2008 Toyota Camry Solara

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Key Specs

of the 2008 Toyota Camry Solara. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

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

The Bad

  • Less power than '07 Camry sedan

Notable Features of the 2008 Toyota Camry Solara

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

2008 Toyota Camry Solara Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
The Camry Solara received a mid-cycle freshening for 2007, resulting in an updated exterior, a new instrument cluster and additional safety equipment. The Solara is unchanged for 2008. It's available as both a coupe and a convertible, and its competition includes the Nissan Altima and Accord coupes, neither of which are offered as convertibles.

The current Solara coupe debuted as a 2004 model, and featured a fresh look and more power from the available V-6 in its second generation. All engineering and design work was done in the U.S. The Solara is manufactured in Kentucky.

Trim levels include the base SE, the Solara Sport and the top-of-the-line SLE. Convertibles come only with a 3.3-liter V-6 and five-speed automatic transmission, but a four-cylinder is offered in the coupe as an alternative to the V-6. Manual and automatic transmissions are available in V-6 models.


Exterior
Designers of the second-generation model mixed convex and concave surfaces that flow through the length of the car. Its front-end styling imparts a squared-off stance that follows elements of Lexus' 2007 ES 350 sedan. Among its highlights are a taller air dam and smaller, more subtle fog lights.

Rounded rear corners blend into an integrated bumper. The tail features LED taillamps and a standard rear spoiler. 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 stan...
Vehicle Overview
The Camry Solara received a mid-cycle freshening for 2007, resulting in an updated exterior, a new instrument cluster and additional safety equipment. The Solara is unchanged for 2008. It's available as both a coupe and a convertible, and its competition includes the Nissan Altima and Accord coupes, neither of which are offered as convertibles.

The current Solara coupe debuted as a 2004 model, and featured a fresh look and more power from the available V-6 in its second generation. All engineering and design work was done in the U.S. The Solara is manufactured in Kentucky.

Trim levels include the base SE, the Solara Sport and the top-of-the-line SLE. Convertibles come only with a 3.3-liter V-6 and five-speed automatic transmission, but a four-cylinder is offered in the coupe as an alternative to the V-6. Manual and automatic transmissions are available in V-6 models.


Exterior
Designers of the second-generation model mixed convex and concave surfaces that flow through the length of the car. Its front-end styling imparts a squared-off stance that follows elements of Lexus' 2007 ES 350 sedan. Among its highlights are a taller air dam and smaller, more subtle fog lights.

Rounded rear corners blend into an integrated bumper. The tail features LED taillamps and a standard rear spoiler. 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 for coupes, 56.5 for convertibles.

All Solaras have all-disc brakes. The Sport model includes a modified suspension with stiffer springs, a six-piece body kit, a unique rear spoiler, 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 an electroluminescent display. Trunk space totals 13.8 cubic feet in the coupe and nearly 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 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 155-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder or a 3.3-liter V-6 that produces 210 hp and 220 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 airbags are standard in coupes but unavailable in convertibles. An electronic stability system is optional for SLE models with the V-6.

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, rather refined Solara behaves essentially on par with its predecessor.


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.9)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Nice ride for the money

by Mick on June 18, 2018

This vehicles handles well. It a stylish sporty car. Great value and unique . Holds its value. The color is the first thing that attracted me. The sunroof gives the feel of convertible. Read full review

(5.0)

A dependable Toyota but a rare sexy model!

by jemacco from Fairfax, VA on May 17, 2018

Now retired, and giving up on a motorcycle, I finally got the convertible I've wanted, but even better, it's beautiful, fun, AND a dependable, affordable, Toyota Solara! Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2008 Toyota Camry Solara currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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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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