Toyota Camry Solara SLE Convertible — Short Take Road Test — Car Reviews…

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Toyota Camry Solara SLE

The ultimate relaxed-fit ragtop?

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To some#x2014;inhabitants of Mongolia, for example, or the car-starved of Cuba#x2014;this Toyota droptop look like a sports But that’s a matter of context. In where motorized transport primarily of trucks and decontented left over from the century, a Camry Solara would look very indeed.

That’s not true however. Right? You don’t sports car when you look at four-seat ragtop, right? You quiet operation, you think durability and high resale, you first-rate quality#x2014;all of which is You may even think stylish, there we’d beg to differ. convertible’s updated exterior us of a Lexus SC430 that got in a giant taffy pull. expect a general stretch to the big booty look of the SC, but alas, doesn’t seem to be the case. the same bulbous bustle on a scale.

But that’s not the key issue. The issue is an element that is utterly in this convertible’s genetic

Toyota doesn’t see it quite way, of course. Although the publicity mill stops of saying sports car, are references to significantly higher rigidity and exceptional level of and a wholly dedicated convertible free of the conversion process of the top and retro-fitting for structural integrity.

This is where we have a Although the Solara family#x2014;a of coupes and convertibles for slightly adventurous Camry buyers#x2014;was at the 1997 Chicago show a ragtop concept, the Solara Toyota has never established of a track record for roofless in its four-seat sun chasers.

That tradition is maintained in the latest convertible. It feels solid on smooth pavement at a sedate but driven hard through the sections of our 10Best handling it has more quivers and jiggles#x2014;not to reluctance#x2014;than Anna Nicole running the 100-meter low hurdles. The time we tested a Solara [Sunshine Missionaries , C/D, May we reported there was not a sporting in its body. Its makeover has done to mitigate that conviction.

But if lateral g and brisk transitions high on your list of priorities, and you want to share the air and sunshine with more one other …#x2014;or you’ve tapped to provide a perch for a of winsome beauties in the annual parade#x2014;the new Solara softtop has to recommend it.

For one, it’s inches longer and about a taller and wider, which add up to room in the rear seat for beauty queens, or Anna For another, there’s more horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque a 3.3-liter DOHC variable-valve-timing aluminum V-6, compared 198 horsepower and 212 pound-feet from the 3.0-liter. The 3.0 was mated with a automatic, the 3.3 with a five-speed with manumatic capability, the manual function, as usual, bear much resemblance to a transmission.

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Nevertheless, the power boost dividends in the 0-to-60 department. The new is heavier than its predecessor#x2014;3639 versus 3500#x2014;but it delivers hustle: 7.3 seconds to 60 versus 8.5 for the That’s not quite as quick as the coupe we tested in October but it’s a whole bunch than the sluggish 8.9 seconds we for a Chrysler Sebring Limited in our Missionaries comparo.

Still another improvement: noise levels are down from the best-in-test numbers we for that ’01 Solara, in large measure to the sealing of its insulated top, and top-down has been reduced. At the same Toyota has whittled back the This loaded top-of-the-line SLE a base price of $29,965, a retail that includes a range of luxo features. The extra was a $650 stability-control but even with an as-tested of $30,615, this Solara is less than the one we reviewed years ago.

So, sports-car need not apply. But on the limited of true four-seat convertibles#x2014;the is the only other entr#xE9;e#x2014;the Solara is very tempting.

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