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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 New for 2007

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 563 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 best car I've ever owned including Mercedes

By on Wednesday, May 4, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 123,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "best all round car ever driven"

Cons: "leaks on driver side window in heavy rain."

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

I have no idea why Toyota stopped making this great car!

"We have had Mercedes, Jaguars, BMWs and various top of the line cars but never one as good as the Solara. The power is excellent,maileage 30mpg highway, quieter that any car we have owned and its a convertible. I have no idea why Toyota no longer makes these things---- I'd buy a new one every 2 years."

9 people out of 13 found this review helpful

I have no idea why Toyota stopped making this great car!

Very nice car for a 2 door

By on Thursday, January 14, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 105,000

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
9/10

Pros: "very good car"

Cons: "Toyota needs a sport cp with some go to it."

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

"Got the car for free with 3k miles.(death in family). not sure I would buy new for 28k. sport cp has upgrade Suspension, handles very good. transmission to slow and soft. have a CPU upgrade and air intake box. very quick. have been over 135 MPH. have done absolutely nothing but brakes and tires for repairs. FYI most parts on car are also Lexus parts."

10 people out of 21 found this review helpful

A Very Good Buy

By on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 155,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Purchased this car in 2005. Have nothing but fun and good times with it. Drives smooth. Take off can slow up a bit depending upon what gear you're in. City and highway driving smooth. Fast or slow, it's a definite comfort. You will get noticed and complimented especially when the weather turns warm. Turns on a dime. Washes and shines very well. Kept poly waxing on it to preserve the paint. All interiors still work. Just changed original battery about 2 years ago due to maintenance schedule or would still have it. Love this car, but purchased a highlander for practical reasons."

10 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Reliable but annoying

By on Tuesday, December 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 102,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
4/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

Crossing the Sunshine Bridge over Tampa Bay!

"Solara is a 2-door Camry. Our car guy is someone we trust, and he explained there's just not a lot that goes wrong with these cars besides normal wear and tear, if you take good care of it like we have. Honestly, I think you're better off buying a Camry! Average car overall, but no longer fits my needs. Bought it at a small local dealer for 11k upon graduating college with 60,000 miles on it because I thought it was stylish and Toyota was a reliable make. Now I have a paid-off car that I wouldn't be convenient with a child in the backseat, and it's only worth about 4k. With only 2 very heavy and huge doors, they could easily hit the parked car next to you if you're not careful or it's windy that day. The dashboard (glove box) vinyl has the typical cracking for this model and year. Backseat passengers can only enter easily from the passenger side, since the driver's seat is a slow power seat. Backseat is fairly roomy for a coupe with cupholders, but ceiling is low. The trunk is a good size and both sides of the back seat fold down. Driving the car feels heavy, like an older model Buick LeSabre, my previous car. I don't like the shiny fake wood detailing on the inside, very cheap looking. The sound system is just OK, fair amount of base if you like that. Again, you might as well get the Camry for long-term."

9 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Crossing the Sunshine Bridge over Tampa Bay!

Great Car, Fun to Drive

By on Saturday, October 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I got this car about 3 months ago with money i made this summer and have loved it since. For a coup is it very spacious in both the front and back seat, and is comfortable to drive. As far as how well it drives (it will throw people in the back seat around a bit), it has great acceleration, and corners better than anything else I have driven. I will say that I'm am having some slight head gasket issues, but since I added some head gasket fix fluid I haven't had any issues. As long as you aren't particularly tall person I would say it is a great vehicle and would recommend it who wants a somewhat sporty vehicle."

12 people out of 21 found this review helpful

MY Favorite

By on Tuesday, October 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 135,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

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: "cruisin with the top down"

Cons: "haven't found any"

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

"This Solara is my favorite vehicle of all those I have owned. Rides like a dream, handles well, front wheel good in bad weather, looks sharp. This has been my fun vehicle, and I love it!"

7 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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