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Toyota Camry Solara Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.3 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 210 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/26 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2007 Toyota Camry Solara

  • Refinement and value are hallmarks of the 2007 Toyota Camry Solara.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Excellent build quality, smooth V6, reasonably priced considering its luxury.

  • Cons

    Lackluster styling, no manual transmission available on V6 models.

  • What's New for 2007

    Although the Toyota Camry sedan is all-new this year, the 2007 Toyota Camry Solara remains largely unchanged mechanically. However, there are a few notable changes. The front and rear of the car have been restyled and LED taillamps and optional HID xenon headlights have been added. Inside, the car gets a new MP3 CD and satellite radio-capable stereo plus the expected auxiliary jack for connecting hand-held digital music players. Bluetooth wireless phone connectivity is new for 2007, as is voice activation for the optional navigation system. More safety features are also standard equipment this year, including a tire-pressure monitor, front side airbags and, for the coupe, side-curtain airbags. Engine power ratings have been revised due to new testing procedures, but actual performance is unaffected. Finally, the Solara Sport trim (previously called the SE Sport) gets an exclusive wheel design and is newly available on the convertible body style.

Full 2007 Toyota Camry Solara Review

What's New for 2007

Although the Toyota Camry sedan is all-new this year, the 2007 Toyota Camry Solara remains largely unchanged mechanically. However, there are a few notable changes. The front and rear of the car have been restyled and LED taillamps and optional HID xenon headlights have been added. Inside, the car gets a new MP3 CD and satellite radio-capable stereo plus the expected auxiliary jack for connecting hand-held digital music players. Bluetooth wireless phone connectivity is new for 2007, as is voice activation for the optional navigation system. More safety features are also standard equipment this year, including a tire-pressure monitor, front side airbags and, for the coupe, side-curtain airbags. Engine power ratings have been revised due to new testing procedures, but actual performance is unaffected. Finally, the Solara Sport trim (previously called the SE Sport) gets an exclusive wheel design and is newly available on the convertible body style.

Introduction

Introduced a number of years ago as more sophisticated and presumably sportier sisters to the Toyota Camry sedan, the Toyota Camry Solara coupe and convertible have quietly enjoyed similar reputations -- reliable, well built and pleasantly if not excitingly styled. For most family sedans, such qualities would be considered desirable, if not optimal, but when it comes to coupes and convertibles, you would hope that fun would figure in as well.

In actuality, the Camry Solara has never offered much in terms of excitement, but that hasn't prevented it from being a popular choice for a midsize two-door. The Solara's interior fit and finish is easily best in class. A mix of metallic and satin finishes interspersed with high-quality plastics gives these Toyota cars a distinctive, upscale appearance. Rear-seat room is generous and safety ratings and equipment are impressive.

If you're looking for a sporty coupe or convertible, the Solara isn't going to be your best choice. Something like a Ford Mustang or Mitsubishi Eclipse will be a much better fit. Alternately, you might want to check out Pontiac's G6 convertible; it features a retractable hardtop design. But if you value overall quality, value and comfort, there are few choices that put it all together as well as the 2007 Toyota Camry Solara.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2007 Toyota Camry Solara is available as a midsize coupe or convertible. Both coupe and convertible are offered in SE, Sport and SLE trim levels. The base SE is well-equipped with 16-inch wheels, full power accessories, keyless entry, cruise control and a six-disc CD/MP3 stereo with an auxiliary input jack. Convertibles also have a power-operated top. The Sport version adds a firmer suspension, 17-inch wheels, an exterior body kit, xenon HID headlights, graphite-style interior trim, a unique gauge cluster and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. The top-of-the-line SLE adds automatic climate control, wood-grain trim, a power-adjustable driver seat, a moonroof (coupe only), a JBL premium audio system, Bluetooth connectivity and, on V6 models, leather seating. The SLE is also eligible for a navigation system.

Powertrains and Performance

The standard Camry Solara coupe engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder rated at 157 horsepower and 158 pound-feet of torque. It's mated to either a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic. Optional on coupes and standard on convertibles is a 3.3-liter V6 rated for 210 hp and 220 lb-ft of torque. No manual transmission is available with this engine, but the automatic is a five-speed unit with a manual-shift gate for those who like to pick their own gears. The EPA mileage estimate for all V6 models is 21 city/29 highway. Four-cylinder versions with an automatic are estimated to get a commendable 25 city/34 highway -- opt for a manual transmission and the estimate goes down 1 mile per gallon for city driving.

Safety

All Solara models come standard with front and side-impact airbags, a tire-pressure monitor and antilock disc brakes. Full-length side curtain airbags are standard on coupes as well. A combined stability and traction control system is optional on SLE V6 models. NHTSA crash testing returned a perfect five-star rating across the board.

