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2003 Toyota Camry Solara

2003 Toyota Camry Solara
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The 2003 Toyota Camry Solara is a convertible up-level Toyota 2-door based on the Camry platform. A useful and attractive alternative to Camry owners who wish to enhance their driving experience, this is one car that will convey the joy of the cruise, no matter which version you pick out for yourself. The Solara is designed to offer performance components, sexy styling, power and interior luxury in a convertible car that won't break the bank. Remarkably, the designers at Toyota have managed to produce a car with that difficult and contradictory selection of characteristics.

Available Models
The 2003 Toyota Camry Solara comes in three models. The base level 4-cyl SE, which comes as either Coupe or Convertible, the sporty SE V6, which comes with more power and interior features and finally, the top level SLE, a luxury oriented touring car where they pull out all the stops.

Interior Features
The 2003 Toyota Camry Solara has a high standard of luxury in all models, even the base SE 4-cyl. Many items are included as standard equipment that many similarly priced and styled cars offer only as an optional extra. For example, the Solara has standard cruise control, air conditioning and a 3-in1 AM/FM/CD player. This luxury level is further enhanced by the power convertible roof and other power features; door locks, windows, steering and side mirrors.

The SLE trim level, oriented toward luxury fittings is even plusher. Leather upholstery, an 8-way power driver seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and automatic climate control all combine to make this vehicle representative of the high level of luxury Toyota can achieve without sacrificing affordability. The selection of standard interior amenities at this level is topped off by the JBL audio system but it doesn't stop there. Many smaller items and details make up the standards and the options make for even more consumer choice.

Exterior Features
The exterior styling of the convertible Solara is classic and considered as is to be expected from a car that is supposed to be seen as well as driven. The basic Camry form lends itself well to this incarnation. When it is tricked-out with all the sporty details the Camry has in the closet, that is, with a rear spoiler, fog lights, alloy wheels and wide, low profile 205/60R16 tires, the Solara leaves the Camry behind. Add the rakish swept-back effect of the convertible and you have a Tourer in the classic tradition.

The two engine choices for the 2003 Toyota Camry Solara are a 2.4-liter DOHC 4-cyl engine that produces 157 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 162 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,000 rpm. Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) makes for excellent low- and mid-range power. This equates to a manoeuvrable ride with ample merging and passing power at highway speeds. A 5-speed manual transmission comes as standard but a four-speed electronic automatic transmission "with intelligence" (4ECT-i) is available at the SE grade.

The SE V6 and the SLE (V6 also) share an overhead cam 3.0-liter that produces 192 hp at 5,300 rpm and 209 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,400 rpm. The V6 models are standard equipped with the 4ECT-I automatic transmission. These are efficient engines that are favoured by ULEV certification.

Safety and Security
The three models have slightly different safety portfolios. The base SE has some good features with 4-wheel disc brakes, dual front airbags and daytime running lights. Optional front-side airbags and antilock brakes are available on the SE while the ABS brakes are standard on the SE V6. The SLE has both of the above but it adds traction control, a safety option that isn't offered on any other grade.

2003 Toyota Camry Solara Highlights

The rigid unitized body incorporates engineering attributes shared with luxury cars to help isolate occupants from noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).
The body's low 0.31 coefficient of drag (Cd) helps to minimize wind noise, which is further held in check by foam filler in the roof and pillar panels. Vibration-damping and noise-suppressant material is used throughout the cabin, as well as in the wheel housings, dash panel and trunk. Green-tinted high solar energy-absorbing (HSEA) glass significantly reduces infrared and ultraviolet rays, helping to keep the cabin cooler and protect the interior materials from fading.
The available appearance package lends a sporty accent to the SE grade. Available with the charcoal interior, the package includes a unique three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel, black interior trim, a perforated leather-wrapped shift knob and black pearl exterior badges.
The Camry Solara offers one of the few convertibles in the segment. Its power-retractable top, available in black or camel, has a full fabric headliner and large glass rear window with defroster. The rear quarter windows lower automatically with the top.

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Fast Stats
MSRP from
2.4L 4-Cylinder
3.0L V6
157 @ 5,600
198 @ 5,300
4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
MPG: City/Hwy
2.4L auto: 24/32
2.4L man.: 24/33
3.0L auto: 20/28

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