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Reviewed by Marty Padgett
Editorial Director, The Car Connection
BASE INVOICE
$13,324
BASE MSRP
$14,405
Quick Take
The 2008 Toyota Corolla may be aging, but it’s aging well—though its engine can sound a little raspy. Read more »
Decision Guide
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“Styling is subtle but pleasant”

Kelley Blue Book »

“Controls are logically arranged”

Cars.com »

“Design details contribute to the high-quality/high-value feel”

Autospectator.com »

“Not ugly, but this Corolla won’t win any beauty contests”

Auto123.com »
Pricing and Specifications by Style
$14,405 $16,415
MSRP $14,405
INVOICE $13,324 Browse used listings in your area
4-Door Sedan Manual CE
Gas Mileage 28 mpg City/37 mpg Hwy
Engine Gas I4, 1.8L
EPA Class Compact
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style 4dr Car
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The Basics:

TheCarConnection.com’s car experts studied road tests of the 2008 Toyota Corolla to write this conclusive review. TheCarConnection.com’s resident experts also drove the 2008 Toyota Corolla to help you decide which reviews to trust where opinions differ, to add more impressions and details, and to provide you with the best information.

Now that the Japanese automaker has added the Yaris to its lineup, the 2008 Toyota Corolla is the second least expensive car in its lineup (not counting the Scion cars). The 2008 Corolla is the last of its kind—Toyota is redesigning the car for the 2009 model year—and in its final year, the Corolla looks pretty much as it’s looked since it emerged in 2003. It’s modern, sober, and substantial, but hardly exciting or youthful. That feeling of sophistication carries to the interior, which is cleanly styled, easy to use, and surprisingly roomy.

A standard 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine makes 126 horsepower in the 2008 Toyota Corolla. It gets a bit rough at higher revs and isn't quiet about its work, but it does deliver 28/37 mpg with the five-speed manual, and 26/35 mpg with a four-speed automatic. The MacPherson strut front and torsion beam rear suspension couldn't be more ordinary in specification, but it's poised, composed, and driver-blunder-resistant. The handling limits are rather low, but the Corollas run smoothly and quietly. Throw in decent front disc/rear drum brakes (anti-lock brakes are optional on the S and LE) and excellent rack-and-pinion steering, and this is as close to a luxury car ride and experience as any small economy sedan has ever. Standard on all cars is a 60/40 folding rear seat and a CD player; all sorts of power options are available, and some versions even have “wood” trim that doesn’t look too bad.

Front-seat side and curtain airbags and anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) are available as options for all model grades. The 2008 Toyota Corolla gets five star ratings in front crash protection from the NHTSA, along with four stars for side impact when outfitted with side airbags.

Likes:

  • Poised handling
  • Well-built, inside and out
  • Rides well
  • Good crash performance

Dislikes:

  • Low power
  • Engine gets coarse at high revs
  • Side-impact crash results
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