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Reviewed by Marty Padgett
Editorial Director, The Car Connection
BASE INVOICE
$16,989
BASE MSRP
$18,570
Quick Take
The 2008 Toyota Camry won't set hearts racing, but it's still one of the best choices for those looking for a reliable and roomy sedan. Read more »
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The outside has been touched with a splash of pizzazz

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“Sexier styling”

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“intelligently designed” interior

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Pricing and Specifications by Style
$18,570 $28,120
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual
Gas Mileage 21 mpg City/31 mpg Hwy
Engine Gas I4, 2.4L
EPA Class Mid-Size
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style 4dr Car
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The Basics:

TheCarConnection.com perused a wide range of published reviews on the new 2008 Toyota Camry to produce this comprehensive one. To help pick out the Toyota Camry’s strengths and weaknesses versus the competition, TheCarConnection.com’s editors have also driven and reviewed the 2008 Toyota Camry firsthand.

The top-selling 2008 Toyota Camry mid-size, front-wheel-drive sedan was thoroughly revised and updated for 2007, with exterior styling and interior changes. A 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 is available, but the standard engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder, which is good for 158 hp. The V-6 comes with a six-speed automatic transmission; the four can be ordered with either a five-speed manual or automatic transmission.

The 2008 Toyota Camry comes in several different models, ranging from a base CE up to the sporty SE and luxurious XLE. The SE grade gets stiffer suspension settings and some other performance improvements, and because of an additional rear brace, the backseat doesn't fold down as it does in the other models. Even in the SE, the ride is comfortable and well controlled, though it's downright soft with base four-cylinder models--don't expect sporty handling. The 2008 Toyota Camry has a very roomy interior, with plenty of legroom in back for most adults and enough space for five.

With a design that's understated but upscale, the interior of the 2008 Toyota Camry looks good and its controls are intuitive, but some of the materials seem a little cheap--especially at the top of the range, considering that prices can exceed $35,000 for a loaded XLE V-6--and several of our test cars have had unimpressive build quality. All trim levels come with A/C, power windows and door locks, and a CD stereo standard. A 440-watt JBL audio system (with Bluetooth technology) is available, as is a DVD-based navigation system, making the Camry--at least in features--feel like a luxury car when so equipped.

All Camrys come with a knee airbag for the driver as well as full-length curtain and front seat side-impact airbags, for seven airbags in total. Traction control is standard, but stability control remains optional, even on pricier, more powerful V-6 models. Other than that omission, the 2008 Toyota Camry does quite well in safety, including five-star results in the federal government's crash tests and "good" results from the insurance industry tests, except for a "marginal" result in the rear-impact test.

Likes:

  • Smooth ride on a variety of surfaces
  • Quiet interior with very little engine or road noise
  • Extremely smooth, refined engines
  • Four-cylinder fuel efficiency
  • Reputation for reliability and good resale value

Dislikes:

  • Exterior styling is very conservative
  • Interior materials can be cheap-looking and sub-par
  • Unimpressive build quality
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