generation. After it was too late to take the Camry back we test drove a Buick Lacrosse. Now Buick still makes that car to appeal to the comfort level expected by the retirement generation.
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Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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previous toyota owner

by from nc on July 1, 2013

Great ride, u know what u r getting! Owned my van 9yrs and decided to downsize, the only thing I miss is all the storage compartments.
Great ride, u know what u r getting! Owned my van 9yrs and decided to downsize, the only thing I miss is all the storage compartments.
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