Used 2008 Toyota Camry Solara

Pros & Cons

  • Attractive cabin design with high-quality materials, spacious backseat, smooth and composed ride, tight build quality.
  • Convertible's tonneau cover must be manually installed, sleepy reflexes through the corners, automatic transmission's sluggish response.
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List Price Range
$5,000 - $10,998

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Edmunds' Expert Review

Compared to newer, sportier coupes, the 2008 Toyota Camry Solara is beginning to show its age; however, the competitively priced Solara convertible remains a good value for buyers who'd rather have a roomy backseat than a retractable hardtop.

Vehicle overview

Usually, the two-door variants within a model line are flashier and sportier than their four-door counterparts. This was true of the Toyota Camry Solara coupe and convertible right after they were redesigned back in 2004. Since then, though, they've been upstaged by the Camry sedan, which grew more powerful in last year's overhaul. The injustice continues into 2008, as the Solara siblings stand pat while winds of change swirl around them. Rival import-brand manufacturers have launched better-performing, edgier-looking coupes, and relatively affordable hardtop convertibles are crowding into soft-top Solara price territory.

The Solara's diminishing appeal is due at least in part to its exterior styling, which although curvy and sophisticated, has never come across as trendy or youthful. This is particularly true when you look at the car from the back, as the rear deck appears to droop on both the coupe and the convertible. Another issue is the car's lack of verve once you're behind the wheel. The Solara coupe is fairly quick when equipped with the V6, but in the heavier convertible the engine's modest low-end torque and the transmission's slow responses noticeably detract from performance. And although handling is stable and predictable, the Camry Solara is not the sort of car you'll revel in driving briskly, given its soft suspension and minimal steering feedback.

That said, consumers less concerned about style or performance will undoubtedly see other merits to the Solara, particularly the convertible. Interior fit and finish is best-in-class, and the mix of metallic and satin finishes interspersed with high-quality plastics provides a distinctive, upscale appearance. Plus, the rear seat is quite spacious, making this one of the few four-seat convertibles (and coupes) that can comfortably accommodate a pair of adults in back. Compared to recently introduced hardtop entries like the Chrysler Sebring and Pontiac G6, the Solara convertible is better built and more refined overall. Convertibles like the Ford Mustang, Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder and Volkswagen Eos offer more in the way of personality, but none are as family-friendly as Toyota's drop top, and the VW gets fairly expensive when fully equipped.

Due to its high level of refinement and strong reputation for quality and reliability, the convertible remains a good choice. The case for the coupe version of the 2008 Toyota Camry Solara is less clear-cut, however. In addition to the usual alternatives like the Mustang and Eclipse, the new Nissan Altima coupe and redesigned Honda Accord coupe have raised the game among front-wheel-drive, midsize coupes. Not only are they as roomy and practical as the Solara, they're entertaining to drive and stylish to boot.

Toyota Camry Solara models

The 2008 Toyota Camry Solara is available as a midsize coupe or convertible. The Solara coupe seats five, while the convertible seats four and has a power-operated cloth top. Both coupe and convertible are offered in SE, Sport and SLE trim levels. Buyers have a choice of four-cylinder or V6 power on each trim of the coupe, but the V6 is standard on all convertibles.

The base SE comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, full power accessories, cruise control and a six-speaker stereo with an in-dash CD changer and auxiliary audio jack. The Sport version adds firmer suspension tuning, 17-inch wheels, an exterior body kit, xenon HID headlights, a charcoal interior color scheme with additional metallic trim, unique gauges and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. The high-line SLE drops the Sport's extra body cladding and reverts to the SE's softer suspension settings, while adding a moonroof (coupe only), automatic climate control, wood-grain interior trim, a power driver seat, an upgraded JBL audio system and Bluetooth connectivity. SLE V6 models come with leather upholstery and heated front seats.

Xenon headlights are optional on the SLE, and many of this model's desirable features can be purchased as options on lower-line Solaras. The SLE alone is eligible for a navigation system.

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2008 Highlights

The 2008 Toyota Camry Solara coupe and convertible are unchanged.

Performance & mpg

The standard engine for the Toyota Camry Solara coupe is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder rated at 157 horsepower and 158 pound-feet of torque. It can be paired with a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission, either of which drives the front wheels. Optional on Solara coupes and standard on convertibles is a 3.3-liter V6 rated for 210 hp and 220 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic is standard with the V6. The EPA rates four-cylinder coupes at 21-22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Upgrade to the V6 and you're looking at an 18/27 rating in the coupe and 18/26 in the convertible.

Safety

All 2008 Toyota Camry Solaras come standard with front-seat side airbags, a tire-pressure monitor and antilock disc brakes. Full-length side curtain airbags are standard on coupes. Stability and traction control are optional on all V6 models.

