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Restyled last year with stunning new sheetmetal to distinguish itself from the Camry sedan, the two-door Solara recently added convertible versions to the line for open-air enjoyment. Little is changed for 2005. As in the Camry, the base engine remains a 157-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder that can be mated to either a five-speed manual transmission or optional four-speed automatic. Also available is the 225-horsepower 3.3-liter V-6 that otherwise powers the Lexus ES 330, that can be fitted to a five-speed sequential-shift automatic transmission. For the performance minded, an SE Sport version includes stiffer front and rear springs, as well as sport-tuned front and rear shock absorbers and larger 17-inch wheels and tires for more-tenacious handling. Side-impact airbags are standard, and a generous selection of optional features includes side-curtain airbags, a navigation system, and XM satellite radio.Enlarge Photo
2005 Toyota Solara Convertible SE V-6
2004 Toyota Camry Solara by Henny Hemmes
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