2008 Toyota Corolla Review
The Corolla is a compact car that was first introduced in 1966. In 1997, it officially became the best-selling car of all time. It’s currently available as a sedan, though a wagon version was offered until 1998. The current generation debuted in 2003, along with a sporty S trim.
The BuyingAdvice Team Says:
The Toyota Corolla is just about the most dependable car you can buy. Unfortunately, that’s offset somewhat by its lack of safety features and underpowered engine. However, if you can look past that, it’s a very solid car for the money, and you might find that years of reliable service beat the competition in value.
The Corolla remains unchanged. Three trims are available: CE, S, and LE. Standard features include a temperature gauge, folding rear seats, and a raising/lowering driver seat.
What’s New For 2008:
What is the Predicted Reliability:
J.D. Power data is not available. Problems with the last generation include faulty dome lights, rough idling, water leaks, and cruise control issues. It was recalled twice. The current generation has had issues with dead batteries, damaged daytime running light relays, odors and suspension noise. No recalls have been issued. Expect above average reliability. The basic warranty lasts for three years or 36,000 miles.
Analysis Of Safety Ratings And Features:
The Corolla earned 5 stars in frontal government crash tests, and 4 stars in side tests. In IIHS tests, it earned “Good” in frontal tests, “Acceptable” in side tests, and “Poor” in rear tests. Anti-lock brakes and side airbags are optional. Stability control, bundled with traction control and brake assist are optional on the S and LE, as long as they’ve also been equipped with ABS and an automatic transmission.
Pros and Cons:
+ Excellent reliability
+ Good fuel economy
+ Smooth ride
- Dated design
- Lacking in standard safety features
- Lacks engine power comparatively
The Corolla costs about $300 less than the Nissan Sentra, but it delivers 14 less hp. The Sentra also adds side airbags. The Saturn ION costs $2,000 less and offers 20 more hp. The Kia Spectra offers 12 more hp for over $1,500 less and adds standard side airbags.
What Others Are Saying:
“Quality, rather than performance, is the hallmark of the Corolla. This is nowhere more evident than in the new instrument panel, which is not only well designed but incredibly well crafted. The tolerances for interior panels are to the same standards previously used for Lexus.” – Automobile Magazine
“I know when I’m renting a Corolla that I’m getting a car that is not likely to leave me stranded in a strange place. I am reasonably certain that it will accelerate competently on high-speed highways and brake safely near school zones on neighborhood streets. I know that when I return it to the car-rental company, I won’t get hit with a gasoline bill that resembles what I paid for airfare and hotel accommodations. I like all of that.” – The Detroit News
“Corolla offers reasonable value for the money. It feels old, however, compared with the benchmark Honda Civic or sporty Mazda 3.” – Consumer Guide
Read more about the 2008 Toyota Corolla at the Toyota manufacturer web site.