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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 1350 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

incredible vehicle

By on Saturday, July 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 148,154

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
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "awesome.. simpl awesome"

Cons: "clutch has to be mashed to the florboard or yo ca"

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

"148,000 miles on it and all I have had to do (other than the standard oil changes, tires, wipers etc.)is 1 set of spark plugs, 3 headlights(Canadian version so light runny all the time) and a serpentine belt. The brakes are STILL original and have no pulsation. At 6'4" I found the legroom limiting, so I pulled the seat out, built two rails that I mounted into the floor bolts, then after drilling holes in the rails, bolted the seat 3 inches back on the rails, so I now have a 3 passenger Corolla but have more legroom than the biggest gas guzzling SUV!!! Setting the cruise control at 62 mph I can get 42.8 mpg. At 62 this is only the 5th car I've bought(I try to get a quarter million miles out of my cars) and drive 20,000 miles /year and this is by far the best car I've ever owned."

Well made vehicle and served it's purpose.

By on Thursday, July 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "$$ and worth every penny."

Cons: "None."

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

"Excellent ride. Family gets bigger you need bigger car but I would keep it until it doesn't't run anymore."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Best car I've ever owned!

By on Wednesday, July 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 190,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Good shape, good mileage"

Cons: "High miles"

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

"This is my favorite of any car I have owned. It has run like a top and been economic and extremely reliable. The only criticisms I have involve the economics used on the interior which could have been a bit better, but no doubt contributed to the economy of the purchase. The co-owner of the car has some physical issues and found it somewhat uncomfortable for long trips. Overall, however, this is a spectacularly good car...nice looking,too. I would not part with it now except for the high mileage and the necessity of many out-of-town trips. The ideal new owner would be someone who needs a roomy, around-town car. It still looks very spiffy and has had extremely good care. Includes after market leather seats and sun roof."

Reliable and long lasting. A car to passed down.

By on Thursday, June 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 185,000

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
9/10

Pros: "safe, reliable, fuel economy"

Cons: "the steering wheel is a bit low if driver is tall"

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

"My mother bought this car new in winter 2014 and drive it back and forth from work (140 miles round trip) almost every day. Ten years and 185,000 miles later, it still runs wonderful and is very reliable. There has been no major or expensive problems."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Loved the drive - hated the look over time

By on Monday, June 22, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Wanted bigger car

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "GREAT on gas, cost of ownership is basically $0"

Cons: "PAINT, hubcaps, interior is cheap and falls apart"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"I love the drive of this car. I bought this as a commuter car mostly and it didn't disappoint: 38 mpg, maintenance free, and solid if unspectacular. Here's where it get's disappointing - the paint. After two years, regular road chips were starting to appear. At first, it just looked like specks of dirt, but they wouldn't wash off. Then I realized I might have to have it repainted if this continued. Even small scratched from when I parked near tree branches started to show on the car, but didn't show any where else. Then, after 6 years, we had horrendous rain and the roof clearcoat started to wear through. It was so embarrassing to drive because it just kept deteriorating. Within 3 years, I had to replace all four hubcabs. If you see older corollas, you'll see at least one hubcab has been changed. Look online and there are users who report that this is a common issue. It makes it look so old and run down. The inside was also starting to age. The dash has at least 3 compartments not counting the glove compartment and over time, all of the compartment hinges starting staying open on their own. They wouldn't shut and it was obvious they were starting to just stay open. I liked (but didn't love) driving the car. I bought it because it was reliable and the cost of ownership was very good, but I just couldn't handle how badly the car aged. It is just not a good looking car anymore."

Purchased new. Very good gas mileage achieved.

By on Monday, June 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 71,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"For a resonably priced vehicle Toyota Corolla gave me excellant mileage over window sticker inf. Consider extra good mileage due to use of Mobil #1 since new. Driving with cruise controls set a touch under 70 mph I achieved 42 mpg occasionally. Good vehicle for the price!"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

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