In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Solara earned a perfect five stars for its protection in frontal and side impacts. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave it the top rating of "Good" for its performance in the frontal-offset crash test. In IIHS side-impact testing, the Solara rated "Acceptable" (second from the top). Notably, the IIHS used a Solara convertible rather than a coupe in both crash tests, so the car did not have the benefit of side curtain airbags in the side-impact test.

Driving

Both engines are smooth and refined, but acceleration is nothing special, even with the V6. The coupe, at least, feels reasonably spirited in six-cylinder form, but the engine's lack of low-end torque is readily apparent in the heavier convertible. The five-speed automatic doesn't help in this regard, as it tends to be indecisive and downshifts can be delayed and harsh. On the positive side, the Camry Solara delivers a composed ride that's still quite comfortable. The convertible is tuned more softly, but its relatively stiff structure is mostly free of cowl shake (a problem endemic to cars without a fixed roof). The added stiffness of the Sport model provides a higher level of control around turns, but overall the 2008 Toyota Solara prioritizes ride comfort well above sporting pursuits.

Interior

All versions of the 2008 Toyota Camry Solara feature an upscale interior design with bright metallic accents and exceptional build and materials quality. Sport models get sharp-looking graphite accents, while top-of-the-line SLE versions add rich-looking wood-grain trim. The front seats offer plenty of room for even the tallest drivers, and while you wouldn't necessarily want to put four adults in the car for a road trip, the rear seats are plenty roomy for an afternoon drive. Once you undo the latches, the Solara convertible's power cloth top raises and lowers in just 10 seconds. This is quick but doesn't include the amount of time you'll spend getting out of the car and attaching the fussy vinyl tonneau cover. When not in use, the cover takes up space in the convertible's 11.7-cubic-foot trunk. The Camry Solara coupe has a 13.8-cubic-foot hold as well as a split-folding rear seat.

Scorecard

Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2008 Toyota Camry Solara.

Average user rating: 4.8 stars
57 total reviews
5 star reviews: 84%
4 star reviews: 12%
3 star reviews: 1%
2 star reviews: 3%
1 star reviews: 0%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, Second Solara
Solara Loving Guy,
SLE V6 2dr Convertible (3.3L 6cyl 5A)
This is my 2nd Solara convertible. I bought a 2008 brand new and got rid of it after a year because I had an itch for a fancier car. Huge mistake. I just bought a used 2008 Solara SLE convertible with only 2,000 miles on it and it is wonderful. It fits my 6'1 frame, drives beautifully and is really the perfect car. It's not a Porsche or BMW or other high performance car. It is a smooth, well-constructed piece of heaven.
4.875/5 stars, All this and a bag of chips
keith,
SLE V6 2dr Convertible (3.3L 6cyl 5A)
This is my first non BMW car in 10 years. This is also my first Toyota ever. I am very surprised about the quality. Ride is a little noisy but it's a convertible. Other that that I love this car, smooth ride and with the top down it is the most fun car I have ever owned. Fits a family of four comfortably & I am lost without the nav. Besides normal maintenance have not had a problem since the day I rolled it off the lot, and I drive 150 miles a day.
4.875/5 stars, First Convertible
hwangster,
SLE V6 2dr Convertible (3.3L 6cyl 5A)
Decided to go with Solara for reliablity and comfort. Also CarMax gave me an excellent price for the car and color availability. Friends noticed that I was getting more tan these days. Drives very smooth and silky.
5/5 stars, Best Convertible on the Planet!
Robert Bronk,
SE V6 2dr Convertible (3.3L 6cyl 5A)
In white frost this is a real head turner - it really is a Lexus 430 with a Toyota badge. The styling makes a statement - this is one very striking car to drive. With the top down and the boot cover on it draws observers and great comments. The top does have a blind spot and the boot fills the trunk but I can live with those inconveniences. The interior is roomy, all controls are of quality and this is clearly one very premium car. Performance is excellent, the engine is quiet, and the transmission is really seamless. Mileage is 25 MPG - not bad for luxury. What a wonderful ride!


Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$21,010
MPG & Fuel
22 City / 31 Hwy / 25 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.5 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 5-speed shiftable automatic
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 155 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 158 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 192.5 in. / Height: 56.1 in. / Width: 71.5 in.
Curb Weight: 3240 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 13.8 cu.ft.

Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
RolloverRating
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of RolloverNot Rated


FAQ

Is the Toyota Camry Solara a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2008 Camry Solara both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Toyota Camry Solara fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Camry Solara gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg to 25 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Camry Solara has 13.8 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Toyota Camry Solara. Learn more

Is the Toyota Camry Solara reliable?

To determine whether the Toyota Camry Solara is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Camry Solara. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Camry Solara's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2008 Toyota Camry Solara a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2008 Toyota Camry Solara is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2008 Camry Solara is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2008 Toyota Camry Solara?

