Toyota Solara

19 Jan 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 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 ever, the convertible has a wholly dedicated body, Don Esmond, Toyota vice president and general said at the car’s introduction at the Auto Show last in It is a body styled as forethought, not an

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 convertible top is installed offline at the Ky. plant by workers who ensure the of window seals and use ultrasound to for wind noise and water

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 SLE, and its cabin was as plush as a luxury car. The rose-colored trim was handsome. Brushed clear plastic and bright surround the audio and climate-control and sweep down into the

The look and feel is closer to a audio system than a The thick plastic panel encircles the shift gate especially slick.

The convertible has two more inches of headroom than the Solara The power top goes down in 10 When the top is folded behind the seat it leaves plenty of in the trunk and does not obscure the out the back.

With the top up, rear vision is a bit dodgy. The glass window is a little small so you have to be adept at using the mirrors.

Toyota’s 3.3-liter V-6 drives the front wheels an automatic transmission that has a sport-shift feature. I found the 225-horsepower engine needs to be for brisk performance, probably the convertible is heavier than the

Handling is luxury-car smooth of sports-car aggressive, but the Solara is comfortable in that mode Standard 17-inch wheels nice and provide good

The Solara convertible is probably to be a relatively low-volume vehicle and I demand will be high. just started, so you will to be patient. When a carmaker the product and lowers the price, wins.


The base of the SSR is $41,370. Options on the test car heated seats, electrochromic mirrors, Bose AM/FM with six-disc CD player and seats. The sticker price was

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