2006 Toyota Camry Solara

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$19,530

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2006 Toyota Camry Solara

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • V-6 performance
  • Curvaceous appearance
  • Resale value for V-6 models
  • Four-cylinder fuel economy

The bad:

  • Pending further review

5 trims

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Our 2006 Toyota Camry Solara trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Manual or automatic
  • Coupe and convertible body styles
  • Optional side-curtain airbags in coupe

2006 Toyota Camry Solara review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
A second-generation Camry Solara coupe debuted as a 2004 model and featured a fresh look and more power from the available V-6. All engineering and design work was done in the U.S., and the Solara is manufactured in Kentucky. A convertible was added to the lineup later.

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 as an alternative to the V-6.

For the 2006 model year, a five-speed-automatic transmission can be installed in four-cylinder models. SE and SE Sport editions gain power lumbar support for the driver’s seat.

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. 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.

Interior
Up to five people 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 12 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. 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, and four-cylinder models can be equipped with the five-speed automatic or a five-speed-manual gearbox.

Safety
Antilock brakes and seat-mounted side-impact airbags are standard. Side curtain-type airbags are optional in coupes. Toyota’s Vehicle Stability Control electronic stability system is optional for SLE V6 models.

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 essentially on a par with its predecessor.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.9

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Love the looks of the car. Love the smoothness of

Plenty of leg room. My only complaint is the VSC light keeps coming on. After lots of research I feel as though Toyota should deem this a recall item. Seems as though many people eventually have this problem.

4.9

Great Features

I bought this car brand new in August 2005. Had to replace the AC compressor last year. Has 137k miles. Love this car. Have owned 5 Camry's before it

5.0

Great car!

I have owned this 2006 Solara Convertible since day one. It now has 202,000 miles on it and still drives like it's new. In the 14 years I've owned the car the only thing I've had to fix outside of normal maintenance items like brakes, etc. is having the power steering pump replaced. It is such a comfortable car to drive or be a passenger in, reminds me of the old style Buicks and Caddys but without the sloppy handling. The only negative thing about the car I can say is the cowl shake due to the top being removed. Its not terrible but is noticeable and after 200k miles there are fine cracks in the dash in places I believe is due to this. The cracks are by no means noticeable and the interior still looks amazing after all this time. All the electronics work, mirrors, windows, etc. The only thing that doesn't is the left heated seat light went out but the seats still heat so no biggie. The leather has wear "wrinkles" but no cracks or rips and has held up very well. The exterior was another story lol. After many years of baking in hot parking lots all day the black paint looked terrible not to mention all the dings. The headlights were cloudy and yellow. Antenna all cracked and loosing pieces. The top wasn't that bad really but did have a few very small tears along the back where it met the decklid. Oh and cat hair!! Cats love to nap on cloth convertible tops!! Sooo annoying! When I decided I wanted a new car I was going to get rid of this and get a new rag top. Honestly the only things I liked were the six series BMW or the Audi. Both north of 70k$. The Buick Cascada was discontinued and the only one in the 30-40k price range I would have considered. So instead I was like wth I'll just buy a regular car, ended up getting a Toyota Camry. Decided to fully restore the Solara, got it repainted a 2017 jeep blue color that I loved, had the top replaced, new rims, tires, performance brakes with red calipers and drilled rotors, new headlights, tail lights, fog lights, grill. All the badging painted black instead of chrome and lastly all the side windows and front windshield replaced. Car literally looks brand new and amazing! I love it. Cost less than 8k$ to restore and that's a lot less than a brand new convertible. Its in the garage now and only gets used in nice weather but I will undoubtedly own this car till I can no longer drive or am dead, which ever comes first lol. I really can't say enough good things about the Solara and it's by far the most reliable car I've owned. If you are interested in getting a used one don't hesitate you will be very happy.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Toyota
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
7 years/less than 85,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12, 000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
160- or 174-point inspections
Roadside assistance
Yes
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