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2008 Toyota Corolla

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2008 Toyota Corolla Review

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Looking for an inexpensive car that offers a lot for the money? Consider the 2008 Toyota Corolla Sedan. While it may be a bit more expensive than some competitors, the Corolla has an exemplary history (38 years to be exact) of quality, longevity and reliability, not to mention a minimal appetite for fuel. Still, some shoppers will inevitably turn to the less-expensive and better-equipped models from Hyundai, Kia and Suzuki. But, buyer beware; for as these cars appear to offer more features and better styling for less money up front, when it comes trade-in time the Corolla owner will be laughing all the way to the bank.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a compact sedan with a reputation for reliability, great resale value and good fuel economy, the 2008 Toyota Corolla tops a very short list.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a small sedan with cutting-edge styling and a long list of standard features, the Corolla may not be your cup of tea. Those looking for a more stylish interior and the latest high-end options might want to check out the Mazda Mazda3 or Volkswagen Rabbit.

What's New for 2008

No major changes for 2008.

Driving the Corolla

Driving Impressions No matter which trim level you choose, you'll get the same peppy 1.8-liter engine and five-speed manual transmission. Rated at 126 horsepower, the Corolla's engine uses a number of high-tech...

features to help it move quickly while sipping fuel at a miserly pace. Even with the optional four-speed automatic, the Corolla feels relatively quick on level surfaces, though it does struggle a bit in high elevations or with a carload of people onboard. On the road, you'll find the 2008 Toyota Corolla a joy to drive. Its stable suspension returns a smooth ride, yet it's able to negotiate quick maneuvers without any loss of composure. Keep in mind the Corolla is not a sports car, but driven within reason the Corolla will always go where you point it and stop when you tell it to stop.

Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
The auto-dimming rearview mirror, optional on the LE grade, includes a built-in compass.

Optional Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
Perhaps the most important safety feature since the invention of the airbag, VSC can help avoid accidents by keeping the car traveling in its intended direction.

2008 Toyota Corolla Details
2008 Toyota Corolla photo Interior

The 2008 Toyota Corolla touts a beautifully-detailed cabin with firm, supportive seats, grade-A quality plastics and a rear seat that can actually accommodate two adults in relative comfort. As with most cars in this class, the radio and heating controls are placed in the center section for ease of operation, though with the Corolla you may find that operating the radio requires a bit of a reach. There are bins and storage compartments galore, including four separate cup holders.

Exterior

The Corolla features a tall body that raises the bumper height a few inches, a feature that comes in handy when tapping bumpers with today's monster SUVs. The styling is subtle but pleasant. The sporty S model looks the best of the three trims, but offers no additional horsepower or performance enhancements.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Corolla CE features a 1.8-liter engine, five-speed manual transmission, air conditioning, rear defroster, digital clock, automatic headlamp control, power mirrors, AM/FM stereo with CD, tilt wheel, tachometer and full wheel covers. The S trim adds ground effects, fog lights, six-speaker stereo, red illuminated instruments and chrome accents. The LE adds wood trim, power windows, Optitron instrumentation and remote keyless entry.

Optional Equipment

Options vary by trim and include power windows, power locks, remote keyless entry, four-speed automatic transmission, rear spoiler, alloy wheels, power moonroof, auto-dimming inside mirror, anti-lock brakes (ABS), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), audio upgrades, front side-impact airbags, front and rear side-curtain airbags and cruise control. There are also a number of dealer and port-installed options that vary in price depending on region.

Under the Hood

The Corolla's 1.8-liter engine remains one of the best in the industry. Though it's no hot rod, there is enough pep under the hood to move the Corolla briskly and the engine's miserly fuel consumption is among the best in this class.

1.8-liter in-line 4
126 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
122 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 28/37 (manual), 26/35 (automatic)

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2008 Toyota Corolla Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.1
Out of 10

Based on 1304 Ratings for the 2003 - 2008 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.3/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

Great car! Love it! Don't want to loose it!

By on Thursday, December 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great car, get it."

Cons: "None."

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

"This car is wonderful. The interior design is pretty, c, lean, smooth in design, and very comfortable. The storage area has been perfect for me when camping or moving. The car also has high safety ratings, but side airbags came in in later models. Otherwise, this car is great. Great gas mileage, reasonable repair costs, trustworthy on the road for long distance, or city driving. I trust this car and feel safe in it. I will have to trade it in soon, but dred that. I don't like the new Toyota's at all. They are ugly."

Amazing!

By on Monday, December 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 298,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Inexpensive, good on gas, reliable"

Cons: "not suitable for adult rear passengers"

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

"This car has run non-stop since the day I purchased it. It has only needed typical maintenance. At close to 300k miles I am moving on to a new car only because the interior is getting too cramped for my growing children (now teenagers)."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Dependable, sporty, and very economical

By on Saturday, November 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

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

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

"Bought this car because of its sporty look, have had no mechanical problems, and believe it has held its value well."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Very Good Vehicle

By on Monday, November 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,100

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great gas mileage, great price, exc. safety featur"

Cons: "No radio controls on steering wheel"

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

"I bought my 2005 Toyota Corolla LE in October 2004. I've done all the maintenance requirements. And replaced tires, oil changes, cabin filters, and head light bulb replacements. My only unexpected repairs were replacement of the 5-disk CD player with AM/FM unit in the cars 3rd year (dealership had to order it & it took 3 weeks for it to come in and to swap out.) And 6 months to get back the CD's back from broken unit! Another issue is the digital clock stopped working and no one could fix it. And finally, the front upper console drawer door's spring went bad. It would have cost $300 to replace, so I had the door removed. Other than the cosmetic and entertainment issues, this car hasn't needed any major repairs. Gas mileage is superb. With snow tires this car takes on New England winters!"

7 people out of 14 found this review helpful

9th generation best

By on Friday, October 31, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 69,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "perfect blend of power and economy"

Cons: "none. Not one"

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

"Of all Corollas built, the ninth generation (2003-2009)is the best hands down. With the introduction of the 1ZZ FE, an engine with no peers for reliability. Starts first time every time. Toyota implemented some cost-cutting for the 2010 Corolla, little things like the rubber strip, much like a windshield wiper blade in doors to wipe window when put down. The new Corollas get less economy than my 2006. Engineering and material quality was not cut on 9th generation, superior to most cars much more expensive. The 1.8 Liter is plenty peppy for getting on an on-ramp or passing. But for the record, on certain 2-lane road I use often people travel way too fast and if I get behind a truck and have patience, hang back at 50 and stay alive. But if I needed the power, the 1.8 is the perfect blend of power and economy. I have considered a new Camry but intend to drive my Corolla until the wheels fall off, which will be a very long time"

16 people out of 21 found this review helpful

Best car ever!

By on Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 213,000

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
9/10
Comfort
8/10

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

"Have put over 80,000 miles on this car- bought it used. Have only had to have one small 100 dollar fix on it the entire time of owning it. Always reliable- and gets great gas mileage! Have never owned such a reliable vehicle until this one!"

8 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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