Interior Design and Special Features

All trim levels feature an upscale interior design with bright metallic accents and exceptional build quality. Sport models get sharp-looking graphite accents, while top-line SLE versions add premium wood trim. The front seats offer plenty of room for even the tallest drivers, but the rear seats are still better left for short trips. Buyers should note that coupes can seat three passengers in back, while the Camry Solara convertible can accommodate just two. The Solara convertible's standard power top raises and lowers in just 10 seconds and stows neatly under a tonneau cover that matches the color of the interior.

Driving Impressions

The 2007 Toyota Camry Solara's suspension tuning delivers a well-controlled ride that's still quite comfortable. The added stiffness of the Sport model gives it enough capability in the turns to have some fun while still maintaining the civilized ride quality of the other models. Power from the V6 is smoother than ever, but enthusiast drivers will be left wishing for a manual gearbox.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


1 of 1 people found this review helpful

A great car so far

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Vehicle: 2007 Toyota Camry Solara Sport V6 2dr Convertible (3.3L 6cyl 5A)

I bought the sport conv. used the end of 2007 with about 11K miles on it. I chose this car because it is front wheel drive and has a heck of a alot of trunk space for a convertible. In addition it is a sharp looking car and I was banking on Toyota reliability. To date I have close to 90K miles on it. No issues thus far. Put new tires and brakes. Aside from that just oil changes and the regular maintainance stuff. The pick up is OK although it is a bit sluggish going up hills. The gas mileage is good averaging low-mid 20's depending on highway/city driving mix. The top is a cinch to drop. I still often get compliments on the car as it is sharp looking. And it is lots of fun!




Great car, summer fun

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Vehicle: 2007 Toyota Camry Solara Sport V6 2dr Convertible (3.3L 6cyl 5A)

I think Toyota is making a huge mistake in discontinuing this model. I was in a rear-end collision and had I been in a two seater, I shudder to think of where I would be now. the car is well built and ultimately protected me so that not only did I walk away, I returned to work later, when I stopped shaking. I suffered whiplash and I'm still dealing with that. The dealership did a fabulous job in returning the car to its original condition and you can't even tell it was in an accident.



1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Toyota quality not what it

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Vehicle: 2007 Toyota Camry Solara SLE V6 2dr Convertible (3.3L 6cyl 5A)

Car has chronic problem with pulling to right, front windows bang when they go down into door and the dealer says that is normal as the car ages. The car does not handle roads very well, there are lots of rattles and ride's very rough. I have owned several Toyota's and this is by far the worst Toyota I have ever owned. I know that everyone who writes loves theirs but I can't say the same. The dealer and Toyota specialist keep telling me that I'm too fussy and all the problems are in my head. Friends that drive the car agree that there is something wrong but I can't seem to get Toyota to agree with me.




Love this car!

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Vehicle: 2007 Toyota Camry Solara SLE V6 2dr Convertible (3.3L 6cyl 5A)

I have owned my Toyota Solara SLE Convertible for just about three years now. I absolutely love it! I was so very sorry to hear of the model's demise. I think Toyota made a mistake there. I wanted a 4 seater not a 2 seater convertible without being a huge car and there are not many of those made. The retractable hard roofs take up trunk space which I do not like. My car has really good trunk space. I have seen too many of the convertibles with very poor trunk space. I would have continued buying Toyota's convertibles if they had continued making the Solara. I live in the middle south and convertibles are definitely the way to go. Toyota: PLEASE BRING IT BACK!




Toyota solara

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Vehicle: 2007 Toyota Camry Solara SLE V6 2dr Convertible (3.3L 6cyl 5A)

I have had a Solara for over 2 years now. It is a great car! I don't get as many admiring looks as I did with my MR2 Spyder, but it definitely gets noticed. It rides well and is very quiet. The back seat accommodates 2 adults easily and it has ample trunk room. The V-6 is very responsive and I have to be careful about speeding. I have had no problems with it. Only visits to the dealer for routine maintenance. If I ever have to replace it, I will definitely have this model at the top of my list.




Solara convertible

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Vehicle: 2007 Toyota Camry Solara SLE V6 2dr Convertible (3.3L 6cyl 5A)

This car is awesome. I love the way the top goes up and down in 10 seconds! Gas mileage is great and overall the car handles very well.



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retred
01-21-2013
I had a 2004 Toyota Camry Solara that is on the list of subject vehicles this auto experienced SUA on August 17, 2009 and was totaled by my insurance co. The settlement is effective for 2004 Toyota C...


retred
retred
01-21-2013
I had a 2004 Toyota Camry Solara (2 AZ) that is on the list of subject vehicles this auto experienced SUA on August 17, 2009 and was totaled by my insurance co. The settlement is effective for 2004 To...


unaware
unaware
02-23-2010
The Camry & the Camry Solara, are linked closely together.I have not been able to get any information from Toyota or the dealership, of who makes the pedal for the Solara. My 2007 Solara has pedal...



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