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2008 Toyota Camry

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2008 Toyota Camry Review

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Largely due to its solid reputation for quality and reliability, Toyota's midsize Camry has been the best-selling car in America for eight of the past nine years. A thorough makeover last year enhances the Camry's ability to keep its throne, although the new Honda Accord looks to be a keen competitor. The 2008 Toyota Camry is the most curvaceous model to date, with an abundance of interior room and marked improvements in the areas of steering, braking, handling and ride comfort (although in the sportier SE the tuning is biased more toward crisper handling response). Engine choices include a 158-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder or a 268-horsepower 3.5-liter V6.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want a safe choice of a much-improved but still conservative mainstream midsize Japanese family sedan, the 2008 Toyota Camry is for you.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you want something less conservative and more distinctive or an equivalent domestic sedan, you may prefer the new Ford Fusion or Chevrolet Malibu.

What's New for 2008

No major changes for 2008.

Driving the Camry

Driving Impressions The 2008 Toyota Camry drives much like most family sedans, not too sporty and not too soft. The base car tends toward the soft side, but the LE and XLE...

are crisper and more athletic. Most fun to drive, at least on smooth roads, is the lower and stiffer SE sport model, which has added structural bracing, firmer springs, shock absorbers, bushings and anti-roll bars, better steering feel and even an underbody aerodynamic treatment for enhanced high-speed stability. The latest Toyota four-cylinder engine provides adequate power with good fuel economy, while the muscular V6 is a powerhouse, good for a zero to 60-miles-per-hour burst in less than seven seconds.

Plasmacluster Ionizer HVAC
According to Toyota the dual-zone automatic climate system standard on the XLE and Hybrid reduces airborne odors, mold spores, microbes, fungi, germs and bacteria inside the cabin by creating positive and negative ions that seek out and surround them.

Star Safety System
The standard integrated braking system includes ABS, Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA). Seven airbags are also standard, but Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with traction control is optional.

2008 Toyota Camry Details
2008 Toyota Camry photo Interior

Like the exterior, the Camry's interior is more modern and stylish than in past versions. The windshield base is far forward, allowing for a low two-tier instrument panel. The seatbacks feature a slimmed-down design and front-seat adjustment travel is generous. Larger footwells and a half-inch increase in legroom over the 2006 model better accommodate rear-seat occupants; rear seatbacks recline in XLE models. Instruments are large and legible, with differing illumination depending on the trim level. The controls are easy to read and operate, storage cubbies are plentiful and there are two 12-volt outlets in the console.

Exterior

The 2008 Toyota Camry's appearance is a departure from the upright styles of previous generations. Sharing Toyota's swoopier new sedan look with its larger stablemate Avalon and upscale cousin Lexus ES, the Camry's length is unchanged, but its stance is more stable with its wheels pushed farther toward the corners—the wheelbase is 2.2-inches longer and front and rear tracks are 1.2-inches wider. Its hood, flanks and decklid surfaces have a complexity and character not seen in previous Camrys, and its headlights are the high-tech projector-beam style. Toyota calls the Camry "athletic and modern," and we don't disagree, although the sporty SE, with its lower ride height on bigger wheels and tires, black honeycomb grille, smoked headlamps and aero appendages, looks much more athletic than the other models.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base CE offers power mirrors/locks/windows, air conditioning with a pollen filter, cruise control, tilt/telescopic wheel, auto on/off halogen headlamps, daytime running lights, 60/40-split fold-down rear seat, 16-inch wheels and six-speaker 160-watt digital audio with CD-MP3 and auxiliary input jack. Standard safety features include Toyota's Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) seats, four-wheel disc brakes with Antilock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist and seven air bags. The uplevel LE adds an eight-way power driver's seat, remote keyless entry and the option of a V6 engine. The top-level XLE adds alloy wheels, 440-watt eight-speaker premium audio with six-disc CD and Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather interior (V6 only), wood-grain trim, a power moonroof, four-way power passenger's seat and a 40/20/40 reclining rear seat (with fixed center pass-through). The very well-equipped Hybrid gets most of this plus push-button start.

