The top-of-the-line Camry Solara coupe for 2008, the SLE combines a smooth ride, mechanical refinements, and Toyota quality with an expanded list of standard features. Climbing behind the leather-wrapped steering wheel, drivers will find such features as wood-grain-style interior trim, a leather-wrapped shift knob and parking brake handle, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and a CFC-free automatic climate control system with rear vents.
A power tilt/slide moonroof adds an upscale feel, while halogen headlights, heated exterior mirrors, a rear spoiler, and a stainless steel exhaust tip help set the SLE apart from its siblings in the Camry Solara lineup.
The Camry Solara SLE also comes with such essential safety features as antilock brakes, front and rear side curtain airbags, and a direct tire-pressure monitoring system.
Other standard features include power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry, cruise control, an AM/FM sound system with an in-dash six-disc CD changer and an MP3 input jack, and solar-energy-absorbing glass, which helps keep the car's interior cooler on sunny days.
The front-wheel-drive Camry Solara SLE comes standard with a 157-horsepower, 2.4-liter VVT-i four-cylinder engine, which is adequate but hardly impressive, according to some drivers and reviewers. A 210-horsepower, 3.3-liter VVT-i V6 can be selected as an option, and it's a better choice for drivers who are seeking more power. Both engines link to either a five-speed manual overdrive transmission or a five-speed automatic.
The Camry Solara SLE borrows its underpinnings and basic design from the standard Camry sedan, but adds a sleeker roofline, a tighter suspension, and a more responsive rack-and-pinion steering system.