2013 Chevrolet Camaro Preview

Jeff Youngs | Apr 18, 2013
  • New high-performance package for 2013
  • Dual-mode exhaust available on some trim levels
  • Electric power steering now standard with V-8 engine
  • Redesigned wheels and shift knob
  • MyLink touch-screen system added to upper trims
  • Manual transmission comes with hill-start assist


The Chevrolet Camaro was introduced as a "pony car," making its début for the 1967 model year. Today, its powerful engines and 2+2 seating layout make it more of a "muscle car." It's available as a coupe or convertible, and competes with the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger, among others. The Camaro is offered in six trims: two versions each of the LS, LT, and SS trims. The ultra-high-powered version of the Camaro is the ZL1. New for 2013 is the 1LE performance package available on SS models, an upgraded entertainment system, and a sportier suspension.

Exterior Features

The 2013 Chevrolet Camaro is available in six standard and two premium colors. The base LS trim features 18-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, cruise control, and keyless entry. The LT trim upgrades to alloy wheels and adds remote ignition (only with automatic transmission) and fog lights. The 2LT trim features 19-inch wheels and heated outside mirrors. The more powerful SS trim has 20-inch alloy wheels, which are further upgraded with the ZL1 trim. The ZL1 also features a carbon-fiber air extractor for the hood, plus distinctive front and rear fascias. Convertible models feature a power soft top.

Interior Features

The LS trim of the Camaro features seats upholstered in black fabric with black or grey fabric inserts, air conditioning, manually adjustable front seats with power recline, 6-speaker sound system, OnStar, and Bluetooth connectivity. The 1LT trim adds power-adjustable seats and MyLink smartphone integration, while the 2LT adds leather upholstery (black with inserts of colored leather), an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a head-up display. An upgraded Boston Acoustics audio system is available on the 1LT, standard on the 2LT. The 1SS trim is featured similarly to the 1LT, but has a sportier suspension and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The 2SS adds the 2LT's luxury features. The ZL1 upgrades the upholstery with a suede-like microfiber material and red accent stitching, and adds a sportier flat-bottomed steering wheel. The Camaro offers 11.3 cubic feet of trunk space.

Optional Features

A sunroof is optional on all 2013 Camaro trims except the LS. New for 2013, a 1LE option package is available on SS models with manual transmission, which makes the vehicle racetrack-ready with upgraded gearing, suspension tuning, and tires. The RS package, available with the LT or SS coupe trim, includes 20-inch painted aluminum wheels, high-intensity headlights ringed with LEDs, and distinctive molding and antenna. The Hot Wheels Special Edition of that package includes an exclusive Kinetic Blue Metallic exterior color, 21-inch black wheels with red outline stripe, performance tires, Hot Wheels logo, decals, and stripe, black interior with red accent stitching and Hot Wheels embroidery and badging, and premium carpeted floor mats.

Under the Hood

The 2013 Camaro's standard power plant is a 3.6-liter V-6 engine, rated at 323 horsepower, that produces 278 lb.-ft. of torque. The SS trim features a 6.2-liter V-8 engine, rated at 426 horsepower and producing 420 lb.-ft. of torque with manual transmission, or 400 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque with automatic transmission. The track-ready Camaro ZL1 features a supercharged version of the V-8, rated at 580 horsepower and producing 556 lb.-ft. of torque, as well as Brembo brakes, adaptive suspension, and a 4-mode stability/traction control system. Rear-wheel drive is standard on all Camaros, with a choice of a 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission.

Fuel Economy

EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro are:
  • Camaro with V-6 engine and automatic transmission: 19/30/22 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Camaro with V-6 engine and manual transmission: 17/28/20 mpg
  • Camaro with V-8 engine and automatic transmission: 15/24/18 mpg
  • Camaro with V-8 engine and manual transmission: 16/24/19 mpg
  • Camaro with supercharged V-8 engine and automatic transmission: 12/18/14 mpg
  • Camaro with supercharged V-8 engine and manual transmission: 14/19/16 mpg


Standard safety features of note on the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro include anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side air bags, full-length side curtain air bags, and OnStar accident notification. The LT trim adds rear park assist and a rearview camera with rearview mirror display. The 2013 Camaro received a rating of 5 (out of 5) stars for both front- and side-impact protection, from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
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