It’s nice to be noticed, and that makes the new Camry Solara the ideal car. The admiration that everyone has for the stylish Camry Solara Coupe will naturally extend to you as you nonchalantly listen to your available JBL® 270-watt, 3-in-1 sound system. But if your prefer to keep even more of the focus on you, all it takes is the push of a button in the Camry Solara Convertible to have your day in the sun. With the top down, your admirers can check out the array of available amenities like perforated leather-trimmed heated seats and the touch-screen DVD navigation system. Then, once they’ve gotten one last look, you can make use of the available 3.3-liter 225-hp VVT-i V6 for a graceful, dramatic exit.
Designers of the second-generation model mixed convex and concave surfaces that flow through the length of the car. A pronounced "V" shape starts at the grille and separates elongated headlights. Fog lamps impart a wider, more aggressive look.
Rounded rear corners blend into an integrated bumper. Styling themes include an upswept belt line below the triangular rear quarter windows. Riding a 107.1-inch wheelbase, the Solara stretches to 192.5 inches long overall and stands 56.1 inches tall.
All Solaras have all-disc brakes. The SE Sport includes a sport-tuned suspension with stiffer springs, a six-piece body kit, 17-inch alloy wheels and aluminum-trimmed pedals.
Up to five people fit inside the Solara coupe, but the convertible holds only four. The instrument panel has a center-mounted multifunction display. Trunk space totals 13.8 cubic feet in the coupe and 12 cubic feet in the convertible.
Each Solara model has a separate interior surface treatment. The SLE features woodgrain trim, while the SE has silver-metallic trim. Black graphite-looking trim highlights the SE Sport. XM Satellite Radio and a DVD-based navigation system with a 6.5-inch viewing screen are optional.
With its top up, the convertible offers an additional 2 inches of rear headroom compared with the coupe. Convertibles have a magnetic front seat-belt guide to ease access into the rear seat.
Under the Hood
Solara coupes can be equipped with either a 157-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder or a 3.3-liter V-6 that produces 225 hp and 240 pounds-feet of torque. A five-speed-automatic transmission teams with the V-6, and four-cylinder models can be equipped with the five-speed automatic or a five-speed-manual gearbox.
Antilock brakes and seat-mounted side-impact airbags are standard. Side curtain-type airbags are optional in coupes. Toyota’s Vehicle Stability Control electronic stability system is optional for SLE V6 mode