2004 Toyota Camry Solara SLE Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2004 Toyota Camry Solara - Road Test Specs

2004 Toyota Camry Solara Coupe

(2.4L 4-cyl. 4-speed Automatic)


Model year2004
ModelCamry Solara
StyleSLE V6 2dr Coupe (3.3L 6cyl 5A)
Base MSRP$25,995
As-tested MSRP$27,944


Drive typeFWD
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3.3
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)225 @ 5,600
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)240 @ 3,600
Transmission type4-speed automatic


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent dual-link struts, stabilizer bar
Steering typePower-assist rack-and-pinion
Tire brandBridgestone
Tire modelTuranza EL42
Tire size, frontP215/55R17
Tire size, rearP215/55R17
Brakes, frontventilated front disc / solid rear disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.6
0-60 mph (sec.)7.0
0-75 mph (sec.)10.8
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.55 @ 90.52
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31.27
60-0 mph (ft.)122.69
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)60.9
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)35.4
Sound level @ idle (dB)Not tested
@ Full throttle (dB)Not tested
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)Not tested

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThe Solara's engine features all the standard broad power band and refined operation we've come to expect from Toyota. Redline is listed at 5,900 rpm and, when left in drive, that's where upshifts come during full-throttle runs. We turned off the traction control and cut the acceleration times by a few tenths as the torque V6 slightly spun its tires off the line. Then we put it in sport mode, upshifted the tranny at 6,000 (avoiding the 6,100 rpm rev limiter) and got a few more tenths. In the end we'd cut our quarter mile times from 16.15 to 15.55 seconds by shutting down the electronic nanny and manually shifting the transmission.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsWhile there was noticeable ABS noise and vibration thourgh the pedal, the Solara stopped straight and confidently. Total distances jumped from 122.69 to 126.85 over the course of three stops, so some fade was occurring. Still, for a coupe that is more personal luxury than performance oriented, these are solid numbers.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsAs is the case with all modern Toyotas, the 2004 Solara comes equippped with a very enthusiastic traction and stability control system. You can officially turn the traction control system off, but the stabililty system continues monitoring vehicle dynamics, and intrudes when it feels things are getting out of hand. The system apparently felt our slalom test was too risky because it repeatedly cut throttle during the process. We eventually found that entering the slalom at a relatively slow speed, and then gradually applying throttle as we went through it, worked better than going in hot and scrubbing off excess speed thorugh the first few cones (a technique that works perfectly on many cars). Body roll is substantial but not excessive, and the entire vheicle feels confident, if not particularly sporty. A less intrusive stability control system would have undoubtedly allowed for faster times. — Karl Brauer

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)Not tested
Temperature (°F)Not tested
Wind (mph, direction)Not tested

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)Auto 20/32 Manual /
Edmunds observed (mpg)18
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)18.5

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3439
Length (in.)192.6
Width (in.)71.5
Height (in.)56.1
Wheelbase (in.)107.2
Legroom, front (in.)42.1
Legroom, rear (in.)35.5
Headroom, front (in.)38.1
Headroom, rear (in.)36.9
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)13.8
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)14


Bumper-to-bumper3 years / 36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years / 60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years / unlimited miles
Roadside assistanceNot Available
Free scheduled maintenance3


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsOptional
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsNot Available
Traction controlOptional
Stability controlOptional
Rollover protectionNot Available
Emergency assistance systemNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driverExcellent
NHTSA crash test, passengerExcellent
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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