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Toyota, Toyota Camry Solara, Coupe, Convertible
Jul 08, 2003 (9:34 am)
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Inc., and Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC are pleased to provide you with pricing for the 2004 Camry Solara which goes on sale in mid-August. Pricing for Solara will be announced to the public on July 8th, 2003.
Sportier, more powerful, more refined and larger, inside and out, than its predecessor, the second generation Solara is the most American of any Toyota with product planning, technical and styling development managed in the U.S. and production exclusively in Georgetown, Kentucky.
The 2004 Solara will offer a choice of a 3.3-liter V6 or a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. The new 3.3-liter V6 generates 225 horsepower and 240 lb.-ft. of torque, significant improvements from the current 3.0-liter engine. V6 models will also have an all-new five-speed automatic sequential transmission.
Solara will be available in SE, SE Sport and SLE grades, each with a unique interior treatment and feature content. The SE grade features metallic silver-style trim and includes the following standard equipment:
· Air conditioning with air filtration
· 16” alloy wheels with P215/60R16 tires
· Tilt / telescopic steering wheel
· Steering wheel mounted audio and multi-information display controls
· Driver and passenger front seat-mounted side airbags
· Deluxe AM/FM/CD with 6 speakers
· Color-keyed outside door handles and outside mirrors
· Fog lamps
· Power windows with driver-side auto up/down, door locks and mirrors
· 60/40 Split folding rear seat
· Tire Pressure Warning
· Cruise control
· Keyless entry
The 2004 SE four-cylinder starts at $19,120 with a manual transmission, $245 less than the 2003 MSRP. With an automatic transmission, the SE four-cylinder MSRP is $19,950, or $215 below the 2003 model. The 2004 SE V6 has been positioned $1,035 below last year’s model with a starting MSRP of $21,450.
New for 2004, the SE Sport model will appeal to the younger buyer looking for a sportier Solara with a more aggressive appearance and feel. SE Sport is differentiated from SE models by the following equipment (in addition to or replacing SE equipment):
· Body kit and rear spoiler
· 17” alloy wheels with P215/55R17 performance or all-season tires
· Sport-tuned suspension
· Leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob and parking brake handle
· Black graphite-style interior trim
· Dark charcoal color interior
· Aluminum sport pedal covers
· Sport instrument panel with unique sport gauges
Four-cylinder SE Sport models start at $20,615 with the manual transmission and $21,445 with the automatic. The new 3.3-liter V6 SE Sport starts at $22,945.
The luxurious SLE grade is available with either a V6 or a four-cylinder engine and includes the following standard features (in addition to or in place of SE grade):
· 17” alloy wheels with P215/55R17 tires (V6 models)
· JBL 3-in-1 with 6-CD in-dash changer, XM Satellite Radio capability, 270 watts maximum output and 8 speakers in 6 locations
· Perforated leather-trimmed heated seats with 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat (V6 models)
· Power driver seat (L4 models)
· Heated outside mirrors
· Auto-dimming rear view mirror with compass
· Driver’s side outside electrochromic mirror
· Auto climate control with air filtration
· Anti-theft system
Despite significant increases in standard equipment, the SLE V6 starts at $25,995, or only $1,320 above last year’s model. The newly available SLE four-cylinder model has a base MSRP of $22,995.
Jul 08, 2003 (11:05 am)
Thanks sbell, as usual, you are very helpful.
Impressive list of std. equip for the price-even more so than the Camry 4 door. Any word on equip upgrades for the 4 door for 2004? Can you confirm the 3.3L V6 going into the Camry SE model. Sorry to pick your brain!
Jul 08, 2003 (12:06 pm)
Thank you for the wonderful information sbell. Now I just have to decide if I can wait it out until March to get the new convertible.
Jul 08, 2003 (3:23 pm)
woodgrain trim on steering wheel, doors, or dashboard? Thanks for the info.
Jul 08, 2003 (3:24 pm)
Get the Chrysler Sebring. It is the BEST convertible!!! It is luxurious in Limited and LXi. It is beautiful and is available NOW. Plus it has LOTS of room.
Jul 08, 2003 (7:39 pm)
Great info. Interesting to see they're offering the steering wheel stereo controls. This is a nice feature on the Accord.
Are there any good pics of the new Solara anywhere (other than the Toyota web site)?
#28 of 672 sebring or solara
Jul 08, 2003 (8:07 pm)
liberty, I've heard both good and bad about both the solara and sebring. I'm kind of going with the toyota name (camry especially) and the higher resale value on the solara. Also the sebring is more expensive. What makes it so much better? I'm hearing lots of complaints on the message boards. Another thing is the lack of Solaras out there, I don't know whether to take that as if they are not good cars, or that people just don't know about them - there are a lot of sebrings on the road now.
Jul 08, 2003 (8:55 pm)
Thanks. Any option packages on the SLE? Memory seats, dual climate control? Do you have the dimensions and weight?
Jul 09, 2003 (8:33 am)
Belive me, everyone knows about the Solara. It is a Toyota and everyone always looks to Honda and Toyota first (except me). The Sebring has had great reliability and is selling well due to its beautiful styling, roominess, luxuriousness, and cheapness. It is a lot LESS expensive similarly equipped to a SLE (the LXi trim is equal to SLE actually). The Sebring also has the largest trunk of any convertible out there. Go with the Sebring, you'll LOVE it.
#31 of 672 libertycat
Jul 09, 2003 (9:48 am)
Try and make claims then cite sources to back up your claim. Can you name a publication or cite which substantiates your claim that the Sebrign has outstanding reliability. And watch out on pricing- the new Solara SLE V6 is 26K with nearly everything standard (NAV and curtains are options). I would expect that the convertible be about 2K more, bringing a very well equipped model to 28K base. Sebring convertibles def. get that high.