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2000 Toyota Camry Solara

  • 2000 Toyota Camry Solara Base Convertible

    Base Convertible

    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      200/214
    • ENGINE
      3.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $30,488
  • 2000 Toyota Camry Solara Base Coupe

    Base Coupe

    • MAX MPG
      28
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      200/214
    • ENGINE
      3.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $21,648
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2000 Toyota Camry Solara Review

Best-selling sedan now offered as a two-door convertible.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

While marketed as a coupe version of the best-selling Camry sedan, the 2000 Toyota Camry Solara features markedly different styling cues. For 2000, the sporty Camry Solara comes with not just two fewer doors but a completely new body style: a soft top convertible.

Based on the Camry platform, the Camry Solara shares the sedan’s basic design. However, it adds a stiffer suspension, an optional V-6 engine, and a more athletic shape. Coupe and convertible versions of the Camry Solara come in three trim levels: a base SE, a high-powered SE V6, and a luxury-oriented SLE V6.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Toyota Camry Solara SE, Toyota Camry Solara SE V6, Toyota Camry Solara SLE V6

What's New

For 2000, the sporty Toyota Camry Solara gets even more playful with the addition of a soft top convertible body style. The Solara’s base inline-four engine has been modified, allowing the car to qualify as an ultralow emission vehicle. SLE models now come standard with a premium JBL audio system, while all trims remain eligible for an optional six-disc CD changer.

Exterior

While it may not provide the personality of a sports car, the 2000 Toyota Camry Solara does offer a sporty spin on the traditional Camry thanks to its sleeker roofline, sharper side creases, and narrower windows.

Standard exterior equipment on SE and SE V6 coupes includes 15-inch wheels, foglights, intermittent windshield wipers, a rear window defroster, remote trunk release, and body-colored bumpers and mirrors. Base convertible models add a power-operated soft top with a glass rear window, automatic rear-quarter windows, and a rear spoiler.

Upgrading to either version of the SLE trim gets you 16-inch alloy wheels, a keyless lighted entry system, a garage door opener, a power antenna, and a rear spoiler. SE models offer optional alloy wheels, a sunroof, a rear spoiler, and special factory paint. The SLE also offers traction control.

The 2000 Toyota Camry Solara measures 190 inches in length, 55.1 inches in height, and 71.1 inches in width. It has a wheelbase of 105.1 inches and a ground clearance of 5.3 inches.

Interior

The cabin of the Camry Solara features high-quality materials and a clean layout, similar to the Camry sedan’s interior, but it adds a longer list of standard amenities. Base SE models come with cloth upholstery, front bucket seats, a tilt steering wheel, a center console, an overhead console, a tachometer, air-conditioning, cruise control, power steering, power windows, power locks, power exterior mirrors, and an audio system with cassette and CD players.

The SLE gains standard leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a leather shift knob trim, a leather steering wheel, automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, an alarm system, and a premium JBL sound system with a CD player. Four-cylinder and V-6 versions of the base SE can upgrade with many of the SLE’s standard features, including the leather steering wheel, leather seats, a power driver’s seat, and a JBL audio system. SE and SLE trims both offer an optional CD changer.

In both coupe and convertible 2000 Toyota Camry Solara models, front occupants receive 38.3 inches of headroom, 43.3 inches of legroom, and 53.6 inches of hip room, while rear passengers enjoy 36.3 inches of headroom, 35.2 inches of legroom, and 49.3 inches of hiproom. The Solara’s trunk offers 14 cubic feet of storage space.

Performance & Handling

The 2000 Toyota Camry Solara SE comes standard with a 2.2-liter, four-cylinder engine producing 136 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque, while the more performance-oriented SLE gets its power from a three-liter V-6 that pumps out 200 horses and 214 lb-ft. The SE can upgrade to the SLE’s V-6 for a fee. Four-cylinder engines pair with a five-speed manual transmission and V-6 engines match to a four-speed automatic.

Like many of its Toyota siblings, the Camry Solara provides a smooth, quiet driving experience. Compared to the Camry sedan, the Solara has a more rigid body, a sport-tuned steering system, and a firmer suspension. Ultimately, however, the Solara focuses on comfort and style over performance. For buyers seeking the dependability and roomy interior of the Camry with a little more pizzazz, the Solara may provide the perfect compromise. But those looking for true sports car capabilities may feel disappointed by the Solara’s soft ride.

Safety

Standard safety equipment on the 2000 Toyota Camry Solara SE includes dual front airbags and front seat belt pretensioners. Anti-lock brakes remain optional on the base model and standard on V-6 versions. All trims offer side airbags, while the SLE can upgrade with traction control.

EPA Fuel Economy

Toyota Camry Solara SE: 20/28 mpg city/highway
Toyota Camry Solara SE V6: 17/25 mpg city/highway
Toyota Camry Solara SLE V6: 18/26 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful V-6
  • Convertible option
  • Reliable reputation
  • Roomy interior

You Won't Like

  • Uninspired design
  • Upscale pricing
  • No manual for SLE

Sum Up

Best-selling sedan now offered as a two-door convertible.

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