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2001 Toyota Camry Solara

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22-28 MPG
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2001 Toyota Camry Solara Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
The Camry Solara coupe arrived for 1999 as a two-door spin-off of the Camry sedan and was joined in the spring of 2000 by a convertible.

The Solara uses the same front-drive chassis and engines as the Camry but wears sportier styling that was created in California and is aimed at middle-aged buyers. Toyota pitches the Celica sports coupe at the younger crowd.

Exterior
The Solara’s more flamboyant styling has little in common with the Camry, sporting softer lines, smaller headlamps that surround a more prominent grille, and a toothy air intake below the front bumper.

The Solara has the same 105-inch wheelbase as the Camry and is slightly longer overall at 190 inches. The convertible comes with a standard power top and glass rear window.

Interior
The Solara borrows much of the Camry’s interior design but loses some space in the transformation from sedan to coupe and convertible. The rear seat is tighter than the Camry’s, and getting in or out of it is more difficult because occupants have to squeeze past the front seats. The front passenger seat lacks a slide-forward feature found on many coupes, which makes entry and exit easier.

Solara SE models come with standard equipment similar to the Camry LE, including air conditioning, cruise control, and power windows, locks and mirrors. The SLE versions add automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a remote entry system and other amenities.

Under the Hood
Engine choices are the same as the Camry’s. A 2.2-liter four-...

Vehicle Overview
The Camry Solara coupe arrived for 1999 as a two-door spin-off of the Camry sedan and was joined in the spring of 2000 by a convertible.

The Solara uses the same front-drive chassis and engines as the Camry but wears sportier styling that was created in California and is aimed at middle-aged buyers. Toyota pitches the Celica sports coupe at the younger crowd.

Exterior
The Solara’s more flamboyant styling has little in common with the Camry, sporting softer lines, smaller headlamps that surround a more prominent grille, and a toothy air intake below the front bumper.

The Solara has the same 105-inch wheelbase as the Camry and is slightly longer overall at 190 inches. The convertible comes with a standard power top and glass rear window.

Interior
The Solara borrows much of the Camry’s interior design but loses some space in the transformation from sedan to coupe and convertible. The rear seat is tighter than the Camry’s, and getting in or out of it is more difficult because occupants have to squeeze past the front seats. The front passenger seat lacks a slide-forward feature found on many coupes, which makes entry and exit easier.

Solara SE models come with standard equipment similar to the Camry LE, including air conditioning, cruise control, and power windows, locks and mirrors. The SLE versions add automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a remote entry system and other amenities.

Under the Hood
Engine choices are the same as the Camry’s. A 2.2-liter four-cylinder with 138 horsepower — 2 hp more than the Camry — is standard in the SE. With 6 hp more than the Camry, a 3.0-liter V-6 with 200 hp is standard in the SLE and optional in the SE. Both engines are available with five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions in the coupe. The convertible comes with the automatic only.

Driving Impressions
Because it is based on the Camry, the Solara performs similarly, though a firmer suspension gives it tighter ride control and slightly more athletic cornering. Toyota doesn’t pretend the Solara is a sports car like the Celica and MR2 Spyder, so there is no subterfuge with this car. It is simply a Camry with two fewer doors and different styling, designed mainly for empty-nesters and baby boomers who want to add a little flair to their driving.

 

Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
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Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.9)

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(5.0)

The best car I have ever owned!

by Pastre from Murrells Inlet on October 29, 2019

I purchased my 2001 Solara Camry in 2011 with 47,000 miles on it. I now have 198,000 miles on it and it is still going strong. The body has taken some wear as it is not garaged and the clearcoat is ... Read full review

(5.0)

Reliable Even in Elderly Years

by wockerjabi from San Antonio, Texas on August 11, 2019

I bought my Solara in 2015, when it was fourteen years old and had 236,000 miles on it. It had had only one previous owner, and had been well maintained. I initially only had to replace the spark ... Read full review

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Camry Solara received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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