Those looking for the crown jewel of reliability, fuel efficiency and a great overall car, the 2013 Toyota Camry is the car to buy. In fact, “Camry” in Japanese translates to “crown.” For the 2013 Toyota Camry model year, virtually everything has been changed. Toyota engineers decided to revamp the Camry from bumper to bumper. It really shows because everything is more efficient and has made the 2013 Toyota a much better product. As some car enthusiasts put it, the 2013 Toyota has only built upon its Toyota reliability and has become the industry leader in the four-door, mid-size sedan class. In fact, the fully re-designed 2013 Toyota Camry will only keep it on top and further catapult it into converting more sales.
Compared to other models, the 2013 Camry might be slightly lacking compared to some cars in limited respects, but when it comes to features that really matter, the Camry comes out on top by leaps and bounds. When looking at the Hyundai Sonata’s YF, the Camry is said to be slightly aesthetically challenged, however, that is a subjective comparison. When it comes to features that really matter, the Camry has it all over its competitors such as the 2013 Hyundai Sonata YF, the 2013 Honda Accord, the 2013 Ford Fusion because it offers a more comprehensive design, selection of safety, comfort and convenience features along with its ultra-competitive prices.
Looking at the 2013 Toyota Camry, one will see that it is a midsize sedan offering a spacious interior featuring plush and forgiving seating. This year’s Camry model has both a conventional gas model and two versions of the gas-electric hybrid models. Both hybrid engine options feature 6-speed automatic transmissions that feature manual type controls that are fully adjustable through its floor-based shift lever. Industry experts believe the availability of the two new gas-electric hybrid models will enable Toyota to further expand its Camry dominance in the growing hybrid market.
When it comes to conventional gas models, the base 2013 Camry model features front-wheel drive and a 6-speed automatic transmission. The standard trim also packs a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 178 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. The four cylinder engine produces ample power for this comfortable sedan, yet its efficient engine gives great fuel efficiency of 25 miles per gallon around town and 35 miles per gallon on the freeway. Reviewers have tested the 2013 Camry on the road and are happy to report that it is very agile, turns on a dime and takes off like a rocket for a family sedan, going from zero to 60 in only 8.1 seconds.
If one desires to upgrade their Camry with a little more power, higher trim options offer consumers a 3.5-liter six-cylinder engine that pumps out 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. This engine is perfect for cruising fun on country roads or highways. This engine takes drivers from zero to 60 in 6.6 seconds. However, it is still a fuel sipper when taking into account the almost 50 percent increase in the engine size because it gets 21 miles per gallon in the city, 30 miles per gallon on the highway, for a combined mpg rating of 25.
Different trims have different wheel options. The L and LE trim models have 16-inch diameter wheels, while the XLE trim model and four-cylinder SE trim model both have 17-inch wheels standard, and the six-cylinder SE models have 18-inch wheels.
Regardless of the model or trim level chosen, the 2013 Toyota is very generous with options including: the Entune, which is an upgraded audio system from previous year’s models. It combines a fully setup suite to integrate one’s smartphone via Bluetooth with the Pandora music system and the Bing-supported search engine control panel. When it comes to music, one has the option of listening to satellite radio or hooking up their iPod either wirelessly or through the standard iPod connect. The Entune system is fully integrated with Internet service that offers drivers and passengers alike the ability to search for their favorite destination, restaurant, etc.
The 2013 Camry is loaded with safety features, building upon past standard features. This year’s model includes the following safety features: side and curtain airbags as part of a comprehensive 10 airbag standard design, a passive stability control system, traction control and door panel controls that are able to be moved higher. Pillars are now sleeker because past models had thicker designs which clouded the view, getting in the way of driving safely. Other safety features include anti-lock brakes with brake assist and a blind-spot monitoring system to ensure one can keep their eyes safely on the road.
When taking a survey of the Camry’s interior, one really sees the value of this car. Depending on the model one chooses, options include luxurious cloth covered seats with a leather accented shift knob to complete leather seats, console and dashboard. Toyota has really stepped it up and offered its customers a wide variety of options to cater to a wide variety of tastes.
When it comes to pricing, the Camry is very competitive and is priced to go toe to toe with the competition. Available in four different trim levels, starting with the L, and moving higher in price with the LE, SE, and XLE models, it ranges anywhere from $22,055 to $22,995 to as much as $24,775. Obviously, price will vary upon one’s own geographic location, negotiations and any potential discounts and/or trade-ins.
As one can see from the review of the 2013 Camry, Toyota is continuing its improvements on the interior greatly, but has not forgotten the exterior with minimal adjustments to its already classic, yet modern exterior. Toyota does have competition from both domestic and foreign car makers that have similar sized and designed cars, but as one can see from their 2013 models, the only thing Toyota has to worry about is subjective aesthetic challenges; when it comes to what is under the hood and within the interior, the competition has nothing to show.