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2008 Toyota Solara

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2008 Toyota Solara Review

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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

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2008 Toyota Solara Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 528 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

ALMOST Perfect....

By on Friday, October 24, 2014

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
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfortable, quiet engine, lots of features,"

Cons: "Abysmal transmission, acceleration, blind spots."

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

"2005 Toyota solara Convertible SLE V6 I'm a 22 year old college student and this is the second Solara I've owned (first was a 2004 SE convertible, not fully loaded). Overall, this is about as perfect a combination of a an affordable, quality and reliable convertible you'll ever find. Pros: -Very comfortable ride quality -Quality JBL system -Quality leather/heated seats -Excellent interior build quality. Leather everywhere! -Very quiet V6 engine -Quiet cabin while driving (city and highway) -Lots of trunk space -Seats 4 people very comfortably, even in back seat -Cheap to service yourself (if you know what your doing) -Gas mileage (I get about 25 city) Cons: -TRANSMISSION: VERY jerky going into 3rd and 4th gear, and sometimes lags a few seconds before shifting into gear. -LEAKS water where the cover for the side mirrors sits (Not much but it is noticeable when it rains. No water damage here... yet) -Sluggish acceleration for a V6 -Blind spots on convertible (small rear window, difficult to change lanes in heavy traffic) -Doesn't come with full-size spare tire (I'd NEVER use a "donut" tire on this car) -Leather on driver's side door handle tends to get VERY worn with use (Place a microfiber cloth over this) If you're thinking about buying a Solara, make sure you get one with the following: -Leather (Much more comfortable than the cloth seats) -JBL sound system (Infinitely better than the stock system in the SE Solara) -Make sure the convertible top doesn't leak or have much wear on it. -GOOD SERVICE RECORDS (Can't stress this enough. This is NOT the cheapest car to maintain. Walk away if the Owner has no service records. Spark plugs are a $650 job, though I did them myself for 60$ and 3 hours of my time. Timing belt is a 700$++ job. MAKE SURE BOTH ARE DONE AT OR BEFORE 90,000 MILES!!!!)"

Love my car. Feel safe and secure.

By on Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 126,000

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

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

"Thought about trading it in and decided to drive it another 126000 miles. Reliable and handles like a champ. Love the leather seats, sun roof and smooth ride. Reliable. Never worry about breaking down or the car not starting."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

LOVE THIS CAR

By on Monday, October 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,000

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
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive!"

Cons: "Car is long, makes tight parking difficult."

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

"I absolutely love my car. She still drives smooth at 10 years old.its cute and has never broken down."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

A+ deal, quiet, acceleration, amenities.

By on Monday, October 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 126,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Quiet, quick, quality, design."

Cons: "Mileage stop & go: 18-22; highway 26-29"

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

"The "my Rating" above, notwithstanding, the minuses are a cheap visor:no slider, no second front visor (a la Buick Ultra), and when the driver moves it to the driver side window, it slaps you in the side of the head on left turns at intersections; the odometer reading is almost microscopic; the passenger seat bottom is too severe to set items relatively flat; front center armrest is short, and, of course, the usual 2DR annoyances. I'm curious why Toyota stopped production. It was a winner."

best vehicle ever!

By on Monday, October 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

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: "great vehicles"

Cons: "I have nothing negative to say about this vehicle."

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

"I have had 2 Solaras. Both were excellent cars. Wished they were still making them. I have never had anything but a 2 door vehicle, so I am disappointed that I can't get another Solara."

GREAT SPORTY CAR/ GREAT GAS MILEAGE!

By on Monday, October 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 149,000

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
9/10

Pros: "GREAT VALUE & GAS MILEAGE W/ SLEEK SPORTY LOOK."

Cons: "IT'S A COUPE- GETTING IN/OUT OF BACK SEAT- A PAIN!"

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

"I'M A REALTOR AND I WANTED A SLEEK-SPORTY CAR THAT WAS GOOD ON GAS MILEAGE. THIS CAR FITS THE BILL! IT DRIVES LIKE A LITTLE SPORTS CAR YET WOULD GET 40 MPR ON LONG TRIPS! I LOVE THIS CAR!"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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