I'm torn between this and the Accord coupe. (V6 models for both)
I probably like the Solara interior and softer ride, but the Accord seems to
"drive" better (stronger acceleration, more deliberate shifts).
I really didn't like that the Solara hesitated to upshift upon more throttle
application. Has anyone else noticed this?
Additionally, the LX V6 is still about $1,500 to $2,000 more than the Solara
The dealership near my house has one LX V6 left, and apparently it's the
only one in the 5-state region I'm in (upper Midwest). If it disappears
during my period of indecision, I'll be getting the Solara.
Only on the looks of the cars. The Solara is a flowing design, very smooth.
It reminds me of a girl car. I think only girls look good in it. However
it is distinctive looking and easily distinguished from other cars.
The Accord coupe looks like a Mitsubishi Eclipse or Hyundai Tiburon. It
looks like almost every other wedge-shaped coupe out there. Even worse, the
Accord sedan looks like a hyena. The back end is too short for the rest of
I have not driven the new Solara, but have driven the new Accord. If
you are short, the Accord might suit you better. Its seats are true
buckets, and they support the body well.
Solara's interior styling is nicer, in my view. The dials, the
metalic trim, The "zig zag" shifter, etc. But you can only get the
Accord with V6, 6 Speed manual!
I have a 2004 Solara sitting in the shop right now with transmission
failure (756 miles) so it's not only Accords that have them My 2002
Solara had it transmission replaced at just a little over 3 thousand
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