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The 2008 Toyota Corolla has high-quality materials for the most part, but the engine drone and the seats aren’t comfortable for everyone.
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“Corollas feel solid and inspire confidence”

“Disappointingly noisy”

“Synonymous with Toyota quality, style and value”

The 2008 Toyota Corolla maintains its reputation for quality, but comfort—particularly in the driver seat—is an issue.

Reviews read by gave kudos to the interior of the Corolla. Toyota knows how to assemble cars, and Kelley Blue Book raves about the “grade-A quality plastics and a rear seat that can actually accommodate two adults in relative comfort.” Automobile says the 2008 Toyota Corolla has the “fit and finish of a Lexus.” complimented the “decent-looking” faux-wood trim, but Car and Driver said it was “enthusiastic in its fakery.”

Some reviewers liked the seats in the Corolla. Toyota’s “cushy seats are covered in a pleasing fabric, and there is ample space for everyone, even in back,” says. In contrast, BusinessWeek states, “The plush inserts in the black cloth upholstery in my test car looked like they were cut out of a terry cloth robe.” Car and Driver dislikes the driving position: “The pedals are close, and the seat cushion rolls off early, as if this chair were designed for short-stature people. Chick car, anyone? The column tilts but doesn't telescope.” BusinessWeek thinks the “rear seats, as you would expect, are cramped, but not overly so.”

The 2008 Toyota Corolla’s 1.8-liter generates quite a bit of noise at highway speeds. finds that highway acceleration “brings on a significant amount of engine noise.” ConsumerGuide also reports that “wind and road noise are also marked above 60 mph.”


The 2008 Toyota Corolla has high-quality materials for the most part, but the engine drone and the seats aren’t comfortable for everyone.

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