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2013 Toyota Camry: What You Need to Know

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The Toyota Camry ranks in the top third of its class, thanks to its great reliability rating, smooth ride, and comfortable interior. Below-average safety scores keep it from the top spots.

The 2013 Toyota Camry is ranked:

Is the 2013 Toyota Camry a Good Used Car?

A used 2013 Toyota Camry is a top pick among midsize cars. The Camry rates well for reliability, and its cushioned ride, spacious interior, and easy-to-use features make it very pleasant to drive. The 2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid is also good, but it’s reviewed separately.

Used 2013 Toyota Camry Performance and Interior

The 2013 Camry has one of two engines: a four-cylinder with 178 horsepower or a V6 with 268 horsepower. A refined six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. The four-cylinder engine scoots the Camry up to speed confidently, and it delivers an efficient 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. The V6 provides far more energetic acceleration, though fuel efficiency dips to 21/30 mpg city/highway.

The Camry has a comfortable and quiet ride. Its suspension does an excellent job of softening bumps and dips in the road, while its cabin filters out most wind noise, even at higher speeds. The brakes are strong, and the Camry feels stable around corners. Its numb power steering, however, takes away any sporty edge. Camry SE models have a stiffer suspension and larger wheels intended to spice up handling, but the effect is minimal, and ride quality suffers as a result.

The Toyota Camry seats five, and its interior looks and feels particularly upscale. The front seats are plush, spacious, and provide good support. Generous seat and steering-wheel adjustments ensure that drivers of all sizes can find a comfortable position. The rear seats are cozy also, and legroom is great by class standards. Even taller passengers can find enough space to stretch out. There are two sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The trunk has a roomy 15.4 cubic feet of cargo space.

All 2013 Camry models come equipped with a standard 6.1-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, and a USB input. The Camry’s crisply styled dashboard features simple audio and climate controls. The touch-screen menus are user friendly as well, albeit occasionally slow to respond.

Used 2013 Toyota Camry Prices

The price of a used 2013 Toyota Camry ranges from around $9,400 for base L models to $12,500 for XLE V6 models. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

We’ve researched 33 Toyota Camry reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Toyota Camry?

The 2013 Toyota Camry has a great reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

How Safe Is the Camry?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Toyota Camry a 2013 Top Safety Pick and gave it the highest score of Good in four out of five areas tested. The Camry received a Poor rating in the small overlap front crash testing. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the sedan a perfect five-star rating in overall and side crash tests, as well as four stars in front and rollover crash testing.

The 2013 Camry is available with a rearview camera. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert are optional in the SE and XLE trims.

Is the 2013 Camry the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 model year is a great place to start if you’re shopping for a used Camry. Toyota redesigned the Camry for 2012, but in 2013, a touch screen became standard equipment and rear-cross traffic alert became available. The Camry saw no major updates in 2014, meaning you could save money by shopping for earlier models. The 2015 Camry received an exterior style update and a larger suite of safety features.

Which Used Toyota Camry Is Right for Me?

Toyota offers the 2013 Camry in six trim levels: L, LE, SE, SE V6, XLE, and XLE V6. Standard features in the Camry L include a 6.1-inch touch screen, CD player, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary inputs, cruise control, power windows and doors, air conditioning, and cloth upholstery. The Toyota Camry LE trim adds remote keyless entry. The Toyota Camry SE trim adds alloy wheels and leatherette upholstery. The Toyota Camry XLE trim adds a moonroof and dual-zone climate control.

Notably, Camry SE V6 models also gain proximity keyless entry, a navigation system, Entune app suite, and satellite radio. The Camry XLE V6 shares these features plus leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, and a rearview camera. Options include a larger 7-inch touchscreen and blind spot monitoring.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Camry. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all of its CPO vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

2013 Toyota Camry and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Toyota Camry or 2013 Toyota Corolla?

The compact 2013 Toyota Corolla and midsize Camry are both great options if you’re shopping for a used car. Each rides comfortably, yields comparable fuel economy, and rates well for reliability. The Camry is the better pick overall, thanks to its roomier and higher-quality interior as well as its zippier engine performance. That said, used Corolla models are typically far less expensive.

Which Is Better: 2013 Toyota Camry or 2013 Honda Accord?

Like the Camry, the 2013 Honda Accord is another great option for used car shoppers. Both sedans have sound reliability ratings and each is similarly fuel efficient. Go with the Accord if sporty handling is a top priority. The Honda also offers a more luxurious cabin and a larger suite of safety features, like forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control. Opt for a Camry if you have a tighter budget; used models tend to be a bit less expensive and carry lower ownership costs.

Which Is Better: 2013 Toyota Camry or 2013 Nissan Altima?

The Nissan Altima is more fuel efficient and considerably more athletic than the Camry. However it’s not a great used car option. The Altima has below-average reliability ratings, and its continuously variable automatic transmission has known durability issues.

Read the full 2013 Toyota Camry reviewon U.S. News & World Report for more details, photos, specs and prices.

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