New Car Test Drive

2001 Toyota Camry Solara

Two-doors, coupe or convertible, and a sweet V6.

By Albert Hall

Model Line Overview

Base Price (MSRP)$18,965
As Tested (MSRP)$27,270

Model lineupSE 4-cylinder ($18,965); SE V6 ($21,675); SLE V6 ($26,165); SE 4-cylinder convertible ($25,095); SE V6 convertible ($28,035); SLE V6 convertible ($30,515)
Engines135-hp 2.2-liter 16v four-cylinder; 200-hp 3.0-liter dohc 24v V6
Transmissions5-speed manual; 4-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard)Dual airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters standard; front side-impact airbags, traction control optional; anti-lock brake system optional on four-cylinder, standard with V6
Safety equipment (optional)N/A
Basic warranty3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled inCambridge, Ontario

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP)Solara SLE ($25,165)
Standard equipmentEight-way power-adjustable driver seat, leather upholstery, 16-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler, remote keyless entry, ABS, integrated fog lamps, power windows and locks, power heated side-view mirrors, air conditioning, cruise control, tilt steering wheel, JBL Premium AM/FM/cassette/CD
Options as tested (MSRP)none
Destination charge($455)
Gas guzzler taxN/A
Price as tested (MSRP)$27,270
Layoutfront-wheel drive
Engine3.0-liter dohc 24v V6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)200 @ 5200
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm)214 @ 4400
Transmission4-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy21/28 mpg
Wheelbase105.1 in.
Length/width/height190/71.1/55.1 in.
Track, f/r60.8/59.8 in.
Turning circle38.1 ft.
Seating capacity5
Head/hip/leg room, f38.3/53.6/43.3 in.
Head/hip/leg room, mN/A in.
Head/hip/leg room, r36.3/49.3/35.2 in.
Cargo volume13.8 cu. ft.
Towing capacity2000 Lbs.
Suspension, fIndependent
Suspension, rIndependent
Ground clearance5.3 in.
Curb weight3265 Lbs.
Brakes, f/rdisc/disc with ABS
Fuel capacity18.5 gal.

Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of October 12, 2009.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable.