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2007 Toyota Solara

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2007 Toyota Solara Review

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Big coupes with long, heavy doors seem to go in and out of style like yesterday's fashion. For a time it appeared as though the SUV would spell the end of the coupe, but the desire for smaller, more maneuverable vehicles, coupled with gasoline at three bucks a gallon, has given new life to the genre, and the Toyota Camry Solara is poised to capitalize. Big enough to comfortably fit four adults and delivering a level of fit and finish befitting a Lexus, the Solara is well suited to do battle with its primary rivals, the Honda Accord Coupe and Ford Mustang V6. The Chevrolet Monte Carlo also plays in this league, but is no match for the Solara's overall sophistication and high resale values.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you like big, two-door coupes, your options are limited. The Solara has all the personal style coupe drivers want, with the added bonus of a huge backseat area and strong resale value.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you like to operate a clutch, the Solara's V6 models do not offer a manual transmission. The Solara's futuristic styling stands in sharp contrast to the uniform lines found on the Ford Mustang and Honda Accord Coupe.

What's Significant About This Car?

The Solara receives a major makeover with new styling elements both front and rear. Interior enhancements include a new instrument cluster, a six-disc CD changer with MP3 playback capability and the addition of side-impact and side-curtain airbags.

Driving the Solara

Driving Impressions The Solara is a superb road car; 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 with no notable play. Power for the Solara is provided by a robust 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine; rated at 155 horsepower, it's surprisingly quick for its size and actually quite responsive when teamed with the standard five-speed manual transmission. The really big news for the Solara is its excellent 3.3-liter V6 engine, which boasts an impressive 210 horsepower. V6-powered Solara's have a five-speed sequential automatic transmission that allows you the option of manually selecting gears.

GPS Navigation
The optional GPS navigation system fits neatly into the dash and is both easy to operate and view.

Supportive Sport Seats
The Sport model's seats provide an extra measure of support.

2007 Toyota Solara Details
2007 Toyota Solara photo Interior

You won't find a roomier rear seat in any of the Solara's rivals, nor will you find such a large and accommodating trunk. The front seats provide excellent support for the legs, thighs and lower back and are covered in your choice of handsome woven cloth or real leather. The Solara's instrument panel is also logically arranged, with clearly marked gauges and intuitive functions for the audio and ventilation controls. Sport models feature metered gauges in hooded binnacles atop the center stack.

Exterior
2007 Toyota Solara photo

Toyota designed the Solara with an arc-shape theme that runs from the front bumper, up over the hood and down to the rear bumper. Massive jeweled headlamp lenses flank a new V-shaped grille, and integrated fog lights are set into an aggressive front air dam. The Solara's side windows are narrow, set off by a wavy beltline flowing from the tip of the front fender all the way to the trunk.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Camry Solara SE features a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), air conditioning, overhead console, rear defroster, illuminated remote keyless entry, fog lights, dual power mirrors, AM/FM stereo with six-disc CD changer, front side-impact airbags, side-curtain airbags, cruise control, tire pressure monitor, alloy wheels, power windows and trip computer. The Sport trim adds xenon headlamps, 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear spoilers, a rear deck spoiler, rocker moldings and a sport-tuned suspension.

Optional Equipment

Options vary by trim and include a four-speed automatic transmission, heated leather seats, power seats, power glass moonroof, auto-dimming rearview mirror, navigation and a JBL audio system.

Under the Hood

Less-aggressive drivers will find the Camry Solara's four-cylinder engine both quiet and fuel-efficient. Though not whiplash inducing, the acceleration provided by this engine is more than adequate for everyday driving, and the choice of a manual transmission may even bring out the enthusiast in you. The V6 turns the Solara into a real performer without sacrificing too much in the way of fuel economy.

2.4-liter in-line 4
155 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
158 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/34 (manual), 25/34 (automatic)

3.3-liter V6
210 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
220 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/29

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2007 Toyota Solara Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 556 Ratings for the 2004 - 2008 models.

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  • Value
    9.4/10
    Quality
    9.5/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

The most beautiful red car ever!

By on Monday, August 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 201,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Best road trip car, comfortable back seat"

Cons: "limited visibility out back window"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love my 2004 Solara. I had bought a 1997 Camry new and when I drove it 150K miles, I gave it to my son. I have a 2004 Solara SE - the best car I have ever had! I regularly change the oil - and use synthetic oil - and I've only replaced the brakes-that's it! I wish Toyota would bring the Solara back - a hybrid or electric model would be wonderful! BTW, I'm purchasing a 2005 Solara this week...so my hubby will drive my 2004 and I'll drive the 2005 which only has 53K miles on it."

Very Good Car

By on Monday, August 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Its a good car for 2 people. Also comfortable for 4 as well. I drive this car for past 4.5 years and it had no issue at all. I loved it. Great car for the very good price."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Love everything about this car!!!

By on Friday, July 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Beautiful and never had any problems."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Best car I have ever had! Great in the snow. So beautiful. still getting compliments on it and it is 8 years old!"

Best car ever!!!!!!!!!

By on Saturday, July 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 270,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Best money ever spent"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have had several cars from Honda to Volvo and this car far exceed both of them. I have over 250 thousand miles and I have not had any problems with it. I think I did the breaks once in the ten years I have owned it. This has been my best buy. I wish Toyota had a newer model I would purchase in a heartbeat."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

runs like a charm, interior and exterior trashed

By on Friday, July 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 104,000

10 1.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"This one will go another 100,000, but top, the paint, the lights, the dash, the weather stripping were shabby in 2 years and now completely ruined. I have had 2 other convertibles sit outside in the very same spot..Sebring..all black and they held up...this one did not. Also, in heavy rain it hydroplanes badly... There is no excuse for paint and interior not to hold up."

1 person out of 4 found this review helpful

I love this car!

By on Monday, July 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 93,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Has get up and go when needed. Fun to drive."

Cons: "Visibility when changing lanes when top is up"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I Waited a long time for a convertible. I am very happy with my Solara convertible! Comfortable, decent gas mileage, pretty, compliments on it all the time. Love it, love it."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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