The two-door Camry Solara coupe and convertible receive minor changes: four-cylinder coupes now offer an optional 5-speed automatic transmission (replacing last year's four-speed), and a power-adjustable lumbar support for the driver's seat is now standard in SE and SE Sport models.
Back in the '60s and '70s, mid-size personal luxury coupes were all the rage; cars like the Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Oldsmobile Toronado, Buick Riviera, and Ford Thunderbird were stylish and popular. They were more mature versions of small sporty coupes like the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, offering more interior room and an emphasis on luxury over performance. Today, we refer to these vehicles as mid-size sporty cars. Like its predecessors, the Camry Solara is based on a mid-size sedan; as such it benefits from a much more generous rear seat and more trunk room than many of its competitors, particularly in convertible form.
The Camry sedan is available in LE, XLE, and sporty SE trim, while the Camry Solara offers SE and SLE models, with an additional SE Sport model for the coupe. Base engine for all Camry models is a 2.4L four-cylinder that produces 154 hp in the sedan and 157 hp in the coupe, backed by either a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. States that comply with California emissions regulations also get a PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle) version of the four-cylinder sedan with a 145-hp engine, a sealed fuel system to prevent evaporative emissions, and a 15-year/150,000-mile warranty on the emissions system.
LE and XLE sedans offer an optional 190-hp, 3.0L V-6 engine; SE sedans offer a 210-hp, 3.3L V-6. A 225-hp version of the 3.3L V-6 is optional on Camry Solara coupes and standard on the convertible. All convertibles feature a power-operated top that can raise or lower in less than 10 seconds.
J.D. Power and Associates Research
What do owners think about the quality of Toyota Camry as it comes off the assembly line
Camry ranks highest in initial quality in the midsize car segment in the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Initial Quality Study.SM Camry performs well in the seats, audio/entertainment/navigation system, and interior categories. Camry performs better than segment average in the interior, seats, exterior, audio/entertainment/navigation system, and the driving experience categories.
What do owners think about the quality of Toyota Camry Solara as it comes off the assembly line
Solara ranks highest in initial quality in the midsize sporty car segment in the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Initial Quality Study.SM Solara performs well in the HVAC, audio/entertainment/navigation system, and seats categories. Solara performs better than segment average in the interior, audio/entertainment/navigation system, and engine/transmission categories.
The Camry sedan competes in the Midsize Conventional segment, while the Camry Solara competes in the Midsize Sporty class. According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM combined sales of 477,703 units for calendar-year 2005 made Camry not only the sales leader in both classes, but also the best-selling car in America.
The Camry sedan's main competitor is the Honda Accord, with 2005 sales of 369,293, Other competitors in the segment with sales over 100,000 units in 2005 include the Nissan Altima, (255,351), the Chevrolet Malibu (245,861), Ford Taurus (196,919), Hyundai Sonata (130,365), and Pontiac's G6 (124,844).
The primary competitors for the Camry Solara are the Ford Mustang, with 160,975 sales in 2005, Chevrolet Monte Carlo (33,562), and Mitsubishi Eclipse (24,487). Other vehicles in this segment include the Chevrolet SSR, Mazda RX-8, and Pontiac GTO.
|SE (A5)||5 speed automatic||$26,940||225-hp / 3.3L 6-cyl||20/29|
|SLE (A5)||5 speed automatic||$30,210||225-hp / 3.3L 6-cyl||20/29|