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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.
Favorite Features

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 487 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

Never needed any service for 60,000 miles

By on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "quality"

Cons: "minor blind spots backing up"

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

"Took in for ALL fluid system flush just as preventative maintenance at 65K. Oil every 3K. Zero maintenance other than oil for 10 years. Replaced front struts at 65K and got return to NEW handeling. Amazing vehicle. High resale value...but will NEVER sell it."

The Best

By on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 197,000

10 10.0
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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: "Great gas milage, reliable."

Cons: "Only negative was a bit of wind noise on windy day"

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

"This has simply been the best car I've ever owned. I finally had to work on it at 150,000 when the water pump started to leak a bit. Great gas mileage. Always between 33 and 36 MPG on mainly highway driving and I drove it a lot being I have 197,000 miles on it."

LOVE LOVE LOVE this car

By on Monday, April 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 10.0
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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: "SO worth the price as it's solid, stable, built."

Cons: "Could do a little better on milage."

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

"SO comfortable, has power to spare, roomy inside and great truck. It also handles well,is quiet, great for city or touring. I can't say enough about it. Upgraded from a Volkswagon Cabrio and went from a kids car to an adults."

Rides like an Avalon

By on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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

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
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great raide."

Cons: "Uncomfortable seat belts"

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

"Love this car. Great ride, great mileage. Rides like a luxury car. My only gripe is with the seat belts. Like all convertibles, they just aren't very comfortable but there's nothing that can be done."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

fun sun lovers car

By on Friday, March 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "my dream car"

Cons: "it's parked in the winter"

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

"I have a gem of a car with low low mileage for a 2007. it's mint, does not see snow or rain and is pampered big time. So much fun to drive - my first convert!! love Toyota"

Great car have been the proud owner for 8 years

By on Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 61,600

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
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "very Very low maintenance cost"

Cons: "none"

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

"Great car, no issues in 8 years other than replacing the batteries which is a product of other than Toyota. I would buy a new one if they were still being made."

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