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4.5Excellent

MPG 16 City / 25 Highway
Pros
  • Drop-dead gorgeous looks
  • Excellent handling performance
  • Lots of power and torque
Cons
  • Small rear seat
  • Interior not for everyone
  • Poor visibility
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When Chevrolet brought back the Camaro in the 2010 model year, enthusiasts rejoice, as it was a retro design with all of the performance features they expected from their beloved Camaro. New for the 2013 model year is the 1LE package, which can be added to the 1SS and 2SS trim levels. In terms of performance, this 1LE package adds in a 3.91-to-1 rear axle, an air-to-liquid transmission cooler, monotube rear shocks, 27 mm front stabilizer bar, 28 mm rear stabilizer bar, strut-tower brace, 20-by-10-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in 285/35ZR20 Goodyear Eagle Supercar G:2 tires, and ZL1 wheel bearings, toe links, rear shock mounts, short-throw shifter and high-capacity fuel pump. Aesthetically, the 1LE adds in a matter black hood, front splitter and rear spoiler, and the ZL1's flat-bottomed steering wheel and suede micro-fiber seats.

Introduction

The 2013 Camaro comes in a whopping seven trim levels, and they are: 1LS, 2LS, 1LT, 2LT, 1SS, 2SS, ZL1. Essentially, the LS is the base level, with the 1LS offering only basic features and the 2LS offering up a few extra creature comforts. The LT trim is the mid-level trim with the 1LT offering upgraded wheels and other aesthetics and the 2LT offering up leather and other premium goodies. The SS trim level is the performance model with the 1SS keeping the features very basic, so the less affluent buyer can still have some fun, and the 2SS model offers up all of the bells and whistles. The ZL1 is the ultra-high-performance model that comes with nearly every option that Chevy has to offer on the Camaro and a 1.9-liter supercharger strapped to its V-8 engine.

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Competition for the Camaro is stiff, as performance coupes are fairly common. The arch nemesis of the Camaro is the 2013 Ford Mustang, which runs from $22,200 Mustang V6 and its 305-horsepower, 37-liter V-6 engine to the wild Mustang Shelby GT500, which runs $54,200 and boasts an intense 662-horsepower, 5.8-liter V-8 engine. Next in line is the 2013 Dodge Challenger, which ranges from its $25,795 SXT trim level and its 305-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 to the SRT8 trim level that boasts a monstrous 470-horsepower, 6.4-liter V-8 at a $43,775 price tag. The final performance coupe for the comparison would be the Hyundai Genesis Coupe, which carries a $26,250 base price and a 274-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine at its base level and runs up to a $33,000 price tag that boasts a 348-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6 engine that gets the coupe to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds.

The Camaro certainly has an eclectic group of competitors, so it needs to offer up features that will please a wide range of buyers.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Chevrolet Camaro
Starting price
$16,395

2013 Chevrolet Camaro 1LS

Recommended for: Younger buyers looking for good performance with a low base price and good fuel economy

The 1LS trim level is the entry-level trim on the 2013 Camaro. Under its hood it features a 3.6-liter DOHC V-6 engine that pumps out 323 horsepower and 278 foot-pounds of torque. This engine mates up to a standard six-speed manual transmission that ships the power to the rear wheels via a 3.27-to-1 axle with a limited-slip differential. On the outside, the Camaro 1LS features: daytime running lamps, rear diffusor, hood blanket with embossed Chevy bowtie, power side-view mirrors, body-color lower rocker moldings, rear spoiler, dual exhaust tips, 18-inch steel wheels wrapped in P245/55R18 touring tires, and intermittent wipers. On the inside, the 1LS trim features: air conditioning, compass, coat hooks, front reading lights, sport bucket front seats, and an AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo system with graphic display, Bluetooth, auxiliary input jack and temperature display.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro
Starting price
$16,395

2013 Chevrolet Camaro 2LS

Recommended for: Buyers looking for an automatic transmission with the base Camaro format

The 2LS trim level on the 2013 Camaro, simply takes the basic features from the 1LS package and adds some extra standard features. On the inside and outside, the 1LS and 2LS trim levels are virtually identical. The only differences are found under the skin. The 2LS model scraps the six-speed manual transmission that the 1LS comes with and replaces it with a six-speed manual transmission that includes TapShift manual shift paddles on the steering wheel. It also scraps the limited-slip, 3.27-to-1 axle found in the 1LS in favor of a 2.92-to-1 rear axle, which allows it to cruise at highway speeds at lower engine speeds.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro
Starting price
$16,395

