Apex Legends CAR SMG - Damage stats, attachments, and skins

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August 8, 2023: Season 18 is right around the corner and ahead of the new season, we've updated our Apex Legends CAR SMG guide containing all the intel about this particular weapon.

Wondering if the Apex Legends CAR SMG is worth using before Season 18 gets underway? We've got you covered. Respawn Entertainment's Battle Royale contains a wealth of weaponry and following the most recent weapon buffs and nerfs, you may think about picking up this particular weapon.

The CAR SMG made its Apex Legends debut as part of the Season 11 update. Armed with a fully automatic firing mechanism, the SMG is capable of dealing plenty of damage and is hugely versatile thanks to its two ammunition types.

But, before we take a closer look at the Apex Legends CAR SMG, take a look at our Apex Legends tier list showcasing the very best Legends to use.

Apex Legends CAR SMG basic information

Here is the basic information that you need to know about the CAR SMG:

  • Weapon Type: Sub Machine Gun
  • Firing Modes: Auto
  • Ammo Type: Heavy rounds / Light rounds
  • Magazine Size: 19 / 21 / 23 / 26
  • Range: Close and medium
  • Tac Reload time: 1.7s / 1.64s / 1.59s / 1.53s
  • Full Reload time: 2.13s / 2.06s / 1.99s / 1.92s
  • Rate of Fire: 930 RPM
  • Damage per Second: 202

Apex Legends CAR SMG damage stats

Just below you'll find the damage stats for the CAR. Do note these are just the basic damage stats and do not reflect stats for Fortified Legends (Caustic, Gibraltar, Newcastle, etc.) where damage stats are typically reduced by 15%.

Target Damage Shots To Kill: 100HP 150HP 175HP 200HP 225HP
Level 1 Helmet1868101213
Level 2 Helmet1669111315
Level 3/4 Helmet15710111415

Apex Legends CAR SMG attachments

There are a range of different attachments available for the CAR SMG, including five sights, a Barrel Stabilizer, and Extended Magazines.


  • 1x Holo
  • 1x HCOG Classic
  • 2x HCOG Bruiser
  • 1x-2x Variable Holo
  • 1x Digital Threat


  • Extended Heavy Magazine
  • Extended Light Magazine
Apex Legends Pastel Perfection Legendary CAR Skin
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Apex Legends CAR SMG skins

At the time of writing, there is a total of 58 weapon skins for the CAR SMG in Apex Legends. This includes 13 Legendary, 10 Epic, 19 Rare, and 16 Common skins. The price of the skins ranges from 30 Crafting Metals (Common) to 1,200 Crafting Metals (Legendary).

Apex Legends CAR SMG review

The CAR SMG is a very handy gun to have in both Battle Royale mode and Arenas mode. The high rate of fire makes it perfect for those frantic, close-combat battles. Also, the ability to use both light and heavy ammo makes it much easier to find ammunition on the battlefield.

The only downside that we could find is that the recoil is quite high, but no more so than any of the other SMGs that you will find in Apex. It doesn't take an awful lot of time to adjust to the CAR, but it can be a bit troublesome if you're not used to it.


The CAR SMG has definitely made its mark as one of the best SMGs in Apex Legends. If you want to pair the SMG with a powerful ranged weapon, check out the Sentinel Sniper Rifle. It's a powerful Sniper that is dangerous without any attachments, but lethal with the right ones.

Updated by Jon Nicholson.

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