Toyota Camry vs Toyota Solara

September 12th, 2014 by

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There are many popular Toyota models from today and years’ past which you probably know if you are a Toyota fan. Of these, the Toyota and the Solara are some of the most popular. You may have heard of people using the two car titles interchangeably and wondered what that is about. Is the Camry and the Solara the same thing?

Well, sort of. They are actually two different types of the Toyota Camry. The Camry has been a best seller for years but between 1998 and 2009, they had two models for it. The standard Toyota Camry and also the Toyota Camry Solara, which was known for short as simply “The Toyota Solara”. The two models have many similarities, of course, yet were distinct in their own ways. Let’s take a look.

What is the Solara?

First, the Solara began in 1998 as a two-door version of the Camry. It was meant to appeal to the more sporty crowd and many people who owned them loved to soup them up and give them a racy feel. The Solara was manufactured to replace the Toyota Camry Coupe from four years earlier (competition to the Honda Accord Coupe). It was designed to be a mid-sized car with sporty features and it had a four-cylinder engine with more power than the standard Camry. After it had been out for a few years, they even added a convertible version to the lineup.

In 2002, they also came up with a V-6 version to give you even better performance and gas mileage. Speaking of gas mileage, the Solara gets about 19-23 MPG in city driving and 26-33 MPG for highway driving, making it pretty good in comparison to the other options of the time.

What About the Camry?

What about the standard Camry? When it comes to gas mileage, the two pretty much stack up side by side. The Camry was equally good on gas, which is one feature that made it such a popular choice. So aside from that, let’s compare how they looked.

The big differences are that the Solara has two doors and the Camry has four doors. The Solara was also designed to have a sportier look and was more streamlined while the Camry had more of a family sedan style to it. Still, they were very, very similar and an untrained eye might think it was the same car, if not for the doors. Also, the Solara had a convertible option and the Camry does not.

There were also some additional features and upgrades you could get. For example, the Solara had sport suspension as an option and performance tires. You could also get it with a six-disc CD changer and leather upholstery. In addition, there was the option for 16-inch aluminum wheels.

Toyota is still manufacturing new versions of the Camry and Camry Hybrid but the Solara is discontinued in 2009. You can get it used and many versions are still hanging around in very good condition. So now you know the difference between the Camry and the Solara. some additional features and upgrades you could get. For example, the Solara had sport suspension as an option and performance tires. You could also get it with a six-disc CD changer and leather upholstery. In addition, there was the option for 16-inch aluminum wheels.

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