The 2008 Toyota Camry Solara is a well-rounded choice for a sportier sedan-type vehicle. It gets no changes for the 2008 model year, which may disappoint some. However, the exterior and interior both feature plenty of options to suit a variety of drivers. The performance and handing on this vehicle match up to many of its competitors, making the Camry Solara a great choice for many casual drivers out there. Safety ratings are above average, which has come to be expected of the Toyota brand, and fuel economy is also average.
Body Styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 2.4-liter inline-four-cylinder, 3.3-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: SE, Sport, SE V-6, SLE, Sport V-6, SLE V-6
The 2008 Toyota Camry Solara has no changes from the previous model year.
The 2008 Toyota Camry Solara comes in seven different colors. The exterior features include color-keyed power mirrors and rear lip spoiler, aerodynamic projector headlamps with auto-on and -off switch, daytime running lights, front foglamps, LED taillights, high solar energy-absorbing glass, and variable intermittent wipers. The 16-inch wheels are aluminum alloy, and the Solara comes with a temporary spare tire. The tires on the alloy wheels are all-season tires for any weather and any month of the year. The Sport model adds 17-inch wheels, an exterior body kit, and xenon high-intensity discharge headlights. The SLE adds a moonroof for the coupe body style. Xenon headlights are optional on the SLE as well.
The 2008 Toyota Camry Solara has many interior features, including cruise control, an engine immobilizer, rear window defogger, air-conditioning with filtration system, digital clock, two auxiliary power outlets, and dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors. The six-speaker audio system is an AM/FM stereo with a six-disc CD/MP3/WMA player and auxiliary audio input jack. It is pre-wired for satellite radio as well. The trim is a silver metallic style. Remote keyless entry is included with two-stage unlocking, trunk release, panic function, and illuminated entry. The multi-information display comes with average speed info, instant and average fuel economy, distance to empty, and elapsed time functions. The door locks and windows are both powered with the windows having a driver’s side auto-up and -down feature and retained power. A direct tire pressure monitoring system is included as well. An exterior temperature gauge is another useful feature for the display. The steering wheel is tilt- and telescopic-adjustable with audio and multi-information display controls built in. The front bucket seats are cloth with the driver’s seat being eight-way adjustable with a power lumbar support system. The Sport models feature graphite accents, and the SLE models add a wood-grain trim.
Performance & Handling
The 2008 Toyota Camry Solara comes with a 2.4-liter, inline-four-cylinder engine or a 3.3-liter, V-6 engine. The 2.4-liter engine is rated at 155 horsepower, which provides for 158 lb-ft of torque. The 3.3-liter engine is rated at 210 horsepower, which provides for 220 lb-ft of torque. The Toyota Solara comes with either a five-speed manual transmission with overdrive or a five-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and intelligence programming. All models are front-wheel drive and have a front and rear independent MacPherson strut suspension with stabilizer bars. The Solara has power four-wheel disc brakes.
The 2008 Toyota Camry Solara is rated five stars for driver and passenger protection in both front- and side- impact tests. The Solara has the standard four-wheel anti-lock brake system, dual-stage driver, and front passenger airbags with passenger occupant sensor, front-seat-mounted side-impact airbags, daytime running lamps for added visibility in the day, and a rear-seat LATCH child restraint system. Stability and traction controls are optional on all V-6 models.
EPA Fuel Economy
Toyota Camry Solara Convertible V-6 SE/SLE/Sport: 18/26 mpg city/highway
Toyota Camry Solara Coupe V-6 SE/SLE/Sport: 18/27 mpg city/highway
Toyota Camry I-4 Coupe Auto SE/SLE/Sport: 21/31 mpg city/highway
Toyota Camry I-4 Coupe Manual SE/Sport: 22/31 mpg city/highway
- Interior room
- Smooth ride
You Won't Like
- Automatic transmission’s response time
A good vehicle for everyday driving.
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