Written by Tim marsh
We’ve had the privilege to drive and review some true marvels of modern engineering. While the 2013 Toyota Camry won’t ever rival the world’s supercars for speed, power or precision, we found this model to be practical and largely pleasant to drive. However, it does suffer somewhat on comparison to competitors like the Honda Accord, Nissan Maxima and VW Passat. Read on for our 2013 Toyota Camry review.
Here are some achievements that Toyota Camry has done:
Australia’s Best Cars 2012 – Best Medium Car under $50,000
Drive Car of the Year 2012 – Best Family Car EcoCar of the Year 2012
People’s Choice Award 2012 - Green Car Winner
Setting the Scene
As with past Camry models, Toyota aims to appeal to the broadest of audiences with this redesigned vehicle. The 2013 Camry comes in three basic trims: Atara, Altise and Hybrid. There are two Hybrid versions, four Ataras and just one Toyota Camry Altise. With an MSRP of just under $30,500, the Altise offers the best 2013 Toyota Camry price. The Hybrid HL AVV50R comes with a suggested price of about $11,000 more, and the other five versions fall somewhere in between these extremes. By comparison, the lowest-priced Nissan Maxima has an MSRP of around $34,000, and the most affordable Honda Accord starts at about $34,000. The VW Passat’s entry-level trim comes with a recommended retail price of just under $39,000.
Exterior Look and Design
As with past Camry models, Toyota aims to appeal to the broadest of audiences with this redesigned vehicle. The 2013 Camry comes in three basic trims: Atara, Altise and Hybrid. There are two Hybrid versions, four Ataras and just one Toyota Camry Altise. With an MSRP of just under $30,500, the Altise offers the best 2013 Toyota Camry price. The Hybrid HL AVV50R comes with a suggested price of about $11,000 more, and the other five versions fall somewhere in between these extremes. By comparison, the lowest-priced Nissan Maxima has an MSRP of around $34,000, and the most affordable Honda Accord starts at about $34,000. The VW Passat‘s entry-level trim comes with a recommended retail price of just under $39,000.
Interior Features and Styling
The 2013 Toyota Camry price is an important determinant of the features and amenities that you’ll find in its spacious cabin. The lower-priced Altise comes with standard features and electronic bits like an audio system with six speakers, aux input ports and a CD player as well as a Bluetooth system, full-cabin air conditioner and second-row cup holders. Higher models have additional interior features like leather-accented seats, sport pedals and wheel-mounted paddle shifters. However, all Camry models lack the sophisticated information displays found in top Accord, Maxima and Passat trims.
Under the Bonnet
Although there are seven 2013 Toyota Camry trims to choose from, you won’t have to worry about selecting the right engine. All versions come with a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder powerhouse that accepts unleaded petrol and syncs with a front-wheel-drive system. In the petrol-electric models, the battery puts out 105 kW with the help of a continuously variable transmission. In the pure petrol models, a six-speed manual or automatic transmission controls the vehicle.
Engineering and Performance
The petrol versions use 7.8 litres of petrol per 100 km, and the hybrids boast efficiency ratings of 5.2 litres per 100 km. The hybrids reach 100 km/hour in eight seconds and produce 213 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm. By comparison, the petrol versions reach 100 km/hour in 9.3 seconds while putting out 235 Nm of torque.
Safety and Security
All 2013 Toyota Camry trims feature front, side and head airbags as well as security alarms. They also have keyless entry systems and powerful disc brakes that can stop effectively. However, they do lack increasingly common features like rearview cameras and satellite navigation systems.
Comparison with the Competitiors
The Honda Accord, Nissan Maxima and VW Passat stand up well to Toyota‘s entrant. With a 3.5-litre petrol engine, the Maxima is quite a bit more powerful than the Camry. While this makes it a bit less efficient, a nine-speaker BOSE sound system might lessen the petrol-induced pain. Likewise, the Accord’s 3.5-litre V6 powerhouse runs through 9.2 litres of fuel per 100 km traveled. However, its sleek exterior design and ample cargo space vastly improve upon the Camry’s efforts. The entry-level Passat’s 1.8-litre V4 engine has a more efficient rating of 8.5 litres/100 km and boasts a higher torque rating than the Camry. At 5.7 litres/100 km, the Passat’s diesel engine is nearly as efficient as the Camry Hybrid.
The Verdict on the 2013 Toyota Camry Review
The 2013 Toyota Camry isn’t as powerful as the performance coupes and sedans that we so enjoy, but it’s efficient and economical. While the base trim is a bit cheaper than counterparts like the Accord, Maxima and Passat, these competitors offer additional features that the Camry lacks. However, Toyota’s seven trims do provide a range of price points and styles for varying budgets and tastes. Overall, drivers who can afford to pay a bit more would do well to test out the Camry’s competitor vehicles before reaching a buying decision.
About Tim Marsh:
Tim Marsh, author of New Cars Plus’s Car Reviews and Blog, has been covering the car beat for the last 8 years. Tim specialises in finding the best deals on wheels and offering advice on making your car last.
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