Apex Season 11 saw the arrival of the CAR SMG, How has the CAR SMG shaken up Apex Legends, and how does it compare to other SMG’s in the game?

CAR SMG Overview

The CAR SMG was last seen in Titanfall 2. Respawn describe it as “a flexible weapon, the C.A.R. SMG is the gun for when you’re ready to make a stand and become the last Legend still standing.”

CAR SMG stats and facts

  • 18 headshot damage
  • 13 bodyshot damage
  • First gun in Apex to take two ammo types (Light and heavy)
  • Can be used with either a light or heavy magazine – and either mag can be used regardless of what ammo you are using.
The iron sight of the CAR SMG (the 20 damage headshot is for a helmetless enemy)

C.A.R SMG time to Kill

The CAR SMG has very impressive time to kill stats. The following stats are based on a player with a Common Helmet and Red Body Armour.

  • Body Shots: 18 Shots to kill, 1.11s TTK
  • Head Shots: 13 Shots to kill, 0.78s TTK
The C.A.R SMG in all its beauty

How does this compare with the R99?

The C.A.R SMG is most closely in competition with the R99, they use the same ammo (light) and they have very similar fire rates.

The R99 does 11 bodyshot damage and 15 headshot damage. This is less than the CAR SMG. As a result the R99 time to kill is as follows;

  • Body Shots: 21 Shots to kill, 1.11s TTK
  • Head Shots: 15 Shots to kill, 0.78s TTK

The R99 and the CAR SMG have very similar time to kill stats. However, the CAR SMG has the edge over the R99 thanks to needing less shots to kill a target. This means, if you miss a few shots in your spray, you can still take the target down without having to reload. The R99 however requires slightly better aim.

Extra flexibility over the R99, Volt and Prowler

The CAR SMG also beats the Volt and Prowler (the other floor loot SMGs) in time to kill statistics. Mostly because of it’s superior fire rate. The extra flexibility that the CAR brings is also not to be underestimated. One of the biggest frustrations of using the Volt can be that in a late game situation, your opponents are much more likely to be using heavy/light weapons, and finding that ammo when looting can be hard.

The CAR uses the two most used ammo types in the game, which gives you extra flexibility and means you are much more likely to be able to find ammo you can use in those late game situations. This flexibility is also seen when looting, the compatibility with both light and heavy magazines mean that looting is much smoother. It will be much easier to find a usable magazine at the start of the game, as well as good amounts of ammo, so you can rotate out and start grabbing kills much faster.

C.A.R SMG can take Extended Light and Heavy Mags
Looting is much quicker when you can fit both light and heavy mags onto your weapon

CAR SMG Recoil

Reddit user A1sauc3d created this handy graphic to show the CAR SMG recoil.

C.A.R SMG recoil pattern
Credit: A1sauc3d

You can see that the CAR SMG has very reasonable recoil that is controllable, especially to people familiar with the R99 already. While it does have slightly more difficult recoil than the R99 at the end of a magazine, the higher damage means that if you do struggle with the later stage of the recoil, you will already have done considerable damage to your opponent.

The CAR SMG is a very flexible gun, designed to make looting fast and killing faster. Check it out next time you are dropping into Storm Point or Worlds Edge!

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Tom Bull

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Born and raised in the United Kingdom. Owner of Transatlantic Gaming and an Apex Legends competitive player in the EU. Mostly play either Wraith, Wattson or Bloodhound.