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2013 Chevrolet Camaro: Used Car Review

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ADDITIONAL MODEL INFORMATION

author photo by Ron Sessions November 2014

The 2013 Chevrolet Camaro continues the successful comeback for the storied pony car that began with an all-new fifth-generation version for the 2010 model year. New in the 2013 model is a new dash layout for the LT, SS and ZL1 models with a 7-inch color touchscreen, Chevy's MyLink infotainment system and, for the first time, optional navigation. The 1LE performance option on manual-transmission 2013 SS models also features upgraded suspension, tires and gearing to provide track-ready performance. All SS models have new variable-effort, variable-ratio electric-boosted power steering that improves fuel economy. Cars with a V8 and manual transmission can be equipped with the "shock and awe" dual-mode exhaust system for a ZL1-worthy sound. Also new for 2013 is a convertible version of the 580-horsepower supercharged ZL1.

The 2013 Chevrolet Camaro is a good used-car choice because parts and service are both readily available, and evergreen popularity means it will have a good resale value down the road.

What We Like

Updated 1969 Camaro styling; 7-in touchscreen and navigation; independent rear suspension; V6 fuel economy; ZL1 has awesome acceleration; 1LE is track-ready

What We Don't

Poor outward visibility; rear seat is unsuitable for adults; tiny trunk opening; heavy for its size

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The 2013 Camaro has four available engines. The base powerplant in LS and LT models is an all-aluminum 3.6-liter DOHC V6 with direct injection. It produces 323 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque, burns regular unleaded gasoline and has an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rating of 17 miles per gallon in the city and 28 mpg on the highway with the standard 6-speed manual transmission and 18-19 mpg city/29-30 mpg hwy with the optional 6-speed automatic.

Standard in the Camaro SS is an aluminum-block 6.2-liter OHV small-block Chevy V8. SS models with the standard 6-speed manual gearbox come with the LS3 version of the 6.2-liter V8, which produces 426 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. The engine is EPA-rated at 16 mpg city/24 mpg hwy. SS Camaros running the optional 6-speed automatic transmission get a detuned L99 6.2-liter V8, producing 400 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque, and EPA-rated 16 mpg city/25 mpg hwy. The L99 has a cylinder deactivation system, Active Fuel Management, which idles 4-cylinders under low-load conditions. Premium fuel is recommended but not required for SS models with V8s.

A supercharged 6.2-liter V8 powers the ZL1. It produces a prodigious 580 hp and 556 lb-ft of torque. EPA ratings are 14 mpg city/19 mpg hwy for the 6-speed manual and just 12 mpg city/18 mpg hwy for the 6-speed automatic. Premium fuel is required.

Standard Features & Options

Typical LS equipment includes air conditioning, cruise control, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, remote keyless entry, SiriusXM satellite radio, OnStar communication system, 6-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with steering wheel controls, automatic headlamps, 18-in steel wheels, stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes, a V6 engine with a 6-speed manual transmission as well as power doors, windows and mirrors. Convertibles feature a power-operated soft-top, an acoustic headliner, a glass back window with defogger and a standard backup camera.

Moving up to LT trim adds the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system with a 7-in touchscreen, fog lamps, power front seats, an upgraded audio system, 18-in alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped shifter and steering wheel, and a reverse-sensing system. More importantly, options include heated leather front seats, remote start, navigation, interior ambient lighting, auxiliary gauges, backup camera and a power moonroof.

Upgrading to the SS will add the naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 and Brembo brakes, FE3/FE4 suspension with bigger anti-roll bars, adjustable traction- and stability-control settings, and 20-in alloy wheels.

The available RS package adds a rear spoiler, 20-in alloy wheels, unique paint, HID headlamps with halo rings and special taillights.

The awesome ZL-1 brings a 580-hp supercharged V8, magnetic ride shocks with sport, tour and track modes, brake cooling ducts, an aluminum hood with a carbon-fiber insert, interior trim upgrades and super-wide 20-in summer tires.

New for 2013 is the 1LE package for the SS, which includes special gearing, a transmission cooler, short-throw shifter, monotube rear shocks, a strut brace, Goodyear Supercar track tires, a matte hood, and special front and rear spoilers.

Pricing

Camaros are usually front-row items in used-car lots, and you can expect to pay higher prices during cruising season. Gearheads may prefer a manual transmission, but most of the higher-priced cars you'll see are well-optioned automatics. Generally, Camaros don't see a lot of long-distance driving, so odometer readings will most likely be low.

To get an idea of the 2013 Camaro's price range, investigate the used-car values at KBB.com. You can also search the AutoTrader Classifieds to see which models are for sale in your area.

Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced the following recalls for the 2013 Camaro:

Insufficient space between the driver's knee and the ignition key may cause the driver's knee to bump the key, shutting off the engine and power to the airbags. Also, a loss of power, steering and brake boost may increase the risk of a crash.

On Camaro coupes, the airbag warning label on the sun visor may peel off.

Recall repairs are required by law even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed and, if not, will fix the car at no charge.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

NHTSA gave the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro coupe five stars for frontal and side impacts, as well as rollover performance. It did not rate the crash performance of the 2013 Camaro convertible.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) did not evaluate the 2013 Camaro for crash performance.

General Motors covered the 2013 Camaro with a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty with roadside assistance and a 6-year/100,000-mile corrosion perforation warranty.

Chevrolet certified pre-owned cars cannot have more than 75,000 miles on the odometer and must be five years old or less. Every CPO Camaro undergoes a 172-point inspection. Those that pass receive a 12-month/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, plus whatever remains on the transferable original 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage. Also included is a 2-year/24,000-mile maintenance plan with roadside assistance.

Other Cars to Consider

2013 Ford Mustang -- A new nose and HID headlamps update the 2013 Mustang. It's also smaller, lighter and more nimble, has higher EPA ratings and is easier to see out of than the Camaro. It is, however, also noisier and less stable, and it doesn't handle as well.

2013 Dodge Challenger -- The Challenger offers a decently sized rear seat and trunk. With HEMI V8 power, it's an exciting muscle car -- especially in the 470-hp SRT-8 model. However, handling doesn't come close to matching the precision of the Camaro.

AutoTrader's Advice

If this Camaro will see everyday use, consider an LT coupe with the 3.6-liter V6. The V6 gets decent gas mileage, has plenty of power, is easier to insure and has better-balanced handling than the V8. However, if this is a long-term investment, a convertible or the V8-powered SS, 1LE or ZL1 are better choices. The V8 cars will always be in demand due to their unique heritage. Go for a Chevrolet certified pre-owned car, when available, and check with your dealer to make sure all applicable recalls have been performed on the Camaro you are considering.

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