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2007 Toyota Solara

Overview
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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 519 Ratings for the 2004 - 2008 models.

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

This is the third Solara Convertible I have owned!

By on Monday, September 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 94,400

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "very reliable, very fun"

Cons: "rear window expected to last 5 to 8 years"

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

"This is the third Solara convertible I have owned, an will sadly be my last since they stopped making them in 2008. I have 95K miles on it and not much has ever gone wrong except normal wear and tear. The only caveat is that the rear window will eventually detach from the roof in these cars. Depending on the weather where you live and whether or not the car is in a garage much of the time, the rear window will typically last 5 to 8 years. It is and expensive repair because the entire roof must be removed and a new window much be heat sealed into to - usually between $1500 and $2500. It has happened on all 3 of my Solaras. That is why I am looking to trade my 2007 in soon - the rear window is about 30% detached from the roof. The other thing that seems to go bad on the Solara are the struts. Mechanics tell me this is normal for cars with 80K+ miles, but I have never had to replace struts on any other car I have owned. You can drive it with bad struts, but it will cause the tires to wear out every 30K miles or so. Having said all this, I would still buy another Solara if Toyota still made them."

a good reliable car

By on Friday, September 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

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
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "a "nice" reliable Toyota Camry"

Cons: "side and rear visibility"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"Good reliable car, but one serious drawback. Very poor visibility with top up. rear seat headrests blockout vision thru rear window"

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Buy this car!

By on Monday, September 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 119,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

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: "Gas Mileage, Very spacey interior, GAS MILEAGE!"

Cons: "Back end body style."

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

"My father bought me this car as a graduation gift, and it is wonderful! So far I have had no problems with it, for an '04 this car is very up to date and the gas mileage is amazing! I'm not kidding or even exaggerating when I say I get almost 350 miles to a tank. It's the best compared to a '94 mustang I used to drive. The air conditioner will freeze you out of the car, and it's very roomie on the inside! I can fit a 6 foot person in my back seat COMFORTABLY. This is a great and dependable car, and I would highly recommend it over any of the newer cars now. Also it's looks are very nice, the only thing I can point out that I dislike about the car, is the back end is not proportionate to the rest of the car, but hey, I get 31 mpg and it runs and looks amazing! SO I can look past that! I love this car!!!!!"

incredible car!

By on Saturday, August 30, 2014

I owned and sold this car
Reason: needed 4 wheel drive

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Lexus quality for Toyota price. Great ride."

Cons: "I got old"

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

"Bought new in '04. 143,000 trouble free miles! 2 complaints: 1) I'm getting older and climbing in/ out is more difficult. 2) Headlight lens now needs clearing every 5-6 months. Simple job of polishing and sealer but aren't cars supposed to last forever? Wife and I have enjoyed this high quality, sophisticated, sporty 2 door Toyota Solara for 11 years. Hope the next car will be as much joy."

Great vehicle

By on Thursday, August 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 119,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Priced well, comfortable, enough power, sporty"

Cons: "can not think of anything negative"

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

"This vehicle even at 9 years is extremely reliable, have had no major problems as of yet. It is comfortable to drive and has plenty of room. Even as a 6 cyl. it has plenty of power when needed. I would recommend this vehicle to someone looking for a used car because it is no longer made. Great looking car."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Beautiful

By on Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Responsive. Sweet ride"

Cons: "4 cyl is a bit sluggish on acceleration."

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

"Love the car. Could have a tad more get up and go, but that's just impatient me. Unfortunately, the car was rear ended by a Cadillac. Cadillac was towed. I drove away. At a glance, you cannot see any damage. Just cosmetic paint. Amazing said the investigating officer. Will be looking for another one!"

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

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