Though its sedan cousin, the Camry, is all new for 2007, the Camry Solara coupe/convertible is a carryover with several significant changes. Updates for 2007 include revised front and rear styling (with Xenon headlamps on some models and LED taillights on all), a revised dashboard with electroluminescent gauges, new seat-mounted side air bags for both the coupe and convertible as well as side curtain air bags for coupes only, voice activation for the optional navigation system, a new stereo with an MP3-capable CD player and audio input jack, and Bluetooth phone compatibility.
The original Camry Solara bowed in 1999, a follow-up to the slow-selling Camry coupe of 1994-1996. While the Camry coupe was simply a two-door version of the sedan, the Camry Solara featured unique (and much sportier) styling. The Camry Solara Convertible followed in 2000. It posed a major challenge to the Chrysler Sebring convertible, which until then was commonly regarded as the only mid-size convertible with a useful rear seat and trunk. The current version of the Camry Solara was introduced in 2004.
While most coupes and convertibles prioritize style and sport over practicality, the Camry Solara has always offered an alternative. Based on the mid-size Camry sedan, the Solara offers attractive coupe styling with a useable trunk and back seat-an especially rare find in the convertible field. The Camry Solara may not be the sportiest or most fun-to-drive in its class, but it is one of the most mature and sophisticated.
The front-wheel-drive Camry Solara is available in three trim levels: SE, Sport (which replaces last year's SE Sport trim), and SLE. A 157-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, with standard 5-speed manual or optional 5-speed automatic transmission, is standard on the coupe; a 210-hp, 3.3-liter V-6 with 5-speed automatic is optional on the coupe and standard on the convertible. Standard safety features include seat-mounted side air bags, side curtain air bags (coupe only), and anti-lock brakes; electronic stability control is optional only on the top-of-the-line SLE V-6 model. Other standard features include power windows, locks, and mirrors; air conditioning; and a power-operated top for convertibles. Warranty coverage for the Camry Solara is 3 years/36,000 miles bumper-to-bumper, with 5-year/60,000-mile coverage for the powertrain.
The Toyota Camry Solara competes in the Midsize Sporty segment, which consists of five models. Buyers in this segment look for exterior styling, performance, and quality, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Ford Mustang (166,530 units sold), Toyota Camry Solara (50,815), and Chevrolet Monte Carlo (34,113). The Toyota Camry Solara's 50,815 sales in 2006 represent a decrease of 10.7 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Midsize Sporty segment include the Mitsubishi Eclipse and Mazda RX-8.
|SE (M5)||5 speed manual||$19,930||155-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl||24/34|
|Sport (M5)||5 speed manual||$22,200||155-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl||24/34|
|SE V6 (A5)||5 speed automatic||$22,260||210-hp / 3.3L 6-cyl||21/29|
|SLE (A5)||5 speed automatic||$23,905||155-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl||25/34|
|Sport V6 (A5)||5 speed automatic||$24,530||210-hp / 3.3L 6-cyl||21/29|
|SLE V6 (A5)||5 speed automatic||$26,905||210-hp / 3.3L 6-cyl||21/29|