Pony car aficionados will easily identify the not-so-secret recipe for the Chevrolet Camaro. Piles of go-power and cornering grip are packed into a rear-drive, two-door sports coupe with racy styling providing as much appeal as the power. While the V6-powered Camaro is no slouch, the 6.2-liter V8 in the SS sounds the way a muscle car should.
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Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
NA
2002
NA
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
NA
2012
NA
2013
2014
NA
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
NA
Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
NA
2002
NA
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
NA
Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
NA
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
NA
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
NA
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
NA
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. ESC standard from 2010. Side and head protection air bags standard from 2010.
Road Test

Pony car aficionados will easily identify the not-so-secret recipe for the Chevrolet Camaro. Piles of go-power and cornering grip are packed into a rear-drive, two-door sports coupe with racy styling providing as much appeal as the power. While the V6-powered Camaro is no slouch, the 6.2-liter V8 in the SS sounds the way a muscle car should. High-performance fans will rejoice at the stripped-back-to-basics 500-hp Z/28 and the fire-breathing 580-hp ZL1. Sun-lovers will enjoy the convertibles.

With this much power on tap, it's a blessing the Camaro is good in more than just a straight line. Handling and braking performance are impressive, even though the car's weight and size undermine its agility and sporty character. Ride comfort is very taut, bordering on stiff, but avoids being punishing.

Seating
2 front, 2 rear
Drive Wheels
Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
convertible
coupe
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 3.6-liter V6 (323 hp)
  • 6.2-liter V8 (400 hp)
  • 6.2-liter V8 supercharged (580 hp)
  • 6.2-liter V8 (426 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Chevrolet Camaro owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"took a while to isolate the issue. seals for convertible top did not create a tight seal allowing water to run down the inside windows and enter the inside of the door through the window seal and soak my carpets"

Kevin B., NV (2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS 6.2-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

"Noise from front suspension includes clinking sound that cannot be remedied"

Clifford M., NY (2013 Chevrolet Camaro LS 3.6-L V6)

"Over bumps there is a metallic rattling noise from the rear of the car"

Anonymous, MN (2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS 6.2-L V8)

"The Camaro is loud with squeaks coming from the driver seat and rattles coming from seemingly everywhere"

Douglas G., CA (2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS 6.2-L V8)

"Has had squeaks and/or rattles since new. Have not addressed the problem with the dealer due to bad scheduling on their part"

Joe M., CA (2013 Chevrolet Camaro LT 3.6-L V6)

"Driver's seat has a popping noise that the deal can't seem to fix"

James M., IN (2013 Chevrolet Camaro LS 3.6-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"A valve spring broke and messed up a cylinder"

Paul C., TX (2013 Chevrolet Camaro LT 3.6-L V6)

"Engine had a loud tick. Had to replace AFM lifters and one bent rod plus miscellaneous gaskets"

James Y., MD (2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS 6.2-L V8)
Turbo or supercharger

"engine made a high pitched noise a few days after purchase. Had to take it to the dealer twice. Finally determined the supercharger failed. Dealer replaced supercharger"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 6.2-L V8 supercharged)

"Loud noises coming from the supercharger unit was replaced"

Anonymous, NE (2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 6.2-L V8 supercharged)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Gauges

"Tach and fuel gauge indicator lights don't work"

Dan L., NY (2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 6.2-L V8 supercharged)
Headlights

"The halogen ring around the headlight burned out on the driver side"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Chevrolet Camaro 3.6-L V6)
Interior lights

"Heads Up Display stopped working properly, too faint to be visible"

Alise I., FL (2013 Chevrolet Camaro LT 3.6-L V6)
Keyless entry

"ignition problem"

George S., NC (2013 Chevrolet Camaro)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"The cooling systems does not cool to a satisfactory temperature"

Ross R., NY (2013 Chevrolet Camaro LT 3.6-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"Blower fan motor would make loud clicking noises but would still function properly. It was very annoying though. Had this problem twice within a year"

Jesse H., KS (2013 Chevrolet Camaro LT 3.6-L V6)

"Display and manual daily don't always match up"

Dan L., NY (2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 6.2-L V8 supercharged)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Replaced some part of computer because car would run rough and have very little power"

Jerry O., MN (2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 6.2-L V8 supercharged)
Oil leaks

"Small leak on rear part of engine"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Chevrolet Camaro LT 3.6-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"window not sealing up to the molding"

John C., CA (2013 Chevrolet Camaro LS 3.6-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Problem is with the racing stripe, I had to replace them 3 times and now i have another scratch, far too easily scratched"

Russell L., OH (2013 Chevrolet Camaro 3.6-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Radio

"A radio malfunction caused a series of dash readout errors and malfunctions"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Chevrolet Camaro LS 3.6-L V6)
Steering wheel controls

"The paddle shifters would work then not work with in seconds of each shift. Took dealers 3 times to figure something was not right in the steering column or steering wheel and finally replaced the whole thing"

Loris L., NJ (2013 Chevrolet Camaro LT 3.6-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Sensor gave us a code. Would cut back engine power"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Chevrolet Camaro 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"valve body went bad and was replaced under warranty"

Mike P., FL (2013 Chevrolet Camaro LT 3.6-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Cars pulls severely to one direction or the other no explanation and no solution from GM"

Anonymous, NE (2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 6.2-L V8 supercharged)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Coil

"Engine light notified of bad ignition coil. Dealer repaired under extended optional warranty"

Clifford M., NY (2013 Chevrolet Camaro LS 3.6-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"Driver side, bottom molding split open"

John C., CA (2013 Chevrolet Camaro LS 3.6-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

"Without any sort of warning, my brakes needed replacing "all the way around" at only 46,000 miles. The entire system needed replacing, so it wasn't a simple / easy fix. They were high-end brakes and I never understood why they wore out so quickly"

Douglas G., CA (2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS 6.2-L V8)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Muffler

"Loose rattling muffler"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Chevrolet Camaro LT)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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