Advertisement

Why ads?
Go

2008 Toyota Solara

Overview
Share this page
Trading in or Selling? Know where you stand with the most up-to-date Kelley Blue Book Value at your fingertips. See your car's value

Buying this car?

2008 Toyota Solara Review

By

Big coupes with long, heavy doors seem to go in and out of style like yesterday's fashions. 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 2008 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 compete with its primary rivals, the new Honda Accord Coupe and Ford Mustang V6. The new Nissan Altima Coupe also plays in the league, although with a decidedly sportier attitude.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you like big, two-door coupes, your options are limited. The 2008 Toyota Camry 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 the new Honda Accord Coupe.

What's New for 2008

After an extensive overhaul last year, there are no new changes for 2008.

Driving the Solara

Driving Impressions The 2008 Toyota 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 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.

2008 Toyota Solara Details
2008 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

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 prominent 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, power driver's seat with power lumbar support, 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 underbody 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: 21/31 (manual), 22/31 (automatic)

3.3-liter V6
210 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
220 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27

Trading in or Selling? Know where you stand with the most up-to-date Kelley Blue Book Value at your fingertips. See your car's value

Buying this car?

2008 Toyota Solara Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 553 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

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

By on Saturday, July 25, 2015

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

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: "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."

1 person out of 2 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
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

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."

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."

3 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Best car I ever owned

By on Thursday, July 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 73,000

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
10/10

Pros: "Good price, rides well, responds well"

Cons: "Road noisy (tire noise and can hear thru trunk)"

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

"The Solara is dependable, comfortable, sleek and maximum red! Maintenance has been on a regular basis, and my grandchildren are fighting over who gets it! It is such a shame Toyota decided to stop making this model."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Well built.Great value. Reliable

By on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Reliable"

Cons: "paint"

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

"Recently drove a compact Toyoto. Not the same drive. The most dependable vehicle I have ever owned. Including Acura Integra. I have 105000k miles And my car is breaking in. Paint color is Red//Do not reccommend"

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

One of my favorite cars ever!

By on Monday, June 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,400

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Beautiful, drives like new, extremely clean"

Cons: "Nothing I can think of a negative"

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

"I bought this car 9/2013 with $39,800 miles on it. The lines on the car are beautiful. I paid $1069 for the 6 year 100K warranty from Carmax that is transferable. The wheels have been totally refurbished and are like new. The tires were new when I bought it. One was recently replace bc of a road hazard. I had the windows tinted with lifetime warranty and also added a visor for the moon roof. I recently spent $900 to have the car gone over completely servicing the brakes, filters, coolant system, fuel system, ect. I'm selling the car bc I found a BMW that I have wanted for a long time that I could actually afford."

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Share this page

Advertisement

Why ads?
Trading in or Selling? Know where you stand with the most up-to-date Kelley Blue Book Value at your fingertips. See your car's value

Buying this car?