2008 Toyota Corolla

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2008 Toyota Corolla Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Toyota Corolla was new.

The Corolla delivers a dependable ride on a budget, but can't match the style or engine power of others in its class. If you're in the market for an affordable small car, you should also consider the Honda Civic and Mazda3.

7.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 6.6
Interior: 7.0
Safety: 8.0
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Generous passenger space
  • Excellent fuel economy and overall value
  • Economical base price within its class
  • Bland exterior styling
  • Front-seat side and side curtain air bags are only available as options
  • Lacking in power for performance lovers

2008 Toyota Corolla Overview

The 2008 Toyota Corolla delivers easy handling and exemplary fuel economy at a low initial cost. The Corolla ranks in the middle of its class because some competitors have more distinctive looks and sportier driving dynamics. The Washington Post recommends the Corolla because "through all of its model changes, the Corolla remained true to the notion of impeccable automotive quality delivered at reasonable cost." The Corolla's role in the affordable small car class is highlighted by the New York Times, which says, "Toyotas have been so reliable, it has forced American manufacturers to improve the quality of their offerings."

However there are some who see the Corolla's stalwart reputation in a different light. Car and Driver says, "We have no passion for this compact, but we'll most certainly respect it in the morning, and for years of mornings to come. This is a carefully executed solution to your transportation problem. For recreation, look elsewhere."

The 2008 Toyota Corolla is also recognized for holding its value. As BusinessWeek writes, "If all you want is an economy car with a long history of reliability, it's an excellent choice." 

The Corolla is available in three trims: the base Corolla CE, the Corolla S, and the Corolla LE. All models have the choice of the standard five-speed manual transmission or the optional four-speed automatic transmission. For 2008 Corolla is virtually unchanged since the 2007 model. The 2009 Corolla is a redesign.

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