How much can a Toyota Solara tow?

In this article, we will answer the following question: How much can a Toyota Solara tow?  We will review the towing capacity of each Toyota Solara model and discuss engine performance and behaviour on the road while towing with a Solara. 

How much can a Toyota Solara tow?

A Toyota Solara can tow between 1,500 and 2,000 lbs, depending on the model year and specs. The exact weight capacity that your Solara can tow will be found in the vehicle’s manual under the towing capacity section. You can also see the table below for more details.

Toyota Solara Towing Capacity and Specs

Toyota SolaraTowing CapacitySpecs
1998-1999 2,000 lbsEngine: 2.2 L 4-cylinder, 3.0 L V6Curb weight: 3,120 to 3,265 lbsHorsepower: 135 to 200 hp
20002,000 lbsEngine: 2.2 L 4-cylinder, 3.0 L V6​​Curb weight: 3,120 to 3,305 lbsHorsepower: 135 to 200 hp
20012,000 lbsEngine: 2.2 L 4-cylinder, 3.0 L V6Curb weight: 3,120 to 3,305 lbsHorsepower: 135 to 200 hp
20022,000 lbsEngine: 2.4 L 4-cylinder, 3.0 L V6Horsepower: 157 to 200 hpCurb weight: 3,120 to 3,472 lbs
20032,000 lbsEngine: 2.4 L 4-cylinder, 3.0 L V6Horsepower: 157 to 198 hpCurb weight: 3,120 to 3,472 lbs
20042,000 lbsEngine: 2.4 L 4-cylinder, 3.3 L V6Horsepower: 157 to 225 hpCurb weight: 3,175 to 3,549 lbs
20052,000 lbsEngine: 2.4 L 4-cylinder, 3.3 L V6Horsepower: 157 to 225 hpCurb weight: 3,175 to 3,582 lbs
20062,000 lbsEngine: 2.4 L 4-cylinder, 3.3 L V6Horsepower: 157 to 225 hpCurb weight: 3,175 to 3,582 lbs
200071,500 lbsEngine: 2.4 L 4-cylinder, 3.3 L V6Horsepower: 155 to 210 hpCurb weight: 3,185 to 3,615 lbs
20081,500 lbsEngine: 2.4 L 4-cylinder, 3.3 L V6Horsepower: 155 to 210 hpCurb weight: 3,185 to 3,615 lbs

The pros and cons of towing with a Toyota Solara

The Toyota Solara is sometimes reminiscent of a Jeep TJ. Surprised by the comparison? In fact, these are two rather specialized vehicles. The TJ feels like a fish in the mud and gravel in water, while on a highway it is clumsy and difficult to drive.

 Likewise, the Toyota Solara is not really made for the highway where it puts its occupants to sleep. But roll it peacefully along a river on a beautiful summer day and you’ll see a new face for it. And that face becomes downright radiant if it’s the convertible!

The Camry Solara is arguably Toyota’s weirdest car ever since the Celica was discontinued. Not that she’s ugly. The front part presents headlights elongated upwards which inevitably recall the slanted eyes of children imitating an Asian. The rear part, very rounded, displays in its middle a small bulge which comes, fortunately, to cut this interminable radius. But, again, it’s the elongated fires that catch the eye.

 The very arched roofline and the smooth sides give the coupe a very special look, no doubt because of the more or less happy proportions. The convertible, launched in the spring of 2004, displays the same lines but the absence of a roof considerably improves the look… except when the canvas roof is raised, but that is another story and we’ll come back to that!

The coupe version comes to us in three presentation levels, i.e. four-cylinder SE, SE V6 and SLE V6 while the convertible comes in SE V6 and SLE V6 livery. The SE V6 is new this year as, until last year, the convertible was only sold in the most luxurious version. Toyota’s decision to offer a slightly lower level of accessories for its convertible will reach more consumers. Consumers with greying hair for the most part since the handling of the Solara is not very sporty despite the pretensions of the body.

