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2008 Toyota Solara Coupe

2dr Cpe I4 Man SE (Natl)

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2008 Toyota Solara Coupe

Benefits of Driving a 2008 Toyota Solara Coupe

Available as a coupe or convertible and in three different model grades, the Solara can serve a wide range of needs spanning sporty yet economical coupe to luxurious boulevard cruiser. The Solara has a very comfortable interior, with real space for back-seat occupants, making it one of the most practical coupe or convertible choices, the ride is smooth and refined, and with either engine, it's quite fuel-efficient.

What's new for 2008?

The Toyota Solara is carried over into 2008 with no changes.

Model Strengths

  • Back-seat and trunk space
  • ride comfort
  • fuel efficiency
  • overall practicality.

Model Review

Toyota's Solara coupe models come with either an inline four-cylinder or V6 engine for 2008, while the convertible comes only with a V6. Both are offered in SE, Sport, or SLE variants. The four-cylinder engine is the familiar 2.4L that powers many other vehicles in the Toyota line; here it makes 155 horsepower and can be paired with either a five-speed manual gearbox or five-speed automatic transmission. The V6 is a 210-horsepower, 3.3L, available only with a five-speed automatic. Both engines have variable valve timing for improved response through the rev range without a sacrifice in efficiency.

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2008 Toyota Camry Solara Road Test

Source: The Car Connection

Toyota may build some rather plain, bread and butter cars - but as the Solara coupe proves, that bread and butter is pretty hearty fare, even if it's not exotic and artisanal.

Essentially a carryover for the 2008 model year, the Solara is the Camry's two-door fraternal twin. And though it doesn't get the higher-output 3.5-liter V-6 that the Camry received last year in its big makeover, the Solara feels richer and drives more expensively than you might guess.

It's built in the U.S.- in Georgetown, Kentucky, alongside the Avalon and the Camry - and it's more than a little coincidental that the Solara is the most American car Toyota builds, at least in feel. Like Thunderbirds and Monte Carlos before it, the leather-lined, quiet-gliding Solara is a two-door in the classic mold. It damps out the world around you, and cossets the body parts behind you, while giving you an easy grip on the road ahead of you.


Looks familiar

The Solara - likely in its last model year - often gets lumped together with the similarly arranged Honda Accord Coupe. The Accord's new for 2008, though, and it's picked up traces of Acura RSX in its new style and demeanor. The Solara, meanwhile, hangs in a less ornamented, more feminine plane. Its soft shape echoes some of the Lexus SC, and its unfussy lines would fit across a wide range of prices - and would fit in at a wide range of car showrooms other than Toyota's. It's not quite anonymous, it just blends in well with the surroundings.

It shares its mechanicals with the older version of the Camry, but the Solara feels as contemporary as it can be, as the Camry itself has evolved in tiny, well-anticipated steps. It's front-wheel-driven, as if you didn't suspect, and there's a version of Toyota 's mid-size V-6 under the hood, in this case the 3.3-liter V-6 with 210 horsepower and 220 pound-feet of torque. Teamed up with a five-speed automatic, the Solara's drivetrain couldn't be creamier if it were served up at a Southern Sunday brunch. It whispers more than it growls, and serves up healthy doses of power absolutely devoid of torque steer or anything untoward. There's also a Solara with a 157-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder, but as inexpensive as the Solara V-6 can be (from just under $28,000), it's hard not to justify the extra cylinders.

Beneath the sheetmetal the Solara rides on a typical control-arm and multi-link suspension, with a body still rigid enough to compare well against newer coupes like the Accord and the new Nissan Altima Coupe. Suspension settings are similar to the former Camry SE (circa 2006) but you'll have to order up the Solara SE with its body kit to make it look the part.

Amphitheater for four

Accompanying the Solara's substantial feel and unruffled-able ride is a cabin worth spending seat time in. Enthusiasts may shy from its plush seats and tightly grained faux-wood trim, but everyone else can find plenty of reason to buckle into the Solara's four seats, even if they won't fight for the driver's. All the controls are clearly marked and easy to use without diverting your eyes from the road ahead. The seating position is ideal for a wide range of frames - it's one of the few coupes my football frame will adapt to readily.

It's also trimmed out with Lexus-like audio and other standard equipment. A JBL audio system with a six-disc changer, iPod jack and a navigation system with Bluetooth all conspired to make a mad dash from LAX to San Diego tolerable, especially when the mystery traffic jam settled in at San Juan Capistrano and refused to dissolve until Del Mar. (Can everyone really be going to the races?) On top of those amenities, the Solara SLE also gets automatic climate control, a garage door opener, 17-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, and heated mirrors. All Solara SLEs come with anti-lock brakes and curtain airbags, while stability control is available.

No, there's not a Publisher's Clearinghouse check inside the Solara's performance envelope. Its utter predictability turns out to be its biggest asset - and its flavor improves over time.

2008 Toyota Camry Solara SLE

Base price: $27,485
Engine: 3.3-liter V-6, 210 hp/220 lb-ft
Transmission: Five-speed automatic, front-wheel-drive
Length x width x height: 192.5 x 71.5 x 56.1 in
Wheelbase: 107.1 in
Curb weight: 3440 lb
EPA fuel economy (city/hwy): 18/27 mpg
Safety equipment: Dual front, side and curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes and tire pressure monitors
Major standard features: Automatic air conditioning; power windows/locks/mirrors; AM/FM/CD/MP3 player with auxiliary jack; Bluetooth; remote keyless entry; leather seating; 17-inch wheels; heated mirrors; cruise control; sunroof; tilt/telescope steering wheel; woodgrain trim
Warranty: Three years/36,000 miles


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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Rollover Resistance

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles

Toyota Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

12-month/12,000-mile Comprehensive Warranty*

7-year/100,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty**

1-year of Roadside Assistance***

160-Point Quality Assurance Inspection

CARFAX® Vehicle History ReportTM****

Certified customers are eligible for standard new car financing rates*****

*Whichever comes first from date of Toyota Certified Used Vehicle purchase. The Comprehensive Warranty covers any repair or replacement of components which fail under normal use due to defect in materials or workmanship. (Program not available in Puerto Rico and Hawaii.)

**Whichever comes first from original date of first use when sold as new. See your Toyota Certified Used Vehicles dealer for warranty details. Program not available in Puerto Rico and Hawaii. For AL, FL, GA, NC & SC, warranty coverage differs in the following ways: 7-year or 100,000-mile Toyota Certified Limited Powertrain Warranty coverage begins on January 1st of the vehicle's model year and zero (0) odometer miles and expires at the earlier of seven years or 100,000 odometer miles.

***From date of Toyota Certified Used Vehicle purchase. Covers most services, including flat tires, lockout service, jump starts, fuel delivery up to 3 gallons and towing for mechanical breakdown or collision recovery to the nearest Toyota dealership. Services provided exclude any parts required. Coverage not available in Mexico. See Certified Warranty Supplement for warranty details.

****Beginning December 1, 2005 CARFAX® Vehicle History ReportsTM are a required part of every Toyota Certified Used Vehicle. See your local dealer for details.

*****Rates mentioned are for standard new car rates, and do not include new car specials or subvented rates. Not all buyers will qualify. Financing available through Toyota Financial Services for qualified buyers only.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 7 years / 85,000
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection All TCUV vehicles must pass a comprehensive checklist that includes a 160-point inspection. This way you can rest assured that your pre-owned Toyota is in perfect condition. To see full inspection list visit http://www.toyotacertified.com/inspection.html
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 1-year of Roadside Assistance from date of TCUV purchase.
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $50

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