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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 535 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

Had 2, Feisty Look, Loved Them Both.

By on Wednesday, February 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 37,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Cons: "hard to get in and out, paint grade"

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

"So sad they quit making them. My first one had a run in with a deer. I was impressed on how the car handled and the damage was limited to external only. I updated with the last years production of the series, but sadly downgraded. Hope to keep it for a collector item."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

BEST CAR EVER, great price!!!!!

By on Tuesday, December 30, 2014

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

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

"I traded in my 2002 Hyundai Elantra for a newer car and was hoping for a pretty new car since the dealership teased us with a 2010-11. When we went in for the third time to see and they told us they had a 2005 Toyota with two doors. Since we give people rides a lot i did not think i would like the car. Then i saw the car and first i thought it looked a lot newer than they said it was. We have a sun roof, JBL audio, 6 disc changer, leather seats and heated front seats. I looked at the inside and it was so beautiful, i mean we have 8 speakers in the car and it sounds great!!! It was just as nice as the new car that they had teased us with and the back seat was bigger than our Elantra's. I love this car so much. When we bought the car we showed our friends one has a 2010 ford focus and one a Chevy Cobalt around 2010 as well and they both wanted our car. As most people who commented, I wish they made this car still. I think i will drive this car for years, i dont want to trade it in."

7 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Great car

By on Wednesday, December 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000

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
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Roomy, quiet, reliable and good looking."

Cons: "Not much really."

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

"I bought this car two years ago and it only has 32,000 miles on it to date. (Bought it from my aunt who really did not drive it much) My only less than 10 rating was on aceleration as it feels like a heavy car and it takes a bit of pushing the gas to get it moving. But! Once moving it is a dream road cruiser. Very comfortable and quite."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

this is the best car I have ever owned,

By on Wednesday, November 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 165,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "all the above in the complete review"

Cons: "none"

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

"I have averged at times 20,000 miles a year. keeping my car serviced at the times when its needed has kept my car running like new. I still get about 36-38 avg miles a gallon on the freeway, about 26-29 abg in town. I believe the sleek style of this car is still in style. Keeping good care of this car I believe will keeping it running well into the 200,000 mile range. Anyone who would like a great 2dr cpe car, this one is one of the greatest, it even has pleanty of room in the back seat and a large trunk. I wish they still made this car"

9 people out of 12 found this review helpful

I Love My Solara!

By on Friday, November 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 165,200

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
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Acceleration, Handles very well on the Road"

Cons: "Doors Open Wide"

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

"I can truly say this car is very reliable, I get a lot of compliments on this vehicle, maybe one day Toyota will bring it back I live in the town where the Camry is made, the only thing is you have to watch your doors they open wide, I love my Toyota's, I also have a 1994 Celica that has 289,433 miles on it and still drive it enough said!"

8 people out of 14 found this review helpful

This is an excellent car!

By on Tuesday, November 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 132,000

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "A family car that runs almost like a sport car!"

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

"A beautiful design; gets 30 mpg on the highway; accelerates smoothly and fast. Everyone on the road admires it. With proper maintenance, it should run 300,000+ miles. I can't understand why the model was discontinued in 2009."

9 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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