Toyota Solara

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Toyota Solara

Solara is tight, quiet and less than last

Convertibles stir your and add a new dimension to driving, creating a almost like riding a or a scooter. Your forehead the heat of a sunny day, and nose tingles with the of newly mown grass as you through the neighborhoods.

In an age of climate-controlled convertibles certainly aren’t for but for those who do like the open no substitute will do.

Most are sports cars, and that sense, but a four-seater is nice so you can a back seat for the grandkids or to another couple to dinner. And nice to have a trunk is big enough to be useful.

There aren’t many convertibles from which to so it’s news when a new one out. It’s even news when the new one is a quantum in quality and has a lower price.

was the last time you got something for less?

Toyota’s all-new Solara convertible went on last month with a price of $25,950, a price more than $2,000 than last year’s Even the loaded SLE has a base of $29,450. That includes a JBL system with six-disc CD player, antilock brakes, climate control and heated seats.

For the first time the Solara convertible has a wholly convertible body, Don Esmond, senior vice president and manager, said at the car’s at the Chicago Auto Show in February. It is a body styled as not an afterthought.

Solara, which uses the and powertrain of the Camry, looks a bit a Lexus SC 430 coupe that was and elongated.

Because the roof is an part of the unibody structure, it lets the body wiggle, and shake especially over Engineering a tight and solid car is are tricky. The Solara convertible has a frame and thick body for greater torsional rigidity. It is tighter on bumpy roads the old one, and right up there the more expensive ones. The top is installed offline at the Georgetown, Ky. by workers who ensure the accuracy of seals and use ultrasound to check for noise and water leaks.

Toyota, which also Lexus, does an excellent job of cars and trucks that are quiet, and the Solara is one of the quietest I have driven. When you the key, the engine starts so you have to listen carefully to be it’s running. Throughout the the fit, finish and feel are closer to a Lexus than the would suggest.

Wind and noise are never intrusive, in because noise[-]suppressing, vibration-damping is used in the passenger compartment, trunk and wheel wells. buffeting is moderate, too. I was comfortable driving 70 miles per with the top down and the side up. The wind seemed to scoot the top of the cabin. The optional wind would lessen buffeting more.

The test car was an upscale Solara and its cabin was as plush as a high-end car. The rose-colored woodgrain was handsome. Brushed silver, plastic and bright chrome the audio and climate-control panels and down into the console. The and feel is closer to a home system than a car. The plastic panel that the shift gate looks slick.

Toyota Solara

The convertible has two more of rear-seat headroom than the coupe. The power top goes in 10 seconds. When the top is folded the rear seat it leaves of room in the trunk and does not the view out the back.

With the top up, three-quarter vision is a bit dodgy. The back window is a little too, so you have to be adept at the outside mirrors.

Toyota’s 3.3-liter V-6 engine the front wheels through an transmission that also has a feature. I found that the engine needs to be prodded for performance, probably because the is heavier than the coupe.

is luxury-car smooth instead of aggressive, but the Solara is most in that mode anyway. 17-inch wheels look and provide good grip.

The convertible is probably going to be a low-volume vehicle and I suspect will be high. Production started, so you will have to be When a carmaker improves the and lowers the price, everybody


The base price of the SSR is Options on the test car included seats, electrochromic rearview Bose AM/FM stereo six-disc CD player and memory The sticker price was $44,260.

Toyota Solara
Toyota Solara


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