The pros of towing with a Toyota Solara:

  • Impeccable reliability
  • Spacious interior
  • Comfort assured
  • Smooth and powerful V6

The cons of towing with a Toyota Solara:

  • Not great towing capacity
  • Flexible chassis (convertible)
  • The automatic version is sometimes slow
  • Numb steering
  • Soft suspensions.

Toyota Solara: engine and towing behaviour

The base Solara (SE) is powered by the Camry’s 2.4-litre four-cylinder (in fact, if we’re talking about a Camry Solara, all of the Solara’s mechanical parts come from the Camry). This engine produces 157 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque. Even if this power is a little tight compared to the weight of the car, we cannot accuse this engine of not working hard. 

But performance is below industry standards. All other versions of the coupe and convertible are powered by the Camry’s other engine, a 3.3-litre V6, boasting 225 horsepower and torque to match. This engine provides lively performance, but the torque effect is quite significant. Remember, this is traction, and under brisk acceleration, the front wheels tend to lose contact with the ground. Under these conditions, a bump can cause the wheels to spin and, in extreme cases, cause loss of control.

Trying to drive a Solara sportily while towing a camper is more a matter of recklessness than knowledge of piloting. Due to a chassis lacking in rigidity (however, the Camry is developed on this same frame and its rigidity is never questioned …) and suspensions resolutely focused on comfort, the body leans quite a bit when cornering and under- happily turns. On the other hand, comfort is preserved and the silence in the cabin is impressive.

If the Coupe version does not live up to expectations, one would be inclined to believe that the convertible is of the same type. Despite an even less rigid chassis which further affects handling and comfort, it is not. In fact, the car is so placid that you just don’t want to drive sportily! 

Although the photos rarely show the convertible top, we can safely say that it does have one, which seriously affects rear visibility and is the source of annoying wind noise. But once lowered (an electrical operation of barely 11 seconds, which is remarkable), it is as if a new world opens up to us! However, rear visibility continues to be a problem.

Regardless of the model, the living space is surprising and the quality of the finish commands respect. However, getting in and out of the rear takes a lot of physical planning… The beautiful dashboard requires at least a one-night test: the gauges, all in blue-trimmed, impress.

By improving its offering for the convertible, Toyota seems to mean that the Solara is not going to go away. Toyota would just have to warn buyers that they have an arch visible car in their hands, more comfortable on a beautiful, well-paved boulevard than on a bumpy highway.

The bottom line

Toyota Solara was discontinued as of 2009, but you can still find some models on the second-hand market. If you are an owner of a Toyota Solara, we’d love to hear from you! What’s your driving experience like? Have you towed with a Toyota Solara before? Please feel free to get in contact! 

FAQ on How much can a Toyota Solara tow?

How much can a Toyota Camry tow?

A Toyota Camry can tow either 2645 lbs or 3527 lbs, depending on the vehicle specifications and version.  Since its introduction in 1984, the Camry has been at the top of the midsize sedan lineup. It attracts a loyal clientele looking for reliable, comfortable and hassle-free transportation. Over the years, it has obviously become gentrified, so much so that today, some versions are true luxury cars.

How much can a 2002 Toyota Camry tow?

A 2002 Toyota Camry can tow up to 3500 lbs, which means it will perform great in pulling a small pop-up camper, travel trailer, boat, or even a snowboard. Please see the table below for more specific information. 

How much can a 2003 Toyota Camry tow?

Depending on the car specifications, a 2003 Toyota Camry can tow up to 3500 lbs. While towing with a 2003 Camry, always remember that the vehicle is carrying extra weight. 

Can a Camry tow a pop up camper?

Yes, a Toyota Camry could easily tow a pop-up camper, as they weigh only about 300 kilograms (650 lbs). Still, keep in mind that towing can be dangerous if you don’t take it seriously. 

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