The least-expensive 2008 Toyota Camry Solara is the 2008 Toyota Camry Solara SE 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $20,180.

Other versions include:

  • SLE V6 2dr Coupe (3.3L 6cyl 5A) which starts at $27,155
  • SE 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5A) which starts at $21,010
  • Sport V6 2dr Coupe (3.3L 6cyl 5A) which starts at $24,780
  • SLE 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5A) which starts at $24,155
  • SE V6 2dr Coupe (3.3L 6cyl 5A) which starts at $22,510
  • Sport 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5A) which starts at $23,280
  • Sport 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5M) which starts at $22,450
  • SE 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5M) which starts at $20,180
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What are the different models of Toyota Camry Solara?

If you're interested in the Toyota Camry Solara, the next question is, which Camry Solara model is right for you? Camry Solara variants include SLE V6 2dr Coupe (3.3L 6cyl 5A), SE 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5A), Sport V6 2dr Coupe (3.3L 6cyl 5A), and SLE 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5A). For a full list of Camry Solara models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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Used 2008 Toyota Camry Solara Overview

The Used 2008 Toyota Camry Solara is offered in the following submodels: Camry Solara Coupe, Camry Solara Convertible. Available styles include SLE V6 2dr Coupe (3.3L 6cyl 5A), SE 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5A), Sport V6 2dr Coupe (3.3L 6cyl 5A), SLE V6 2dr Convertible (3.3L 6cyl 5A), SLE 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5A), SE V6 2dr Convertible (3.3L 6cyl 5A), SE V6 2dr Coupe (3.3L 6cyl 5A), Sport 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5A), Sport V6 2dr Convertible (3.3L 6cyl 5A), Sport 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5M), and SE 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5M).

What do people think of the 2008 Toyota Camry Solara?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the Used 2008 Toyota Camry Solara and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the Used 2008 Camry Solara 4.8 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the Used 2008 Camry Solara.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

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What's a good price for a New Used 2008 Toyota Camry Solara?

Used 2008 Toyota Camry Solara Sport V6 2dr Coupe (3.3L 6cyl 5A)

The Used 2008 Toyota Camry Solara Sport V6 2dr Coupe (3.3L 6cyl 5A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $25,530. The average price paid for a new Used 2008 Toyota Camry Solara Sport V6 2dr Coupe (3.3L 6cyl 5A) is trending $21,912 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $21,912 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $3,618.

The average savings for the Used 2008 Toyota Camry Solara Sport V6 2dr Coupe (3.3L 6cyl 5A) is 85.8% below the MSRP.

Used 2008 Toyota Camry Solara SE V6 2dr Coupe (3.3L 6cyl 5A)

The Used 2008 Toyota Camry Solara SE V6 2dr Coupe (3.3L 6cyl 5A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $23,260. The average price paid for a new Used 2008 Toyota Camry Solara SE V6 2dr Coupe (3.3L 6cyl 5A) is trending $19,166 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $19,166 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $4,094.

The average savings for the Used 2008 Toyota Camry Solara SE V6 2dr Coupe (3.3L 6cyl 5A) is 82.4% below the MSRP.

Used 2008 Toyota Camry Solara SE 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5A)

The Used 2008 Toyota Camry Solara SE 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $21,760. The average price paid for a new Used 2008 Toyota Camry Solara SE 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5A) is trending $17,494 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $17,494 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $4,266.

The average savings for the Used 2008 Toyota Camry Solara SE 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5A) is 80.4% below the MSRP.

Used 2008 Toyota Camry Solara SLE V6 2dr Coupe (3.3L 6cyl 5A)

The Used 2008 Toyota Camry Solara SLE V6 2dr Coupe (3.3L 6cyl 5A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $27,905. The average price paid for a new Used 2008 Toyota Camry Solara SLE V6 2dr Coupe (3.3L 6cyl 5A) is trending $22,310 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $22,310 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $5,595.

The average savings for the Used 2008 Toyota Camry Solara SLE V6 2dr Coupe (3.3L 6cyl 5A) is 79.9% below the MSRP.

Used 2008 Toyota Camry Solara Sport 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5A)

The Used 2008 Toyota Camry Solara Sport 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $24,030. The average price paid for a new Used 2008 Toyota Camry Solara Sport 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5A) is trending $18,045 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $18,045 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $5,985.

The average savings for the Used 2008 Toyota Camry Solara Sport 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5A) is 75.1% below the MSRP.

Used 2008 Toyota Camry Solara SLE 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5A)

The Used 2008 Toyota Camry Solara SLE 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $24,905. The average price paid for a new Used 2008 Toyota Camry Solara SLE 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5A) is trending $18,883 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $18,883 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $6,022.

The average savings for the Used 2008 Toyota Camry Solara SLE 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5A) is 75.8% below the MSRP.

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Should I lease or buy a 2008 Toyota Camry Solara?

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