The C.A.R. SMG is one of the two submachine guns developed from the R-101C Carbine platform, though unlike the R-97, it has far greater power, able to kill in one less shot at all ranges. Unfortunately, though, this is at the expense of fire rate, range and capacity. This makes the weapon a hybrid between the R-101C Carbine and R-97 Compact SMG, dealing similar damage to the former, with a slower rate of fire than the latter.
High rate of fire beneficial in close quarters
Dampened recoil makes weapon accurate at intermediate range
Lower rate of fire, range and magazine capacity than R-97 Compact SMG
Outclassed at long range by rifles
The C.A.R. SMG has a lower rate of fire when compared to the R-97 Compact SMG, but what it lacks in fire rate it makes up for in damage output and accuracy. This weapon provides players with the versatility of clearing out waves of Grunts and Spectres while at the same time providing the right amount of firepower to mow down Pilots.
With a stable and accurate shot, this weapon can make quick work of enemy Pilots. If long-distance shooting isn’t your forte, don’t let that worry you. This weapon has the perfect magazine capacity, allowing players to hold down the trigger in medium to close distances to make light work of the opponent. When facing off against enemy Pilots, try to close the distance to use this weapon effectively.
This weapon is very useful against Grunts and Spectres. With thirty bullets in the magazine, players will want to quickly become friendly with the spawn locations of the minions. The C.A.R. SMG allows you to lay down steel and helps you quickly gain access to your Titan. This will then allow you to engage opposing Pilots more effectively.
This is a very popular weapon among Pilots, being the second most used assault weapon next to the R-101C Carbine. Pilots who utilize this weapon will commonly use this as a rush weapon to quickly take out their enemy's at medium to close range while continuously sprinting and using parkour in order to keep themselves from being easy targets. The best way to deal with these types of pilots is to keep your distance and to take them out at medium to long range.
The Counterweight attachment is unique for the C.A.R. It will keep the weapon's crosshairs at a fixed size, allowing for much more accurate hipfire. Pairing this with the Run N Gun Kit will let you maintain accuracy and maximum mobility, possibly shaving precious seconds off of your reaction time if you're caught by surprise at close ranges. Likewise, the Enhanced Parkour Kit can work well if you like to ambush enemies while hanging or running on walls. Choosing Stim will further increase mobility and survivality while using either kit with the C.A.R.
The C.A.R., now simply named the CAR, returns in Titanfall 2 as a Pilot submachine gun. The weapon is now a default weapon for all new Pilots, and has recieved a minor visual upgrade with a fixed stock and more prominent Irondot Sights.
The CAR (Combat Advanced Round) is a fully-automatic submachine gun. It performs at 25 damage per bullet, with damage drop starting at 19.05 meters(1000 units) and drop ending at 57.15 meters(3000 units). It is fully automatic, with a listed fire rate of 70, but an actual fire rate of 846 RPM. It's magazine can hold 30 bullets as standard, and 36 bullets with the Extra Ammo mod equipped.
The CAR is at its zenith when used with the Gunrunner mod in close to mid-range combat and since its recoil is minimal, it can be a great practice weapon to high speed combat on the go. Unless you're good with slide-hopping, which effectively eliminates any use for Gunrunner.
Unlike the R-97, the CAR rewards the players who would accurately trace their enemies through the crosshair. It was not built for spray and pray tatics so where you point is where you shoot, don't panic.
For the first few rounds fired there is a noticeable upwards recoil. Combat this by firing a few rounds from the hip, and then using the scope without laying off the trigger for mid to long range engagements.
The CAR SMG returns once more in Apex Legends Season 11, with the unique ability to accept both light and heavy ammo. It can also be equipped with light or heavy extended mags, either of which will increase the weapon's overall capacity regardless of the ammo type currently being used. This makes the CAR an excellent weapon in terms of resource management, as it allows the user to trade various attachments and ammo types with their squadmates to best distribute the team's firepower.