2005 Toyota Camry Solara Reviews

2005 Camry Solara New Car Test Drive


Toyota Camry outsells other midsize cars in America largely because of Toyota's reputation for quality, durability and reliability. Camry is the perfect transportation appliance, flawlessly performing its duties, never annoying its owner. Its soft suspension smoothes out beat-up city streets. The interior is ergonomically excellent, with big climate and audio knobs that are easy to adjust, and the seats are comfortable. 

For 2005, Toyota has freshened the Camry's appearance, bolstered performance for four-cylinder models with a sophisticated new five-speed automatic transmission, and made anti-lock brakes standard at all trim levels. Electronic Vehicle Stability Control, which greatly increases safety, is now available on four-cylinder as well as V6 models. At the same time, Toyota has added a new entry-level Camry sedan that drops the price of entry by $1,000. 

Drivers who want little more pizzazz than the Camry sedan, Toyota offers the Camry Solara. Available in coupe and convertible versions, the two-door Solara is built on the same platform as the Camry sedan, promising the same quality, durability and reliability. 

The Solara coupe implies a sportier lifestyle while featuring the practicality of a truly useful rear seat. The Solara convertible puts the wind in your hair and brings a ray of sunshine into your life. Both add style to your lifestyle without the cost and impracticality of a true sports car. Both are high-quality cars. If you want two doors and a swoopy look, Camry Solara is a safe, smart choice. The Solara coupe and convertible were all-new last year (the convertible appeared only in February), and continue into 2005 unchanged. 

Choose a Camry sedan, Solara coupe or convertible, and you'll have a smooth, quiet car that should offer years of reliable service. 


The 2005 Toyota Camry sedan comes in four trim levels: base, LE, SE, and XLE. 

A 160-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine comes standard on Camry, LE and SE models; a five-speed manual transmission is standard, the new five-speed automatic transmission is optional ($830). 

LE is available with a 210-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 ($2,405) rated at 210 horsepower; the V6 comes with the automatic transmission, included in the option price. XLE is available with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder or the 3.0-liter V6, both with automatic transmission only. SE is available with a newer 3.3-liter V6 rated at 225 horsepower ($2,820), which comes with the five-speed automatic. 

The base sedan ($18,045) comes with air conditioning; cruise control; power windows, mirrors and locks; six-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo; a 60/40 split rear seat; ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD); and P205/65R15 all-season tires on 15-inch steel wheels. 

Upgrading to the LE ($19,145) adds interior brightwork, upgraded cloth upholstery, power driver's seat, remote keyless entry, engine immobilizer, driver-information center and a full-size spare tire. The LE V6 ($22,260) also gets 15-inch aluminum wheels. 

Camry SE ($19,975) is a sportier model, with higher-rate springs, shocks, and anti-roll bars, along with higher-effort steering and bigger (16-inch) steel wheels and P215/60 summer-only tires. A three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel and lots of bright trim add zing to the interior. The SE V6 ($23,625) adds the engine immobilizer, 17-inch aluminum wheels, and power sunroof. 

The XLE ($22,395) is the most luxurious Camry, featuring wood-grain interior trim, power driver and passenger seats, automatic climate control, side-curtain airbags, JBL premium stereo with in-dash six-CD changer, a more advanced driver information center, an alarm system with engine immobilizer, a cargo net, a rear-window sunshade, and P215/60 all-season tires on 16-inch steel rims. The XLE V6 ($25,405) comes with leather seats and fancier gauges and 16-inch aluminum wheels. 

The Camry Solara coupe comes in SE, SE Sport, and SLE trim levels. All coupes are available with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder or the 3.3-liter V6. Automatic transmission is standard on all except the four-cylinder SE and SE Sport, which are available with a five-speed manual. Four-cylinder Solaras still use the old four-speed automatic rather than the new five-speed automatic. 

The Solara convertible comes only in SE and SLE trim, and only with a V6 and automatic transmission. 

The Solara SE coupe ($19,220) is the base level in the two-door lineup and comes standard with ABS; side-impact airbags; P215/60 all-season tires on 16-inch aluminum wheels; air conditioning; cruise control; power windows, mirrors and locks with remote keyless entry; and AM/FM/CD audio. The SE V6 coupe ($21,550) is similarly equipped. Side curtain airbags are optional. 

The Solara SE Sport coupe ($20,715) comes with sport-tuned suspension and P215/55R17 all-season tires on 17-inch aluminum wheels; it also gets aggressive exterior appliques; and substitutes Graphite and Charcoal trim for a lot of the SE's interior brightwork. Solara SE Sport V6 ($23,045) is similarly equipped. 

The Solara SLE ($23,095) is the most luxurious model with automatic climate control, power moonroof, JBL stereo with six-disc CD changer, power seats and woodgrain interior trim. Choose the SLE V6 ($26,095) and you also get leather seats and the same sport suspension and performance tires as the SE Sport. 

Solara SE V6 convertible ($25,950) comes with the SE Sport's dark interior trim and 17-inch wheels, but is otherwise equipped much like the SE V6 coupe. The SLE V6 convertible ($29,450) is equipped the same as the SLE V6 coupe. 

Leather upholstery is optional for the Camry SE and XLE sedans and Solara SLE coupe ($1,365-$1,630). A DVD-based Navigation Package, which includes leather upholstery, is optional on the Camry SE. 

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