2008 Toyota Camry Solara

Overall Score: 7.9 / 10
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2008 Toyota Camry Solara Overview

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Toyota Camry Solara was new.

The 2008 Camry Solara delivers a smooth, comfortable, predictable ride, paired with spacious front and rear seating, and a massive trunk for the class. But its power and handling can't match the sports performance of some others in its class.

SEATING


4-5

MPG


18-22

  CITY


26-31

  HWY

DRIVETRAIN


FWD

HP


155-210
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Pros & Cons

  • Near-luxury ride in an affordable car
  • Attractive and expensive-looking exterior design
  • Many standard convenience and safety features
  • Not as sporty as perhaps it promises to be

Scorecard

Overall: 7.9
Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 8.3
Safety: 7.8
Reliability: 3_5

The Toyota Camry Solara score of 7.9 out of 10 is based on our evaluation of 26 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

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2008 Toyota Camry Solara Review

By U.S. News Best Cars Staff March 10, 2009

The 2008 Camry Solara delivers a smooth, comfortable, predictable ride, paired with spacious front and rear seating, and a massive trunk for the class. But its power and handling can't match the sports performance of some others in its class.

Overall, the Toyota Camry Solara has good performance, styling and dependability. Automotive.com says it's "the perfect way to hold on to all the brand's virtues while providing a little escapism (and looking good, too)." The Solara's driving experience is smooth, plush and even luxurious. Most refer to it as a great road car with beautiful, sleek exterior lines. The interior is widely praised for being spacious and well-executed, while the trunk is one of the largest in its class. The 2008 Toyota Camry Solara is available in three trim levels and two body-styles -- each priced accordingly. For 2008, the Camry Solara and the Camry Solara Convertible carry over virtually unchanged.

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  • "Comfortable, sensible, and practical, it has all the earmarks of an excellent coupe." -- Automobile.com
  • "Other than a dislike of fake wood trim, and a feeling that the Camry just misses on pizzazz, there is not much to put you off buying a new Camry Solara Coupe." -- The Auto Channel
  • "The Solara coupe is supposedly the sporty version of the Camry but has always ended up as merely a slightly more stylish variant. Now that the Solara is based on the last-generation Camry, it lags even further in performance, as it is down on horsepower compared with the new sedan." -- Car and Driver
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