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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.
Favorite Features

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 1249 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

Reliable and easy to handle

By on Saturday, April 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 89,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "reliability"

Cons: "more room to stretch out my legs at just 6'2""

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

"The corolla 05 is very reliable. I have not had any mechanicals problems. No problems at all with 86,000 miles. It handles easy, is quiet for a small sedan, and comfortable, unless your a passenger that is 6 feet tall or more. This is my second corolla, and they both have been the most reliable cars I have ever owned. If Toyota could ever break out of their conservative design, and give their American cars a little more of a western touch then they may just leave the competition in the dust. And I say that with all do respect to the other car manufacturers who have made some quality auto's."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Love this car - Very Reliable - Great Fuel Economy

By on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 93,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great mileage, fun to drive, looks great."

Cons: "No power windows - took a little getting used to."

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

"Have had this car for 3 years. Bought with Totaled/Reconstructed Title but you can't tell anything was wrong. It's perfect. Love to drive it and plan on keeping forever."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Love this car - Very Reliable - Great Fuel Economy

By on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 93,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great mileage, fun to drive, looks great."

Cons: "No power windows - took a little getting used to."

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

"Have had this car for 3 years. Bought with Totaled/Reconstructed Title but you can't tell anything was wrong. It's perfect. Love to drive it and plan on keeping forever."

Love this car - Very Reliable - Great Fuel Economy

By on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 93,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great mileage, fun to drive, looks great."

Cons: "No power windows - took a little getting used to."

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

"Have had this car for 3 years. Bought with Totaled/Reconstructed Title but you can't tell anything was wrong. It's perfect. Love to drive it and plan on keeping forever."

Owned it since mile 4. Has 170,000-still NO prob

By on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 170,000

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
10/10

Pros: "quality, dependable, 12 years old and still 28 mpg"

Cons: "cell charging port stops when you turn vehicle off"

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

"The best car I have ever owned. 2003 Toyota Corolla. My third Toyota, and not my last. Perfect for a teen for safety and ease of driving. Perfect for older/elderly for same reason. Perfect for me because I am on the road a lot. My husband takes the car when I am not driving it because his pickup gets 11 mpg. I still get 28-30mpg and I bought this in DEC 2002, almost 12 years ago. Its my car of choice even in the snow because it handles so well. Only needed regular tire rotation with every other oil change, brakes periodically, and new tires when needed. If looking for value and dependability--don't look any further! Thanks for letting me tell my story! (And Yes, I jumped in the air when my car hit 100,000, and 150,000. I jumped in the air when my other two Toyotas hit 100,000, 150,000, and 200,000 (last car made it to 237,000 miles)--only 30,000 miles to go until I get outside this car and jump in the air saying "OH WHAT A FEELING TO DRIVE...TOYOTA". (My Dad taught me to keep that up!!)"

Owned it since mile 4. Has 170,000-still NO prob

By on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 170,000

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
10/10

Pros: "quality, dependable, 12 years old and still 28 mpg"

Cons: "cell charging port stops when you turn vehicle off"

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

"The best car I have ever owned. 2003 Toyota Corolla. My third Toyota, and not my last. Perfect for a teen for safety and ease of driving. Perfect for older/elderly for same reason. Perfect for me because I am on the road a lot. My husband takes the car when I am not driving it because his pickup gets 11 mpg. I still get 28-30mpg and I bought this in DEC 2002, almost 12 years ago. Its my car of choice even in the snow because it handles so well. Only needed regular tire rotation with every other oil change, brakes periodically, and new tires when needed. If looking for value and dependability--don't look any further! Thanks for letting me tell my story! (And Yes, I jumped in the air when my car hit 100,000, and 150,000. I jumped in the air when my other two Toyotas hit 100,000, 150,000, and 200,000 (last car made it to 237,000 miles)--only 30,000 miles to go until I get outside this car and jump in the air saying "OH WHAT A FEELING TO DRIVE...TOYOTA". (My Dad taught me to keep that up!!)"

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