2005 Toyota Camry Solara

Change Vehicle
2005 Toyota Camry Solara
Available in 8 styles:  2005 Toyota Camry Solara 2dr Coupe shown
Asking Price Range
$4,449–$14,197
Estimated MPG

20–24 city / 29–33 hwy

Summary

    Expert Reviews 1 of 2

By 

Cars.com National
Vehicle Overview
A second-generation Camry Solara coupe debuted as a 2004 model and featured more power from the available V-6 and a fresh look. All engineering and design work was done in the United States, and the Solara is manufactured in Kentucky.

Touted by general manager Don Esmond as "sportier, more powerful and more refined" than before, the redesigned midsize Solara initially came only as a two-door coupe. A convertible was added later. Styling of the current model is devoid of edges and curvier than the prior generation, which also included a convertible.

Solara coupes come in SE, SE Sport and SLE trim levels. Each version features a separate interior surface treatment. Convertibles come only with a 3.3-liter V-6 and a five-speed-automatic transmission, but a four-cylinder is offered in the coupe in addition to the V-6. Little has changed for the 2005 model year.


Exterior
Designers of the second-generation model mixed convex and concave surfaces that flow through the length of the car. A pronounced "V" shape starts at the grille and separates elongated headlights. Fog lamps impart a wider, more aggressive look.

Rounded rear corners blend into an integrated bumper. Styling themes include an upswept belt line below the triangular rear quarter windows. Bumper height was reduced to impart a sportier stance, and body gaps were narrowed. Riding a 107.1-inch wheelbase, the Solara stretches to 192.5 inches long overall and stands 56.1 inches tall.

All Solaras have all-disc brakes. The SE Sport includes a sport-tuned suspension with stiffer springs, a six-piece body kit, 17-inch alloy wheels and aluminum-trimmed pedals. A rear spoiler is standard on convertibles.


Interior
Up to five occupants fit inside the Solara coupe, but the convertible holds only four. The instrument panel has a center-mounted multifunction display. Trunk space totals 13.8 cubic feet in the coupe and 11.7 cubic feet in the convertible.

Each Solara model has a separate interior surface treatment. The SLE features woodgrain trim, while the SE has silver-metallic trim. A unique interior with black graphite-looking trim highlights the SE Sport. XM Satellite Radio and a DVD-based navigation system with a 6.5-inch viewing screen are optional.

With its top up, the convertible offers an additional 2 inches of rear headroom compared with the coupe. Convertibles have a magnetic front seat-belt guide to ease access into the rear seat.


Under the Hood
Solara coupes can be equipped with either a 157-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder or a 3.3-liter V-6 that produces 225 hp and 240 pounds-feet of torque. A five-speed-automatic transmission teams with the V-6, while four-cylinder models get either a five-speed-manual or four-speed-automatic transmission. Convertibles come only with V-6 power.

Safety
Antilock brakes and seat-mounted side-impact airbags are standard. Side curtain-type airbags are optional in coupes. Vehicle Stability Control is available for SLE models with V-6 power.

Driving Impressions
In its first generation, the Solara coupe and convertible delivered an enjoyable road experience, coupled with ample performance and satisfactory handling talents. As expected, performance gets a boost with the extra output from Toyota's V-6. But overall, this quiet-running and rather refined Solara behaves roughly on a par with its predecessor.


    Expert Reviews 1 of 2

Featured Services for this Toyota Camry Solara

  • Sell your current car quickly and easily on Cars.com.
  • Not sure what auto repair should cost you? Use our price estimator.
  • Get help with car repair now on Cars.com. Visit Repair & Care

Search Inventory Near You

Calculate Monthly Payment

What will my monthly cost be?

Check Payment

Calculate Affordable Price

What is the most I can afford?

Check Price

More Calculators

Compare finance offers to decide what's right for you.

Certain specifications, prices and equipment data have been provided under license from Chrome Data Solutions ("Chrome Data"). ©2013 Chrome Data Solutions, LP. All Rights Reserved. This information is supplied for personal use only and may not be used for any commercial purpose whatsoever without the express written consent of Chrome Data. Chrome Data makes no guarantee or warranty, either expressed or implied, including without limitation any warranty of merchantability or fitness for particular purpose, with respect to the data presented here. All specifications, prices and equipment are subject to change without notice.