Optional Equipment

Probably to encourage buyers to move up to other models, the only substantial option available on the base Camry is the highly recommended Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with traction control, which is also available on LE, SE and XLE. Additional major options for most of these models include a JBL premium audio system with Bluetooth, power moonroof, leather interior, heated seats, navigation system and the "Smart Key System" with push-button start (on the XLE with V6).

Under the Hood

The 2008 Toyota Camry features a standard DOHC 16-valve 2.4-liter Variable Valve Timing "with intelligence" (VVT-i) four-cylinder engine and an optional new DOHC 24-valve VVT-i V6. The Hybrid model marries a 147-horsepower Atkinson-cycle version of the four-cylinder to a 40-horsepower electric motor.

2.4-liter in-line 4
158 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
161 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/31 (manual), 21/31 (automatic)

3.5-liter V6
268 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
248 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/28

2.4-liter in-line 4 with Permanent Magnetic Synchronous Electric Motor
147 horsepower @ 6000 rpm / 40 horsepower @ 4500 rpm (187 combined horsepower)
138 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm / 199 lb.-ft. of torque @ 0-1500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 33/34

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2008 Toyota Camry Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 1602 Ratings for the 2007 - 2011 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    8.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

LOVE my camry

By on Friday, July 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Dependable, fun, holds it's value."

Cons: "None that I've found."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I am a long time Toyota owner. I thought about trying something different last time, and drove similar cars, but ultimately came back to my Toyotas. This is the first Camry (I've had 3 Supra's, one Forerunner and a Toyota truck)and I love it. The performance, power, agility, gas mileage...everything is just what I was expecting. I've had it since 2010 and not planning to trade any time soon."

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Great, reliable car!

By on Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,500

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "gas mileage, comfort, reliability, quiet"

Cons: "A bit on the large side"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have had my 2009 Camry since 2011 and it has never needed anything but oil changes, and air filters. It runs like the day I got it. I even had it parked for 6 months while I was away and when I returned it started right up just like it had been sitting for 6 minutes! The car is definitely the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned. I went through a few Fords before my Toyota Corolla, then upgraded to the Camry when I could afford it. I love it and I will never get rid of it!"

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Great quiet environmentally friendly Vehicle!

By on Thursday, July 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "very comfortable, quiet, easy to drive"

Cons: "can think of none."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car is extremely comfortable, reliable and quiet. It responds very quickly when needed. Never has been in an accident. Gets very good mileage."

11 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Incredible reliability

By on Wednesday, July 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 103,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "reliability, gas mileage"

Cons: "no stability control"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"With 103,000 miles and no repairs other than replacing front struts at 100,000 miles, I can honestly say this is the absolute best and most reliable vehicle I have ever owned. I own the 4 cylinder LE model and consistently get 30 miles per gallon. Car has no squeaks or rattles and that is saying something after driving on Michigan roads. My only complaint is that Toyota did not put the traction control on vehicles until the 2010 model year and mine is the 2009."

10 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Best car I ever owned

By on Sunday, June 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Reliable, practable good gas milage"

Cons: "arm rest to short and low"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"In 75000 miles, I had no major or minor problems. I serviced this car every 5000 miles as required. Reliable, Good quality, average about 25 MPG Con: For a tall person, the steering wheel doesn't come out far enough. Right arm rest is to short and to low. I improvised."

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Would only trade for another Camry

By on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Extremely comfortable smooth fun ride"

Cons: "Stiff accelerator on take off (maybe just mine)"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Super comfortable, smooth ride. Doors open SUPER wide which is great, unless you have small kids or the wind is blowing hard in a close parking lot! Even the 4 cylinder 2.5 ltr has more than enough power for any car need. Even when driving through mountains maintaining speeds of 75+ mph is easy without having to kick it into passing gear. The car is very manuverable, easy to put in tight spaces. The accelerator is a bit stiff when first pulling out, but smooth as silk afterward. I absolutely love my Camry. They are a tad pricey, but well worth the extra $$'s. A friend had a Mazda 3. Borrowed my Camry to drive her grandson (in carseat) on long trip because carseat wouldn't even fit in her car. Said the Camry made the 500 mile trip pleasurable. So she traded her Mazda for a Fusion. The headrests push your head so far forward you're almost looking at the floor! I love the angle of the Camry headrests. Very easy to nap on!"

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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