2013 Chevrolet Camaro 1LT

Recommended for: Buyers looking for a well-equipped sports coupe with a low base price

The Camaro 1LT adds a little extra styling and features to the 2LS package. On the outside, the 1LT package adds in fog lamps, 18-inch painted aluminum wheels, 3.27-to-1 axle ratio, and a 6-speed manual transmission with the option of a six-speed automatic that includes TapShift. On the inside, the 1LT adds in: MyLink with Bluetooth streaming and hands-free phone operation, six-speaker audio system with a 7-inch color LCD screen, steering-wheel-mounted audio control, cruise control, programmable door locks, keyless entry, leather-wrapped shifter and steering wheel, and six-way power driver and front passenger seats. The 1LT is also the first of the trim levels that can be had in the convertible format.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro
Starting price
$16,395

2013 Chevrolet Camaro 2LT

Recommended for: Buyers that want all of the bells and whistles without getting the V-8 engine

Just like the 1LT, the 2LT trim level of the 2013 Camaro can be had in a coupe or convertible format. The 2LT comes in at a base MSRP of $28,685 and it acts as the peak of the V-6 models, as from here on out the Camaro features a hefty V-8 engine. The 2LT takes the exterior features on the 1LT and adds in a rearview camera, 19-inch bright silver aluminum wheels wrapped in P245/50R19 touring tires and heated power mirrors. On the inside, the 2LT package adds in leather seating, Boston Acoustics nine-speaker premium stereo system with a USB port and 7-inch touchscreen that also works with the backup camera, and heads-up display.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro
Starting price
$16,395

2013 Chevrolet Camaro 1SS

Recommended for: Buyers that just want the extra power of a V-8 without the added features

The 1SS trim level starts off the true performance lie for the 2013 Camaro and comes in at a base MSRP of $32,635. The 1SS tosses in a 6.2-liter V-8 engine that shreds concrete with a maximum of 426-horsepower and 420 foot-pounds of torque. The 1SS comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission that transmits power through a 3.45-to-1 limited-slip rear differential. It does have an optional six-speed automatic with TapShift, but the engine is then detuned to 400 horsepower. On the outside, the 1SS package comes with: 20-inch silver aluminum wheels wrapped up with Pirelli performance tires, performance-tuned suspension, four-piston Brembo brakes squeezing ventilated discs, power mirrors, ”Chevrolet” sill plates, rear spoiler, and SS-exclusive front and rear fascias. On the inside, the 1SS package includes: air conditioning, six-speaker stereo system with a seven-inch screen, MyLink for Bluetooth streaming and hand-free phone operation, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, sport front bucket seats, cloth trim, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and power windows. The 1SS model is another trim that is available in a convertible model.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro
Starting price
$16,395

2013 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS

Recommended for: Buyers that want their performance and luxury all in one package

The 2SS trim level carries the same drivetrain as the 1SS, and many of the same interior and exterior features with just some minor variances. On the outside, the 2SS trim level is literally identical to the 1SS trim level with the exception of a rear-view camera. On the inside, however, the 1SS trim package adds in standard features like: Boston Acoustics 245-watt, nine-speaker sound system with a seven-inch display, six-way power driver and passenger seats, leather-trimmed and heated seats, heads-up display, programmable power door locks, Universal Home Remote, four center-console-mounted gauges to cover oil pressure, battery voltage, oil temperature and transmission fluid temperature. The 2SS package is also available in a convertible option.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro
Starting price
$16,395

2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Recommended for: Buyers that need extreme performance, regardless of price

The ZL1 package is the granddaddy of all the 2013 Camaros, as it features a supercharged version of the 6.2-liter V-8 engine that pumps out 580 horsepower and 556 foot-pounds of torque linked up to a six-speed manual transmission and 3.73-to-1 limited-slip differential. An automatic transmission option is available. On the outside, the ZL1 features: magnetic ride control with performance-tuned suspension, Performance Traction Management, dual-mode performance exhaust system, downforce-enhancing bodywork, staggered 20-inch 10-spoke rims, six-piston front calipers, body-colored roof ditch, aluminum hood with carbon-fiber scoop, HID headlights, fog lamps, heated power mirrors with an auto-dimming driver mirror, remote start with the automatic transmission, and ZL1 doorsill plates. Inside the ZL1, it comes with the same features as the 2SS, but adds in: leather seats with suede microfiber inserts, alloy pedals, leather-wrapped, flat-bottomed steering wheel, analogue instruments with driver information center, and short-throw shifter. The ZL1 is also available in a convertible model.

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