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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
Interior fit and finish is best-in-class
Convertibles are nearly coupe-quiet with the top up
The front seats provide excellent support
Kelley Blue Book
With Lexus-like levels of refinement and luxury, the Toyota Camry Solara sets the benchmark for comfort in its class.
Interior materials and seat comfort are two areas for which reviewers consulted by TheCarConnection.com praised the 2008 Toyota Camry Solara. With its long wheelbase, the Solara has room for four passengers. Edmunds notes "the rear seat is quite spacious, making this one of the few four-seat convertibles...that can comfortably accommodate a pair of adults in the back." Overall, they call it "a good value for buyers who'd rather have a roomy backseat than a retractable hardtop." Kelley Blue Book affirms this, saying, "You won't find a roomier rear seat in any of the Solara's rivals." ConsumerGuide feels differently: "most adults will feel hemmed in even if the front seats are not set far back...Convertibles are too tight for anything but short trips or preteens."
Cruising in the Solara is complemented by what Cars.com calls "[f]irm, supportive seats [that] furnish fine long-haul comfort." They feel there's "ample leg space, but headroom is not generous for six-footers." Of course, if you opt for the convertible, headroom is unlimited with the top down, but proficiency in contortionism will be helpful in getting in and out of the rear seats of the Toyota Camry Solara coupe.
Cars.com measures 13.8 cubic feet of space in the coupe and 12 cubic feet in the convertible. According to ConsumerGuide, "Coupes come with a 60/40 split folding rear seat" and good cabin storage including "a bi-level console bin [and] a large dash bin."
The Toyota 2008 Camry Solara does garner criticism for some low-quality plastics. ConsumerGuide notes "[c]abin materials mix nicely padded surfaces with some plastics that border on cut-rate." But it's more of a nitpick, as many reviewers often likened the interior to that of a Lexus. Edmunds finds "the car has some nice perks. The heated seats work wonders for warmth, and the climate controls are also excellent, and look more upscale." And though the Toyota Camry Solara convertible's top raises or lowers quickly, you'll still have to exit the vehicle to fit the tonneau cover.
Gauges on the 2008 Toyota Camry Solara are large, and they feature an electroluminescent display that some reviewers found hard to read. ConsumerGuide reports "some testers find Solara's floodlit instruments harder to read and regulate." The Auto Channel did not care for the colors of the gauges: "The gauges are a different color to the switches and radio-tuner illuminations, an irritation that grows."
Consumer Guide finds that "the leading noise source is coarse-pavement tire slap and drone on [the SLE trim] and, to a greater extent, on the Sport coupe," yet they also say "convertibles are nearly coupe-quiet with the top up." J.D. Power indicates that for the Toyota 2008 Solara Convertible "an optional windscreen makes for a quieter ride when the top is lowered."
Better built and more refined than its competition, the 2008 Toyota Camry Solara coupe and convertible, while not perfect, offer comfortable accommodation for four.