You'll Like The 2007 Toyota Camry Solara If...
If you're looking for a convertible the whole family can enjoy, the Solara's roomy rear seat, big trunk and smooth ride will make everyone happy. The triple-layered top keeps out cold, wind noise and rain, making the Solara a year-round convertible.
You May Not Like The 2007 Toyota Camry Solara If...
The Solara does not offer a manual transmission, something many driving enthusiasts may want. With the top in place, the Solara Convertible has a rather wide blind spot to the rear.
The Solara Convertible receives a major freshening with a new front bumper and headlamp treatment, new grille and revised taillights. The interior also sees improvements with a revised instrument panel and a new six-disc CD/MP3 changer with auxiliary input jack.
Inside, Toyota has taken steps to preserve the roomy feel of the first-generation Solara while improving on its appearance. The instrument panel features a swooping center section that flows down to meet a wide center console. Storage space has been increased by the addition of a large bin beneath the center armrest and a set of console-mounted cup holders. Sport models get a handsome silver-faced finish that covers the audio and HVAC control panels, and a set of metered gauges displaying time, outside temperature and range, while the more luxurious SLE model features burl wood trim on the dash and doors.
The sleek Solara convertible could easily be mistaken for a new Lexus SC 430. Clearly, the stunning SC 430 had some influence on the design, which features teardrop- shaped headlamps and a curvaceous rear end. The power top does not fold flush with the rear deck, but rather has an attractive color-keyed boot. However, this creates a severe blind spot to the rear that some shorter drivers may find annoying.
The Solara is a superb road car - but is more refined than sporty. Its smooth ride is neither mushy nor devoid of road feel. You may find the steering to be a bit heavy in the turns, but the overall feeling it transmits is one of precision and control, and with no notable play. Power for the Solara is provided by a new 3.3-liter V6 engine, which now boasts an impressive 210 horsepower. The Solara's standard five-speed sequential automatic transmission allows you the option of manually selecting gears.
The Camry Solara Convertible SE has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $27,810, while the Sport is $30,080 and the luxury-oriented SLE is $31,080. A look at the Fair Purchase Price, which shows the typical transaction price paid in your area, will help guide you toward your best deal. The site is updated often, so be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price before you set out to wheel and deal. The Solara convertible is expected to retain a strong resale value, beating - by a wide margin - the values held by the Chrysler Sebring Convertible and Pontiac G6.
The Solara convertible has a 210-horsepower V6, five-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, air conditioning, glass rear window with defroster, power soft-top, engine immobilizer, fog lights, remote keyless entry, dual power mirrors, power windows, power locks, power seats, power driver's seat lumbar support, AM/FM stereo with six-disc CD/MP3 changer, front side-impact airbags, cruise control, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, tire pressure monitor, trip computer and alloy wheels. The SLE adds wood trim, heated seats, automatic air conditioning, JBL audio, garage door opener, heated side mirrors and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Options include navigation, rear spoiler, DVD entertainment system, stability control, leather seating, power driver's seat, JBL audio with Bluetooth wireless connectivity, auto-dimming rearview mirror and an emergency assist kit.
Power Retractable Top
The power retractable top requires little effort from the driver and, when in place, seals out almost all wind and road noise.
Optional JBL Audio
The optional JBL audio sounds terrific and has the power to override wind noise at high speed.
Under the Hood
The Solara's 3.3-liter V6 provides excellent acceleration, near-silent operation and relatively good fuel economy.
210 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
220 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/29
The Toyota Camry Solara Convertible offers genuine four-passenger seating, a spacious trunk and a velvety-smooth ride for about the same price as an entry-level premium sedan. Available in three trim levels, all powered by a smooth and efficient V6 engine, the Solara Convertible offers enough variation and content to satisfy all but the most demanding enthusiasts. The power-operated convertible top works effortlessly and is padded to help isolate wind and road noise. The only other vehicle able to rival the Solara in the areas of price, passenger comfort and cargo space is the aging Chrysler Sebring, a car that cannot match the Solara's impressive resale value and overall build quality.