2013 Toyota Camry Overview
2013 Toyota Camry Overview
The 2013 Toyota Camry is a four-door, midsize sedan available in L, LE, SE, and XLE trim levels. Toyota also offers a Hybrid powertrain, which it sells in LE and XLE trims. While it’s not the most stylish looking family sedan on the road, buyers praise the Camry’s comfort, value, and rock solid reliability. The 2013 Camry offers just a bit more performance than it has in the past but still delivers admirable fuel economy.
New for 2013
Toyota redesigned the Camry in 2012 and apparently saw little need to make all but a few minor changes for 2013.
- A rear cross-traffic alert function now included with the optional blind spot monitoring system
- Additional standard features such as slightly upgraded door panel trim, and a six-inch LCD display screen
When Toyota redesigned the Camry for 2012, it seemed that it was shooting for a gently modified exterior rather than a radically different looking sedan. What resulted was a Camry that looked much like the previous model but sported a few more creases, a more erect front fascia, and slightly boxier corners. Essentially, the 2013 Toyota Camry still wears middle-of-the-pack duds, which make it neither a homely nor a fashionable player in the highly competitive midsize sedan segment. The entire Camry lineup comes with enough unique and marginally different appearances to effectively separate the base, from the sporty, from the luxury oriented trims. Sport oriented SE trims wear a split, winged air dam while XLE and hybrid trims come with a louvered and widened air dam. Also XLE trims wear just a little extra chrome in their upper grille. Overall, it’s the Camry’s interior features and powertrain performance, rather than its sheet metal, which make it a competitive player.
The base L trim wears 16-inch steel wheels and includes powered mirrors, while the LE adds automatic headlamps and powered door locks with remote keyless entry. It isn’t until the SE that the 2013 Camry even looks like it might tempt buyers away from other makes. Along with a sport-tuned suspension, the SE adds 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, heated exterior mirrors, and more aggressive exterior styling cues. The SE V6 trim wears even better looking 18-inch alloy wheels along with slightly modified exterior accents. The luxury aspiring XLE returns to the softer suspension and adds heated mirrors, fog lamps, and a sunroof. The top of the mark XLE V6 trim adds a rearview camera. Buyers can option out many higher trim features when equipping lower trim levels. Save for a few badge modification and a few more aerodynamically focused body panels, Hybrids look similar to other 2013 Camry models.
Interior & Cargo
Like most of the other recently redesigned Toyota models, the 2013 Camry includes a layered dash that Toyota claims it models after a horse saddle and the Apple iPod. The dash features multi-layered elements of stitched leather intermixed with gauges, displays, and other instrument panel inclusions. The end result is an interesting aesthetic matched to logically-positioned visual and tactile sensory elements.
All of the segment standard features like powered seats and steering wheel mounted audio controls are available, with upper trims packing in more standard features than lower trims. Notable options include a premium 10-speaker JBL audio system and a hard-drive-based navigation system with a larger touchscreen display (XLE V6). The upgraded JBL audio system also includes Toyota’s Entune software, which is a suite of smartphone apps connected to services like Bing search, Pandora streaming radio, and real-time traffic/sports/stock information. Entune users also enjoy the ability to reserve movie tickets or a table at their favorite restaurant while gridlocked in traffic.
Both the 2013 Camry and the Honda Accord offer the most comfortable backseat accommodations in the class. The entire Camry interior feels spacious and provides for excellent outward visibility. Front head and legroom easily accommodate the big and tall crowd, and the rear seats offer an agreeably reclined seatback angle.
The 2013 Toyota Camry carries more safety features than it has ever previously offered, packing a class-leading ten standard airbags which now include front passenger knee bags and rear side airbags. An available rear-view camera system can be fitted to most trims, and an optional blind-spot monitoring system is now paired with a rear cross-traffic alert system.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded the 2013 Camry both its top overall rating of “Good” and the title of Top Safety Pick. Similarly, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the 2013 Camry a highest-possible five-star overall safety rating.
The driving experience, like everything else about the 2013 Toyota Camry, is well rounded and conservative. Pushing the Camry through hard corners will result in noticeable body roll but when coaxed through bends the Camry will produce acceptable handling, albeit with a numbed steering response. The Camry excels at long-distance cruising and while not exactly aggressive, the SE provides a small amount of sporty driving. On the other hand, hybrid trims are among the most refined and sophisticated drivers in the class. The transition from all-electric to gasoline is far less noticeable than in the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and its amazingly strong acceleration can outpace the Fusion Hybrid.
All gasoline-powered Camry models come fitted with front-wheel drive, a six-speed automatic transmission, with some trims offering the choice between a four-cylinder and a V-6 engine. The hybrid comes with front-wheel drive, a gasoline-electric four-cylinder engine, and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Four-cylinder and V-6 gasoline engines generate ample power and the six-speed transmission smoothly and quietly transfers that power to the wheels. The 2.5-liter, four-cylinder found in base trims produces 178 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque while delivering class-leading EPA rated fuel economy of 25/35 mpg city/highway. The optional 3.5-liter, V-6 engine generates 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. Many of the Camry’s competitors have dropped a six-cylinder engine option, and Nissan Altima’s V-6 out powers the six-cylinder Camry and just manages to beat the Camry’s EPA rated 21/31 mpg city/highway fuel economy. However, the Camry’s V-6 is much quieter and the Camry transfers power to the front wheels with less wheel slip better than the Altima.
The 2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid couples a 156-horsepower, 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine with an electric motor/battery pack. The Camry hybrid delivers its exceptional in-city fuel economy because its electric motor can propel the vehicle when traveling at low speeds. When combined, the Camry Hybrid’s two power sources provide 200 horsepower.
Key Competitors of the 2013 Toyota Camry
- Honda Accord
- Ford Fusion
- Nissan Altima
- Hyundai Sonata
- Mazda 6
The 2013 Toyota Camry has 8 models that range from $22,235 - $30,465. The 2013 Camry is a sedan with front wheel drive that gets between 21 mpg (city) - 31 mpg (highway) fuel efficiency using a 2.5L I4, 3.5L V6 engine. The 2013 Toyota Camry has a seating capacity of 5/5, wheelbase is 109.3 inches, cargo capacity of 15.40 cu.ft., and ground clearance of N/R inches. Choose one of the trims like the 2013 SE FWD 4-Dr Sedan V6 to get specific details on prices, rebates, and warranties.