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2007 Toyota Solara Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by rpm1200

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Reviewed: 2007 Toyota Solara

2dr Convertible 210-horsepower 3.3L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Why the 2007 Toyota Solara?

Quietness

The Solara is remarkably quiet with the top down. There is little noise from the engine/exhaust and even less from the tires. Wind noise is also well controlled. The Pontiac was not excessively loud, but the Toyota was much quieter.

Ride smoothness

Both cars were pretty smooth during the test drive, but the Toyota did a better job absorbing small bumps. Neither car felt unsettled or shaky during the test drive. Upon further driving, the Toyota does exhibit cowl shake under some conditions.

Feature availability

The Toyota Solara SLE is much better equipped than the Pontiac G6 GT. The Toyota has heated leather seats, automatic climate control, HID projector low beams and a 6-disc MP3/WMA-compatible CD changer.

Safety & braking

Neither car has an active roll-over protection system as seen in the Volvo C70, Saab 9-3, VW Eos, BMW 3-series, etc. However, the Toyota does have large, non-adjustable rear head restraints for the same purpose.

Exterior styling

The Solara felt more "convertible" than the Pontiac did with both cars' tops down. In my normal driving position, the Toyota headliner is in front of me, not over my head, so I see plenty of sky over my head.

This review was originally a two-car comparison review. Read the other half here.

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