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1999 Toyota Camry Solara

  • 1999 Toyota Camry Solara Base Coupe

    Base Coupe

    • MAX MPG
      28
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      200/214
    • ENGINE
      3.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $21,248
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1999 Toyota Camry Solara Review

A dependable coupe with a moderately attractive body and a range of available features.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The Toyota Camry Solara is more commonly referred to as the Solara, and it replaced the Camry coupe models for the 1999 model year. Production spanned two generations, from 1998 through 2009 when it was discontinued. All models are built on a front-engine front-drive layout with a two-door convertible or coupe body style. The first generation models were built from 1999 through 2003 and had a 2.2-liter four-cylinder or a 3.0-liter, V-6 engine paired with a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual. The body was very similar to the Camry outside of the door count and the convertible option.

The 1999 Toyota Camry Solara is the first model year for this vehicle, but it took many of its styling cues from the previous Camry coupes and there were only slight changes from the 1998 coupe models. The slightly more popular convertible models were not yet brought to the lineup and only coupes were available. It is known for dependability and its later models for the exterior style. They are well-priced within its class but have received criticism for falling behind in areas of performance when compared to models within its class.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic with overdrive, five-speed manual with overdrive
Models: Toyota Camry Solara

What's New

The 1999 Toyota Camry Solara was all new for the 1999 model year but shared many similarities with previous Camry coupes. There were some moderate exterior changes and updates to the powertrain and available features.

Exterior

The 1999 Toyota Camry Solara features a longer body for a coupe model with a profile similar to many sedans. The front end features a small center grille with the Toyota logo surrounded by thin wraparound headlights and an intake below. A spoiler is optional on the SE and the SLE models, power mirrors are standard, and it was available in a range of colors.

Interior

The 1999 Toyota Camry Solara is roomy for a coupe, and it seats five with two comfortably in the front and is a bit of a squeeze for three adults in the back. Getting in and out of the backseats can be difficult. The layout is attractive and the seats are comfortable. It has a range of available features including automatic temperature control, air-conditioning, power moonroof optional, remote keyless entry, power windows and locks, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and optional CD player.

Performance & Handling

The 135-hp, 2.2-liter four-cylinder on the 1999 Toyota Camry Solara base model can struggle while passing at high speeds and merging into fast traffic but otherwise performs moderately well. The larger 200-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 is a big improvement and drivers won’t have any problems as far as power. Both models accelerate smoothly with either a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual. The ride is very comfortable on most roads, and it handles moderately well.

Safety

The 1999 Toyota Camry Solara receives safety features that include standard dual front impact airbags, optional dual front side-impact airbags for all models, optional traction control on the SLE, standard ABS brakes on the SE and SLE and this is optional on the base model.

EPA Fuel Economy

Toyota Camry Solara: 21/28 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Price
  • Comfort
  • Available features

You Won't Like

  • Performance of the 2.2-liter engine
  • No convertible option

Sum Up

A dependable coupe with a moderately attractive body and a range of available features.

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