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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 1579 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

The Seats

By on Thursday, April 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
1/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"most uncomfortable seats I’ve ever sat in.. I do have back issues , but the Camry seems to bring out the worst in my back..Never again! Other wise a great car."

Very reliable car, zero mechanical problems

By on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Reliable, good gas mileage, good middle level car"

Cons: "limited power, interior design just ok"

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

"was my 3rd Camry. All were good cars. Not many mechanical issues and this one absolutely no mechanical problems in 8 years I bought it for reliability (not for performance or style). It is a great daily driver and commuter car"

Best car I have ever owned

By on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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

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: "Good on gas, quiet and very comfortable"

Cons: "Can't think of any"

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

"I took a chance in 2007 to try a hybrid and I am glad I did. The mileage was not as great as the sticker stated but it was still good. I have done all the standard maintenance per the Scheduled Maintenance Guide, have put on one set of tires and replaced the water pump. It has been a very reliable car, comfortable and quiet. I have had no problems with it and am going to buy a new 2015 model."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Good, but with the problems listed on CR evals

By on Friday, April 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Very good road car, quiet."

Cons: "Ergonomics, problem components."

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

"My vehicle has 100,000 miles. It's been fairly reliable, but has had all of the flaws pointed out in current Consumer Reports surveys. 1. The water pumps fail prematurely. (This is true of the 07, 08, and 09). I've had to replace my water pump, recently; 2. Shocks and suspension. These, too, have relatively poor ratings in CR subscribers reports. The suspension was covered under an extended warranty. (And a good thing, too, given the cost). I had complained to a Massachusetts dealership about the leaky shocks, as far back as 2010, but they insisted that the leaks would not be covered under warranty. (This was at 45K). They, too, had to be replaced. 3. Brakes. These were overhauled at 75,000, which seems a bit early for a car of this class. (Again, these were the areas where the CR surveys also found weaknesses in reliability). The undercarriage has a degree of rust greater than I would have cared for. Having said all of that, it's been fairly reliable. The driver's seat isn't particularly ergonomic (long drives are very bad on the back), but some of that can be remedied with the Gelco Ultra seat pad. (The Gelco has allowed me to drive for extended periods). Recently, I was in a 2014 Camry. I found that in terms of ride quality and feel, little had changed from the 2008 model. (They felt like the same car). Would I buy a new one? Maybe . . . depending on the reliability ratings (J.D. Power and CR) and comfort of current models."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Flawless. Best car I ever owned.

By on Thursday, April 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 124,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfort, economy, dependability, cruise-ability."

Cons: "Rattley dashboard"

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

"I traded a full-size luxury SUV (11 mpg) for this Hybrid Camry (30-42 mpg) and NEVER looked back. For a car this nice to perform as well and as economically as it does is almost inconceivable, but true. Best of all, it has NEVER left me stranded and has NEVER made me go back to the dealer. 124000 flawless miles and counting!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Car has performed perfectly since new.

By on Friday, April 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

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
6/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Powerful engine. Very quiet. Good fuel economy"

Cons: "Lack lustre handling."

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

"No problems whatsoever with this car since new in September 2009. Oil changed every 5,000 miles. One set of new tires. Normally change my vehicles after 5 years, but my Camry still runs like new and have decided to keep it for a few more years."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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