The Solara is an offshoot from the Toyota Camry, a mid-size family car produced from 1980. In recent years, Toyota Camrys, especially the hardtop models, were also marketed as the Lexus ES 250, ES 300 and ES 330. The Solara came along with the fourth generation Toyota Camry, which was launched in December 1996. Toyota Camry Solara was, however, introduced a bit later. They arrived in 1999 in coupe and convertible versions and differed from the earlier Camry cars, especially when it comes to styling. It provides the users sportier feel with its tighter suspension, recalibrated and firmer steering and sporty body that features swoopy roofline, heavily creased sides and restyled nose and tail. It had different sheet metal and daytime running lights, which were unusual during that time.
Solara was offered in SE and SLE trims. The SE is available with either four-cylinder or V6 engine mated with manual or automatic transmission. The SLE trim is the more luxurious version of the Solara, offering well-appointed and leather-lined interior. The two models are quite similar to the Camry sedan LE and XLE trims in terms of interior components. A Sport Package was also available for the Toyota Solara V6 models. It included 16-inch alloy wheels, sports-oriented suspension and a rear spoiler, which adds to its aggressive and dynamic character. Today, the new Solara continues to provide more aggressive driving with the highly improved performance parts and styling yet it equally offers practicality and convenience of a sedan. Toyota affords its users the flair, practicality and carefree character of a real but more costly sports car through the Toyota Solara convertible.
Right from the exterior, you can feel the energy Toyota Solara convertible can give. It flaunts a rounded and massive-looking body, glass rear window, aerodynamic headlamps with daytime running lights and auto on/off feature, integrated fog lamps, striking 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, heated dual color-keyed outside mirrors, high solar energy-absorbing glass and rear spoiler. The power retractable fabric top features headliner, large rear glass window with defogger and automatic-down power rear windows. It easily folds down in ten seconds and in a slight touch of a button, all four windows are down. The Solara convertible also boasts of improved torsional rigidity that provides firmer, smoother and quieter ride. Powering this Solara model is a 2.4 L DOHC 16-valve engine with VVT-i, which provides 157-horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. Its combined powerful attributes and fuel-efficiency make your Toyota Solara certainly a perfect choice.